Smart phones (which take pictures) and Compact digital cameras are known by many people, as they’re everywhere. On the other hand, DSLR cameras are less common. Before 2005, they were only used by professional photographers and/or rich photo enthusiasts. These days, due to the falling prices of DSLRs and the competition, they are becoming more affordable for regular photographers. This article is going to provide you all the information that you need to know so as to get the best DSLR camera.
What Are DSLR Cameras?
The term “DSLR” stands for “Digital Single Lens Reflex.” Digital SLR cameras are digital cameras which combine the optics and mechanisms of a single lens reflex camera with a digital imaging sensor. The reflex design system is the major difference between a Digital SLR and other digital cameras. Some of the many advantages of Digital SLR cameras include:
- The cameral shows you exactly what the less is seeing
- Due to their large image sensors, they generate high quality pictures/photos
- Their lenses can be changed
- Since they have almost zero lag-time, they are the perfect cameras for action photography
What Are Some Of The Most Popular Brands of DSLR Cameras?
Some of the most popular brands include:
Things to Consider When Purchasing A DSLR Camera
Perhaps professional photography isn’t something that should be pursued by everyone; however, in this age of digital technology, whether you are a professional photographer or just a regular, you will seem like an outsider if you don’t have a DSLR camera. Due to the many brands and models of Digital SLR cameras that are available on the market today, picking the best DSLR camera isn’t straight forward. Below are some of the things to consider when purchasing a Digital SLR camera.
Price of DSLR Cameras
This is obviously the first thing to consider when buying a digital SLR camera. The prices of DSLRs range from fairly affordable deals to exceptionally high prices. When setting a budget for your purchase, remember to consider the costs of owning one (the camera). Some of these costs include: upgrading Lenses, buying batteries, memory cards, filters, camera bag and extended warrantees.
The Intended Purpose for the DSLR Camera
The first thing that most of the sales people ask when one goes to a camera store is concerned with the type of photography that he/she (the buyer) intends to do. Knowing the type of photography that you intend to do will help you determine the type of features and accessories that are required. Make a practical list of the different types of photography that you wish to use the camera for. Some of the common types of photography include: general purpose Photography, action photography, sports photography, Low Light Photography, Macro Photography, and others.
Size of the DSLR Camera
Even though these cameras are larger than the compact point & shoot cameras, their sizes still vary. If you don’t mind carrying a heavy gear, you can buy a big and heavy model; however, if you intend to use the camera for on-the-go photography (such as bushwalking or traveling), it is best you choose a small and light model.
Resolution of the DSLR Camera
One of the most common question that is often asked about a new digital camera is “how many megapixels does it have? Even though this factor is sometimes over emphasized, it is worth to consider as Digital SLR cameras are made with a wide variety of megapixel ratings. If you intend to use the camera for taking pictures that you will later on print in large formats, then a camera with more pixels is the better option for you; however, if you just want a camera that you can use to take pictures that you can email to friends or print in small formats, then a camera with more megapixels is not so crucial.
Some of the features which vary between the different brands and models of DSLR cameras include:
- Burst Mode: The ability of the camera to shoot very many images by simply holding down the shutter release.
- Dust protection/Self-cleaning for image sensors: This is one of the features that have started appearing in the new models.
- Maximum shutter speed: If you intend to do action or sports photography, choose a DSLR camera that has a pretty impressive top shutter speed.
- Connectivity: Most people use a USB connector to transfer their photos from the camera to a computer. However, some cameras offer the wireless and/or FireWire option of transferring images.
Be sure to do your due diligence prior to your purchase of DSLR camera.