What Camera Should I Buy?

Written by Robert Lowdon

Robert Lowdon is an internationally published commercial photographer based out of Toronto, Canada. He spends his time photographing architecture and industrial projects for the most part.

Published December 13, 2013

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This is probably the number one question I get asked on a daily basis. Well, you see the answer all depends on what you are looking for. Below is a run down on the right types of cameras for the right types of situations, and what you should buy.

Cell Phone Cameras

Honestly for the average person a cell phone camera is more than adequate for basic photography. They are great for social media sharing and simply to record life’s everyday moments.

Compact Cameras

Compact cameras are purely dedicated to photography, meaning they are cameras solely. These cameras are intended for everyday photography and are quickly being phased out by cell phones.

Consumer DSLR

Consumer DSLRs like the Nikon 3100 or Canon EOS Rebel series are great introductory cameras and a great place to start for anyone interested in photography. You can use different lenses and the models have many features that are also on pro camera bodies. It is to note, that they are not a substitution for professional gear. Some Mirrorless cameras also fit in this category.

Professional DSLR

Pro DSLR cameras are what most professional photographers use on a daily basis. They can take abuse and work in all environments. These cameras are also expensive and are well worth the investment if you use your cameras to make a living. If you are not a pro photographer or an aspiring pro there is often little benefit to purchasing one of these models.

Medium Format DSLR

Medium format digital cameras offer amazing image quality. They are extremely expensive. They are so expensive you ask yourself if you should buy a new car or a camera. These cameras are often used for fashion or high end advertising and print.

Large Format

Still the absolute best quality Large Format film cameras are untouchable by any digital camera. They are the size of small brief case, must be shot on a tripod and require the photographer to know exactly what they are doing to get the best results. Most people reading this article will never have nor need one of these types of cameras.

So what Camera Should You Buy?

If you are an Everyday Person: Get a smart phone that is all you need.

If you are an Enthusiast: Buy A Consumer DSLR

If you are an Aspiring Pro: Buy the Best You Can Afford. You might be stuck on peanut butter sandwiches for a few months but it is something you will need to do the job. – Also I recommend this L bracket to go with it.

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