I wanted to share a story with you all. This is the story of how I found a new camera for myself. I don’t intend this to be a buying guide of any kind. That being said I hope that this story would be of help to everyone and I hope that you can take something away from reading it.
First of all, let me get a few notes out of the way. First of all, why did I need a new camera(you might ask)? Well, I did have a camera before. It was the Canon PowerShot SX120 IS. Unfortunately I dropped it on the ground twice. Thankfully, a good friend of mine was able to repair the damage on both occasions. However, every time I turned the camera on I had to set the date and time before using it. To make matters worse it would not focus properly.
The second disclosure that I would like to make is that it was my brother’s Christmas gift to me. Therefore, he would be paying for the camera that I end up choosing to buy. Of course, this leads me on to the very beginning of this story.
The first part of my quest began with me knowing that I wanted to buy a brand new camera as opposed to buying a second-hand one. I wanted to get this right so I won’t have any problems further down the line. By “brand new” I don’t necessarily mean one of the latest models available, but I mean brand new in the box. The next thing that I had to focus on was the smallest but the important part of this: Choosing the right type of camera.
As some of you already know there are many different types of camera to choose from. For me the choices I had were as follows:
- Compact cameras
- Compact superzoom cameras
- Bridge cameras
- Compact System Cameras
- DSLR cameras
I knew straight away that I wanted to get a camera which I could use on a general purpose camera that I could use on a daily basis. At the same time, I wanted to have a camera which I could carry with me. A DSLR would be too big and overkill for what I wanted it for. A compact system camera was a good choice but I did not necessarily need to have a camera where I could change the lens. A bridge camera was too big for what I needed it for so I was down to a compact camera and a compact superzoom. I finally decided that I needed something with a decent amount of optical zoom. Therefore, I decided to go down the superzoom route.
Come back soon for the next part in this story.