Choosing a camera can be a daunting affair – with such a wide variety and prices being quite high, you need to know your stuff! (Doing some research is a good start.) First things first: What are your needs and expectations from the camera you are looking to buy? Do you want to capture everyday moments with something small and compact? Are you looking to take your vlogging to a more serious level? Or do you need a camera with x-amount of megapixels that shoots high frames per second? These are all questions you have to ask yourself before choosing the best camera for you.

Let’s take a look at the different types of cameras on the market and what their advantages are.

Compact cameras

Compact cameras, also known as point-and-shoot cameras, are easy to use with auto and manual focus, and different exposure setting options. A built-in flash allows you to capture quality images without technical photographic expertise. Their image sensors are slightly smaller, which means they don’t offer the same professional quality as DSLR cameras but as the name suggests, offer a more portable solution for capturing everyday moments. These cameras are also a good start for children who show interest in photography or creative content creation. There is no doubt that vlogging is fast becoming one of the most popular online marketing trends and compact cameras are ideal! This being said – your gear has to be capable and compact cameras allow for this great function to be utilised. Explore our variety of compact cameras.

Compact cameras

Bridge cameras

Digital bridge cameras fill the gap between DSLR and point-and-shoot. There is no need for interchangeable lenses as the attached lens has impressive zoom capabilities helping you cover both closeups and long-distance scenes, even bragging with super-zoom technology. It’s a user-friendly camera, much like the point-and-shoot, but offers more features allowing you to take quality pictures without hassle. The latest bridge cameras come with built-in WiFi, which means you can share your memories on social media platforms on the go! Bridge cameras are a bit more robust in build and usually have built-in flashes. Safari to seaside, this camera will be your travel companion to capture memorable moments.

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DSLR cameras

Well known trusted technology and design gives you the megapixels and frames per second to capture once in a lifetime wildlife moments and stunning studio portraits. Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) cameras are typically camera bodies with interchangeable lens systems and your go-to for high-quality commercial photography – even in the most demanding shooting conditions. With larger image sensors, faster-focusing response and the benefits of a vast range of different interchangeable lenses, we highly recommend digital SLR camera bodies for professional photography. DSLRs also offers the avid hobbyist photographer creative freedom and quality results.

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Mirrorless cameras

It’s not the future, it’s here, and shows no signs of fading out. Mirrorless cameras don’t have a mirror and mirror box to switch scenes from the optical viewfinder to the image sensor and shutter, inside the camera. Instead, most viewfinder functions are electronic. This allows the camera body to be smaller, narrower and therefore, lighter. (They’re also referred to as mirrorless interchangeable-lens (MILC) cameras.) Mirrorless cameras can be used by anyone – whether you’re out on a safari, next to the sports field or taking photos at home. They offer a variety of different mirrorless lenses to help you create high-quality imagery and by using an adaptor, you can even use your old DLSR lenses. (These are subject to certain brands and models. Have a look at the Canon compatibility).  Although it might seem scary to switch to mirrorless – once you get the hang of it, you will be amazed.

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High-end cameras

The power of quality is an undeniable factor when it comes to collectable photography gear and high-end cameras. Leica is a powerful and renowned name in the camera industry, crafted with conscience and ultimate engineering. These cameras are made to deliver incredible content. Discreet and powerful, Leica caters for ambitious newcomers to advanced photographers, with a streamlined design and interface over their entire range. They also have limited edition collectable cameras and the presentation of their products are incredible. 

Compact. Powerful. Enhanced. Hasselblad’s highly compact X System enables portable medium format photography; combining uncompromising image quality, precision mechanics, and ergonomic design. The brand originally became known for its classic analog medium-format cameras that used a waist-level viewfinder. Perhaps the most famous use of the Hasselblad camera was during the Apollo program missions when the first humans landed on the Moon.

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Now you can make your next camera purchase with a sound mind. Compact cameras and bridge cameras are easier to operate and also more budget-friendly. DSLR and Mirrorless cameras with interchangeable lenses are aimed at avid hobbyists and professionals, you can build your kit to match your interests. Keep an eye out for specials and used gear to expand or start your kit.

Still confused about what your next body should be? Email us at info@outdoorphoto.co.za or phone us at (012) 348 3693 and our team will be happy to guide you through the process.