Medium format cameras come in a wide variety of styles. Most are satisfactory for many different jobs, but some are better suited for certain applications than others. Your selection of a camera, therefore, must be based first on the subject matter or the photographs you plan to take. Then you can make a final choice of camera by investigating and determining how important the following features are for your application:

• shape of the camera; • size, weight, and portability; • type of viewing; • degree of electronics and automation; • component interchangeability; • shutter; • special camera features; • availability of lenses and accessories; and • quality and workmanship.