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Choosing The Right Camera For You

Not every camera is for everyone and neither is every camera suitable for every situation. If you don't know what to look for, don't worry. We've explained down below what you need to look for when finding your next camera.

For Beginners

Wildlife Photography

When shooting wildlife, a camera with a great zoom and a fast (at least 1/100to capture running animals) shutter speed is essential. A bridge camera is a great compromise for an expensive DSLR and lenses. With a bridge camera, you still get a profound zoom range for only a fraction of the cost.

Landscape photography

For landscape scenes, your main concern is not fast shutter speed, but high megapixels to capture the scenery. We suggest 24mp or higher to capture the details and to create high quality prints. For night photography, you'll benefit from a camera with a higher ISO setting (>1600).

Action and sports photography

Whether your subject is moving or not, your camera should be fast enough to catch all movement. We suggest you choose a camera with 5 frames per second or above. If you are the one moving, a durable mounted action camera provides a unique, first-hand view.

Portrait photography

Most camera styles allow you to shoot excellent photos of people and pets. For more posed shot, higher end DSLR cameras or mirrorless cameras is what we suggest. For candid photos, a compact camera, which are a great lightweight option to have, is recommended.

For Professionals

Superb image quality

For a practically grain-free shot, large image sensors are what you need, which is also good for low light conditions. Full-frame sensors, which are twice as big as APS-C sensors, is seen as an essential by professionals.

Interchangeable lenses

Although DSLRs and mirrorless cameras come with standard lens, having a camera with interchangeable lenses give you the freedom of swapping from lens to lens for more astounding shots.

High accuracy

DSLRs are equipped with an optical viewfinder, allowing you to see through the lens. As for mirrorless cameras, then they have a digital one. Regardless if you prefer one or the other, autofocus points can give you sharp images, rather than a lost opportunity.

Total creative control

If you know your way around a camera, you would want more control than ever. Using full manual controls gives you the most out of your camera as well affording you a more creative control.

Action shots

Sports, news and wildlife all require you to capture fleeting moments. A camera with higher fps rate or "continuous shooting" rate and minimal shutter-lag is what we recommend for you.

For Travel

Size matters

When travelling, having a small compact camera is great. They are, lightweight and can be place in your bag or pocket with ease. Whilst barely taking up any room at all, they are equipped with all the key functions.

Is it mountable?

As a traveller, you can mount your camera to your wrist, head or chest, and watch from a new and different viewpoint. This also gives you stability, eliminating shaky images.

Battery life

You never know what life might bring you whatever adventure you are on, so always be equipped with chargers, adapters and spare batteries to prevent your camera dying before your journey ends.

Water resistant

If you shoot in close proximity to water, having a camera that is water-resistantis key for you. Having a water-resistant camera will still give you great shots without getting damaged.

Get connected

As a traveller, you would often want to upload or stream your photos and videos to your PC or social media, perhaps whilst on the go or hassle-free. A camera with Wi-Fi or Bluetooth is key for you.

For Vlogging

Flip screen cameras

Vloggers, you enjoy talking to the camera and it'll really help if your vlogging camera has a flip screen. A flip screen allows you to see all your footage as you record it.

Connectivity

Wi-Fi allows you to directly upload your vlog to your smart phone. Even though you may prefer to transfer your vlog via a SD card so you can edit it on your laptop, it is handy if you want to upload to social media quickly.

Video quality

Filming in HD ensures your vlogs are the best they can possibly be. If you want to go beyond this, then 4K is the highest, capturing every detail.

Image stabilizer & autofocus

When vlogging on the go, parts of the video may become blurry or shaky, what a nightmare! To prevent this, image stabilizer and autofocus helps smooth your footage and focus to minimise any ‘camera shake’ or blurring.

Low-light performance

Different settings will have different lighting. To help control the lighting when filming, you need a camera with wide lens aperture and a large sensor.

Compact size

Carrying your vlogging camera for day-to-day use whilst you are constantly on the move may be a burden to carry if it is not compact in size. So, when finding your perfect camera, look for a nice, small compact one.