Choosing the Right Camera

There are so many different options available today in the camera market. From the smaller point and shoot to  the mirrorless range thats newly come out in the last couple of years, and then you’ve got your digital SLRs which are the larger chunkier cameras.


When buying your camera there are several aspects that you need to think about before making your final decision. Bigger is not always better. I’ve seen plenty of people who have gone out and bought a great big DSLR because it looks professional and sure it’s something a professional would use, but then have regretted the decision because it is so big. It requires a separate bag, weighs several kilos, and is quite cumbersome to use and carry around.

The reality is if you just want to get good quality photos that you are going to put on your computer and share on the web, you don’t need a high megapixel camera with all the bells and whistles. All you need is something a little bit more basic. You’re going to get great quality images out of some of the mirrorless cameras which are smaller, yet still get the benefit of interchangeable lenses. Having said that there are some awesome point and shoot cameras as well, image quality from these is rivaling some of these more expensive cameras.

The question you need to ask yourself is what am I going to do with this camera?

It’s no good buying a camera that is more that what you need — its like buying a minibus when you only need a car! When you look at the different options for cameras, some of the smaller cameras have very intelligent automatic shooting capabilities, making it much easier for you to get a great shot, especially if all you want to do is take some pictures of the family holiday, around the house with the family on the weekend or the kids playing at the beach.

The Sony Cybershot for example, its very thin and will go in your pocket, it has a decent sensor. Carl Zeiss makes the lens, and the image quality and features make this an amazing camera for somewhere around the $500 mark.

Don’t be fooled into thinking that buying a great big DSLR is going to give you better results, because that is not necessarily the case. For family snaps, I myself just use a point and shoot, or a small mirrorless camera. In fact the camera I use the most is my iPhone camera, its the camera I always have with me, fits in my pocket, and it’s simple to use.

X-E1_pairIf you’re looking at something more advanced, say you want the benefit of interchangeable lenses, you want to get creative and want to learn more about photography. A DSLR could be a good place to start, but its not necessarily going to be the answer because there are the new mirrorless cameras that have been out for a couple of years now. They have interchangeable lenses but are mirrorless. What that means is, that unlike a DSLR where there is a mirror that when you press the shutter button lifts up out of the way to expose your image. In a mirrorless camera, there is no mirror to move out of the way so there are less moving parts, which makes the camera lighter and it also makes the camera more reliable. They work just as efficiently, and you’ll find that a mirrorless camera is a lot cheaper.

For example my Fuji X-E1, you can buy now with a kit lens for about $1000. Fuji make lenses for the X-Series of cameras for around about $600 each, and they are very very good quality lenses. We’re talking about a 35mm f1.4, a 14mm f2.8, they’ve also got an 18mm f2. All of these lenses are around the $600 mark which is extremely well priced, and the camera itself and the lenses are very small. You can fit the lenses in your pockets and go off on a day shooting — you don’t have to have an additional camera bag, you don’t have to have huge tripods. It makes shooting more enjoyable.

When you’re choosing a camera think about what is it that I need to achieve with my photography, and do I really want to lug around a great big DSLR with huge lenses? Or am I happy to have something that slips in my pocket that still takes great images, has full auto feature, is a lot easier to use, and is a lot cheaper as well. Don’t be fooled into thinking that bigger is better, its not always the case.

Hopefully that has helped you with choosing your next camera.

Lightroom Spot Removal Tool

Lightroom has really jumped forward in leaps and bounds in regards to functions and how well it performs those functions. Up until about a year ago, I was still a photoshop junkie, I didn’t use lightroom at all. Now, I would use lightroom to process just about every photo, I may still use photoshop, but Lightroom is my first stop.

I have been asked on many occasions about how to use Lightroom and decided the easiest way to answer the questions was to show you in video!

2 Responses

  1. Ben, I’am so glad i watched this Light room Spot Removal Tutorial. How can i get this software? I have 100’s of sunset photo’s that can use that help. I’ve just recently bought an DSLR camera, and going to join a photography club this yr. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

    Cheers Sue.

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