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A few months back Canon made what I considered to be a startling announcement. The $1799 Canon EOS 7D Mark II Digital SLR Camera was coming and it would not only be a major upgrade to the 7D, but it would in fact be a mini 1DX. Those are my words, not Canon’s but that is […]

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Whether you call it rolling shutter, sensor shake, or just Jello… the problem remains the same.  The possibility of bending and distorting your image when recording video on a DSLR or Mirrorless camera is a real issue… particularly if you pan too fast. This can lower the quality of the video you shoot and make […]

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PUBLISHER’S NOTE: This post is an updated compilation of several shorter posts I wrote in the past trying to answer the question, “What camera should I buy?” It includes some new cameras in the recommendation section. But please note: The newest camera is NOT always the best camera. It’s still the most popular question I […]

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PUBLISHER’S NOTE: This post is an updated compilation of several shorter posts I wrote in the past trying to answer the question, “What camera should I buy?” It includes some new cameras in the recommendation section. But please note: The newest camera is NOT always the best camera.

It’s still the most popular question I am asked. “What camera should I buy?” Lately there’s a new twist to the question…”Is this brand camera better than that brand camera?”

No matter how hard I try to tell people that there’s no perfect answer, they keep asking. So since I can’t convince anyone otherwise, at least know the answers to THESE questions before you ask me YOUR question.

1 ) What subject(s) will you photograph most often? Weddings, portraits, wildlife, sports, landscapes, still lifes, food, fashion, etc.
2 ) What gear (if any) do you now own?
3 ) If you had to choose between ease of use and power, which would you select?
4 ) Do you want a compact pocket-sized camera (point and shoot) or a DSLR?
5 ) On a scale of 1-10 (10 being a working pro and 1 being someone who usually shoots with a disposable camera) how would you rate your skill?
6 ) What is the MOST money you’d be willing to spend on a camera?
7 ) How long do you think you might keep the camera?
8 ) What do your friends use?
9 ) Do you have a local camera store that can offer you support?

If you have thought carefully about these questions and have the answers – you should then be closer to knowing what the perfect camera for you might be.

Hopefully, your interest in photography is strong enough that you’ll read this entire article. That will give you the best chance of making the right decision. If you’re just not that interested, scroll all the way to the bottom to see some of the popular cameras that I recommend.

For those who stuck with me:

I know that beginners especially want this question answered. They are more likely to think that it’s the camera that takes the picture, not the photographer. Unfortunately for them, that’s not the case. And there’s no secret, magic or special camera that will make you into Ansel Adams.

Let’s start with goals. What goals do you have with your photography? Photographing the kids is much easier and less expensive than photographing wildlife. Making studio portraits will require a different kind of camera than that used by sports photographers. Do you want to turn pro or just make pictures you’ll share with your immediate family? Understand this simple truth: There is no perfect camera. And not all cameras are designed for all types of photography. Many photographers have more than one camera, depending on how many photographic pursuits they are engaged in at one time.

You’ll need to take into account a wide variety of factors when selecting a camera, and the first is budget.

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I wanted to share a video that I recently shot on HDR.  It was a look at the shooting process produced with a friend of mine, Abba Shapiro.   I went shooting at Great Fall National Park along the Potomac River (think George Washington and a boat).  We look at the whole shooting process on both […]

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In view of Nikon’s announcement of the 36+ megapixel D800 camera – What Would You Consider The Perfect Amount Of Pixels To Be On A Full Frame 35mm DSLR Sensor? _______ This Post Sponsored by: Viewbug – Fun Photo Contests / Animoto – Great animated slide shows from your photos / BorrowLenses.com – Renting Canon, Nikon, Olympus & […]

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DISCLAIMER! You should take this post with a grain of salt. It’s mostly a mental exercise. There is no D7000 for me to test yet so this is all speculation based on nothing more than Nikon news releases, web sites and PR info. Everything could change. I am saying this in two different ways – […]

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