Things to consider when buying a camera

You want to get a nice camera, but selecting the perfect one is not as easy as it seems. You are swamped with different cameras and brands such as Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fujifilm… each one sounds more suitable than the other.

With so many choices, you don’t know what to choose.

In this article, I share with you a few steps to follow to successfully choose a new camera.

  • Defining the need

First of all, you must have identified your needs. What do you want to buy a camera for? For what type of picture?

You like nature and hiking and you want to take beautiful landscape photos? A lightweight tropicalized camera may be interesting. Or maybe you like architectural photography? In that case, you’ll need a good wide-angle lens. Does your passion lie in macro photography? To give an impressive dimension to the subjects you will have to opt for a special lens.

Indeed, in some cases, the lens is much more important than the camera!

By determining the use of the camera, you can narrow down the variety of cameras and choose only one category that will suit your daily use. 

  • Determining a budget

Having an accurate budget is crucial. Prices for photography equipment range enormously.

The challenge is not to have the most expensive camera, but to obtain one with a good balance between quality and price. The most expensive camera is not necessarily the one that delivers the best quality, there are other elements to consider.

Moreover, it is necessary to include the price of the lens (for some cameras) which may be very expensive as well as the accessories that might accompany this new camera.

  • Choosing a camera type

Then, you have to select the type of camera that will perfectly suit you. Which camera to choose between a Compact, DSLR, Hybrid, and Bridge?

Let’s discover these 4 different models!


A small camera for the family or beginners.

- Very light and small: you can take it everywhere with you
- Fixed lens with zoom
- Perfect for small budgets
- Mirrorless camera
- Easy to use
- Generally, there is no manual adjustment
- Electronic viewfinder


A DSLR viewfinder with a set of mirrors.

- Good grip
- Interchangeable lens: Requires a high-quality lens
- Very variable prices to satisfy all budgets
- Excellent reactivity
- Sumptuous quality: With mirror and large sensor
- Manual and automatic mode


A mixture between a compact camera and a DSLR.

- Less bulky and lighter
- Excellent image and video quality
- Interchangeable lens
- Large sensor
- Variable prices, but rather high compared to the image quality
- Mirrorless camera
- Manual and automatic mode
- Electronic viewfinder


A larger compact.

- Small and light with large viewfinder and high quality.
- Fixed lens with zoom not interchangeable
- Mirrorless camera
- Manual and automatic mode
- Electronic viewfinder

  • Weight and size

This is an important element to take into account. The camera must be enjoyable to use and to carry with you. It is necessary to bear in mind the size to ensure that it is not too big or too small, as well as the weight. The grip must be comfortable.

For indoor photography with a camera on a tripod the high weight is not necessarily an inconvenience. However, when hiking or traveling, it is preferable to choose a lighter camera to reduce weight.

  • Camera Sensor

What if we talk a little technical? The camera sensor is a big part of the picture quality.

Here are the 3 main image sensors: Micro 4/3, APS-C, and Full-Frame.

Full-Frame: Due to its larger size, this sensor allows to have a shallow depth of field with a lovely blurred background, to obtain a good quality image in low light, and it also has the possibility to deliver a better dynamic range to obtain correctly exposed images even when the light is too strong.

APS-C: This sensor is slightly smaller than the full-frame and enables to take nice wide-angle pictures, but with a smaller field of view than the full-frame because there is a cropping system. The main advantages of the APS-C are its reactivity in order to make photographs in bursts faster, and the high efficiency of the autofocus.

Micro 4/3: This sensor with a size about 2x smaller than a full-frame receives less light and has a reduced angle of view which is advantageous for wildlife photography but not for landscape photography. In addition, the main advantage of this sensor is its compactness with a much lighter camera body and lens.

  • Video quality