The adage goes,
The best camera is the one you have with you
This is usually meant as advice to the people that buy a range topping camera, some really nice lenses and then leave the whole thing at home, because it’s big, heavy, expesnive and instead they end up taking all their shots with their iPhone, because it’s the only camera they actually have on them, when they see something they want to shoot.
There’s reason that the iPhone is the most used camera in the world! And don’t get me wrong.. Our phones are now able to take amazing pictures, and are perfectly valid..
…but if you find yourself continuously using your phone, then perhaps that £6000 Canon 5DS wasn’t such a good buy!
So what camera do I recommend?
Tough one… But I will recommend that you should get a camera that you can have a relationship with!
Let me (try and) explain. You should enjoy using your camera, you should gel with how the manufacturer has laid out the controls, you should like the colour pallet and tonal ranges that the brand puts into its cameras. You should, in short, love your camera, want to take care of it, keep it clean, be sufficiently attached to it to want to take it with out you, and to remember not to leave it behind.
You won’t kickstart your creativity by maxing out your credit card. Super fast tracking mode is only actually important for super fast tracking. Every camera these days is packed with features that you don’t really need and probably won’t use.
A camera needs to offer you an easy way to take pictures, with controls to change the settings for your pictures that fall easily to hand and that you effortlessly remember how to use.
The best camera is the one that inspires you to use it, the camera that you want to take out with you and shoot your pictures. The joy of photography should start with the correct tool for the job.
What’s another adage? A bad worker blames their tools. Find the camera that’s right for you. Google reviews of cameras that you might want to buy, look at photos taken by cameras you might want to buy, read user forums about cameras you might want to buy (once you sort the wheat from the chaff, another adage) nothing really beats real user experience.
And finally, once you have a short list of potential cameras, go to a store, and ask to try them, ask the sales person to demo them, they’re there to help you; use that help.
If you simply buy the best newest camera that your piggy bank or credit rating can get you, with the most buttons and features, then you’ve bought a disposable consumer item, that someone else will take great creative profit from, when you flip it on ebay 6 months later (and you will take great financial loss)
And a final bit of the advice? The camera that the press loved last year, that’s just been replaced by the mark2 version, is still a great camera… It’s also probably about 30-50% cheaper than it was back then too…