Which Camera Do I Need?

Picking a camera can be difficult, especially when there are so many different choices on the market. Today I will be listing some of the more common, and even less common, choices of cameras.

Compact Cameras

Compact cameras are some of the most popular cameras on the market. This is due to their small size, and their ability to take great quality photos and videos. Note the word “great”, as these camera’s don’t capture “stunning” video or picture, but they definitely work quite well for their price range and get the job done.

With the advent of smartphones, these compact digital cameras are becoming less common, since most smartphones can now take pictures on par with some of the cheaper or average priced compact cameras on the market.

These cameras are great for vacations, exploring nature, and just every-day general family pictures. If you’re looking for better quality pictures than typical smartphone quality, than I would advise you to look toward digital DLR cameras.

Digital SLR Cameras

These cameras are awesome for pretty much anything you could possibly need. The only real downside to this camera is it’s size. These camera’s are definitely bigger than your typical compact camera, but they are not so big that they’re impossible to carry around. They are somewhat prone to breaking, so be sure you select a camera with some good durability to weather conditions and accidental drops.

Another type of camera in this subsection is the vlogging camera with flip screen. These cameras feature a flip screen which helps you to review your video or photo footage on the go. Vlogging cameras with flip screens also help YouTubers and other social media content producers to edit and review their footage on the fly.

Most professional photographers and video takers use DSLR (Digital SLR) cameras to record and capture both video and pictures. These cameras can have a price tag as low as $300, or as high as $50,000. There are also a ton of different lenses, accessories, and customization’s that can help you to capture absolutely stunning works of art.

This is the go-to camera for anyone looking to startup their own photography business, or for any beginners who are seriously considering photography as a paid hobby.

It’s important to get familiar with all of the different settings. It’s tempting to rely on auto-focus when you first start your photography hobby, but in order to truly capture media like the pros, you’ll have to play with all of the unique settings that your DLSR camera comes with.

Pay attention to the type of camera you buy, as even within the DLSR community there are different styles and types. We recommend starting with the full-frame style of DSLR camera, as it works much better in low-light settings. It also provides better and higher quality picture right out of the box than many competitor sensors.

Another thing to keep in mind is your unique uses. If you’re planning to buy a camera for video-taking, than ensure that your DLSR camera shoots in either 1080P or 4K resolution. Make sure you don’t settle for 720P, as that will be too low of a resolution for your needs.

This is especially true if you’re looking at starting a social media channel, such as YouTube or Twitch, as your audience will love to see stunning 4K UHD resolution on your videos.

In addition to the quality aspect, 4K video makes you look much more professional and put together, giving you an edge over your competitors.

Mirrorless Cameras

These cameras are known for being smaller and more versatile than the DLSR camera, though a few years ago they were known for there being some slight loss of quality.

In more recent years these cameras have actually been able to compete in quality to DLSR cameras, although they do generally come with a higher price-tag. These are awesome cameras for professional and semi-professional photographers who are looking to step up their game and take their hobby/business more seriously.

The main advantage to these cameras is the fact that they are more compact and lightweight than DLSR cameras. This is especially useful when you’re on the go, or trying to take sports/action photos/video.

The other advantage is the higher shutter speed. Even the cheaper mirror-less cameras can compete with the fastest DLSR cameras. As mentioned above, this makes them awesome for action and sports photography, or any setting where quick reaction times are key.

360 Cameras

These cameras are very innovative and have not been used until recently. They are great because they come with the ability to really engage your user. This is because recent technology that pairs with these cameras allows the user to “pan the camera around” and view an entire 360 degree scene. You may have seen this done on social media platforms such as Facebook. This is an easy way to generate viral content, as this technology is still somewhat fascinating to people, especially when your content is good!

These cameras are also good for nature and other full-vision shots as they really bring the best of every feature to light in one awesome photograph. Some of these cameras can also be used for videos.

Film Cameras

Last, but not least, we have film cameras. These cameras are easy to use and have great potential to capture old school photos and instant print photos. There’s a huge niche following for these types of cameras, and for a good reason. These cameras are very well known for creating awesome works of art, and great photos. As you probably already know, these cameras to not record video, and do not capture images in as high of quality as a top notch DLSR or mirror-less camera.

These cameras also often come with “filters” which allow you to adjust the settings for instant print film action. In addition to instant print, these cameras obviously have film reels, which can be developed in multiple different ways in order to bring out the best in your photos.


There you have it, these are the main types of cameras that are around in the world today. Each camera brings something unique to the table, and each camera serves a function of its own.