Just a few months ago I heard a woman ask a clerk at Walmart this question. He showed her a camera and explained to her that it was a good camera because that company also made televisions. That is a general answer that most consumers would accept into buying a camera.
This will be a series of three different post to be able to answer the "right" answer.
There are 3 important elements that can help you decide on choosing the right camera:
- the brand/manufacturer
- subject matter (what will you be photographing)
- portability (point and shoot or DSLR)
In this post I will be talking about brands/manufacturer.
There are over 50 manufacturers of cameras worldwide with Canon and Nikon being the two best known. Manufacturers will make two different types of cameras, consumer and professional. Most cameras sold in retail stores are targeted to the regular consumer and due to today's technology these little cameras are very impressive in capturing images.
So, why are some cameras $40 and others $150?
Well, you have to understand, even though they both are capable of "capturing" an image., the technology, hardware and body are composed of either "low materials" or "high quality materials."And by "high quality materials" I mean that that they will have a good quality lens, buttons, lcd screen etc..
You will notice the difference on your printed image and how long the built quality of each camera can last without giving you a problem.
The feel of different cameras, well, it's just different: the LCD display, the buttons, menus, the way the image shows on the LCD and the output of the final image.
Nowadays they even sell digital cameras for kids! I seen some of them from $20 to $80. And they do capture an image.
So, keep in mind, knowing what kind of brand to purchase is important in your final decision but, not all the time, I will explain this better in the last post.
In my next post, we will talk about the second reason that will determine the type of camera you can buy, Subject matter.