What is ISO?

If you have been shopping for a new camera, then you may have come across something called: ISO. If you’re not sure what this is, let me explain. ISO refers to a camera’s sensitivity to light. It dictates how sensitive your camera is to light. (Just so you know, ISO stands for ‘International standards organization’).

In theory, the higher the ISO on a camera, the more sensitive it is to light. The sensitivity can have a huge impact on the pictures’ exposure, and therefore effect its outcome.

So the higher the ISO the better, right?

Well in theory, yes, but this isn’t always the case. Sometimes ISO’s can be much too high for the picture in question, and they can come out too ‘Noisy’. This means that if you want to take a picture of a landscape, the shot will look quite grainy, and that’s never a good thing. If you take a picture with a camera that has a low ISO, or is on a low setting, then you should see more color. It all depends on what it is you’re taking a picture of, and what effect you are looking for.

Aren’t camera’s advanced enough to take a good photograph?

Modern day cameras are very advanced, so much so that they can do things that photographers just 20 years ago could only dream of. The fact of the matter is however, that you cannot rely on even the most expensive and advanced camera, to give you the perfect shot every time. This means that you will need to adjust the ISO settings when you take a variety of pictures.

But does it really matter which ISO setting I use?

If you’re not bothered about the quality of the photographs that you take, then no, it doesn’t matter at all. On the other hand, if you do care about the quality, then the ISO will be very important to you. If for example, you want to take a picture of a subject that isn’t still, then you will need a high ISO if you’re trying to make the motion freeze.
If you’re taking a photograph that doesn’t need a large depth, then you can use a lower ISO as it will compensate for the slow speed of the shutter.

Should I buy a camera with a high or low ISO?

If you would like to buy a camera that has either a high or low ISO, you need to think about the photographs you’re going to be taking. Artificial light, camera stabilization, and no depth are ideal for a low ISO. Motion freezing, and a retro look are ideal situations in which to use a high ISO. If you want to limit the kind of shot that you take, then buy a camera that either comes with a high or low ISO. On the other hand, if you wish to take a variety of styles, and you want the freedom to explore photography, then it may be worth your while opting for a camera that will allow you to change the ISO settings

There are many different ISO options available to you, if you’re not sure what you’ll need, then think about buying a camera with the capacity to change the ISO from low to high, and vice versa. Knowing what settings to use and when, could make the difference between a good photograph, and a great one.


DSLR vs Mirrorless Camera

When you’re looking for a great new camera, you’re likely to be overwhelmed with the choices on offer. You want a camera that will help you take some great quality photographs, but what type of camera do you choose? The world of photography is still a highly diverse one that can offer you all the equipment you’ll ever need, and so much more. The fact is though, that because there’s so much choice, it can be hard to make the right decision.

One of the basic choices that you will need to make is whether you want a DSLR camera, or a mirrorless camera. With a DSLR (Digital single lens reflex), you get great quality snaps that were at one time higher quality that the mirrored counterparts, but these days, the quality in both types of camera is just as good as each other.

So how can you choose between the two? We’re going to take a look at this right now:

The size of the cameras

When it comes to the size of the cameras, you should be aware that DSLR cameras are usually slightly bigger. This is because they contain mirrors that reflect light that comes into the lens, allowing you to have a sneak preview of the shot you’re about to take. With the mirrorless camera, you have a view finder to help you set up the shot, which works well for some. The DSLR cameras that you’ll come across can typically be an inch or so bigger, and deeper too. If you want to use the smallest possible camera, then you may want to opt for a mirrorless one.

Previewing your images

Being able to preview your images is hugely important, especially when the light is changing. If you would like an image that will be a lot like the final shot that you take, then a mirrorless camera may be ideal. However, a DSLR will perform better when the light is low, but they aren’t always that easy to focus


No matter where you want to take photographs, you need to make sure you have a camera that is up to being bashed around a little bit. You also need it to be weather-proof, and cope with a spot of rain, wind, and snow. Both types of camera can offer you great protection against the elements, but some brands of mirrorless cameras are surprisingly waterproof. This could make them ideal if you spend a lot of time around, or even in water.

The battery

None of us want a camera that has batteries that need changing all the time. They need to have enough power to last. The good news is that some DSLR’s will let you take more than 500 shots before the battery needs changing. Mirrorless cameras typically offer you less than 400, but if you have spare batteries with you, then it may not be an issue.


If you’re looking to take great quality pictures with relative ease, without having to replace the battery all the time, then the DSLR may be the right camera for you. If however, you want a small camera, that will give you the chance to preview the image before you take it, then you may want to opt for a Mirrorless camera. The choice is ultimately up to you, as both cameras will help to ensure that your photographs turn out well.