How to Choose a Digital SLR Camera
DSLR cameras are becoming the type of camera within reach of the average photographer as prices drop and manufacturers develop more user-friendly models.
We’ve talked about the pros and cons of switching from autofocus to DSLR before, but this post will show you how to choose a DSLR camera.
This is how I will argue:
1. 9 reasons to switch to a DSLR camera
2. Eight factors to consider when choosing a digital SLR camera
My DSLR camera recommendations (check out this post for the best reader-voted DSLR models)
First, let me briefly summarize some of the reasons to switch to a DSLR camera info.
Reasons to switch to DSLR
Image quality: The size of the DSLR sensor allows the size of the pixels to be increased; DSLRs are generally available with higher ISO sensitivity, which results in faster shutter speeds and fewer particles (i.e. most DSLRs shoot at 1600 ISO). There’s less noise than shooting with point-and-shoot at 1600). DSLR cameras also have built-in noise reduction that helps reduce noise when outputting JPG images.
Adaptability: The ability to replace lenses with DSLRs opens up a world of possibilities for photographers. My autofocus has a decent 3x optical zoom (and they’re longer now), but my DSLR has a focal length that varies from wide angle to extra long depending on what I’m shooting. Many high quality distance lenses can be fitted, of course my budget). To this you can add many other accessories (flash, filters, etc.) to adapt your DSLR to different situations. When it comes to lenses, remember that there are many different lens features. The quality of the lens used has a great influence on the quality of the image.
Speed – DSLRs are generally pretty fast machines when it comes to starting, focusing, shutter lag and more.
Optical Viewfinder: The Reflector makes the DSLR visually manipulated.
Wide ISO Range – Depends on the camera, but DSLRs often offer different ISO settings, giving you flexibility when shooting in a variety of conditions.
Manual Control – While many auto focuses are capable of shooting in manual mode, DSLRs are designed in such a way that the photographer using them will want to control their settings. It comes with a nice auto mode, but manual controls are usually built in so it’s at your fingertips when shooting.
Value retention: Some argue that digital SLRs retain their value longer than compact cameras. There’s probably some truth to it. DSLR models are not updated as often as autofocus models (it can be updated twice a year). Another factor in favor of DSLRs is that lenses purchased for DSLRs are compatible with other camera bodies if you later decide to upgrade (as long as you keep the branding). This means your lens investment hasn’t been wasted for years.
Depth of Field – One of my favorite things about DSLRs is the variety of multiple fields, especially depth of field. I think it’s really an extension of manual control and the ability to use different lenses, but with a DSLR you get depth of field and focus on everything from the foreground to the background and blurred backgrounds.
Optical Quality – I hesitate to add this point as there are significant quality differences between DSLR lenses, but in general DSLR lenses are superior to autofocus cameras. DSLR lenses are larger (more glass can improve quality) and most waste a lot of time in production (especially when high-end lenses are released). Digital SLR buyers are strongly advised to purchase the highest quality lenses at an affordable price. This is the difference between the upper mid-range camera lens and the upper mid-range camera lens. Choose a high-quality lens every time, as it has many effects on your photos.
Before you start buying a DSLR, remember that DSLRs are not for everyone. I wrote about the shortcomings of SLR cameras in the previous post. This can help you decide whether to autofocus or upscale.
How do you determine which DSLR is right for you?
So how do you decide which DSLR to buy? The market is becoming more diverse and there are real choices in front of you.
Here are some factors to consider when looking for a DSLR camera:
Price – Of course, when considering a DSLR camera review, it’s a good idea to start with the price. Prices for DSLR cameras range from fairly affordable low-end to very high professional-end prices. Set your purchase budget in advance, but keep in mind that there are other operating costs to consider.
Lenses (Some deals offer “kit lenses”, but you should consider upgrading. See below for more information)
Battery (one for all models, but you may need a spare battery when traveling)
Memory card (some models have one, but most models are smaller. If you’re lucky, we recommend upgrading to a card with a capacity of 1GB or more).
Camera Case (Some retailers throw away one, but still don’t expect a high quality “free” case. DSLRs are worth protecting-invest in a good case)
Filter (Every lens you buy requires at least one UV filter, but other types can be followed.)
Extended Warranty (Opinions depend on good or bad, but worth considering)
What do you use it for? -When you go to a photo shop to buy something, most salesmen first ask what kind of photo you want to take. This question will help you think about the features and accessories you need, so it’s a good idea to ask yourself in advance.
Is it a general purpose “life” camera? Do you travel with your camera? For sports photography? Macro photo? Take a picture in a dark place? Make a realistic list of the types of photos you use (realistically, it’s easy to imagine the different things that take pictures, but in fact, most of us think of us. Only do half of what you do. Do).
Size: All DSLR cameras are larger than compact compact cameras, but there are also big differences in size. Some photographers don’t mind carrying heavy objects, but small and lightweight models are useful for travel photography (travel, hiking, etc.).