There’s so many cameras out there and figuring out which is going to be the best for you might be hard work. You might be stuck between what’s convenient and what’s going to be better quality. It’s also quite confusing if you’re not familiar with cameras – which is the best type for you? Are you going to be out of your depth? What’s the meaning of life? Wait, let’s not get into this right now. We should probs just take a look at a few different types of cameras to see if it can help you decide what might work for you.
Bridge cameras, like one of the Lumix Bridge Cameras could be ideal if you’re new to photography, or if you’re looking for something with DSLR qualities but are not wanting to pay as much. Think of them as a bridge between a compact and a DSLR. They have a single fixed lens but offer a bit more portability than a DSLR – so could be ideal for travelling without having to worry about bringing big bulky lenses.
Most of them allow manual control, so you can select your own settings rather than rely on auto-modes. They tend to have quite a decent zoom, but the down sides are that you’re not going to get as high a quality as a DSLR, but it’s probably not going to be something you are going notice much. They also don’t perform as well in low light.
Compact Cameras are basically a small, simple camera that has automatic focusing and exposure. Also known as point and shoot cameras. While you have less control over depth of field and functions, there are some manual functions so they’re a great way to start if you’re new to blogging and not wanting to invest much into a camera if you’re still testing the waters.
A DSLR (digital single lens reflex) is a camera that uses a mirror inside that flips up and down as you take the photo – this means that what you see through your view finder, is the image that is captured. Whereas with a compact camera, the view finder just tries to estimate the light so what you’ll see isn’t as accurate.
What DSLR’s are most known for, is the ability to change lenses to suit your needs. For blogging, this means you can get a 50mm lens that gives that lovely blurred background that we like when shooting product photos.
Another thing is that DSLR’s will have a larger camera sensor than smaller, compact cameras. The bigger the sensor, the better quality you’re going to get.
Of course, all these things come at a price and the entry level DSLR cameras come in at around £350.
Compact System Cameras
These are also known as mirrorless or hybrid camera. They are basically as DSLR but without a mirror and can sometimes have smaller sensors – but you can change the lens on them so you can still have a lot of creative control and get great quality images. Most CSC’s don’t have a view finder so it can be harder to take photos in the bright sun when you’re relying on looking at the screen. They also tend to focus slower than a DSLR so aren’t great for action shots. But in general, you’re getting a camera that’s great for taking out and about with you.
The most popular compact system amongst bloggers has to be the Olympus E-LP7.
Phones have amazing cameras on them now and some are even good enough to use to take blog photos.
The photos in this post are done with my iPhone 6s Plus when I realised I didn’t have a camera to take a photo of my cameras with, duh. If you have good lighting and a nice background, you can take some pretty decent photos with your phone.
A lot of the time I’ll just use my phone camera when out and about and at events because it’s easier than trying to mess with the settings on a DSLR.
I tend to think that my iPhone camera works better in low light settings too – I’m forever going to events in bars where the lighting is bad, so end up using my phone instead of my DSLR!
So that’s that then.
I own a DSLR and a CSC as well as my phone camera. I’ve a few lens for my DSLR, including the 50mm, but to be honest, I use the standard 18-55mm lens that came with it more than anything else. Now I know how to use my DSLR properly, I can get the effects I like with it and find that my images are just shaper on the kit lens.
I only use my Olympus for Instagram photos at the moment because you can import them straight to your phone. I’ve been to one event since I’ve had it, but I found myself wanting to take photos with my phone just because it’s easier. Honestly, I’d recommend a DSLR camera to anyone wanting to take their blog photos up a level. Though I do feel like I need to spend a bit more time with the Pen and experiment with it more!
I just keep going back to what I know, though.
What camera do you have? Are there any you have your eyes on?
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