5 keys to choosing and buying a camera


Although smartphones have badly damaged the camera market, still many photography enthusiasts who are betting on one of these devices to get a better result in your snapshots. Same spirit but with more and more additions, such as the possibility in some models of connecting to WiFi or a smartphone connection to share photos on social networks. And it is that in Spain alone, more than five million photos are shared every day through sites like Facebook or Instagram. Pixmania has put together five keys to help you choose when buying a camera.

1. Megapixels… are they so important? One of the specifications that is first looked at when presenting a camera (especially as a result of the lenses of smartphones) is that of the megapixels that the camera reaches. This specification measures the resolution with which photos can be recorded. But its usefulness depends a lot on whether we are going to share and edit the reduced images or if we want to print them on a large scale, such as on a large poster or in an exhibition. This figure often obscures and hides other aspects that may be more decisive when we take the photos. For Pixmania , a good range for compact cameras is between 6 and 8 megapixels,while in reflex cameras it can be perfectly placed between 10 and 12 megapixels.

2. The wide angle. If you are a lover of landscape photography or want to make the most of small rooms, you should take a look at this type of lens. Wide angle refers to a focal length between 18 and 35 millimeters. The lower the figure, the greater the angle that is covered with our photographs.

Nikon camera

3. Estabilizadores de imagen. Sin duda, una de las formas más frustrantes de que una fotografí­a se nos fastidie es que salga movida. Una gran mayorí­a de las cámaras incorpora algún tipo de estabilizador, ya sea digital, óptico… En este primer caso, la imagen se estabiliza después de que se realice la fotografí­a, y a pesar de haber mejorado en los últimos tiempos no llega a alcanzar el mismo rendimiento que los estabilizadores ópticos.

4. The screen. Many models already incorporate a screen (touch or not) to be able to see the results of our photographs more comfortably, replacing the traditional viewfinder. A good screen can be key for us to see the photograph clearly before we take it to the computer and we can know if we are satisfied with the result or we have to shoot another photo.

5. Compact or SLR? According to Pixmania (and many amateurs and photography experts) compact cameras will never measure up to SLRs, despite the improvement they have experienced in recent years. Many details make the difference; light, color, noise , SLR cameras create a very different and genuine experience that many consider the essence of photography. What is your opinion?