What features should a good camera have

When buying a camera, you want something that meets most if not all your requirements depending on your field of work.

Cameras are made by different manufacturers and come in different sizes, shapes, and with different features. Cameras are made for certain functions and choosing the right camera can be tricky. However, generally, there are certain features that one can look at when buying a camera to guarantee them solid performance.

Type of camera

There are two major types of cameras – DSLR and mirrorless. Depending on your needs, you will have to choose between the two. A DSLR offers you with a wide array of lenses while the mirrorless camera is lightweight, highly portable and great when it comes to shooting. It has a faster autofocus, and electronic U finder popular among most, and has better video capturing.

The body

One thing people mostly tend to overlook is the camera’s weight, size, and quality. A good camera should have a high-quality build to withstand most weather conditions and the outdoors. A lightweight camera makes it easy to pack and carry it around without worry about the size or fatigue. Despite this, you need to put into consideration that most high-end cameras will most likely pack more hardware that will make them heavier. Also, look for a camera that has a simple design that will give you quick access to the menu and most used functionalities. Other things to take note of are the HDMI ports, microphones, and custom buttons. It’s also best to go for a camera with a LCD touch screen.


One of the most important features to look out for in a camera is the lens as it’s an important part of the camera. A camera that allows you to swap lenses is a great camera since you get creative options to choose from. Mostly, mirrorless and DSLR cameras are sold with a lens kit. You can go out there and buy a new lens to offer you better performance. Also, look for weather-sealed and robust lens.


The video resolution quality for most cameras largely depends on the purpose of the camera and most cameras nowadays shoot videos of up to 4K UHD. If you want to use it for photography only, then get a camera with a wide range of modes like night modes, HDR, portrait, etc. If it’s for videography, then look at the frame rate and resolution it has to offer. A higher frame rate smoothens the video with 24-30 fps considered to be normal while 60 fps is good slow-motion and smooth playback.


The sensor size is one of the most important features to look at in a camera, especially DSLRs as the right camera sensor complements the lens. A larger sensor size captures more information hence making your photos clearer. The most popular sensor sizes include the APS-C, full frame and micro 4/3. Full frame sensors give the best clarity and are very good for a photographer. The APSC format sensors are mostly used on entry-level cameras as they give a balance between image quality and price making them ideal for both a videographer and a photographer. For someone looking for good videos, then the 4/3 sensors are the best.

Future use

When buying a camera, you want something that you can grow with when your skillset grows too since most of these good cameras don’t come cheap. Good cameras are the ones with features that can still survive for many years to come without forcing you to do an upgrade.

Image stabilization & ISO range

Optical image stabilization helps to eliminate blur in photos which comes in handy on long-zoom lenses which can prove difficult when it comes to holding steady. As a photographer, you might sometimes be forced to shoot in low-light. A good camera is one with a wider ISO range to give you enough lighting in such situations.


There you have it, the top features to look for in a good camera. At times, you might have to compromise in order to get one that fits your budget.


Are the megapixels important to look at when buying a camera?

Megapixels (MP) are not very important and anything from 8 to 16 MP is enough.

What is the best battery life for a good camera?

The battery life for a good camera depends on the purpose of the camera and where you are going to be shooting. If it’s outdoors and you have access to power, then perhaps consider a camera using replaceable batteries instead of a rechargeable one.

Philip Taylor believes in helping people achieve their dreams and has, therefore, gone to the lengths to make the subject of photography and cameras more digestible to individuals who are passionate about this line of career. He believes with the right mentorship and experience, novice photographers can turn into professional photographers, the excerpts on beginner cameras at Photo MD are, therefore, the perfect guide for individuals who are into photography, want to get their first cameras but have no idea what to look for. Philip is a father to two lovely boys, and when not working he loves to research and will, therefore, be found in the library.

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