Best Digital Camera Buying Guide – DSLR, Time-Lapse & More

Best Digital Camera Buying Guide – DSLR, Time-Lapse & More -2

How often have you told a story only to lack evidence of what you saw or experienced? Today, the option to capture your everyday experiences is not only viable but easy to do. Our guide will supply you with the different types of TechFav cameras and the purpose behind them. So, if you’re looking to boost those stories of yours, keep reading!

The Different Types 

If you’ve spent time on social media, it’s easy to admire the work of photographers. Whether you’re looking to capture life-changing shots or family portraits there are plenty of options to keep your interests. Let’s find out if any fit your needs.

  1. DSLR ($200 – 4,000)

If you’ve ever had a portrait photo taken of you, then there’s a good chance the photographer used a DSLR. Digital Single Lens Reflex cameras incorporate a body and a lens, which allow you to use either interchangeably with other parts. DSLR lenses have a mirror, which you look through before capture, allowing you to take the most accurate shot. Once shot, the camera uses an image sensor to record the image. DSLR images have less noise in low-light shots, reducing the graininess of photos. The lens plays a big part in the quality of the photo, therefore, since the lens is detachable, you’re capable of upgrading to a model that best fits your image quality preferences. 

DSLR cameras are for those looking to take up photography as either a hobby or a profession. You can purchase used models from $200 and up, as well as new models as high as $4,000. Lenses are the shoes to the pretty dress, ranging from as low as $50 to upwards several thousand – dress accordingly. The newer the model, the more specks and the more the costs. There’s a growing demand for freelance photographers so the return on your investments can definitely be made.  

  1. Mirrorless 

As with most things, there’s always a competitor that draws a lot of attention. Mirrorless cameras are the buzz around town and reasonable so. The difference lies in the lack of a reflex mirror – meaning there is no optical viewfinder, exposing it to light at all times. They also provide interchangeable lenses, despite the quality range falling short of DSLR models. Generally speaking, mirrorless lenses don’t come in a variety as expansive as DSLR options, but the use of adaptors allows a wider range of lens options. An expanded library of lenses is useful when the camera is smaller and lighter, proving to be a great travel size accessory. 

A much cheaper option than DSLR cameras, mirrorless cameras can come newly at $300 to as high as $3500. Lenses are still significantly cheaper than the body and, due to their dexterity, come cheaper than DSLR models. 

  • Compact 

Does size matter to you? Are you unhappy with the idea of having to haul around a big camera with, with two hands, and an additional bag of lenses and other accessories? Compact (point-and-shoot) cameras are for those who enjoy a light-weight, easy to carry, upgrade from camera phones. They come with static lenses, not allowing you to diversify your optical options. In case you were wondering, the lens retracts back into the camera, so you don’t have to worry about the lens always protruding. Drawbacks to compact cameras are the lack of manual settings, slower shutter speeds, and a delay from when the shutter is pressed and the time it takes for photos to be captured. 

Lightweight, easy to carry and fun to play with, the cost is an additional bonus. These cameras can come as low as $10 dollars to as high as a few hundred dollars. 

  • Camera Phones 

Easily the most used camera option. Camera phones serve a variety of purposes (most specifically cellular usage) which provide users multiuse. They are lightweight, small, convenient, multifunctional, and effortless. The convenience of having pictures readily available for use is incomparable. Despite all the glowing features, the battery life is low if used often, limited focal length options and the image quality doesn’t stack up – specifically when using the zoom. These cameras aren’t made for jaw-dropping shots, but they are improving. 

The cost of the phone has less to do with the camera quality and more to do with other functions. If you’re looking for a camera to take decent photos any onlooker will be proud of, prepare to spend a few hundred. You can purchase a phone anywhere between $5 to over $1000. Image quality will increase dramatically the more zeros added. 

  • Action Cameras 

If you’re thinking, “what about mounted cameras?” You’re in the right ballpark. Action cams are meant for those sporty and adventurous shots you want to capture while performing. Think the GoPro and the popularity that came with it. Action cams are best for those hyperactive shots, providing great quality and less hand-held responsibilities. Even though action cams provide that security during tough shots they aren’t most photographers’ first choice for quality shots. Unless you’re specifically using them for action-styled shots, they won’t serve a lot purpose beyond vlogging possibilities. 

You can purchase new action cameras for as little as $50 dollars to upwards $500. Depending on your level of use, need, and ability, these cameras are a great addition, but not as for all-purpose, stand-alone, cameras. 

Take your best shots! 

Take your time and make the appropriate decision for your needs. Don’t be that family with thousands of dollars’ worth of camera equipment but never uses them. Buy smart and buy within your needs. Purchasing up allows you to hone on your skills if you’re in the mood to learn. Then again, if the interest isn’t there and availability is what you’re looking for, play it safe and stick with what’s most accessible. Regardless of your choice, watch some tutorials, learn a bit, but most importantly have fun and snap away! 

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