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5 Things You Should Know Before Buying A Camera

Deciding to buy a camera is a pretty daunting task, that most of us have to undertake when we make the decision that it is time for one more camera. Be it your first or 31st camera, if you haven’t fallen in love with a camera deciding on which one to choose is always a little difficult. There are a lot of great cameras out there that deliver great performance but how do you choose which. While it will mostly depend on your personal taste, there are some things you should check out before buying a camera, most of them are pretty easy to spot, and some are a little more subjective.

Through some research and experience, I have compiled some crucial things you should check out and know about your next or first camera. Without further ado, let’s get on with it.

Camera Type

In my opinion, this is the most important thing you should know before buying a camera, as there are a lot of camera types on the market, ranging DSLR, mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras, point-and-shoot, bridge, and so on. So think about what you will need to form your new camera, will it be just to have some simple family photographs or will you have some more professional needs from it. Think about your skill level, and how much time will you be able to dedicate to your new hobby.


This is very important to check in your next camera candidate. What size sensor does it have, a micro four thirds, APS-C or a CMOS configuration, this will also determine the size of your next camera. As cameras with micro four-thirds sensors will be pretty compact and small due to their sensor size, and on the other hand, a camera with APS-C sensor due to its size, will be bulkier and heavier to carry. This will also have an effect on the Megapixels of the camera, the bigger the merrier in this case, also check the ISO range of your camera.


While this is mostly for people that already have camera equipment, it is useful for first-time buyers as well. First-time buyers should check out whether the new camera has a wide range of lenses because this will increase the value of your camera. For those that are buying their second or third camera, it is important to check out whether your new camera’s lens mount is compatible with your existing lenses, so you won’t need to spend more than it is already required.

Autofocus and speed

Things get pretty technical here, but even if you lack the knowledge you should definitely take a look at your candidate’s autofocus system, modes, speed, and burst shooting performance. While you may not understand all of it, pay special attention to the autofocus system points, and whether it has cross-type or hybrid autofocus points, and its burst shooting speed, as these, will be major indicators regarding the issues.


In the end, everything will boil down to the price of the camera, so it is important to set a budget for your new camera. But you have to take into consideration the lenses the carrying bags, memory cards battery rechargers if it needs one and more accessories that you think you will require such as tripods. So it would be wise to calculate everything and decide on how much can you afford to spend on your new camera and equipment, on top of that consider the value you get for the price you are paying.


Accessories are very important in photography. Tripods, lenses, camera straps, camera bags etc. all play a huge role in the outcome of your photos.

For example, if you’re an astrophotographer, you will need a good tripod for astrophotography that will let you capture good shots.


After you check all the things that I mentioned in this article, I think that you will be ready to pull the trigger on your new camera, and from experience, I can tell that you will be hard-pressed between two or three options, then it is safe to opt for the one that suits you most. Before you buy a camera, make sure you read our comparisons such as the Nikon Z6 vs Sony A7 III.

Alex Hampsink

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