Brand preference debates have been going around for as long as anyone can remember. You must have also been sucked into such debates where a particular brand X is countered against brand Y and asked for your opinion on which brand wins. And this has been continuing for a long time.
But to be fair, the choice about brand priority hardly matters if you don’t even know about the workings of a DSLR.
So, why is brand choice important? For the simple fact that most camera models are proprietary and cannot be used in conjunction with other brands. It is impossible to mount lenses from different brands on a model from a different brand except for brands like Tokina whose lenses cater to Nikon and Canon models. Before investing into the brand choice, also think about the kind of gears you might end up buying.
Before going for a particular brand, look around as to which brand your friends or colleagues employ. It benefits a lot if someone from that group is an enthusiast or a professional. Get their feedback and suggestions on what’s more important rather than going for the brand bandwagon. Plus, it also helps to go for same brand cameras as the option for borrowing lenses remains open.
For brand choices, I would pick Nikon, Canon, Sony as these brands have the widest selection of cameras, lenses and other gears. Nikon and Canon, in particular, have a wide following across the globe, offer varied features laden models, good service options and have had consistent performances over the years.
The Japanese multinational company has been switching places at the pinnacle of the digital camera market with Canon for the past decade. Once considered as one of the pioneers in the scene with its Expeed processor leading the way in terms of performance, Nikon has been losing out on this to its nearest competitor.With the recent release of two flagship models namely the D500 (APS-C sensor) and the outstanding D5(Full-frame sensor), which boasts of an outstanding number of 153 focus points and a staggering ISO rate of 2380000 Nikon will sincerely hope that the market turns around in their favour.
One of the other two pioneers in the digital world, Canon has been going about their job with precision and churning out models that are in parity with its competitor in terms of features or even better. From the days of the early EOS series model- EOS5 to the legendary 1D series – 1D X Mark II, Canon has come a long way ahead bundled with its innovative technological advancement, next-generation AF motors, options for lenses and HD video recording capability.
Sony has been going all out to capture the mirrorless camera market and it has pretty much succeeded with most of the outstanding mirrorless, notably the SONY Alpha 7R series models, coming from SONY’s side of the spectrum
Even though other companies like Fujifilm and Panasonic are churning out mirrorless models, they have not attained the success that SONY has.Such brands have invested a lot in the Micro Four-Thirds segment and have different alternatives when it comes to lens selections.
The most important thing, whatsoever, is that you need to consider the camera as just a tool in your photography endeavour. Buying more number of gears doesn’t help with the process. All it does is only plant seeds of confusion if you don’t have the technical skills.