Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Buying a New camera : Everything you need to know

          So,what's your camera type?



Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830 ($139.99)

RANGE:($70 - $1000)

Regardless of what smartphone manufacturers will tell you.a compact point and shoot is almost always better then the one on your handset. These cameras come with easy to use function like auto focus ,filter effects and photo modes that allow novice users to click good pictures by simply using the proper one-touch auto settings. Besides, these shooters handle low-
light photography better;are equipped with optical zoom (which is the only type of zoom you should consider when buying a camera);and superior quality lens

Here,you can expect to pick a camera with...........
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30 ($300.00)
  • A 10-megapixel sensor and above
  • Optical zoom starting at 5x, going up to 20x
  • A 2.7inch to 3 inch lcd display.
  • features such as smile detection,panorama, miniature effect ,as well as shooting modes such as sports ,portrait, close-up .landscape, night shot,indoor ,outdoor ,etc
  • rugged exteriors that are shockproof, waterproof, dustproof, freezeproof                                             
Who should buy?
  Easy, intuitive controls and autofocus make these cameras ideal devices to take along on a holiday or birthday party pictures and shoot HD home video clips. 
  Their compact size lets you carry them along easily on belt clip, and their low starting price makes them perfect for first time users and children . 
  The output of these cameras is more than ideal to get 6x4 inch prints for your photo album
Sony DSC-RX100 Point & Shoot Camera ($548.00)


RANGE ($160 -$750)
   Super zoom are a step up from the basic point & shoot. like the entry- level compact cameras ,these shooters are equipped with easy to use options like autofocus, filter effects and photo modes.
Additionally , many devices also allow for manual settings, where the photographer can control the focus on the subject,while softening the background. 
     Importantly,super zooms come with advanced image stabilisation technology important when shooting subjects with high zoom that reduces blurring in photos, mostly caused by the slight wavering of a photographer's hands.                                                                                                                                                                
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20($209.09)

 Here,you can pick a camera with............

  • A 14-megapixel sensor and above.
  • Optical zoom starting at 20x, and going all the way up to a whopping 60x
  • A swivel LCD that allows the photographer to adjust the angle of the display ,allowing to shoot form difficulty angles,including from over the head and even around corners.
  • Optical image stabilisation (OIS). It should be noted that different manufacturers refer to OIS differently . Nikon, for example, uses the term 'vibration reduction' ,while sony uses 'super steady shot'(avoid super zooms with digital image stabilisation)                          

Nikon Coolpix P520  ($368.79)                                         
      Super zooms are ideal for wildlife photos and bird spotting,landscapes,and sporting action from budget stadium seats, Also ,since these cameras come with a fair level of manual control, they're good for people who're looking to graduate from their compact cameras, but are still not confident about going fully manual with a mirrorless or DSLR

Sony DSC-RX100 II ($746.00)



      Compact mirrorless cameras and full- sized DSLRs allow for absolute flexibility in photography. 
Users can control variables like aperture size and shutter speed,as well as choose the right type of lens - whether macro for extreme close-ups,pancakes for portraits ,wide angle for panoramas or telephoto for distant subjects to get exactly the kind of output they desire,if  used properly, YOU can get the best quality of photos from these shooters, Besides, these cameras also let you shoot in digital formats that  lend themselves well to image-processing techniques (in software such as Adobe Photoshop,lightroom,etc)
for professional output.

Canon EOS 7D 18 MP and 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS UD Standard Zoom Lens   ($1500.99)

Here,you can expect to pick a camera with.........
  • A 12MP + sensor that's larger in size then the ones found on compact cameras and super zooms.
  • A standard 18-55mm stock lens that's sufficient for everyday photography,and enough to learn the ropes(Additional lens cost extra)
  • A viewfinder (only on DSLRs) that allows for framing of subject. Additionally , some models also come with a swivel LCD
  • A 'Guide' mode(found in the Nikon D3000 series) that help novices understand manual operation. most cameras also come with an Auto mode.
  • A range of compatible lens for different types of photography.

    Canon EOS Rebel T3i 18 MP with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens ($599.00)

        These shooters work well for those who are willing to invest time to learn the art of photography , and spend on additional lens for their cameras, which can be quite an expensive proposition .
 MIrrorless cameras give you most of the benefits of a DSLR and make for superb travel shooters. 
DSLRs,on the other hand , are capable of better low-light photography; promise faster focus time ,and are
supported by a greater range of lens.if you're ready to graduate from auto mode ,or perhaps ,looking to attend a photography course, then these cameras are the ones you should be looking at.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III 22.3 MP Full Frame with EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens ($3,999.00)


  1. I had no problems with my Samsung st66 until it went for a swim.Need to get something new and was looking at these two sony w830 or the cannon ixus 155, what would you recommend from the two please.