Are you interested in photography but don't know where to start? In this blog post I will be talking about 3 different cameras that are great for entry-level photographers. They all serve different purposes but can be used interchangeably. The great news is that they won't cost you a fortune!
1. Nikon d3100 DSLR
The first is obvious. Every photographer should invest in a DSLR since it gives you the most control. I know that they are a bit pricey, but the Nikon d3100 stands at a reasonable price. At just $445 on Amazon, this DSLR has a 14.2 megapixel sensor. It is also lightweight and easy to handle. I've had mine for a couple of years and never had an issue. For a more detailed review, check out ThoughtsMedia. DSLRs are mostly for professional photographers, but they can be used by hobbyists as well. They include different modes such as the manual mode that gives you full control over the settings (ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed, etc.) The Nikon d3100 is a great starting point since it is small, lightweight, and affordable. Apart from the camera, I would recommend you buy 3 different lenses- a micro lens, a wide-angle lens, and a portrait lens.
2. Nikon COOLPIX s6900
The second camera is great for candid and family photos. It is also lightweight and small; it easily fits in your pocket! Although handheld cameras get a bad rap for producing low quality photos, the Nikon COOLPIX takes great quality photos with it's 16 megapixel sensor. You can find this camera on eBay for $223. The Nikon COOLPIX is also great for selfies since the lens pops out and you're able to see yourself as you're taking the photo. The camera also has built in WiFi!
3. Polaroid 600
Polaroids have made quite a comeback these past couple of years. Although there are new Polaroids on the market, I still recommend the old fashioned ones. The reason being is that the newer Polaroids produce much smaller photographs. If the photos are meant for a journal, then have at it! But if you're looking for something you want to hang in your home or give to your family & friends as a present, the old fashioned Polaroid is the way to go. There are many different Polaroids out there. Most are found at antique shops or eBay. Be sure to check that the camera has been tested before purchasing! Polaroids range anywhere between $20-$100 or more. Unless you are looking for collectables, you shouldn't spend more than $50. Film can also be purchased on eBay or bhphotovideo.com.
So now that you have this knowledge about cameras, which will you be buying first?