The debate among photographers continues on a daily basis as to which camera is better, Nikon or Canon. I am here to tell you that there is no easy answer to this question so I shoot both. I am a huge fan of both brands and I also like Sony and Fuji as well. Today the photographer has tons of choices when it comes to camera selection so I will try to help you narrow that choice down in this article.
The first myth that I want to dispel is that just because you have an expensive camera doesn’t mean that you are going to be a better photographer. If you can’t take great pictures with a $500 dollar camera then you can’t take great pictures with a $3000 dollar camera. A more expensive camera will just mean a very expensive collection of bad images. My first piece of advice is to have a good grip on your photography fundamentals and your style before you invest a load of money into a PRO LEVEL camera.
The second myth that I want to dispel is one brand is better than the other. The fact of the matter is no brand is perfect but all brands have something unique to them that they offer. Some brands offer water proof housing while others offer wireless flash communication and GPS. The choice that one has to make gets even harder when you look at the options that come along with the cameras. Make sure and do your homework, extra bells and whistles may not equal better images.
The best way to choose a camera is to look at what genre of photography you will be shooting and what kind of camera performance is required for that genre. A perfect example would be if you shoot sports then you would need to look at cameras that offer a high FPS (frames per second) and have fast focusing. Wedding photographers need to look at the ISO performance as well as the image quality of the camera. All major camera manufactures offer quality in various price ranges so make sure you are buying according to your shooting needs. When I first started out I bought a camera just because it was a new model made by a name brand manufacturer and I thought that I was the man. That way of thinking quickly changed as my career progressed because I got exposed to shooting situations that my level of camera could not handle so my image quality suffered. I purchase my cameras now according to my needs; I make sure that my camera is capable of great low light performance and quality image production in various situations. Trust me that if you evaluate your need vs. your desire then you will save yourself a ton of money and a bit of heart ache as well.
When you are researching read plenty of reviews, if you can try and rent the camera to take it for a test drive before you buy it. Beware that some reviewers put cameras through some tests that are not normal to everyday use so their reviews may not be fair or accurate. The bottom line for any camera is taking good images no matter what the price is, your client does not care about your camera brand, they care about your picture quality. My last piece of advice is to buy a camera that is versatile with lens and accessory selection. Your camera takes better images when you put better glass on it so be sure that your brand offers good lens selection.
I hope this article is helpful to you when it is time to buy or upgrade your camera. Remember to buy according to need and most expensive doesn’t always mean better images. Thanks for stopping by and have a fantastic day.