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Understanding imaging sensors, a must when buying a camera

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Regardless of age, anyone can consider photography as a hobby since anyone can practically own a camera today.

When planning to buy or upgrade a camera, there is an infinite number of options to choose from, whether you are a beginner having fun or a professional doing shoots for a high-end fashion label.

However, you need to take into consideration the camera’s imaging sensor. Ideally, big imaging sensors result in more professional and better-looking photographs. However, cameras with big sensors are also costly.

There are large format cameras with big imaging sensors but they are mostly film not digital. In the digital imaging world, there are medium format cameras that lead the lot when it comes to imaging sensor size. Then there are the more popular full frame 35mm imaging sensors and crop factor APS/APS-C imaging sensors found in Canon, Nikon, Fujifilm and Sony. Then the point and shoot cameras and smart phones which obviously have small imaging sensors.

Do you need a sleek yet powerful camera for capturing sports and adventure like a GoPro Hero, or do you like one with interchangeable or fixed lenses? Remember, the number of megapixels in the imaging sensor plus the size, portability and cost are factors to consider before buying one.

Handy Hints
• Hobbyists should start with point and shoot cameras
• Consult a photography professional before you buy
• Bigger sensors and bigger cameras = better images

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Source: Gaurav Achipalya, Special to Classifieds
The writer is a freelancer