You must have thought your troubles were over when you bought a digital camera while everyone around you was still stuck on film. Soon enough, however, you realized that the choices were merely starting to open up.
Digital photography is probably one of the fastest-evolving technologies, aside from computers and mobile devices. Big, medium, compact, dSLR, mirrorless, cheap, expensive… The sheer amount of models alone can be quite overwhelming.
For some reason, everyone wants the best camera that captures details like a pro, even if they’re just taking pictures of their pets. Digital cameras can go from less than $100 to thousands of dollars, so how can you know which one is right for you? Here are 4 top models, sorted by price.
Canon PowerShot SX600 HS:
For around $250, this camera isn’t what you’d call dirt cheap, but it’s getting there. A compact digital camera with moderate features, the SX600 HS looks to replace your iPhone’s cam as you aim to make photos of a better quality. It won’t bother you by asking for too much input, being built around automatic modes as you’d expect from an entry-level camera. While the picture quality is quite decent and the zoom is surprisingly effective for the camera’s compact size, the slow lens will make fast-shutter photography off-limits.
dSLR cameras have been all the rage for a while now, and every striving amateur photographer wants one even if they don’t know what these devices really do. A dSLR camera lets you change lens as you see fit and provides better accuracy when estimating the light on your photos, but is also notably larger. For $350, Nikon’s D3100 is as good of an entry-level dSLR as you can get. It doesn’t have any real drawbacks when compared to similar cameras in the price range and will give the educated photographer a good bit more control over how the pictures turn out.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100:
Inexperienced photographers might dismiss compact cameras as unable to produce photos of a quality comparable to dSLR ones, but this is far from true. In fact, many premium compacts produce far better images than entry or even mid-level dSLRs. The DMC-LX100 is one such camera – while it might not be the smallest option due to its large lens, both the photo and video quality are astounding. If you don’t mind a fixed LCD, enjoy tinkering with features and are ready to give $700 for a quality camera, this might be your model of choice.
You can’t say pro dSLR cameras without saying Nikon. The D750 is one of the best choices for advanced photographers due to its shooting performance coupled with tremendous picture quality. It also has a plethora of well-implemented state-of-the-art features like Live View. The price isn’t as good, though – $1,900 just for the body is quite a bit of money to give if you’re not particularly serious about your photography. If you are, though, expect the D750 to take your photos to the next level.