Something else to consider when you're getting a camera, is the handling of the camera, the operation. How easy is it to use? It's very easy to judge the size of the camera but bigger cameras are often a little bit easier to use out in the field. Let me give you an example. The Nikon D3400 is a very nice, small camera. The 7500 has a lot of the same features but in a bigger sized body. What does that get you? Well, when you want to change the shutter there's a dial on the back of the camera and it's very easy to change on both cameras. What happens when you want to change the aperture? Well the D7500 has a dial dedicated to the aperture. The D3400 does not have a dial, you have to press a button and turn a dial which is just a little bit more time consuming and a little bit more difficult than having a dedicated dial. If you want to make a number of other important changes, like white balance, image quality, and ISO, the 7500 has a dedicated button that does that one thing. If you want...
to do it on the 3400, well, you have to jump into the short cut menu, you have to navigate to that particular feature, select it, make your adjustment, confirm your setting, and then you're ready to go. And so it's a big difference between having to press three or four button presses than just doing it in one press. And that's one of the advantages you'll get on an intermediate level camera. Looking on the Canon side, it's basically the same thing. We have an entry level T7i, which is a great entry level camera. The 80D which is more of your mid range camera. You have one dial for your shutter speeds. For your apertures on the higher end camera, you have a dedicated dial on the back of the camera. But on the lower end, you gotta press a button and turn a dial. When it comes to some of those other important features that you're gonna want to access on a regular basis, there's a dedicated button on the higher end camera. But on the lower end camera, you gotta dive into the quick menu, navigate to that particular feature, and turn that on and off. Sometimes they do have a few of those shortcut buttons put on the back of the camera and for those cameras that have function buttons that you can program. That can really save you a lot of time because you don't have to do the menu diving. That's something we talk about in photography where there is no button on the outside of the camera. You have to dive into the menu and you gotta wade through all the stuff to find that one feature you want. So the primary controls that you want to have access to for most photographers is you want to be able to change the exposure which means you need access to your shutter speeds, your apertures, your ISO, and your exposure compensation. You're going to need to change the aspects of your focusing. You're going to want to be able to turn the manual focus to auto focus and back and forth from time to time. On some systems, there's a nice simple switch on the lens. Other times you have to dive into the menu system. When you change from continuous to single focusing, you'll be jumping back and forth from AF-S to AF-C or maybe into manual focus. And perhaps you're going to need to go in and change your focusing area. So how many button presses does it take to go from one point to nine points? Something to check out on your potential next camera. Some secondary controls that are things that different people use to different amounts. Some people use this all the time, some people not so much. Changing the white balance, we talked about what that was. The drive move for shooting single, continuous, and the self timer. I'm constantly changing my camera here depending on what I'm doing with it. And then, especially for the mirrorless cameras, turning the viewfinder information on and off. Do you want to look at all the data your shutterspeed, your aperture, and all sorts of other warnings turned on? Or do you want to turn it all off and just look at your subject? You want to be able to make that change back and forth. Then there are other things like metering, flash, video, and playback that you're also going to want to access as easily as possible. So when looking at a camera, look at these controls and see how easy the buttons are to press. How easy is it to access those potential features that you're going to use on a regular basis.
Buyer's guide will be your guide to figuring out the best digital camera for your needs.
Gear expert John Greengo dives into the major brands and lenses that are currently on the market.
John breaks down some of the more confusing aspects of mirrorless and DSLR's from focusing systems to sensor size; you'll get a better understanding of what the gear does so you can make an informed decision.
At the end of the class, John gives his recommendations for different types of photographers from the aspiring student to the filmmaker and everyone in between.