So, here's the truth...YES and NO! It more so depends on where you're at in your career.
Today, let's focus on those that are starting out as a photographers or videographers. I'd immediately say the camera doesn't matter and to just get a camera and start creating with it!
These days, folks really put too much emphasis on having a specific camera when starting out, but I'm always wondering...what if you get into the space, then don't like it? Now you're STUCK with a camera that you spent a lot of money on and might be out of your return window.
So, what's next? Post in online and hope to sell it? Maybe hold onto it and hope that you get back into it? Ehhhh...not too sure how those options will work out.
So...if you're just starting out, I'd recommend that you really put your focus into creating as much content and becoming as familiar as you can with whatever camera system you choose to start with.
And the same goes for brands as well! Don't get caught up in the this brand is better than that brand debate. You'll get lost and eventually come to the realization that all of the camera systems pretty much do the same, but of course some maybe a little better than others in specific areas. Not to mention, that if you have a long career in the field, you'll more than likely end up using multiple brands at some point. So yea...don't use too much brain power and confuse yourself.
If you're on the fence and trying to figure out which camera to choose, try answering these questions to narrow down your search...
What's my budget?
Do I want a smaller or larger camera body?
Do I need a flip-out screen?
Is there a starter kit available? What does it come with?
Do I need more than one lens?
After answering these questions, you should have a decent starting point. Now you know how much you can spend, camera size and accessory preference and whether or not you can find a deal on a camera package.
I'm sure many of you will lean on asking professionals that you know about which camera is the best, but here's the thing...most professionals will speak from the point of where they currently are in their career. Which will lead them to recommending very expensive equipment that you can afford, along with confusing you on what to buy.
So, keep it as simple as possible. Find a camera system that works for your budget and your early needs.
Trust Me...DO NOT overthink this!
And just to let you know upfront...if you're starting with a cheaper camera, DO NOT expect to have the best of the best functions or the new system layouts or any of that fancy stuff.
Don't let that throw you off though! Your focus doesn't need to be on the flashy stuff. Use this time to learn about using a camera in general. Get fancy later!
Once you get more into it, you'll find your own groove and see what you do and don't like about the system you have, as well as start to explore other options out there.
And just to let y'all know, I started off borrowing cameras. I used a Canon 50d, the first camera I bought from Best Buy was a Nikon D3200. I remember it was a kit that went on sale. Came with an extra lens, a bag and a SD card. I really thought I won the lottery that day. lol. My first pro camera was a Canon 7D. I bought it from a guy off craigslist.
If you have any advice for beginners...please feel free to drop them some words of inspiration in the comments section and let them know what cameras you started off using.
I really hope this helps someone out there that's starting out!
Y'all Keep Pushing and Talk Soon!