Being a wedding photographer, I get frequently asked a common question – “Can you suggest a good camera for wedding photography?”
Although I have been answering this question for many years now this year I finally decided to answer this in a video on my youtube channel.
You can head over to the video below or keep reading my views discussed in the video.
Let me share my views on how to select the best camera for wedding photography without the help of any established wedding photographer.
Features of Good Wedding Photography Camera
The main attributes one should look for in a camera if you are shortlisting a camera for wedding photography are:
- Fast Auto Focus.
- Good High ISO Performance.
- Light Weight.
- Fast Lenses.
- Variety of Lenses.
Fast Auto Focus
This is the number one factor you should look for. Weddings are fast-paced and dynamic in nature. In an Indian wedding, the candid moments can be missed with a blink of an eye. So a camera with fast autofocus in no brainer. You don’t want to end up with a missed shot or an out of focus blurry shot.
As a wedding photographer, find a perfect moment is critical. Finding a perfect moment and missing it is painful. Trust me it is frustrating!
Good High ISO Performance
A lot of Indian Weddings are night weddings and shooting on high iso is quite normal. An average ISO setting is 1600 for me. Buying a camera that produces a cleaner image with less noise (fewer grains) is essential. Select a camera that performs well on this aspect. Right now I am using Sony A7III and I am loving its image quality at ISO like 4000 is usable in real life.
I am a big advocator of light camera systems. And with full-frame mirrorless systems catching up ( and even leading ) with DSLRs. This has been a boon for Indian wedding photographers who hours, day and night. It can be a neck and back-breaking experience. A lighter camera even by 200gms is soothing.
Having shot on DSLRs for years, adding a mirrorless camera or a smaller yet full-frame camera like Nikon D750 did help. I could see a noticeable difference in fatigue levels after a long day’s shoot.
The mirrorless lenses are almost as heavy as full-frame lenses but the lightweight camera is making a difference.
Many wedding photographers prefer fast lenses like F1.2, 1.4, 2.0 or even 2.8 variants. They help you shoot at low ISO when opened wide. So choose a system that offers such lenses. You don’t want to end up buying a camera that has compatible lenses which are F4. This is usually an issue with mirrorless systems.
Variety of Lenses
It is yet another important factor is you are choosing a new mirrorless camera. It may not be an issue while choosing a DSLR. Mirrorless brands have a roadmap for their upcoming launches. Check the availability of lenses, if as a wedding photographer, all the lenses from wide-angle lenses, photojournalistic lenses to telephoto lenses.
Full frame system
If possible opt for a full-frame camera system. Don’t buy cropped cameras or lenses. In fact, it is the right time to shift into mirrorless systems. Mirrorless cameras are the future of photography.
You don’t want to end up buying something you will be forced to sell after a year. So invest wisely
Wedding Photographer Mindset
Running after the best camera gear is a never-ending game. Your Vision is more important than your camera or gear. You should know that gear is not a limiting factor. It is partly responsible and not fully responsible as a lot of photographers think. Mold your mind to get the best out of the camera.
The aesthetics of the camera are important. Hold the camera in your hand, you will get a “feel” of the right camera.
Look for features “you use” or “you will need”!
What is a deal-breaker feature for you? for me, deal-breaker is a poor auto-focus. Know the must-have features you need in your camera.
Don’t upgrade your camera on every upgrade or every new launch. Buy a camera you can afford. An important tip, Invest maybe 10-15% more than the budget you have allocated.
Which system or Brand you should opt for?
Suggesting a brand is generally a biased recommendation including from me 🙂
All brands are making awesome mirrorless cameras and DSLRs. Most of the features (read 95%) are almost the same in all brands. Find a feature that is a deal-breaker for you. It is about mastering the method of elimination.
Check out my short video (~ 6mins) above where I have discussed this topic. Let me know what are your thoughts or any inputs from you.