Upgrading your camera? 5 essential to-dos!
5 essential actions that can save you money
I have a great deal of experience with new camera shopping under my belt. But all experience comes with the accumulation of mistakes and lessons learned.
Although I have already made a video and a blog post on 5 things you need to consider when buying a new camera, I thought that it be important to include these 5 to-dos or actions you need to do before going out and making the decision on which model to buy.
This is a video from a while back that attacks a new camera purchase head-on.
So let’s get into the 5 actions everyone must do before going and shopping for a new camera.
- Read your existing user manual
- Read the new camera manual
- Remember why you shoot
- Ignore the promo page of the cameras you are considering
- Ask around
1) Read the user manual of your existing camera
Before giving up the camera that you already own, re-visit your user manual. This small exercise will allow you to see whether an upgrade or a change in gear is even necessary.
I have always found that a small reread of the manual lets you know the limitations or the unknown features of what you already own.
I once was about to give up my Fujifilm X-T30 because I thought it did not have enough features. When I chose to re-read the manual, I discovered that it was as feature-rich as an X-T3.
Once you have read the manual and feel that an upgrade is warranted, move on to step 2
2) Read the user manual of the new camera you are considering
Picking up the user manual of the camera you are considering is the best way to learn about its features and limitations. remember that when considering new equipment, you need to know the truth. You will only get a fluffed-up version of what a camera can do on a marketing site or landing page.
Manufacturers have no choice but to tell where the camera’s limitations are because your ability to use the camera depends on knowing everything about it.
In this day in age, getting a manual is as easy as a website click. Download that PDF, pour yourself a coffee, and get to reading.
3) Stay away from the camera’s corporate site while you shop
Although most marketing sites are required by law to tell the “truth,” they are not restricted from embellishing it. The camera company’s website has one purpose only-SELL CAMERAS!
Camera companies spend hundreds of thousands of dollars making sure that you get impressed. When shopping for your new camera, your goal is to be informed. Therefore, stay away from anything that might skew the truth.
4) Ask yourself: Why do I shoot?
It might sound stupid, but asking yourself this simple philosophical question can eliminate a lot of over featured or under featured cameras out there. So, knowing why you shoot makes you aware of camera features that can be beneficial to you. By asking this simple question it also steers you away from superfluous and overrated camera features that you might not even want.
5) Ask around!
Asking current camera model users questions is the best thing you can do when buying a new camera. That is why my resource of choice is the Facebook group on the camera I am looking to buy. Sometimes I try to talk to a friend or even talk to someone I know who owns a camera I am considering. the question for me is simple – ”So, what do you think?” A whole world of answers opens up.
People are always keen on the idea of educating others. They also can let you know the “experienced” pros and cons of the camera.
The easiest and best way to get this information is by joining a Facebook group or any sort of forum that is specifically pointed to the use of the camera model you are considering.
The goal here is to get photography gear that can make you happy in your photographic journey. There is nothing worse than passing the refund date on a camera that does not make sense for your workflow. Stick to these tips and tricks and maybe even read a couple of my other blog posts on buying a new camera and you should be in good shape.
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