The Ultimate Camera Buying Guide for Newbie Photography Explorers

Oh, my Matthew is growing so fast! He’s changing every day and he’s getting cuter and cuter! And the moves he makes, all the talks and the funny walks! Watching those precious moments and realizing they’ll never happen again, I knew I had to freeze them in time with the help of photos. I generally use my smartphone to take photos, but for this one I wanted to use a professional camera – one with a high resolution, proper lenses and of high quality because I wanted to create a photo album. That way when Matthew grows up and he’s no longer a little boy, I can recall those precious times when he dragged his mother’s skirt and screamed “Mommy! Daddy! Look at me!”


I had never used a professional camera before so I was kind of skeptical about going through a camera online store Australia based, because to be honest, those stores are filled with all kinds of good stuff and products with so many different features that literally make you question your ability to make a single shot. So, I opened my laptop, made myself a cup of coffee and started researching. You know, researching Jade style, meaning: details.

What Type of Camera is Best for Newbies?

I was surprised not to find a precise answer to this one. Every source I found said it really depends on how prepared you feel to use a certain camera type and for what purpose do you really need it. The choice however, varies from DSLR, MFT, a full frame, a crop, a megapixels one, one with noise performance, EVF, OVF, ISO and many more. Most of these terms are probably not familiar for most of you, but hey, that’s what the Internet serves for, right?


DSLR vs. MFT/Mirrorless

For starters, DSLR stands for Digital-Single-Lens-Reflex and it’s nothing new, meaning you’ve probably had contact with it before. DSLR camera’s name comes from the small mirror that flips up and down as you take the photos. The MFT or mirrorless cameras, as their name suggests, stands for micro-four-thirds cameras. In short, the MFT cameras are a lot more popular than other types and a lot more hard to handle than the DSLR, so for newbies like me, I think it’s an easy choice to make.

Crop or Full Frame?

There’s a lot of technicalities to go over here, so let me shorten the story for you all: crop sensors are smaller than full-frame sensors which translates into less light being absorbed and less data being stored as you take the shot. Among the main differences between the two types, is the fact that crop sensors are made and installed with very cheap elements in the camera, while the full framed ones are usually build as a lot stronger bodies so they withstand harsher conditions.


Finally: Canon or Nikon?

This is actually an easy question. It really depends on your budget and preferences, whether you fancy Nikon’s or Canon’s designs more. Both are a good starting point for newbies. What you should pay attention to however, are the lenses you plan on using: are they going to fit both bodies or they’re made just for one? For instance, DSLR lenses can’t be used for other bodies, but those made for MFTs are actually compatible with more than one body.

Having in mind all this information and the large offer of products you can get when you visit a camera online store Australia based, I can only say that one really needs to organize the facts and be very concise about the budget on disposal. Simply don’t go for what you can’t afford and start by learning how to perfect the basic photography skills with your camera.