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The Camera Buying Guide
You have no idea which camera to buy? Then I can help you with this buying guide!
Since the choice depends very much on your personal preferences, you can now decide what exactly is important to you. Click on one of the buttons below to find the camera that suits you best.
I’m looking for…
- …a very small and light camera for travelling, which gives me the best possible image quality for this size.
- …a slightly larger camera, where I don’t have to change the lens, but which gives me a decent image quality.
- …a very good image quality, but the camera does not have to be super small or super light. I also want to be able to change lenses.
- …the best picture quality I can get, size, weight and budget are secondary.
Small and light for travelling
Are you looking for an exciting and unforgettable journey? Surely you want to capture this experience in pictures, but without carrying too much extra weight. But you also want more image quality than your mobile phone camera can provide. Then a very good compact camera is the right choice for you.
Here I recommend the Sony RX100 VI, which gives you a picture quality that is very good for the size of the camera. The camera works wonderfully in automatic mode. However, if you want to choose settings such as aperture and exposure time by yourself, the RX100 VI also gives you the option. With its 20 megapixels and good lens, you can print your pictures a little larger after the trip without them becoming blurred.
Camera with decent image quality, but no lens change
You want to have a better image quality than that of a compact camera? Size and weight are something you take on yourself for photography? But you do not want to have to change lenses? Then a bridge camera is a good choice for you.
Here I recommend the Sony RX10 IV, which has an extremely wide zoom range and still delivers decent image quality. Therefore, it is also a good option for animal photography. It has a fast autofocus, is easy to use and can shoot up to 24 frames per second.
Very good image quality and interchangeable lenses
You want to occupy yourself more with photography and are looking for a suitable camera? A good image quality is important to you and you would like to be able to use other lenses? Then a system camera or a reflex camera is a good choice for you.
With such one you can easily start into the hobby of photography or even video. No matter if you want to do portrait, sports, landscape, animal photography or video shootings, here you have all possibilities in the long run.
As a reflex camera I can recommend the Canon EOS 800D. It has 24 megapixels, a fast and accurate autofocus and brings a good image quality.
I have been using cameras of this class for years and am still very satisfied with them. Here you get a classic, digital SLR camera. Because these cameras have been around for so long, they are highly developed. A big advantage here is the wide range of lenses and accessories.
A good alternative to the SLR camera is the system camera. System cameras do not have an optical but an electronic viewfinder. This means that when you look through the viewfinder, you are looking at a screen inside the camera. The autofocus is slightly worse, but for 95% of all photographers it is totally sufficient. The same applies to the choice of lenses and accessories. System cameras are currently replacing SLR cameras because they are smaller and lighter for the same image quality.
A good option among the system cameras is the Sony Alpha 6000, which offers good value for money. It has 24 megapixels and you can use different lenses on it. This gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in certain photographic directions.
The best image quality
You want the absolute best picture quality? Size, weight and budget are secondary? Then a high-end system and SLR camera is the best choice for you.
A Sony A7R III system camera delivers fantastic image quality. It is especially used by landscape and architectural photographers who want to make large prints of their images. 42 megapixels provide a suitable resolution.
If you want to have a SLR camera, I can recommend the Nikon D850. 45 megapixels provide enough reserves for large prints and even sections of your pictures.
With both cameras you should be aware that you need good lenses to get the full resolution out of them.
For me, these two cameras are currently the best choice for maximum image quality. Nevertheless, I would like to make a third recommendation.
The Sony A7 III can do almost as much as its big brother, the A7R III, which has a slightly worse viewfinder and 24 instead of 42 megapixels. Nevertheless I find the Sony A7 III sufficient for 98% of photographers. An internal image stabilizer and a high dynamic range are only two of the highlights. As a complete package, this camera has an extremely good price-performance ratio.
I hope the camera buying guide was helpful for you. If you have any questions or are not sure which camera to choose, just write me in the comments.