The best camera for a professional photographer is the one you can use to take photos of things you want to capture. If you want to buy a camera for your own purposes, there are plenty of models and options that will suit different styles and needs. But if you’re planning on using your camera professionally, you probably want some advice on which type of camera makes sense.
There are quite a few factors that go into choosing the right camera, but we’ll focus on two main ones: quality and reach.
Quality. This is by far the most important consideration. Professional photographers know that the difference between an amazing-looking photo and an average one is often no more than shutter speed and focus; poor images are often due in part to poor image quality.
That’s why they’ll often spend thousands of dollars on a single model of DSLR or mirrorless camera — not just because it has features people might not need, but because it has features that make all the other features worth having even more useful.
Reach. The best cameras for professionals will do everything from casual snapshots to action shots and macros — all the way up to medium-format camera systems with film rolls measuring hundreds of feet long or even miles long.
This is one of the most important decisions you’ll make. When it comes to choosing a camera, lens, and accessories, don’t skimp on quality.
While you might be able to get away with a cheaper model, if you’re looking at investing this much money in equipment, you want to make sure you’re getting your money’s worth.
What will you use your camera for? Your skills and experience will dictate your needs. The more creative uses you have in mind for the equipment — like portraits or product shots — the more important it is that you invest in high-quality gear. If your primary goal is to simply take photos of food, then less expensive equipment will suffice.
Will you be shooting photos from a fixed position or from a moving vehicle? If that’s the case, then look for a camera that can withstand bumps and jolts while still maintaining a steady shot.
Will you be shooting in bright light or low light conditions? A higher ISO number (or larger sensor) on the camera will help preserve image quality in low light situations. Likewise, having an optical viewfinder for manual focus control allows for sharper images when shooting in dim lighting conditions.