Camera buying guide



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Choosing the right camera isn’t easy. But don’t worry - we’re here to help.

In this handy guide, you’ll find answers to all your camera buying questions. So, whether you’re getting one for the first time or upgrading your existing kit, you’ll be able to snap up the camera (and accessories) that meets your needs.

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Different types of camera

There are lots of different types of cameras available. The question is, which one is right for you? Well, it all depends on what you’ll be using your camera for. Each one offers something different - from lightweight compacts and handy bridge and mirrorless cameras, through to pro-style DSLRs. To help you decide, here are more details on each camera type:

What is a compact camera?
What is a bridge camera?
What is a DSLR camera?
What is a mirrorless camera?

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Camera lenses
Which camera lens should I buy?
Which lens will fit my camera?

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Travel cameras
What is the best camera for travelling?
What makes a camera tough?
What is a good zoom camera?
What is the best action cam?
Should I get a camera drone?

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Social cameras
What is the best camera for vlogging?
How do I share my photos and videos?

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Camera specifications
How many megapixels do I need?
What does camera sensor size mean?
What does shutter speed, aperture and ISO mean?
Do I need image stabilisation?
What does FPS mean?
What is macro mode?

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Camera accessories
Which memory card do I need?
Should I buy a case?
What other accessories will I need?

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Jargon buster
Megapixels
CMOS
Viewfinder
Lens mount
RAW file
4K Ultra HD video
HD video (720/1080p)
4K Ultra HD video

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