For many people, the only camera they need to have is the one on their smartphone. But arguably now more than ever is the time to invest in a quality camera. The rise of Instagram has made social media increasingly image-centric. It can be pretty hard to stand out among Instagram’s billions of monthly users. One way that doesn’t involve hiring anyone to optimize your outreach is by having high-quality photos on your feed. The easiest way to achieve that is with a digital camera.
Even if you’re not using your camera for social media purposes, you might find that a camera purchase is one that could actually have a quick return on investment. Whether for special occasions or for making a new website, you might find that people start asking you to take photos for them. And even if they don’t, you could very well develop a lifelong love of photography.
There are a lot of different kinds of cameras on the market, and it helps to know some key differences. DSLR stands for digital single lens reflex, and DSLR cameras use a mirror to reflect the image into the viewfinder. This offers great precision but makes for a bulky device. Mirrorless is the most recent technology and offers many of the benefits of a DSLR while reducing weight, but are typically more expensive. Point and shoot cameras are simple, affordable, and compact but typically don’t offer the level of precision as DSLR or Mirrorless.
1. Canon EOS Rebel T7 DSLR Camera
For the modest price, there is a lot offered alongside the Canon camera. There are multiple lenses, a tripod, cleaning kit, strap, carrying case, and even a couple of SD cards. The camera takes high-quality photos, and the kit makes it an easy all-in-one option for beginners.
Pros: High-quality photos, WiFi compatibility, 1080p video, multiple accessories offered.
2. Panasonic Lumix FZ80 4K Digital Camera
The Panasonic Lumix digital camera offers great video and image quality and low light shooting in a simple point-and-shoot camera. It’s a great option for travelers who may not have space for three different lenses plus a heavy SLR. It has WiFi compatibility and can be charged via USB, meaning you can cut down on how many cords you’re carrying.
Pros: 60 times zoom, great wide angle lens.
Cons: Image quality not as high as DSLR.
3. Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera
Sometimes you want to be able to take professional grade photos, and sometimes you want a fun way to take photos that you can enjoy right away. Polaroid, the company that pioneered instant camera technology, has had its ups and downs, going bankrupt multiple times in the 21st century. Fujifilm picked up the slack with their affordable Instax cameras. Even if you’re a professional photographer, you can still enjoy the simple pleasure of instant photos.
Pros: Affordable, enjoy your photos right away.
Cons: Even though the camera is inexpensive, the film packs add up.