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Best Cameras For Video And Photography

Throughout Sri Lanka, there are beautiful people and scenes that deserve to be captured in the best possible way. When you look for cameras for sale, you can find many new and used models on www.ikman.lk, providing you with the opportunity to save money. Many people buy a camera or video camera expecting to use it and then decide they are not interested – or decide to upgrade to the newest model.

When you are looking for the best cameras for video and photography, it’s important to know what to look for in the cameras for sale. This includes understanding the various manufacturers, the features, and what to look for in the camera reviews.

Manufacturers of Cameras

There are countless manufacturers of cameras. Whether you shoot solely in Sri Lanka or you travel extensively, you are going to find that there are some manufacturers that are more popular than others. The benefit of going with a very well-known and popular brand is that you will be able to find more accessories to go with them. This includes such things as:

– Lenses

– Tripods

– Flash units

– Filters

Sony has been in the industry for a number of years. They offer video cameras as well as standard cameras. Many of the cameras for sale now offer video capabilities, allowing you to purchase an all-in-one. Sony is known best for some of the best compact cameras. While they make DSLR cameras, finding a wide variety of lenses can be difficult.

Nikon makes some of the best compact cameras as well as the best DSLR cameras. In their compact line, they have the Coolpix and in the DSLR line, they have the D3100 and D3200 along with many others that have more megapixels and more controls to impact the image.

Canon is another brand that has been around for a long time. They also offer some of the best compact cameras as well as one of the best DSLR cameras. Canon offers the Powershot as the compact line and for DSLR, they offer the Rebel and the Mark.

Other brands can include Samsung and Nokia, though these are traditionally more of a smartphone with a camera feature. If you are looking for one of the best compact cameras on the market, these tend to be the better ones. Some of the smartphones have impressed with large megapixels, stability control, and much more so that you can capture some amazing images regardless of whether you are standing in one place or moving all around.

If you are going to choose a camera, not a smartphone, for your photography needs, it’s important to choose one brand and stick with it. Once you choose an EOS line camera from Canon, all of the lenses will work, regardless of whether you purchase a Rebel T5 or a Mark III. The benefit to this is that you can upgrade the body while maintaining all of your lenses. The same goes for Nikon. However, you cannot use Nikon and Canon lenses interchangeably. Therefore it is more affordable to choose one manufacturer and then stick with it, especially once you have begun investing in lenses and other equipment.

Important Camera Features

When you look at cameras for sale, you have to consider what features you want and what the camera has to offer.


You should be able to change the ISO within a DSLR so that you can control how the photos look during the day and night. ISO used to be controlled by the film that you would purchase for a camera.

Image stabilization

Many of the best cameras feature this nowadays. The benefit is that you can have a little hand shake and it won’t translate to a blurry image.

Customizable menu

This allows you to make your own menu so that you don’t have to spend a considerable amount of time navigating a menu that was designed by someone else.


Most of the compact and DSLR cameras use some kind of external storage card. This can be a compact flash or something else. Reconsider a camera that only uses internal memory. Some of the more advanced DSLR cameras even have two memory card slots so that you can increase the amount of shooting.


Some cameras have better built in flash than others. If you don’t have flash or are unhappy with what it has, look for a flash shoe at the top so that you can add your own.


Anything above 10 MP is going to provide quality images. The larger you go, the less grain you are going to see when you blow up the image to poster sizes.

Reading Camera Reviews

There are a few reasons to read camera reviews as well as certain information that you want to pluck from it so that you know what you’re about to purchase. The reviews are going to tell you about the product, the features and how they all work. The reviews are written by people who have used the camera and therefore you benefit from their hands-on knowledge of the camera.

The manufacturer can tell you anything that they want to about the camera. You want to know if it’s all true and if there are any issues with the features. The reviews should tell you about all of these and answer the question of “Should I buy this camera?”

Your budget is going to impact what camera you buy. While you may want to buy the best DSLR camera on the market, that’s probably going to be the Canon Mark VI, which is several thousand dollars for the body alone. This means that you may have to look at the best camera that you can afford. Understanding the value of the camera is important and that’s where the camera reviews are going to help you. Reviewers will tell you if they felt that the camera was worth the money so you know whether you want to spend as much as what’s being charged.

In addition to the reviews, you want to read the product description. This is even more important if you are going to buy a used camera. You need to know what’s wrong with the camera and what the reason is as to why someone is parting with their camera. This means you want to look for any mention of scratches or dents. A scratch on the outside of the camera doesn’t mean problems but it does if it’s on the mirror or the lens.

The product description should also tell you:

  • Overall condition
  • Age of the camera
  • Any problems
  • Why it’s being sold
  • What it comes with

After you have reviewed the product description and read through the reviews, you can determine whether you want to move forward with the purchase.

The best cameras for videography and photography in Sri Lanka are always changing. The manufacturers probably won’t change, but the model will. The best thing for you to do is get a camera that will do still and video so that you don’t have to carry two. Identify the features that are important and when budget is an issue, be sure that you get the desired value from what’s on the market.

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