Camera brands, among photographers, are like sports teams. Many photographers are die-hard fans of their favourite camera brand. But does the brand you choose really matter? Yes and no.
Yes, because, once you buy into a brand, switching requires new lenses and flashes and gets quite expensive. Each camera brand also has a range of different features that they are known for.
Olympus and Panasonic, for example, only offer micro four thirds sensor but tend to have excellent image stabilization and video. Nikon and Canon are big DSLR players, while Fujifilm and Sony make some excellent mirrorless cameras.
No, because the industry is full of successful photographers shooting with each of the major camera brands. While you should buy an interchangeable lens camera with at least a micro four thirds sensor, your success as a photographer isn’t determined by the brand you choose.
It’s determined by your creativity, style, lighting and technical mastery.
Cameras change on an annual, if not monthly basis — understanding what to look for will help you make the best choice for you, no matter what cameras are on the market. But now that you know the ins and outs of navigating the camera market, what are some cameras on the market today, mid-2018, that are great for weddings?
Here are a few from multiple brands and price points to consider.
Canon: The Canon 5D Mark IV is a full frame DSLR without the weight of the 1D X series that’s commonly recognized for the autofocus and low noise at higher ISOs. For a less pricey option, the Canon EOS 80D line is also solid.
Nikon: The D750 packs in both big resolution and big speed, something that’s hard to mix into the same camera body. The D750 also does well in low light, considering that higher megapixel count. In the APS-C line, the D7500 or even the older D7200 are good cameras for a lower price point.
Sony: Sony’s a7 series have those large full frame sensors, yet fit inside a compact mirrorless body; this line seems to be growing in popularity among wedding photographers for that reason. The Sony a7R III has a nice high resolution, but doesn’t have the 700+ shot battery life of the lower resolution but still excellent a7 III.
Fujifilm: Fujiflm’s cameras have great colour reproduction and the higher-end models perform well for weddings. Consider the X-T2 or X-H1. If budget is a real sticking point, look at the X-T20 but avoid dropping to the X-A line for weddings if you can because the sensor isn’t quite as good.
Micro four thirds cameras: For smaller mirrorless bodies, look at the mid to high end models from Olympus and Panasonic, like the Panasonic Lumix G9 or GH5, or the Olympus OM-D E-M1 or E-M5 lines (they are currently up to the Mark II generations).
So, you’ve gone through all the options and you have it narrowed down to two or three — but you still can’t decide. Now what?
If you can’t make up your mind, or you’re toying with the idea of switching brands and the change will be quite pricey, try renting the camera first. A number of websites offer camera rentals for reasonable prices, and some even allow you to buy the camera that you rented for a discount if you decide you like the camera. At the very least, find a brick-and-mortar camera store and go try out a few of the cameras that are on display. Once you have the camera in your hands, it’s easier to pull the trigger on such an expensive decision.
The best cameras for wedding photography need to be able to keep up with the pace of the day from those getting ready shots to the very last moments of the reception. Considering factors like sensor size, low light performance, speed, autofocus, size and the available accessories will help you choose the camera that meshes best with your photography style and budget.