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Compact cameras are exactly that... compact. Easy to throw in your bag or pocket to catch a super snap while out and about. Typically these are less pricey than their bigger counterparts, so they're perfect to take on a night out to capture some great party pics.
Compacts are perfect for picnics with the girls to dinners out, you want a camera that is versatile but also timeless. They are great if you are just starting out and don't want to spend too much cash.
People on the go, great to throw in your handbag.
Those who want to spend a little less.
Beginners just starting out.
With features such as Wifi and Facebook/Instagram connectivity on some of the smart cameras, these are a great way to share your pictures. Often these compacts feature high powered zooms and high pixel counts so they are certain to be a step up from your phone's camera, enabling you to capture memories and share them around too.
Compact System Cameras
Compact System Cameras (CSC) are brilliant if you're looking for great quality images as they typically have high quality sensors. These cameras offer most of the functions you'd expect from a DSLR camera with the portability of a compact camera, and allow you to purchase additional lenses for different situations.
They are great if you want a digital SLR but are looking for something a little smaller and cheaper.
Those who want the functionality of a DSLR but in a much smaller size.
People who want to take their photography further and enjoy great image quality.
If you think you might want to take your photography one step further, this is a fantastic place to start as CSC's typically have both auto and manual modes which will help you develop all within the one camera.
Bridge Cameras are typically considered to fill the gap between compact cameras and DSLRs. Bridge cameras feature the same appearance of a top end DSLR with one fixed lens, allowing the camera to remain light enough to carry around with ease.
If you're looking to upgrade from a compact camera and want more settings to get the perfect photo, then this is the camera for you.
If you're looking to upgrade from a compact camera.
Those who want the look of a DSLR at the fraction of the price.
People who want to have more settings, but with some help on which is best.
The main benefit of Bridge cameras are their Zoom capabilities, with some bridge cameras having over 80x optical zoom ensuring you can get crystal clear shots of even dar away subjects.
Some Bridge cameras feature manual modes to give you full control over your settings, but all will have 'auto' and 'scene' modes to help get the best out of every situation.
Digital SLR Cameras
DSLRs are the top dogs when it comes to image quality, producing the best quality photo in terms of clarity! Digital SLR cameras feature a catalogue of fantastic features and manual settings as well as the ability to change lenses with a vast number of choices available for each of the cameras brands you'll find a lens for every occasion.
If you are keen to take your photography further, and looking for a long term camera, this is the one for you.
Those who want the best quality around.
If you want a good quality camera for the long term.
People who are keen to take their photography further.
If you're worried about having a huge camera that will be hard to carry around, no need, with cameras such as the Canon 100D which is tiny at only 9cm tall and 11cm wide.
These are the ideal choice if you're thinking of buying a camera for the whole family, wanting to take brilliant quality photos that you can keep forever.
Don't be fooled by the name, Action cameras aren't just for people that like to throw themselves off skyscrapers for fun. They are also fantastic for children to use, and in situations where you'd normally be afraid to take a normal camera.
For your next topical gateway, don't forget to take your action camera. GoPro isn't just a boys toy, you can take incredible beach action shots as well as bring out your inner action chick. They are great for capturing moments with family and friends with that added durability!
Days out with the kids, even perfect for pets!
Those who want something small enough to fit in your pocket.
If you want something with a bit more resistance.
These Action cameras have waterproof and dustproof features as well as being shock proof which means the camera will survive being dropped from a small height.
So whether you're playing in the pool, going on a skiing trip, a day at the beach with the kids or just bungee jumping off the Grand Canyon, a tough action camera will take almost everything you can throw at it.
Never miss a moment, with endless memory
No matter which camera you choose to buy you'll need to buy a memory card to save your images on.
There are a few things to know about when buying a memory card, most importantly does the size
Which memory card do I need?
Looking at a standard photograph, using an auto setting, check out our guide below to see which memory card will be best for you:
Having a great memory card is key to ensuring all your precious moments are stored safely, and there's no better way than with Samsung Memory. Their top quality cards will never let you down, letting you store pictures and videos with ease, as well as being durable and hardwearing.
What do all the settings on my camera mean?
If you're looking to become a bit more of a pro in photography, lots of cameras have great settings built in to help you capture your perfect moment.
Here's our breakdown of what these symbols mean:
For taking pictures of beautiful scenery, this mode is designed to give you a very narrow aperture to get a massive depth of field to ensure everything is in sharp focus.
For taking pictures of action, this setting is designed to have a fast shutter speed to freeze all movement perfectly.
A mode for the pros, this gives you freedom to change all of the settings to suit any situation and create the perfect picture.
Aperture Priority Mode
This mode allows you to control how much light you let into your camera, allowing you to create depth to your pictures and control which elements in your picture are in focus.
Let the camera do the hard work and pick the perfect settings for every occasion.
For taking people pictures, this mode is designed to give you a nice sharp focus and beautiful blurred background.
For taking close-up pictures, this mode is designed for taking pictures of smaller objects such as flowers or insects.
Why are lenses important?
Do I need an additional one?
With interchangeable lenses your photos are only limited by your imagination.
Experiment with different types of photography, from action shots, wildlife, landscape or portraiture, the world is your oyster.
Lenses are graded by a series of numbers which will tell you everything you need to know. The lower the first number is, the more wide angle the lens is. These lenses are great for taking beautiful shots of landscapes and scenery. The larger the number the more zoom your lens has, great for capturing things from far away at great quality.
If you already have a camera, you'll need to look for a lens which fits with the brand you already have. With so much variety, the possibilities are endless!
How to share your pictures
What's the point of having a camera if you can't share your photos with all your friends and family?
With lots of new developments, many cameras now have the ability to connect with wifi or 3G so you can quickly connect to the internet and share your pictures as soon as you've taken them, pretty cool hey?
Smart cameras allow you to upload directly to Facebook and twitter straight from your camera, making sure you're never missing a moment and sharing them instantly with all your friends. The NFC and wifi enables you to send photos to your phone and tablet so you can share away!