The matter of deciding to purchase a good camera is not a straightforward one because it involves several things to be taken into serious consideration. Any person who delves in a creative and relaxing hobby like photography observers himself or herself to be an adequate photographer, amateur or professional, but with the right kind of equipment some professionals are known to be self-taught individuals.
The electronics consumer market is so vast today that it is extremely difficult to just go and buy a product off-the-shelf without doing a complete analysis on the product itself in terms of price, features, benefits, suitability and many others.
As with automobiles, there are cameras for amateurs and professionals, for fun activities and for serious photography. So, let's start with a few areas that we should look at and see if all the questions we have can be answered.
Cameras are by and large of these types – compact, compact systems and SLRs (single lens reflex). They come in different shapes, sizes and colors, with or without accessories.
These are the ones that have a lens attached to the body of the camera, hence the term 'compact camera'. Compact cameras are used primarily by those who just 'aim and click' in the sense that focusing and sensitivity are features that are programmed for the camera to define.
Compact system cameras
A compact system camera comes with one of two lenses that can be attached or detached along with an accessory like a flash gun to take photographs in all kinds of light. While most compact system cameras are sturdy and have in-built controls like compact cameras for taking pictures, they allow some amount of control and flexibility to the person using the camera.
This segment of camera contains some of the largest and most complex photography equipment that any photographer can handle. The camera body itself may be compact and handy and can still be used for an 'aim and click' mode but Digital SLRs as most of these cameras are referred to, can be fitted with a complex range of lenses and accessories that allow the photographer to control every aspect of a picture from brightness to contrast, colors, movement and focus etc. DSLRs come with elaborate kits for easy portability of lenses and these cameras are most suited for outdoor photography such as landscapes, wildlife and nature etc.
These look like a 'bridge' between the compact cameras and DSLRs but come often with long lenses that are not interchangeable. However, their ease of use and portability make them very useful.
Now armed with this information, choosing the right camera is not such a daunting task anymore!