Here at the beginning only I am giving you a option , either to skip this complete article and find out the answer at the bottom section or go through this entire article and get to know the reason behind it as well so that you can decide about yours with more of clarity.
Its been quite sometime I was wondering to answer this common question which usually arises in someone’s mind as soon as he thinks or plans about taking his/her photography skills seriously.
Which DSLR, should I buy ?
and that too in the range of 30-40k at max …
Many of my friends had asked the same question with the same price restriction when they started taking their hinge for photography seriously. To all of them, I suggested the same which I am going to suggest in this very blog and that is to invest in a point and shoot, a good camera phone or rather a bridge camera first.
To which another rather obvious question arises,
What is a bridge/point and shoot camera ?
A bridge camera or a point and shoot camera, also known as fixed lens camera, is a camera in which you cannot change lenses. These cameras have lenses in-built directly into the camera body.
The basic difference between point and shoot camera and a bridge camera is that bridge camera usually have an extra zoom lens
Why to go for a portable camera and not directly to a DSLR ?
To answer this I would like to segment out some of you on the basis of your purpose / requirement for buying your first camera
Either you want to take photography seriously and pursue it professionally ?
Or you want to take your hobby more seriously and want to have some fabulous clicks on your next vacation or some family event ?
If you have just developed love and passion for photography, and have been constantly thinking about clicking pictures and fall in either of above two categories ,
I would suggest using either a good camera phone , a point and shoot camera or a bridge camera for the first 1 year and then gradually move onto a DSLR lately.
Why I am saying this ?
Because the camera doesn’t make a picture stand out, but the moment does
This is the belief with which I have pursued my hobby over the years and believe me it is the sole reason that has been doing wonders for me in all these years.
Foremost criteria to get those “Out of box” pictures are to develop first:
The sense of framing
The sense of inclusion of subjects
The sense of storytelling with a specific objective
all leading to a common motive of delivering a “complete story in a single frame“
For all the above criteria you dont need to have a DSLR compulsarly , on the contrary there is more of a chance that you get your desired “moment” all of a sudden but dont have your DSLR to capture it , but their is a full chance that you are well equipped with your handy point and shoot or your mobile phone and get your money shot.
Once you feel comfortable with your existing camera and believe that you have learned all the basics of photography while implementing above mentioned criteria ’ then I’d suggest trying your hands on a DSLR camera.
Why a Bridge Camera and not any other portable camera?
With Extended Zoom capability you can reach out for your subject from far off and frame the same in accordance to your concept without compromising on it.
You can have a look at some of the pics I clicked with “My First Camera” (Yes, it was a bridge camera) to see how this extra reach worked out in my favor to get some amazing shots with my desired frames
This extra reach can be really handy if you want to try some wildlife photography or macro photography.
These Portable cameras have some other advantages too over a DSLR, they are
Not demand extra care, and the most important reason is
You don’t have to worry about changing lenses