I feel like I’ve been having this conversation a lot lately so I thought a blog post might be helpful! With so many cameras on the market, people always tend to seek help when making their purchasing decision. Does it focus fast enough, will the images be sharp enough, will it last for years? All great questions and what I think is so great about cameras today is that the answers are different for everyone! For example, if you’re wanting to make sure the camera focuses fast because you have a toddler that’s different than if you want the camera to focus fast because your son plays soccer and you want to take photos during the games. Different equipment, different goal.
So that’s where I always like to start – what’s your goal for the camera? For the purpose of this blog post, let’s assume that the goal is to take great family photos at home and on vacation. You want something lightweight, easy to use and without a lot of lenses and attachments. Something you can keep in your purse and access quickly. From a budget perspective we’ll assume you’re willing to pay for the best value for your money but just be aware that there are LOADS of options out there for every budget. Don’t assume you need to spend $1,000 to get a camera that meets your needs.
For this situation I always recommend taking a look at the new CIL (compact interchangeable lens) cameras. These little cameras are fast, lightweight and much easier to manage than an SLR. I have the Fuji x100s and I love that it has a fixed lens and it fits in my coat pocket. It has made vacation travels much more enjoyable and frankly, it makes taking pictures fun for me. This little camera is just so stinkin’ cute and easy to operate that I frequently switch between manual and auto controls depending on the situation and it’s just so much fun to use that I find myself “playing” with it and really enjoying taking photos. To see some of my trips documented with the fuji click here, here or here. I think Fuji is doing a great job in this CIL category, so really you can’t go wrong with any of the Fuji x series cameras, this one just happens to be the one I own but that doesn’t mean it’s right for you!
The 2nd thing I always tell folks that are searching is to go into a store and hold the camera. Make sure it makes sense in your hands. Can you easily find the menus, the flash controls, etc. If you have to search for stuff you won’t like the camera. Every camera system is different, so a menu that makes sense to you might totally confuse me. Buy what works for you, not something you need to “learn” or you’ll be fighting with it every step of the way.
And lastly – if you’re making a big purchase like this I highly recommend that you rent before you buy. My favorite camera rental source is lensrentals.com – their rates are very reasonable and their service is fantastic. Rent a camera for your next vacation and really put it to the test before you make the big purchase and I promise you won’t regret it!
Happy shopping everyone!