WHAT CAMERA SHOULD I BUY FOR EVERYDAY USE?
Why do I need a camera when I have a smartphone?Smartphones have clever programming in them that make the photos look amazing on your phone screen. Your phone's software enhances images to make them pleasing to the eye. But if you ever try to print the photos you've taken on your smartphone you will find that the quality is quite poor and you can only print them postcard size. I had to photoshop a couple of images quite extensively and even then still only print them small to avoid them looking blurry. This is fine for unimportant photos, but surely your kids, your loved ones and your holiday snaps are more valuable than that? I've had quite a few people tell me that they've been disappointed to learn that they've never really taken proper photos of loved ones and when they've gone to create albums, gifts or collate images for a special occasion, the quality is not good enough. If you want to be more creative with your photography then smartphones are very limiting. There's a lot you can do with these fancy apps to make them look nicely processed and with special effects, but the above still applies and the quality remains poor when it comes to use beyond your phone. I find smartphones practical for photographing things for bookmarking purposes, or if I've forgotten a camera. But otherwise I prefer to have my compact camera instead. If you run a small business then you definitely need a camera. More about this another time.
What camera should I get?
RECOMMENDED: Canon Powershot G7X Mark 2
RRP £529Rather than take you through lots of product comparisons, I am simply recommending this one camera - I bought this for myself and use it daily for both personal and professional use. I take a view that simplicity is best and I've been on the journey of finding out that you can take amazing photos with small cameras and bad photos with big ones. The difference lies in your ability and creativity. So it's best to start simple. I have actually done the reverse by downsizing all my gear to the smallest possible because I learnt I didn't need the big guns to produce professional quality work. If you want to read really geeky technical reviews about this camera, then check out the Canon Website or Tech Radar. But just to reassure you, I spent ages researching what to get, this one consistently gets 5 star ratings and is one of the best reviewed consumer cameras on the market (as of January 2019). For now I just want to talk in practical everyday terms. This is the camera for you if:
- You just want a camera to photograph your children/pets/holidays/loved ones.
- You don't want to spend a huge amount of money on it.
- You'd like it to be small enough to slip into your handbag or pocket.
- You'd like it to be easy to use.
- You might be interested in learning more about photography and the more advanced functions of cameras.
Test Photos:These images you see below are shrunk so that they appear on your screen quickly, so the detail is a little lost. If you click on them, you will be taken to a link of the original full sized image so you can see the real detail you get. Each of these images is straight out of the camera without any processing. I haven't photoshopped a thing or touched anything up in Lightroom.
_________Christine Wehrmeier is a professional lifestyle, wedding & travel photographer. She is a contributor to Getty Images, Alamy & Unsplashed. Her work has been published in well known print & online publications such as Lonely Planet, Rough Guides, The Guardian, Marie Claire, Cosmpolitan, E! and more. She has shot for various high profile clients and TV celebrities and her wedding photography has featured in many wedding blogs such as Rock My Wedding, Rock'N'Roll Bride, Whimsical Wonderland Weddings, Boho Weddings and London Bride.
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