Choosing My First Camera

Picking your first camera is nothing short of a challenge.

There are several things to consider. Namely, the brand, the camera features that you'd need, full frame or crop, expandability, usability, and of course, there is always the matter of cost, what can one afford and willing to spend.

Canon, Nikon, Sony, FujiFilm, Konica Minolta, Kodak, and Polaroid are few of the great mainstream brand names when it comes to photography. Note that I only mentioned the mainstream brands of cameras. I did not include the Maserati, Mercedes, Rolls Royce and Lamborghini of cameras. For one, they're insanely expensive.

Having friends with similar interests (and can afford DSLR cameras), I was able to try both Nikon and Canon brands. These are the brands that mainly stood out for me because of their picture quality, versatility and their price point -- not to mention very mainstream.

Nikon vs. Canon
Picking your brand of camera is important because this determines the future of your bank account. Cameras need lenses among other things, and they are brand specific, meaning you cannot use a lens meant for a Nikon camera to a Canon camera, and vice versa, unless you use adapters -- which is a totally different topic by itself. Regardless, each camera has its very unique characteristics that will speak to you when you handle them.

Camera Features
For a beginner, this is the most challenging part to decide on. For one, since you are a beginner, you won't actually know what features to look for. What's the right amount of megapixels you'd need? What's that image processor you'd need? Do you need built-in wifi or Bluetooth with your camera? Do you need full frame or is crop okay? There are other questions that you'd come up with when you're trying to purchase a camera. One thing that you have bear in mind is that the more features you get, the more expensive the camera will be.

This is my ultimate deciding factor. How much can you afford and how much are you willing to spend. As I have mentioned, the more or better specifications you get, the more expensive they become. How much are you willing to spend? Once you have your price range, look for the camera models available that's within the price range you have in mind, check all the brands you think you like. Next, compare the models of the camera between the brands that you are interested in, then pick your final contenders and then compare them side by side. At this point, you also want to check places where you can get the best deal. Amazon, Walmart, Target and Best Buy are my go to places. I am not against buying used electronics, but I personally want them brand new -- it's more of "I want to know where my stuff came from and what "experiences" they have encountered. 

The "me" part.
Going through the same process I have mentioned, I settled with Canon Rebel T6. It came with an 18mm-55mm stock lens (or "kit lens"). I liked it because it has all the features that I knew I should have and of course, it was within the price range that I can both afford and willing to spend. Also, the model is sold to target the photography padawans just like me.

Canon Rebel T6
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