It’s a question we all ask ourselves at some point: what camera should I buy? Whether you’ve never used a camera before or you’re a seasoned professional considering moving to another system, deciding on which camera to buy isn’t always straightforward.
There are many reasons for this. First, it’s difficult to know whether to go for a DSLR, a mirrorless camera or just a good compact, as the last few years have seen huge advances in all three categories. Camera formats that were never considered to be ripe for a particular application are now potentially more suitable than more obvious choices.
Second, it’s not always clear whether you’d be served better by a camera from a brands whose roots are more in electronics rather than in photography. Many people will naturally be drawn towards Canon, Nikon and Fujifilm, rather than investigate what Sony, Panasonic and others have to offer, but every brand is worth considering as neither is better or worse than another; they simply produce different cameras that each have their pros and cons against their most immediate rivals.
Third, the decision to buy a camera often concerns more than just the camera body itself, as most cameras accept different lenses and accessories. Some systems, for example, have decades worth of optics behind them, which is great from the perspective of choice and price. Other systems are still developing, but the fact that these have been designed from scratch more recently may mean these lenses and accessories are better suited to modern cameras.
To help you decide on the best camera for your particular type of photography, let’s look at the main types of cameras and their pros and cons.
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