Best camera to buy for photography

Finally, have you thought of getting a new camera or are thinking of upgrading your old camera.

Congratulations !

But there is a problem which camera should I get for photography?

So just wait a little and write your requirements on a paper that:

  • What do I need from a new camera; Photo, video or both.
  • I  I am going to use it |I kind of photographyWhat do I need from a new camera; Photo, video or both.

We think that if we have taken DSLR, we can take very good photos but it is not like that at all.

By joining this race, we take an expensive DSLR and lens, but later it remains in a corner.

The thing to note is that first we understand the specifics of our camera (be it any camera).

Spend some time with your camera and   try to understand the basic words of photography like shutter, aperture, ISO, focus etc.

This is not an article but a discussion between me and you where I will share with you my photography experiences of the last 20 years.

I have used many types of cameras over the years and this information is going to be very important for you.

You will be able to learn a lot from these experiences that will help you choose a great camera. 

Before proceeding, you should also keep an eye on these camera shopping rate guides, which are specially for you: –

  • What do I need from a new camera; Photo, video or both.
  • I kind of photography  I am going to use it |I kind of photographyWhat do I need from a new camera; Photo, video or both.

My photography journey!

Film roll camera (SLR) tour 

Around 1999, I took my first SLR film camera – ‘Kodak – KB10’.

Kodak dominated at that time and it was a cheap, beautiful and durable camera that allowed me to start my photography.  

Film camera

This camera had a fixed focus lens of 30 mm, f / 8.

It was completely a manual photography camera with a fixed ISO of 1/100.

But the first one is first, so there are great memories associated with this camera. 

In  2003, I again took the ‘KE-60’ model of kodak which was an automatic as well as a little developed.

E indicating 29  Mm, had fixed focus lens of f / 5.6 which was brought in more light, which is fine in low light  photos  came |Don’t forget to watch:

  • What do I need from a new camera; Photo, video or both.
  • I  I am going to use it |I kind of photographyWhat do I need from a new camera; Photo, video or both.

Enter the digital world | Point and shoot  photography camera 

By 2005, I started thinking about digital cameras because the whole world was running the same way.

I thought that now something happens even above 36  photos (film roles).

In digital photography camera, take as many photos as you want and there is no problem of ruining the film.

Digital photography camera

Digital cameras were very expensive at that time.

I took the 6 megapixel point and shoot model of Canon ‘A 540’ which was around 15000  rupees at that time.

This was the biggest investment for me so far.

It was a new thing for me to switch from fixed to variable focal length as this camera had 4X optical zoom (35 – 140 mm).

This camera had full manual controls as well as auto.

Such as aperture f / 2.6 to f / 5.5, ISO 80 to 800 and shutter could be changed from 15 to 1/2000 seconds.

In addition to this, you could also record video of VGA (640 x 480) resolution at 30 fps.

Using this camera, my photography also rose to a level because I learned a lot from it.

Advantages of point and shoot photography camera

  • What do I need from a new camera; Photo, video or both.
  • I  I am going to use it |I kind of photographyWhat do I need from a new camera; Photo, video or both.

But it is still better than the smartphone because they have a larger sensor (1 / 2.3 ″ – 6.17 x 4.55 mm) and longer zoom.

Seeing the way mobile photography technology is evolving, it seems that in a few years, the point & shoot will really be out of competition.

Point and shoot photography camera damage

  • What do I need from a new camera; Photo, video or both.
  • I  I am going to use it |I kind of photographyWhat do I need from a new camera; Photo, video or both.

The Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II, for example, has a 1-inch (13.2 x 8.8 mm) sensor which, being larger, gives a good picture even under low light.

  • What do I need from a new camera; Photo, video or both.
  • I  I am going to use it |I kind of photographyWhat do I need from a new camera; Photo, video or both.

Many low-cost point and shoot cameras lack manual mode, so photography does not have that much control. 

  • What do I need from a new camera; Photo, video or both.
  • I  I am going to use it |I kind of photographyWhat do I need from a new camera; Photo, video or both.

Try to get optical stabilization in such camera which is much better.

Overall, we can say that in today’s time a properly mobile camera is better than any ordinary point and shoot camera.

What is a bridge camera? | Bridge cameras start 

In 2007-08, the camera industry was undergoing latest experiments and rapid changes.

Now came the era of full HD (1080 P) and big megapixels.

This year a new type of camera has entered the market – ‘Superzoom Bridge’ camera.

Bridge camera is a camera with longer zoom, better video and faster Burst mode.

Even from a corner, some of them look like DSLRs and many have full manual controls.

Camera purchase assistance

For example, there  were some successful bridge cameras of 2007-08.

  • What do I need from a new camera; Photo, video or both.
  • I  I am going to use it |I kind of photographyWhat do I need from a new camera; Photo, video or both.

I too started to feel that now the time to change the camera again is approaching.

All the cameras that were coming at this time had 8 to 10 megapixel 1 / 2.3-1 / 2.5 inch sensors and many still had full HD video recording. 

Innovation in bridge camera technology over time

I decided to wait some more time.

Around August 2009, I decided to take the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX1, which was the latest entry in the series.

This camera had 20X zoom plus 10 fps burst.

Although the video was limited to HD (1440 x 1080, 30 fps) only, it had a CMOS-G lens, 1/4000 minimum shutter speed and numerous shooting modes that made it different from other cameras. 

We will talk about the development of DSLR cameras in another post, but here it is important to point out that even in DSLR seeing the growing popularity of bridge cameras HD video went involves |

The Nikon-D90 was the first DSLR to feature 1280x720p video recording.

Start of Micro Four Thirds (MFT) cameras. Changing camera technology 

In 2008, Olympus introduced a new standard – ‘Micro Four Thirds system (MFT or M4 / 3)’ which had a crop factor of 2.0 and was later adopted by Panasonic.

Camera purchase information

Now it was a period of new experiments and photography equipment was coming within reach. But still taking a DSLR camera with a lens was beyond the reach of many people like us.

By 2014, the photography industry had become highly developed.

Now I was starting to look like 9 megapixels inadequate and there was a lack of HD video at high frame rate. 

Then I took the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX400V camera. It had a 20 megapixel CMOS sensor and f / 2.8 – f / 6.3 aperture.

In addition to 50X optical zoom, it also had Wi-Fi, NFC, GPS and full HD video recording up to 60 fps.

It was the highest level bridge camera of the time.

sony bridge camera

I thoroughly practiced all manual controls with my Sony camera.

This camera was meeting all my requirements but still looked like there was something left.

It used to perform well in high light, but in dim light it could not work like that due to its small sensor (1 / 2.3 inch).

At this time every point and shoot and bridge cameras worked on the focus method of contrast detection, which made it difficult to focus on the tele zoom end.

But I think it is still an excellent camera for me, except for a few shortcomings.

Advantages of bridge camera 

  • Long zoom – This type of cameras offers a better zoom which is very good for wildlife.

Nikon has just launched the Coolpix P1000 which has 125X optical zoom which is the highest zoom ever.

  • Features like DSLR – Except for changing the lens, almost all other features are similar to DSLR.

There are also many features like manual control, IS, continuous drive. 

  • With optical image stabilization  Nowadays most of the bridge cameras have optical image stabilization.

Bridge camera damage

  • Small sensor – Their sensor size is smaller than DSLR and some large Sensor superzoom cameras, so they are not able to give better pictures in low light.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV, for example, has a 1-inch (13.2 x 8.8 mm) sensor which, being larger, gives a good picture even under low light. Bridge superzoom has the best camera yet. 

  • Larger size and weight – Their weight is same as DSLR but these cameras do not have the hassle of changing lenses frequently.
  • Not autofocus like DSLR – except for some cameras all bridge superzooms use contrast detection technology for focus which is relatively slow.

However, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV has phase detection autofocus in addition to contrast detection so that it gives better results in photos and videos and can be called one of the best bridge camera of today.

Note – If you are a bit serious for photography then compact / ultra compact camera is not for you. Bridge cameras with larger sensors are better than a simple DSLR.

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Finally, have you thought of getting a new camera or are thinking of upgrading your old camera.

Congratulations !

But there is a problem which camera should I get for photography?

So just wait a little and write your requirements on a paper that:

  • What do I need from a new camera; Photo, video or both.
  • I  I am going to use it |I kind of photographyWhat do I need from a new camera; Photo, video or both.

We think that if we have taken DSLR, we can take very good photos but it is not like that at all.

By joining this race, we take an expensive DSLR and lens, but later it remains in a corner.

The thing to note is that first we understand the specifics of our camera (be it any camera).

Spend some time with your camera and   try to understand the basic words of photography like shutter, aperture, ISO, focus etc.

This is not an article but a discussion between me and you where I will share with you my photography experiences of the last 20 years.

I have used many types of cameras over the years and this information is going to be very important for you.

You will be able to learn a lot from these experiences that will help you choose a great camera. 

Before proceeding, you should also keep an eye on these camera shopping rate guides, which are specially for you: –

  • What do I need from a new camera; Photo, video or both.
  • I kind of photography  I am going to use it |I kind of photographyWhat do I need from a new camera; Photo, video or both.

My photography journey!

Film roll camera (SLR) tour 

Around 1999, I took my first SLR film camera – ‘Kodak – KB10’.

Kodak dominated at that time and it was a cheap, beautiful and durable camera that allowed me to start my photography.  

Film camera

This camera had a fixed focus lens of 30 mm, f / 8.

It was completely a manual photography camera with a fixed ISO of 1/100.

But the first one is first, so there are great memories associated with this camera. 

In  2003, I again took the ‘KE-60’ model of kodak which was an automatic as well as a little developed.

E indicating 29  Mm, had fixed focus lens of f / 5.6 which was brought in more light, which is fine in low light  photos  came |Don’t forget to watch:

  • What do I need from a new camera; Photo, video or both.
  • I  I am going to use it |I kind of photographyWhat do I need from a new camera; Photo, video or both.

Enter the digital world | Point and shoot  photography camera 

By 2005, I started thinking about digital cameras because the whole world was running the same way.

I thought that now something happens even above 36  photos (film roles).

In digital photography camera, take as many photos as you want and there is no problem of ruining the film.

Digital photography camera

Digital cameras were very expensive at that time.

I took the 6 megapixel point and shoot model of Canon ‘A 540’ which was around 15000  rupees at that time.

This was the biggest investment for me so far.

It was a new thing for me to switch from fixed to variable focal length as this camera had 4X optical zoom (35 – 140 mm).

This camera had full manual controls as well as auto.

Such as aperture f / 2.6 to f / 5.5, ISO 80 to 800 and shutter could be changed from 15 to 1/2000 seconds.

In addition to this, you could also record video of VGA (640 x 480) resolution at 30 fps.

Using this camera, my photography also rose to a level because I learned a lot from it.

Advantages of point and shoot photography camera

  • What do I need from a new camera; Photo, video or both.
  • I  I am going to use it |I kind of photographyWhat do I need from a new camera; Photo, video or both.

But it is still better than the smartphone because they have a larger sensor (1 / 2.3 ″ – 6.17 x 4.55 mm) and longer zoom.

Seeing the way mobile photography technology is evolving, it seems that in a few years, the point & shoot will really be out of competition.

Point and shoot photography camera damage

  • What do I need from a new camera; Photo, video or both.
  • I  I am going to use it |I kind of photographyWhat do I need from a new camera; Photo, video or both.

The Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II, for example, has a 1-inch (13.2 x 8.8 mm) sensor which, being larger, gives a good picture even under low light.

  • What do I need from a new camera; Photo, video or both.
  • I  I am going to use it |I kind of photographyWhat do I need from a new camera; Photo, video or both.

Many low-cost point and shoot cameras lack manual mode, so photography does not have that much control. 

  • What do I need from a new camera; Photo, video or both.
  • I  I am going to use it |I kind of photographyWhat do I need from a new camera; Photo, video or both.

Try to get optical stabilization in such camera which is much better.

Overall, we can say that in today’s time a properly mobile camera is better than any ordinary point and shoot camera.

What is a bridge camera? | Bridge cameras start 

In 2007-08, the camera industry was undergoing latest experiments and rapid changes.

Now came the era of full HD (1080 P) and big megapixels.

This year a new type of camera has entered the market – ‘Superzoom Bridge’ camera.

Bridge camera is a camera with longer zoom, better video and faster Burst mode.

Even from a corner, some of them look like DSLRs and many have full manual controls.

Camera purchase assistance

For example, there  were some successful bridge cameras of 2007-08.

  • What do I need from a new camera; Photo, video or both.
  • I  I am going to use it |I kind of photographyWhat do I need from a new camera; Photo, video or both.

I too started to feel that now the time to change the camera again is approaching.

All the cameras that were coming at this time had 8 to 10 megapixel 1 / 2.3-1 / 2.5 inch sensors and many still had full HD video recording. 

Innovation in bridge camera technology over time

I decided to wait some more time.

Around August 2009, I decided to take the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX1, which was the latest entry in the series.

This camera had 20X zoom plus 10 fps burst.

Although the video was limited to HD (1440 x 1080, 30 fps) only, it had a CMOS-G lens, 1/4000 minimum shutter speed and numerous shooting modes that made it different from other cameras. 

We will talk about the development of DSLR cameras in another post, but here it is important to point out that even in DSLR seeing the growing popularity of bridge cameras HD video went involves |

The Nikon-D90 was the first DSLR to feature 1280x720p video recording.

Start of Micro Four Thirds (MFT) cameras. Changing camera technology 

In 2008, Olympus introduced a new standard – ‘Micro Four Thirds system (MFT or M4 / 3)’ which had a crop factor of 2.0 and was later adopted by Panasonic.

Camera purchase information

Now it was a period of new experiments and photography equipment was coming within reach. But still taking a DSLR camera with a lens was beyond the reach of many people like us.

By 2014, the photography industry had become highly developed.

Now I was starting to look like 9 megapixels inadequate and there was a lack of HD video at high frame rate. 

Then I took the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX400V camera. It had a 20 megapixel CMOS sensor and f / 2.8 – f / 6.3 aperture.

In addition to 50X optical zoom, it also had Wi-Fi, NFC, GPS and full HD video recording up to 60 fps.

It was the highest level bridge camera of the time.

sony bridge camera

I thoroughly practiced all manual controls with my Sony camera.

This camera was meeting all my requirements but still looked like there was something left.

It used to perform well in high light, but in dim light it could not work like that due to its small sensor (1 / 2.3 inch).

At this time every point and shoot and bridge cameras worked on the focus method of contrast detection, which made it difficult to focus on the tele zoom end.

But I think it is still an excellent camera for me, except for a few shortcomings.

Advantages of bridge camera 

  • Long zoom – This type of cameras offers a better zoom which is very good for wildlife.

Nikon has just launched the Coolpix P1000 which has 125X optical zoom which is the highest zoom ever.

  • Features like DSLR – Except for changing the lens, almost all other features are similar to DSLR.

There are also many features like manual control, IS, continuous drive. 

  • With optical image stabilization  Nowadays most of the bridge cameras have optical image stabilization.

Bridge camera damage

  • Small sensor – Their sensor size is smaller than DSLR and some large Sensor superzoom cameras, so they are not able to give better pictures in low light.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV, for example, has a 1-inch (13.2 x 8.8 mm) sensor which, being larger, gives a good picture even under low light. Bridge superzoom has the best camera yet. 

  • Larger size and weight – Their weight is same as DSLR but these cameras do not have the hassle of changing lenses frequently.
  • Not autofocus like DSLR – except for some cameras all bridge superzooms use contrast detection technology for focus which is relatively slow.

However, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV has phase detection autofocus in addition to contrast detection so that it gives better results in photos and videos and can be called one of the best bridge camera of today.

Note – If you are a bit serious for photography then compact / ultra compact camera is not for you. Bridge cameras with larger sensors are better than a simple DSLR.

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