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5 questions to consider when buying a new camera for a trip.

Deciding which kind of camera you want to go for can be difficult. Especially if you are not really into all of the camera parameters, but you simply want to take good photos. There are so many different models with many parameters to consider.

I often get this question about cameras. Which cameras are the best or what cameras would I recommend to get for a trip. And surprise, surprise, there is not one answer for this question, although you can consider this one: It depends.

Very often when buying new equipment we are caught up in an idea that we want to have what is currently best in the market. And this is fine if you are into the thing you are buying or you want to learn more. With cameras, I often see this situation that a person wants to buy camera and compares the parameters without even knowing what this parameter is used for. Do you know what I mean?

So today I am coming with a list of general things to think of when buying a new camera. Let’s find out what you are looking for in the new one.

Do you like to play with camera settings while taking a photo?

I think this is one of the most vital questions one can ask. Why? Because if you don’t like to play with camera settings and you are not interested in how to do it properly, you will end up using the auto mode. And if that happens, it is nice to know before buying a new camera. Some cameras are very good at taking photos in the automatic mode, you can check it in a shop with photography equipment.


How heavy should your camera be?

This was something that I faced last year before going on holidays. I have my professional camera that I use during photo sessions, but if you consider its weight with extra lenses, it is quite a lot to carry around during trips. Therefore I bought a smaller camera that I much prefer to bring on trips.

With that being said, it is good to think if you prefer to have a small camera with or without exchangable lenses or maybe you wouldn’t mind carrying around heavier equipment for the sake of great photos ;).


Do you like to postproduce your photos?

If so, you should definitely consider a camera that can save photos in RAW format. Long story short, you can alter the photo in much better ways from the RAW format in comparison to the JPEG format.


Do you like taking bright photos ?

The brightness of your photos depends on three main factors: aperture, shutter speed, and ISO.  And the brightness of a photo depends on the combination of those three parameters. This is a long topic for another blogpost, but for now, I will let you know that the brighter the lens (meaning the lower aperature, ex. 1.8), the brighter photos one can get.


Is it important to you that you can transfer photos from the camera directly to your mobile phone?

Some cameras allows you to take photos that you took on the camera and transfer them directly to your phone using a built-in WiFi hotspot. This is especially useful if you want to take photos for apps like Instagram or send it to your friends soon after taking the photo.


Is there anything else that you can think of to add to the list of questions to consider when buying a new camera for a trip?