Thinking about buying a camera but don't have a clue where to start? And even if you know it all, you may find some alternatives you hadn't considered.
If you're standing in the middle of a store wondering what to buy, start with our current top picks: Lori Grunin/CNET Interchangeable-lens cameras (ILCs) are d SLRs or mirrorless models.
If you plan to be away from a way to recharge for more than a day, you should consider that d SLRs have significantly better battery life.
But you’ll need both parts – the body and the lens – in order to take a photo.
Keep in mind that you're usually better off spending more money on a better lens than on a more expensive body.
The advantages of a d SLR over mirrorless are: The advantages of a mirrorless over a d SLR: If the answer is "very," then you should consider sensor size in your decision. The trade-off is that the bigger the sensor, the more expensive the camera tends to be. Lori Grunin/CNET If you just want to shoot casual video, then you want a camera with good autofocus.
Here are some rules of thumb for selecting lens focal lengths: The days of worrying about shutter lag are pretty much over.
Now you just need to make sure the autofocus system is fast and accurate enough to capture the type of scenes you want. If you do, then you want a camera that not only has excellent autofocus and fast continuous shooting, you need one that offers decent photo quality in the ISO 800-ISO 6400 range because you'll need to bump it up there to set a sufficiently fast shutter speed (usually upwards of 1/500 sec) to capture the action you want and still maintain a correct exposure.