Which camera should I buy?

There are months when people ask me this question more than if I am free to shoot an event for them. It has to be one of the most complex questions to answer. Here are some of the questions you should ask yourself.

1. What is your budget?
2. What cameras do your friends use?
3. What do you plan to use it for?

1. What is your budget?

This more likely will be the most important factor deciding which camera should you buy. Nikon and Canon (and a whole bunch of other companies) have a huge range of product that is aimed at different price bracket.
In my case I saved over 2 years and my initial plan was to buy a D90 along with a 85mm f/1.8. The D90 was for around 40k around then, and Nikon released the D7000 about then, priced at close to 80k. I decided to opt for the latter and a 50mm f/1.8 instead. I had the following reasoning: D90 is already a 2 year old technology, since I have the money why not opt for a newer technology and the one at the highest end of crop sensor camera.

2. What cameras do your friends use?

This gives you two options, first you can try their cameras for a hands on experience. Second since most of them will either have a Nikon or a Canon you can borrow lenses when you end up buying your camera.

3. What do you plan to use it for?

If you want to use it for daily use like a lot of people I know do, why not look at a high end point and shoot? They are less cumbersome, and you don’t have to worry about changing the lens for different purposes. They weigh far less and easier to keep clean. If you plan to take photography as a hobby then you might look at an entry level DSLR. If you see yourself pursuing it little more seriously then maybe opt for a higher end DSLR camera.
Next what kind of lenses would you require, it would vary from kind of photography you are interested in, portraits, landscape, macro sports etc. The glass is one of the more important investments you will be making.

Few more things you should keep in mind:

1. Megapixels isn’t everything.
2. Optical zoom is far better than Digital zoom.
3. Keep in mind the extras (Memory cards, tripods/monopods, lenses)
4. Read reviews once you have shortlisted a few.

Nikon v/s Canon 

Honestly it’s a stupid debate. Firstly there are more companies out there so you might want to check them out as well. As for me I think Nikon makes better lenses, the photographs are more saturated, but on the downside is more expensive when you compare with canon.


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