A lot of cameras these days come with extra features that you may or may not care about. I’m talking about touchscreen interfaces, built-in GPS, WiFi, weather resistance, pivoting screens, and so on.
The main features you should be looking at in terms of actual image quality are the sensor size, aperture range, level of manual control, and, for camera’s without an interchangeable lens, the optical zoom. Beyond that, which features you are interested in depend on your needs.
Learn the basics of photography. Aperture, Shutter speed and ISO. The fundamental big 3 you NEED to know!
Camera Top Picks
The best camera you can buy right now – Fujifilm X-T30Source
The best DSLR camera for pros and serious enthusiasts – Nikon D850
The best entry-level DSLR around gets updated with 4K video – Canon EOS 250D / Rebel SL3
The best 4K camera for video and filmmakers – Panasonic Lumix GH5
Nikon’s more affordable full-frame mirrorless camera – Nikon Z6
The all-round best mirrorless camera you can buy right now – Sony Alpha A7 III
The best compact camera – particularly for action or travel photography – Sony Cyber-shot RX100 Mark IV
The best travel camera for your holidays – Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III
A terrific GoPro rival, at an extremely competitive price – DJI Osmo Action
The best camera under $250 – Canon PowerShot SX620 HS
What The Camera You Use Say About You?
You can speak a lot about a person by what car they drive, what clothes they wear and what camera they use. Are you a Cool Professional DSLR, the Average Joe Compact or the Hipster Holga? Yes, your choice of photographic tools can portray more about you than you’d expect, so it’s best to be alert and use the below as a guide.
Digital Photography 101
This infographic from The Backdrop Store covers all the ins and outs for those ready to take the leap. It discusses basics such as ISO, shutter speed, exposure compensation, and even a few thornier topics.