Shopping for a camera can be an overwhelming endeavor, even if you’re fairly confident in your photography skills or are a master mobile photographer. Sensors, megapixels, lenses, viewfinders, and screens: There are numerous variables to consider, and by the time you’ve made it through the technical specifications sheets for two or three cameras, you’ve probably lost track of what you were looking for in the first place.
Unfortunately, there are some common mistakes that lots of people make when shopping for a new camera. But fortunately for you, those mistakes are easy to avoid if you’re aware of them ahead of time. Read on to learn more about five of the most common camera-shopping mistakes. You’ll understand more about the technology inside the cameras you’re considering, and you’ll be better equipped to make decisions about which specifications and components really matter to you.
1. Focusing exclusively on pixel count
There isn’t a single specification that can tell you which camera is best for you, especially not the megapixel count. One megapixel contains one million pixels, but knowing exactly how many your camera’s sensor contains isn’t exactly useful information. Looking at the number of megapixels isn’t a reliable way to figure out which camera is going to capture the best photos.
The component you have to understand when trying to figure that out is the sensor, which captures the light and is the logical counterpoint to film in a digital camera.Light enters the camera through the lens and then hits the sensor, which translates the light into an electronic signal, which the image processor uses to actually create the image.