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What To Look For When Selecting Your Next Camera


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(CNBNewsnet)(May 18, 2018)--To create the best photos of your life, loved ones, and most exciting moments you’re going to need a good camera. Of course, picking the right camera isn’t easy. You don't want to blow hundreds (or even thousands) on the wrong device. If you're not familiar with all the different camera features and specifications, then we are here to help you. The most important attributes are listed below.

Sensor Size

When it comes to image quality, sensor size is king. Forget megapixels, as they are an overhyped specification. The larger the sensor, the more light that can be taken and the better the image will turn out.

Larger sensors also have deeper depths of the field. Wondering what we mean? When you take a photo, you will be focusing on a subject. The subject and the area around that subject will be in focus, while the rest of the scene won't be. A large in-focus area means that the image will have a deep depth of field. A small in-focus area means that the image will have a shallow depth of field.

ISO Range

ISO is a camera setting that determines light sensitivity. Photographers who shoot in bright conditions will need to select a low ISO, while those shooting in dim conditions should choose a high ISO.

Away checks the ISO range on a camera so that you know if it will be appropriate for the conditions you plan to shoot in.

Burst Speed

If you’re shooting action photography (such as dirt bike races, sports games, or wildlife), one shot won't be enough. You will want to make use of a camera’s burst mode to take photos in rapid succession. This speed will be given in fps (frames per second). One frame is simply one photo.

It’s best to look for cameras with a burst of at least 5fps.

Video Capabilities

If still shots aren’t enough, then consider choosing a camera that can take high-quality video footage. Most cameras can film in high-definition (720p and 1080p): what’s important is the frame rate. The higher this is, the better the video footage (for example 1080p at 60fps will look a lot smoother than 1080p at 30fps).

Some cameras can even record at 4K. This is ultra-high definition video that meets professional standards. While this may be overkill for some (it takes a beast of a computer to edit 4K footage), others may be seeking the highest quality possible.

Value For Money

The top cameras aren’t cheap. You really need to consider your budget before purchasing one. Unless you’re a professional photographer (or are working to become one), you don't need the best of the best. Aim for a device that offers value for money. You can find more about the prices at

Final Thoughts

Photography is an art and to capture the best images you’re going to need a good camera. Don’t blow out your budget on an inferior device when it’s easy to learn which models are best.