“Which camera should I buy?”
We get asked this same simple question often but unfortunately the answer can be rather complex or riddle with many questions back to the person asking. There are plenty of great options out there but the recommendations that I am going to give is what I would buy. I like to shoot with a very low depth of field (blur/bokeh from foreground to background – Bokeh has been defined as “the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light”) and I often shoot photos and video at night. Whenever possible my recommendation would be to purchase a lens with f/2.8 or lower but many times those lenses we be a fixed focal length.. meaning that they do have zoom at all but I typically say that you can ‘zoom with your legs’ 🙂
Best DSLR + Lens Setup under $1500
(you may want to get the 18-55mm lens option… it’s not as high quality but has a zoom, whereas the lenses below will not have a zoom but are higher quality) This DSLR has one of Canon’s better APS-C sensors and has a really amazing Dual Pixel autofocus system.
Best Mirrorless (light weight) Setup under $1500
This Sony is a very fast focusing camera that shoots in 4K and is much lighter and smaller than DSLR’s. The ISO range goes all the way up to 51200, 24.2mp and 11 frames per second. The specs are very impressive and so is the price.
Or save about $300 and pick up the slightly older: Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Power Zoom Lens
Other great options:
Under $1000 & Weather-Sealed:
Best DSLR Setup Under $500:
Best Point & Shoot Camera:
Best Point & Shoot Cameras under $500:
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