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Choosing the right camera

Personally, I have experienced this problem many of times. It can be a tough decision deciding what camera fits your needs. And there is no definitive answer. It all depends on what you need and works best for you.

A question many ask is, DSLR or mirrorless? I did a blog post a while back about how mirrorless is the wave of the future. You can check it out here. But the question still stands; do I choose a DSLR or mirrorless camera? It all depends on what you want. A DSLR is going to offer reliability, speed, and a bigger form factor. They also provide a giant selection of lenses. A mirrorless camera is going to provide small form factor, 4K video, and easier use of manual lenses. I know many are questioning the 4K video. As of right now, mirrorless cameras are the only ones to offer 4K video (besides one or two higher end Canon and Nikon DSLRs) on a full frame body when comparing it to a DSLR.  However, there are some caveats to mirrorless cameras.

One caveat is the small form factor. Mirrorless cameras are smaller in comparison to DSLRs. However, the lenses are bigger and longer, which in turns makes the whole kit (body and lens) the same size as a DSLR and lens (picture below). Another caveat with mirrorless cameras is the amount of lenses. Yes, mirrorless cameras open the door to manual lenses with adapters and focus peaking. But if you want autofocus and electronic control of the lenses, you’re stuck. As of right now, Sony only has a handful of propriety lenses and these lenses are expensive. So it all depends on what you are looking for but there are some caveats to a DSLR as well.

Image from PetaPixel

Image from PetaPixel

DSLRs are quite a bit bigger than mirrorless cameras. This is due to the mirror and prism in a DSLR. But this allows for smaller lenses. Another caveat of DSLRs is the limited video options. I’m sure this will change soon but right now the only 4K offerings in DLSRs are the higher end models in which you are looking at dropping $6k plus. Sony offers 4K video on the Sony a6300 at about $1K. Mirrorless cameras do provide multiple cameras with 4K. However, how do you know what mirrorless camera to go with?

This was just a brief overview of choosing the right camera. There are more options to research but I chose these as most people will be looking for these features. In my opinion, mirrorless cameras are great for video right now. They have multiple 4K options but don’t have a good range of lenses for photography unless you like manually focusing. I would buy a DSLR if you are OK with just HD video but want the speed and reliability of a DSLR. Also, DSLRs have a huge selection of propriety lenses and third party lenses.

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3 reasons why the phone (iPhone) is your best camera

Many people under estimate the power of your cell phone camera. However, it is quite a powerful machine. In 2010, the iPhone 4 packed just 5MP and 720p @ 30 fps. We have come a long way from 2010. The 2-3 month old iPhone 6s and 6s plus are packed with camera features some pro DSLR’s and mirrorless cameras don’t have. Such as image stabilization and 4k video recording. Listed below are 3 reasons why the phone (iPhone) in your pocket is your best camera.

1.      It’s always there

As Chase Jarvis says, “The best camera is the one that’s with you”.  In this day in age, everyone carries there phone with them, everywhere. Then, when we don’t have it, we have a panic attack. So, we always have a phone on us. That means we always have a camera on us. Every time you go out you are not going to always grab your DSLR. Rather we grab our keys, wallet, and last but not least our phone. Although we don’t think about it at first, we are always able to capture a moment with our phone. And a very good “camera” phone at that.

2.      Actually a very good camera

Now that we know we have a camera on us at all times, how good is it? As I stated in the first paragraph, just five years ago we had a 5 MP camera. The newest iPhone, the iPhone 6 and 6s packs a lot more. Both phones have a 12 MP camera and an aperture of f/2.2. Which is even a big jump from last year’s 8 MP. This means you can actually capture very high quality photos just from your phone. Apple even has a gallery on their website of pictures taken on the iPhone 6s. My thought while looking through the photos was this. If you took the same picture with a pro DLSR with the same aperture, shutter speed, and ISO, would you be able to tell the difference? If you’re a pixel peeper, then yes. However, many could not tell the difference.

3.      4k

Now that we have discussed the camera on photos, now it’s onto the video. There have been a couple phones that have been able to record 4k before the iPhone. But this is Apple’s first jump into 4k. Both the 6s and 6s plus are able to record 4k at 30 fps. They also record slow motion at 1080p at 120 fps and 720p at 240 fps. I have a Sony a6000 and the best I can record at is 1080p at 30 fps. I know that the a6000 is not a high end pro camera, but you have a phone that does 4k.  There are a couple higher end cameras that do 4k such as the Panasonic GH4 and the Sony a7ii. But this camera is with you at all times in your pocket. You can even make money on your 4k video! Videoblocks will actually pay you quite a bit when for your 4k video. You will make $191.54, every time someone “buys” your stock footage. The new iPhone is a killer camera phone that can even make you money!

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