There has never been a better time to take photography. While just a decade ago photographers cut their teeth on big, bulky and still primitive DSLRs, today’s camera makers have really taken off. Manufacturers have found ways to pack incredible technology into smaller bodies, streamline menu systems, and give photographers unprecedented control over the image-making process. But with this wealth of technology at our disposal comes the challenge of choosing the right camera for your needs. At Camera Jabber, we’ve shot with and thoroughly tested every new camera and know their strengths and weaknesses. To help you decide which model is right for you, we’ve created the specialist camera buying guides below based on genres, capability level and features.

How do I know which camera to buy?

Knowing which camera to buy really depends on several factors:

  • your budget
  • Your skill level
  • what you want to film

Budget will really dictate here, but let’s say for now that budget is not a concern for you. A good rule of thumb is to buy a camera that’s suited to your ability level, but also gives you room to grow.

Some of the entry-level models in our camera buying guides, for example, have guided modes for new photographers. These interfaces show you step by step how to achieve different types of shots and effects. But once you master them, you may need other features or capabilities to advance your work that these basic cameras don’t have.

Think of buying a camera like buying a house. When buying a home, if you can stretch your budget to buy a place with a little extra space, it will ensure your family’s future. The same principle applies to buying a camera. If you are serious about photography, it is wise to invest in a camera that you can learn now and become a photographer with.

And if you have specific goals as a photographer, you’ll want to buy a camera that meets those needs. For example, if you know you want to be a wildlife photographer or play sports, you’ll need a camera that can shoot at high frame rates and has an excellent AF system. If landscapes are your bag, then you’ll need a camera with maximum resolution. Our camera buying guides below will help make this process easier.

Which is better, DSLR or mirrorless?

A few years ago, this question sparked a real debate. But these days, the debate is quite one-sided. Mirrorless cameras provide the best overall experience. Mirrorless cameras are smaller, more portable, offer better AF performance, faster shutter speeds, and are better equipped for shooting video. DSLRs may offer a wider choice of lenses and longer battery life, but overall they’ve been usurped by the mirrorless camera and its innovative technology.

The DSLR isn’t dead yet, but it’s definitely on the way out. There will always be a core group of dedicated DSLR users, but for the average photographer, we recommend purchasing a mirrorless camera.

Which camera company is the best?

Each camera company brings something unique to the table, and we explain them in our branded camera buying guides below. Most professional photographers would probably point to Canon, Sony and Nikon as the market leaders. The big three certainly lead the way in terms of sales and market share, but their technological advancements over the years have helped push the industry forward.

However, the collaboration between Panasonic and Olympus in the development of the Micro Four Thirds mount helped bring mirrorless photography to the masses. Olympus pioneered in-body image stabilization. Fujifilm has innovated its mirrorless medium-format GFX series, delivering ultra-high resolution imaging in an affordable package, and its APS-C X-series cameras are some of the best APS-C models you can buy.

Each brand has brought something to the market and made its mark. The answer to the best camera company really depends on which camera feature is most important to your job. Again, our camera buying guides below take a look at current cameras by features and the genre of photography they’re best suited for.

Modern full-frame and APS-C sensors deliver fantastic dynamic range and ISO performance, perfect for working with wildlife

Camera buying guides to help you choose

The following list of camera buying guides looks at the best cameras you can buy based on sensor size, camera type, feature set and gender they’re best suited to. . As we release new buying guides, we’ll update them here.

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