Photography for Beginners Part 26: Buying a Camera – The Shopping Process

Each post in this series builds on information discussed in previous posts. See the Photography for Beginners page on the menu for links to all the posts.

Part 25: Buying a Camera – Features

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In the last few posts we’ve covered the things that need to be considered when you’ve decided to buy a new camera. However, deciding what kind of camera you want is only half the battle. Once that’s decided you have to actually shop for and pick one.

Some people are expert shoppers who relish the research and comparison process and they need no tips from me. But if you hate shopping so much you don’t know where to start, feel overwhelmed when you look at retail sites, or are afraid that you might miss noticing the perfect camera for you, maybe I can help.

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Photography for Beginners Part 25: Buying a Camera – Features

Each post in this series builds on information discussed in previous posts. See the Photography for Beginners page on the menu for links to all the posts.

Part 23: Types of Cameras
Part 24: Sensor Sizes

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In the previous posts about buying a camera we discussed when it’s a good idea to buy a new camera, the different types of cameras, and the different sensor sizes.

At this point you should have a general idea of what you want and how much you’re willing to spend to get it. But you still need to figure out which specific camera models of that type will best fit your interests and needs.

That’s where camera features come into play. Features and technical specifications are the nitty-gritty details that can differentiate one model from another.

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Photography for Beginners Part 24: Buying a Camera – Sensor Sizes

Each post in this series builds on information discussed in previous posts. See the Photography for Beginners page on the menu for links to all the posts.

Part 23: Buying a Camera – Types of Cameras

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In the previous post we discussed that camera type and sensor size are interrelated, and that you need to decide what you want in both categories before you can move on to thinking about specific camera features.

In that post we covered the different types of cameras. In this post we cover sensor sizes.

If you need help with photography jargon you can open the glossary in another browser tab for quick reference.

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Photography for Beginners Part 23: Buying a Camera – Types of Cameras

Each post in this series builds on information discussed in previous posts. See the Photography for Beginners page on the menu for links to all the posts.

Part 21: Should You Buy a New Camera?
Part 22: Upgrading Camera Body vs. Lens

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In the previous two posts we discussed some questions to help you decide if you should upgrade your camera. If you’re not sure, I suggest reading those posts first.

In this post I assume you have definitely decided to buy a new camera but aren’t sure which type of camera is best for you or maybe you’re overwhelmed by all the different models available. The info in this post applies whether you’re buying your first real digital camera or are upgrading from a more basic camera.

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