How to choose a digital camera

Prerequisite if any, the digital camera (AFN) has invaded homes. AFN at large, since our beloved image box has never been multifaceted: in addition to the existing family of compact, bridge and reflex, to be reckoned with hybrids. The container is changing, but the content also changes very quickly: sensors, zoom, sensitivity, videos, features …

All characteristics on which manufacturers are focused and will play to diversify their ranges to blur the boundaries, sometimes tenuous, between different categories. To choose can become agonizing. So you avoid tugging at the boundary of the inextricable we propose to clear the jungle of the market, focusing all on the use and the user.

While estimating its needs Like most of the amenities one wants to buy, you must first ask some questions before making a choice. They are two in number, quite crucial, regarding the picture: what kind of picture I want to do? What price am I willing to spend? The first question is more complex than it appears, since it encompasses four sub questions are “what, why, how and when.” It will therefore clarify what we want to be photographed (portrait, animals, landscapes, cityscapes, night, sports, etc.), to what purpose (souvenir photo, website, print 10×15 cm, extension, etc.), depending on what practical level (beginner, amateur, enthusiast, etc.) and how regularly (daily photo, regular, occasional, etc.). Each will weigh these four components to the sauce to see the level of requirements and determine its needs.

To use and finance criteria is added a notion of motivation. The latter will validate the size and the maximum weight of equipment that the user will tolerate. And it will also confirm or deny the need for camera manual operation (shooting modes, focus …) and certain characteristics (RAW format, flash shoe …), if you speak motivation to learn photography.

The issues to resolve at this stage opportunities will emerge, choices will begin to refine. Naturally enough, users will be directed towards the two opposing branches of the offer, small compact one hand, good reflex of the other. Where the node will be the hardest to unravel, it’s in the middle of the spectrum, for those who hesitate between several device families. Indeed, diversification of portfolio is such, especially in the great family of compact, a high-end model of this device category can easily be measured by a bridge, a hybrid and even an entry SLR range on certain aspects (large sensor compact).

Perform a good balance between finances, needs and motivation and will help to guide the inevitable compromise in one direction or another: choose the image quality leaves that the device is more bulky, complicated to use or expensive, focus compactness and versatility even review its quality requirements down. For it is a fact: the perfect device does not exist. And if there was, it would probably be very expensive, and therefore not perfect …

The small compact big SLR market is dense!

In many cases, the multi-equipment is the best solution for a maximum of expectations, of course if the budget allows. Typically a compact for a souvenir photo and a daily reflex for a more timely and thoughtful very qualitative practice. Because lug an SLR and objectives always requires self discipline that takes photographic devotion. But conversely, take photos licked ultra compact with a small basic is very difficult, if not impossible. But let the budget allows it … And for many users, the budget is precisely the central problem. With shading in fear of being wrong at the time of the decision, either by purchasing a disproportionate device, a sub-proportioned unit. And no one wants to choose between waste or frustration …

What about the new opportunity or old?

The D3100 with target price of naked D3200 The market for digital photo opportunity is viewed with tweezers. Indeed, outside of said material reflex semi-pro (and a fortiori from professional equipment), which enjoys a superior finish (magnesium alloy casing, seals, guaranteed x trigger for shooting, etc. ), you should not opt ​​for this opportunity if the device referred is no longer under warranty. Unless of course you do know the person (and his meticulousness) that you sell the product …

What is more interesting, however, are the devices for series that have just been replaced, but are still marketed until stocks are exhausted. It should of course know what brings the new model and ensure that this is not exactly a characteristic that is sought. But the renewal of lines goes so fast (up to one year in the heart of the compact ranges, sometimes two years on the SLR and compact niche) that there is generally no major change between a product and its successor direct. Except that the product price decreases sharply replaced …

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