Every family needs a go to camera these days. There was a time that you would grab a Polaroid on special occasions, a photo is printed on the spot and put in an album. They were used very conservative because of cost, and the challenge of actually storing the end product.
With the advent of the digital age, not only are cameras everywhere, but we keep thousands of photos.
We use them a lot more too thanks to social media. Most of what we do is attached to a picture in some way.
Here we will cover some camera options that will not only give you the professional quality you are searching for, but also wont break the bank!
What are you looking for?
When you are ready to move past the camera phone phase in your photography, you may think about buying an inexpensive non-DSLR digital. They are great, but it really wont offer much more than an Iphone with a high megapixel. You will buy one, use it for a very short amount of time, and realize that you should have bought a DSLR to start with and not wasted the money on an entry digital, which in most cases cost as much as middle tier DSLR’s.
In today’s cameras several features are sought after. Portability, add-on product availability, durability, and value, just to name a few things one might be looking for when comparing options.
Size and the ability to carry is very important for those family trips and hikes. Finding the right add-ons that you may want in the future to customize your gear will reduce the need to purchase cameras as replacements.
Durability is huge when dealing with expensive electronics. We have all said the phrase, “I turned my back for two seconds….!” And we know how that story turns out!
But the very most important feature to most parents is value. Parenting is a huge responsibility and it often means saving money where you can so that you don’t have to spend more time chasing it to pay bills. We want a great product at a price that is reasonable and we don’t have to replace it for a good amount of time.
You have to decide what is most important to you, but hopefully we can find some fantastic options that cover everything well, and still make the budget happy.
Another key feature to look for is lens options. If you want to take portraits of your family, you will want a prime lens since zoom lens are not quite as sharp.
The zoom offers more versatility, but a good prime is a must have in your bag for family and still shots. The great things about lens options is you can save a few bucks grabbing the off brand options for your mounting system. Especially if you will use it sparingly.
A prime lens will have a fixed focal length, like 50mm. Where the zoom lens will have a range of focal length. Prime lenses will often times be cheaper than their zoom counterparts, and offer you a chance to learn a bit more by actually having to zoom by movement instead of operating the lens. They will likely also offer a wider aperture as well (that’s what gives you that sharp separation between objects and better low light photos)
The versatility of the zoom lens is obvious. Zooming without moving is an amazing feature. They are also very portable in that you can carry one to run several focal points. While not having the wider aperture of primes, for being out in nature, and events, zoom lens are a great option.
Most kits cameras come with at least one zoom lens options, and I would recommend picking up one prime lens to start with in the 35mm – 50mm range.
Camera Options That Wont Break The Bank
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- 18.0 Megapixel APS-C CMOS Sensor
- 3.0 inch (460k) TFT LCD
- Digic 4 Image Processor
- 9-Point Autofocus System
- 3 fps Continuous Shooting
- Scene Intelligent Auto Mode
- Full HD 1080p Video
- World’s smallest (116.8 x 90.7 x69.4mm) / lightest (370g)
- STM Lens Support for Quiet AF in Movies
- 18.0 MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
- DIGIC 5 Image Processor
- 3.0 inch (1040k) Clear View II TFT Touch Screen LCD
- ISO 100-12800, Expandable to 25600
- Full HD Movie Mode with Movie Servo AF
- 4.0 fps Continuous Shooting
- 9-point AF system
- Seven Creative Filters that can be displayed in real time
- New Special Scene Modes: Kids, Food and Candlelight
- 24.2MP DX-Format CMOS Sensor
- EXPEED 4 Image Processor
- No Optical Low-Pass Filter
- Native ISO 100-25600; 5 fps Shooting
- 3.0″ 921k-Dot LCD Monitor
- Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
- Multi-CAM 1000 11-Point AF System
- SnapBridge Bluetooth Connectivity
- Guide Mode and Special Effects
- AF-P DX 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR Lens
- 24.1-MP DX-format CMOS sensor
- 3.0 inch (921k) Vari-angle monitor
- Inspire yourself with D-Movie
- EXPEED 3
- High ISO (100-6400, extendable to 25600 equivalent)
- 39-point AF system
- 2,016-pixel RGB metering sensor
- Effects mode
- 5 fps continuous shooting
- D-Movie AF modes
- HDR (High Dynamic Range)
- Active D-Lighting
- 16 scene modes
Like we have previously discussed a few add on’s will get you a complete set. But the cool thing about these camera packages is they come with a starter zoom lens to get you going. You can pick up a prime lens now, or grab one in the future. Just make sure it is for your brand of camera. The mounts are different from brand to brand, with few sharing styles, especially among the major brands.
You will want to grab a memory card to store lots of photos for those fun vacations, and a bag to carry your gear. I usually recommend to get too much bag, especially if you will not be trekking through the woods. That way you have room for expansion later on when you get some add on’s here and there.
A tripod is a must for family photos and even some vaca stuff, but a lot of that will be from the hand.
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There are many great options for cameras in many different brands, but these are just a few options that will give you superior performance without killing your budget. As parents, that budget is pretty important. We have our kids doing all kinds of stuff in social clubs, sports, dance, and other extra curricular activities. We want to be able to capture these memories without having to spend a month paying for it at work missing MORE memories!
So take advantage some some of these deals and capture those moments, while working to build others!