In July 2012 I posted our most popular blog post yet, "What Camera Should I Buy" and seeing as that was almost 3 years ago and the photography game has changed a little bit - I figured it's time to update that post. Like I say all the time; I am partial to Canon cameras. While they don't sponsor me (YET!) this is the brand I've used since I began, it's the brand my mother used, and it's the brand I'll probably always use. I love the functionality of the menus, the color of images Canon's produces, and the quality of the lenses that are sold. Nikon also produces some amazing cameras and lenses which get JUST AS GREAT as a final product as Canon. The brands I would stay away from are brands that produce other electronic equipment. Stick with camera companies who specialize only in making cameras.
In retrospect it all boils down to what you will be doing with your camera. Are you planning on only taking pictures on birthdays, soccer games and vacations? Do you see beautiful things out and about and your iPhone just isn't cutting it quality wise? Or do you want to become a professional photographer and are looking to invest in some serious gear. Either way - sit back, relax, for Version 2 of the most popular question professional photographers get.
You've got cute kids, you do fun things and you want something a little bit better than the camera on your smart phone. We'll call you "The Dabbler". What camera should you get? While it wouldn't hurt to buy a DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) Camera, that's bulky and cumbersome. It'd be nice to have something yo can throw in a diaper bag or backpack and just throw in auto mode and get great pictures. My professional advice would be to go with any Canon Powershot that fits within your price range.
I would personally go with the Canon Powershow S120. This baby is rockin' 12.1 Megapixels, a super fast 1.8 f/stop lens, full 1080 HD Movie mode and can go up to 12800 ISO. No idea what all that means? Check out our blog post on the Trinity of Camera Settings. This little guy will only cost you $449.99 via the Canon Website.
Too much? Check out the PowerShot SX170 IS. It's 16 Megapixels, 28 mm wide, 1600 ISO and shoots in HD. It's not as great as the S120 but it's not always about the camera! Plus it's only $179!
18.1 Megapixels, 25600 ISO, 1080 FullHD mode
EOS 5D Mark III
22.3 Megapixels, 25600 ISO, 1080 FullDH Mode