Is your camera good enough?

I’m often asked ‘is my camera good enough?.  It’s a fair enough question – especially if you’re just starting out with photography.  Here’s what I think …


Is your camera like one of these?

Whatever camera you have right now is probably good enough.

You can take some great pictures on a ‘point and shoot’ camera.  Even on a mobile phone – just look at some of the wonderful shots people post on Facebook with things like Instagram.

I’m sure you know I think photography should – most of all – be fun.  So don’t get caught up with chasing the latest kit, the fastest lens, more megapixels, etc.

Concentrate on enjoying yourself with photography.   Inspiration is everywhere if only you stop and look.

Put on your photographers eyes and see the opportunities you’ve never noticed before.

Have you got your camera’s manual?  If not, see if you can download it from the manufacturer’s website.

Now read it.

And learn what all those funny symbols actually mean.

Then experiment.  Once you’ve taken the picture you came for, use different settings and snap some more.  You’ll bag the picture you wanted and learn a heap about what those settings do.

Thankfully with digital cameras you won’t be paying a stack for processing your experiments either.

As you get better at taking pictures you’ll know when it’s time to upgrade your camera.  And you’ll understand a lot more about what type of camera to buy next.

Finally – and yes, this is a shameless plug – if you want to improve your photography quickly, my book ‘Photography Explained‘ will bring you on in leaps and bounds.


  1. Two year ago planning to buy a snapshot camera I began to think what I may want a camera to do for me in future. I wanted a good brand camera for landscapes and travel with the best features available in my budget. I talked with several camera shops, read magazines, reviews, talked to photographers then bought what I believe gave me the best features for cost and what I believe would suffice the first couple of years – chose an Olympus 520 and two overseas trips and almost daily photography later it is still working well and I don’t feel need yet to upgrade. It is not about brand or price but the features you require at this time at best cost. Time researching is not wasted and reviews are valuable. Many photographers recommend you buy the brand and camera they have because it is the best. May be the best for them but not necessarily for your level, or budget.

  2. I have won photography competitions with just a Fuji A400 point and shoot camera. If the camera you have is so expensive or big and bulky that you sometimes don’t take it with you, then you may miss out on those perfect shots that you wish you had taken. The camera you have with you is always better than the one you left at home.

  3. Whether you have a 6MP or 30MP camera isn’t the issue. It’s whether you know how to use it & fully understand all the camera functions & what the camera can do & can’t do. As Ken rightly suggests reading the manual is important.

  4. Thanks Ken for the tips. I would love to do some of your trips but am about to go to the Kimberly have you any specific tips for shots of that stunning landscape. Robynne Ps. I have your book-photography explained

    • Robynne,

      Hi, this is Gerald.

      I run the photography tips site for Ken.

      Without trying to sound salesy I think you’ll find loads of advice in this.



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