If you are just starting photography, I will tell you two important things before reading this article. First, the photographer takes the photo, not the camera. The second is that a better camera doesn’t take better pictures. Let’s start our article without forgetting these two points. Finding the best cameras for beginners is the most difficult for those who are new to photography.
This is because there are so many brands of camera models that we have to choose, as well as just starting photography. Choosing a camera that suits your budget among many brand models literally puts us in a bottleneck. When those who are new to photography want to buy a camera, these questions come to mind. Let’s see what are these questions?
- 1- Should I buy a new camera or will a secondhand camera work for me?
- 2- Can I find a camera that fits my budget?
- 3- How good will I take photos with the camera I found and bought?
- 4- Can I use the camera I bought in the future?
In this article, i will try to give a camera suggestions for those who are new to photography. This article does not answer the question of which camera I will take my son, which camera I will take my friends, but it allows you to have an idea.
Dear people who love photography, of course there are many questions in our minds. We are confused. But don’t be afraid I will pull you out of this predicament. Before I answer the above questions, let me tell you a few things.
It is very important here: The most important element and the most important points in the cameras are the sensors of the cameras. The second most important element is lenses.
The part that detects light on the camera is called a sensor. The larger the sensor, the better it detects the light needed for the photo and offers us a better quality photo. It is the lens that drops the light on the sensor. Therefore, these two items are of great importance in cameras. The rest is details.
It is necessary to pay attention to these two items when purchasing the camera. The reason is this. Most of today’s cameras are sensor cropped cameras called APS-C. That’s why almost all APS-C cameras offer very close quality photos, provided they use the same lens. Of course, remember that even though the technologies used vary, the important thing is the sensor. For example, when a camera does not have wi-fi, it is offered as a top version by adding wi-fi in a camera. While the machine without wi-fi is cheap, when you add wifi, the machine becomes little bit more expensive. Well, is it worth paying additional fee for wi-fi, which you will never use or maybe very less? With that additional money, buying a lens will be much more reasonable. Even if this is the case with full-frame machines and medium format machines, even the smallest detail is very important, as professionals use these machines.
The second point was lenses. The lenses of the machines used in photography have interchangeable lenses. So you can take the lens of your camera and attach it. The lenses collect the light and place it on the sensor.
For beginners, the resolution and brightness of the camera LCD panel are also important. Because the LCD panel is important for beginners to check the photo they take on the LCD panel. While its high resolution allows us to examine the details of the photo, the brightness of the screen should be sufficient for us when shooting in bright environments. Advanced photographers can predict photography, and the LCD panel is not that important to them. Some photographers are so confident with the photographs they take that, while they do not even need to examine the LCD panel, some photographers connect the cameras directly to the computer and examine the pictures on the computer.
Generally, 4 types of cameras are used in photography. These are;
1- DSLR APS-C Cameras
Now the sensor sizes of DSLR APS-C cameras are the same. Although the technologies change, the photo quality you will get is very close to each other.
2-DSLR Full Frame cameras
DSLR Full Frame cameras have larger sensors than APS-C cameras, and you can get much better quality pictures than APS-C cameras.
3- Mirrorless Cameras
The sensor in Mirrorless Cameras is much smaller than the above two groups. Therefore, we can say that the photo quality is lower. Of course, mirrorless cameras also have cameras with full-frame sensors. This is due to the strengthening of the position of mirrorless machines in the market, companies have started to produce full-frame mirrorless cameras. Like the Nikon Z series. Mirrorless cameras are generally preferred because of their lightness.
4- Medium Format Cameras
Medium format cameras appeal to high-end photographers, and their prices are higher than car prices.
So far, you have seen that, as you go into detail, it becomes inexorable. The main point we would like to tell you until now is that if the camera’s sensor sizes are the same, you will not regret what brand and model you choose in the same groups above. If the sensor sizes are the same when you are between two or four cameras, your preference should be the camera that fits your budget. This is the case if the sensor dimensions are equal even if it is a top model.
Do not miss the point here, it is the fact that a top model camera will not make almost any difference in terms of the quality of a camera, no matter how many features of the cameras. The difference between the iPhone 6 and 6s is not much different with the cameras.
Don’t be fooled by the megapixel lie in the cameras. Very high megapixel is not always good and does not mean good photography. It is enough for a very good photo to be 4 megapixels. Megapixel will not add much to you.
Let’s not pass without adding to this. Even though the model is not very important when buying an beginner level camera, it will definitely happen in the future, which takes quite a while. Depending on the field you will specialize in, your camera becomes more important. For example, if you are going to make bird photography or take macro photos, the most important element is lens. Then the sensor then the shutter speed of your machine becomes important.
Now we understand that sensors and lenses are important in cameras. The rest is details. After taking note of these important issues, let’s find answers to our main questions.
1- Should I buy a new camera or will a secondhand camera work for me?
There is no difference in photo quality between a new machine and a secondhand machine. Even if it is a 5-year machine, it is okay to buy a second hand machine if the number of shots is low and it is used cleanly. Of course, do not forget that you bought a machine that is out of warranty. Note that even if you buy a guaranteed camera, the cameras do not easily fail. The point to be considered when buying a secondhand camera If you buy your camera from the people you know exactly, you are unlikely to experience trouble. Secondly, you can buy it from the shops. They are very reliable clean companies. Many of them are already guaranteeing the shops. Everyone who is involved in photography does not easily buy new machines or lenses. Of course, this budget issue, the excitement of the new machine is a great feeling if you have a lot of money.
2- Can I find a camera that fits my budget?
Today, there are many secondhand cameras under 300$. For a good photographer, there is not much difference between 300$ or +1000$ camera. Of course, the situation varies according to the photography field you will choose.
3- How good will I take photos with the camera I found and bought?
The first 5,000 frames you take is probably not gonna be good. But after that, you’ll see increase in quality. As you can see, the camera does not have much importance until the first 5 thousand frames.
4- Can I use the camera I bought in the future?
Of course you can use it. It would not be correct to say “dont need anymore”. You can use it as a second machine or you can keep it with you as a backup. Anyway, when you get to that stage, you can take the desired machine according to your photograph needs. However, as I said, these will force you in the future.
Let’s come to Brand Model Ranking. So far, we have tried to inform you more or less. OK, I understand, teacher, I need to tell you which machine to buy now. Well, do not force yourself. I will present you a purchase direction now:)
Camera Recommendations for Beginners
Now friends, there are two important brands in the market called DSLR for those who are new to photography. These brands are Canon and Nikon. The reason for the dominance of these two brands in the market is the variety of lenses. In addition, brands such as Sony, Pentax also have an important place in the market. In addition, mirrorless cameras are very popular nowadays, and there are cameras from every brand in this field. While Sony is leading in this field, brands such as Olympus, Fujifilm, Nikon, Samsung, Panasonic follow it.
Let’s take a look at the DSLR front. Then let’s move on to the mirrorless.
I must say that it is quite difficult to choose a brand here. Canon? Nikon? Sony? Is it Pentax? Nobody can give you the answer to the question. Although there are aspects that each brand is superior to, as well as deficiencies, the technical features of the same level machines are very close to each other.
I made my choice as follows, i examined the Canon machine in my hand and it was not very attractive for me. I also examined Nikon, it seemed more attractive to me. This is a question like BMW or Mercedes, so the solution is impossible. Whatever your heart chooses. However, one reason for preference may be ergonomics. The ergonomics of Canon cameras is better than Nikon for me. At the Sony and Pentax point, choose if your budget is very good because the lens variety of these two machines is few and not easy to find on the market. If you have a Canon machine, you can borrow and use a lens from your friend because Canon machines and lenses are common.
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