Ahhhh maybe the #1 repeated question that I hear.. “What camera should I buy?” Me being a technical person, I break it down every time into terms that the average person doesn’t even understand. So to make my days go easier, I’ve created a blog. I will always update it and keep a link too lol.

Plain and Simple:

All cameras take pictures.
All cameras take pictures.
All cameras take pictures.
All cameras take pictures.

A “good” photographer can make a beautiful image using an entry level DSLR Nikon like the d3300 or their higher end model, the D810. It’s the same for cars. A car can get you from point a to point b, be it a 1990 Honda Accord or a 2016 Corvette. Yes they have their differences, but not everyone can handle a Corvette, and I sure as hell wouldn’t give a beginner driver one to drive!

With that being said, if you’re just going to take photos in auto-mode, there is absolutely no difference between a $200 point-and-shoot camera, a $3000 DSLR camera, or even your cell phone camera except the extra money you could have spent on an nice vacation and neck pain. Don’t get caught up in the megapixel mumbo jumbo hype. The average camera out there has more than enough of what you need to produce quality photos.

What do you want to use the camera for?

Of course these aren’t the only reasons people purchase their cameras, but these are generally the reasons I hear..

Beginning your journey as a photographer

Buy a used beginners level DSLR. I wish I did, and I think a lot of seasoned photographers will tell you the same. Using my reference from before, you’re looking for a Honda, not a Corvette. You want something you can learn and practice with. If you can’t get it right with a $300 camera, you certainly won’t with a $3000 one. Get the feel of things. Understand how to shoot full manual. Learn about custom white balance, ISO, shutter and aperture. My first camera was a D5100 that I bought new. I learned from it and loved it, but I felt I needed something “more expensive” though. I have that now and I realize the difference. It wasn’t always needed. I actually bought my camera with NO intention on becoming a photographer.
full manual mode, control, great for light production video, Off camera flash is, a breeze, so many more additions can be added, ability to change lenses.
does same as any other camera if you’re shooting Automatic Mode, Heavier than others, can get pricey, lenses can get confusing for some and pricey.

Just want to take photos on vacation, holidays, etc

Buy a light and simple point and shoot, maybe one that can exchange lenses (if you think you might need to zoom in to see the boat on the ocean, a better crop on that lion in the zoo) These can be good for video too, nothing too serious on production. but decently nice..
Lightweight, pretty simple, takes great photos. fits in pocket, purse. less likely to get stole.
Not always Able to shoot manual, not really able to be customized if you’d like to add other things like exterior flash etc., probably not going to cut it if you’re looking to make money off images. (Though It’s not impossible.)

Video production for youtube

Get a nice DSLR Canon t3i or something along those lines. They might be older, but they still produce kick ass video. Cameras are like cars; the difference between a few years/ models isn’t THAT big of a deal that it makes or breaks what you’re trying to accomplish. You can always use your phone. Crazy, but yes, I use my phone often, as do many people. Phones are getting better and better every year. No, I’m not shooting a Maybelline commercial with my phone, but doing things right you can get great audio and video out of a phone. Some even use phones for simple audio recording in conjunction with another camera. Grab a GoPro. These work just as well, if you can get past the super wide angle lens.

All other things:

At the end of the day if you’re still confused, just get an iPhone or a Samsung Galaxy phone. You’ll be surprised what they can actually do.


So in conclusion, all cameras take pictures, some even add video, It depends on what you’re doing, you don’t have to have the latest and greatest.