Cameras have become more accessible and of greater quality across the board. In the end, it comes down to your preference and what you believe will best carry out your ideas. This will be a very quick overview of camera types, and offering some tips and resources for buying a camera.
- Rent + trial periods — Test the waters by renting from your local camera or tech store, or simply test in-store if you’re not looking to spend. If you’re a college student, utilize your resources and test out tech for free while you still have the chance.
- Buy used — if you have a specific camera in mind and don’t mind a little wear, buying used could be a great way to save a couple hundred dollars. Of course, you should do your research and buy from trusted sellers. You may find sellers who offer bundles on other gear and tools, so be on the lookout. And if you’re looking into film photography, you could likely check your local thrift store for a cheap find.
- Buy older models — You know the drill — once a new model is out, previous versions go on sale. I’ve had my Sony A6000 for a few years now and it still works great. If you don’t mind having some older firmware, previous models are choices that can deliver the results you are looking for.