Where to begin
The most nerve wracking decision for anyone who is in search of a new camera is where to start. There are so many options out there and the differences can be small from one model to the next. When looking for a new camera I find it easier to make a short list of must haves and set a budget for the purchase. This will immediately narrow your search to a more specific range of cameras.
Think of what you will be using the camera for and tailor the features to that need. If you are going to be doing sports photography you won’t want a camera that can only do a few burst photos before it has to buffer. Similarly, if you do a lot of indoor and low light events you will need a camera with a higher ISO range. These little details will help narrow your search quickly.
One of the best tools out there that I have found is a site called Snapsort. You can set a budget and tell it what kind of camera you are in the market for and even specify features to search with. I highly recommend this site as a resource for your purchase. With Snapsort you can even do a side by side comparison between models you are considering so you can get into the details of what each of their capabilities are. The search for a camera has never been easier.
You may be thinking this is all well and good, but what if I don’t know what I’m looking for in the first place? I’ve got you covered. Below you will find my recommendations for beginner, amateur, and professional grade cameras. As you can imagine the higher tier cameras come with a higher tier price tag.
The T5 is a great camera for the beginner photographer. It’s capable in most situations be it low light, action or macro. With the right lenses this camera would be an all around good fit for someone who is concerned about their budget but wants something better than a point and shoot.
For the amateur photographer you really cant go wrong with the 70D. It’s fast for sports photos and decent in low light. It has some great top end features as well, like the ability to connect to it via wifi with a smartphone and the newer image sensor Canon just released. It’s definitely more expensive than something like the T5 but it’s worth it if you have outgrown your current camera.
Last but not least is the Canon EOS 5D. This features a Full Frame sensor, as opposed to the Cropped Sensor of the previous two cameras. The larger sensor will be able to capture more of the scene giving you stunning landscapes and massive panoramas. Although the lenses of the other cameras aren’t going to work on this one, you will probably be ready for better lenses by the time you get to this level.
Got your gear now?
Good, because I’m just getting started. I’ll be here to help you use that shiny new camera and take some amazing photos with it!