Photo by Canon Signapore, http://blog.dk.sg/2013/03/
Walking into a camera store with no idea of what you want or need is a dangerous place to be in. Charming sales people and shiny new lenses can easily pull you in the wrong direction and force you to spend an unnecessary amount of money on gear that you don’t really know how to use. What’s the best way to not get sucked in to a sales pitch? Do your research and know what you want to do with the camera you buy.
Here are three important questions to answer when looking to buy a new camera:
QUESTION 1: What do you want to use your camera for?
Taking pictures of my family and friends- an entry level camera will suit these needs, cropped sensor is fine
Taking pictures while traveling- consider getting a mirrorless camera as they are more light weight and compact
Taking professional pictures as part of a business- invest in a good body but more importantly, invest in a good set of lenses
QUESTION 2: What is your budget?
Set a budget for yourself and stick to it. Think about what features you need most in a camera and if you are able to spend money on getting a model that has them. Also, remember that putting money towards lenses will have a bigger impact then spending money on a fancy body.
QUESTION 3: Do you need your camera right away?
If the answer is no then take your time and wait for a good sale. Boxing day and just before school starts are good times of year to look.