What kind of camera do you need? Let’s start to look at the different types of digital cameras so that you can make an informed choice on starting your photography business.
There are four types of digital cameras, and only one of these types is suitable for starting a professional photography business. If you make the wrong choice, you will be wasting money that could have been saved towards buying the right type of digital camera when starting your photography business.
The Basic Digital Camera
When you buy a basic digital camera, it will have everything you need to take wonderful photographs, but it will come in a package that is very simple to use to anyone. Most of the functions on this type of camera will be automatic and there are very few controls to play with. These are the type of cameras that are referred to as a “point and shoot” camera. It has a built-in flash and probably a function to select auto modes to shoot different types of photography scenes such as portraits or landscapes. It might have a modest zoom lens or a focal length that is about 35mm and the resolution might start at about 8 mega-pixels up to 10 mega-pixels. With a camera that has a resolution of 8 mega-pixels can print images of well over 297mm x 420mm in paper size.
The Mid-Range Digital Camera
To identify the most common difference between a basic digital camera and a mid-range digital camera are the lens zoom and the mega-pixels not to mention the price difference. The resolution of a mid-range digital camera can be anything from 12 mega-pixels to 14 mega-pixels and lens that has better zoom capabilities of up to 5x zoom ratio. You also get mid-range cameras that have up to 10x zoom ratios. You will discover that there are enhanced features to take charge of your photo taking in high-definition (HD). The quality of the build would also be improved.
The High-End Digital Camera
The high-end digital camera is designed for advanced photographers, which are expensive pieces of equipment and has controls that can be manually set or choose a more enhanced automatic feature of settings. This camera is much faster than the mid-range digital cameras due to the superior internal software that is speeding up capturing photographs.
The zoom ratio might not have been improved much but the glass on the lens will be crafted in such a way to improve the capturing of light to capture better images.
The high-resolution sensors will be round about 10 mega-pixels to 14 mega-pixels. The build of the model would also be improved for better grip and handling. The focus, metering and flash can also be used with professional studio equipment. Depending on the camera type, it would have additional memory card slots with faster connections to a computer.
The Digital, Single Lens Reflex Camera (D-SLR)
A D-SLR camera is the best type of camera to use for your professional photography business as it is the very top of the digital cameras. These cameras are very expensive with a professional level in high-resolution. The camera was given the “SLR” which enables you to view the scene you want to photograph through a single lens with a built-in reflex mirror. This reflex mirror will direct light through the viewfinder that is mounted inside the camera.
This would enable the photographer to look at the scene through the viewfinder as seen by the lens. When the photographer takes the shot of the scene, the mirror lifts up to allow light to enter and reach the sensor.
D-SLR cameras can use lenses that are interchangeable which are not available in other compact digital cameras. This enables the photographer to have flexibility in shooting multiple scenes. On this camera you will get high-tech gadgets that are specialized to enhance its performance such as having high-resolutions from 10 mega-pixels to 24 mega-pixels and even more. The quality build would be much stronger with even more grip and comes with an anti-dust system. The live view will enable a photographer to use the camera’s large screen to compose a shot.
I have prepared the following list that I would recommend buying if I was starting out as a professional photographer. Read more about lenses here… (And for full disclosure, since I’m all about doing things right, almost all the links in this article pays me a commission if you use them, so please use my links and thanks for helping support this site by using them to make your purchases!)
My recommendations will be based on Portrait Photography and Wedding Photography.
The D7100 incorporates recent advancements in HD-SLR technology, it brings a thrilling new level of image quality, speed, connectivity and creative capabilities. It has a specially designed 24.1 megapixel image sensor, with superior low-light performance, ultra-precise autofocus and metering, advanced video recording features, built-in HDR, mobile connectivity and much, much more. Pair it with any NIKKOR DX- and FX-format lenses, versatile Speedlights and accessories, and the D7100 will be the centerpiece of your creativity for years to come.
Total cost: $2400
Feel the power of a 24.3 megapixel sensor in a compact, HD-SLR body. Create dazzling full-frame images rivaled only by Nikon’s D800 series D-SLR and 1080p Full HD videos. Nikon’s superior 39-point AF system and Scene Recognition System means details will be clear and crisp—for static or moving subjects. HD video quality rivals more expensive dedicated video cameras. Nikon FX-format quality has never been more attainable
Total cost: $4000