The “Best” Camera

March 30, 2011

After I posted last week about the new pocket camera I got, I got an e-mail asking me what was the “best” camera to get. I’m guessing that this person missed the It Doesn’t Work post about providing enough information to get the desired answer. In this case, there was no other information to help me answer the question.

So I thought I would post some criteria for finding the best camera for your own needs. It may be a situation where you want multiple cameras. As an example, I have one in my phone. I have the Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS Digital Elph I told you about last week. When it comes time to take “professional” photos, I turn to my Canon 5D DSLR.

Do you have a budget? Obviously it would eliminate cameras that are out of your budget range. Do you have a specific size in mind? DSLRs are not small and certainly don’t fit in your pocket. That’s why I have multiple cameras depending on the situation. Are there certain features you want? Some cameras have video and some don’t. If video is important, you need to choose a camera that has it. The optical zoom, resolution, program modes and other features also vary widely. If you decide to go with a DSLR, I wrote a post a year entitled Five Tips for Finding the Perfect DSLR Camera. A few new models have been released since that post, but the five tips are still the same.

I couldn’t help the user who asked because I had no idea what they wanted in a camera. Hopefully this helps you determine what you want and that makes it easier to find the perfect camera for your needs.

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