What's the best camera you can buy right now? Okay, we admit it — it's an impossible question to answer, but we'll do our best to make sure you end up buying the right camera for you. You see, the best camera for a pro photographer is a million miles away from the best camera for an adventure sports nut. Likewise, a novice shooter just making their first steps in photography doesn't need all the most up-to-date tech that a pro might, more an easy-to-use camera that will help them to grow in confidence. But if you just want to know what we think are the top ten cameras that are available right now — regardless of user level or price point — keep on reading. We've rounded up the very best options across the three main categories: DSLR, mirrorless and compact.
Portraits are actually really easy to shoot. The easiest conditions to shoot in are overcast days; this because the cloud acts like a giant softbox, which gives you fairly even lighting throughout the day. On clearer days, shoot around sunrise or sunset when the sun is low in the sky, and position your model with the sun behind them. A prime lens is one that has a fixed focal length such as 50mm, 85mm or mm — all of which are classic portrait focal lengths.
If you mostly intend to shoot portraits, then you need to consider a camera body and lens that will suit those needs:. Unless you intend to use your pictures on billboards most mega pixel values on the market will be fine. You need a camera which lets you control focus points.
Zoom lenses are more convenient in terms of being able to change focal length with a simple turn of the zoom ring. Once photographers find their kit lens no longer fulfils their creative requirements, the first lens many find themselves drawn to is the humble 50mm. Furthermore, it provides a field of view comparable to that of the human eye, and the wide maximum aperture makes shallow depth-of-field photography across a range of subjects possible. The latter allows more light to enter the lens at a given shutter speed, and a shallower depth-of-field too.