Here is my thorough guide selecting a DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) camera: Do i need a big DSLR camera, what kind, and so on? Read on…
Where should we start?
Once you’ve made a decision to start seeking for a DSLR, it’s likely you have a reason for it. Maybe you see as if you’re growing out of your compact camera, either creatively or technically. Or the current camera doesn’t really offer any challenges anymore? In any case, you’ve chosen to go ahead and get a real camera – welcome aboard!
The very first and a fundamental matter you need to realize is that there aren’t any really bad digital SLR cameras in existence.
Actually, there really aren’t bad digital cameras on the market nowadays in overall – stay with a respected camera brand, and you’re all good. If we’re hunting for a compact camera, you can buy a camera from a recognized manufacturer for under $100 – such as the Canon Powershot A2200, as an example will set you back $99 or thereabouts, and is a lot of camera for your hard-earned dollars.
Well, this post is about DSLR cameras. Here are a the factors you should be focusing on…
Things to look into before making your choice
Do you already have a SLR camera?
If you have by now purchased a certain brand of camera, take a good look at your lenses. If you’ve have lots of high-end lenses and flashes, changing from one manufacturer to another can have a lot of hidden costs. Then again, if you have plenty of old, worn equipment with scratched lenses, take it as an possibility, you can sell your old stuff, and start from scratch.
This is an eternal dilemma which I’m not going to talk about here. Sony, Nikon, Canon, Olympus – all have a great variety of DSLR’s in their lineup, all good quality stuff.
On a general note, if your budget is limited, and except if you have a specific feature or performance level you need from a specific model, it’s normally a good idea to save money on the body and spend it on a better lens. But a poor body can also be a bottleneck here.
If you are absolutely going purchase high-end lenses, you have two options, either Canon or Nikon. Many photography fanatics and professionals are putting together great DSLR cameras, but once you’re serious about high-end hardware, it’s one of these two big brands.
However, if you are a somewhat serious amateur, don’t eliminate other camera brands like Sony and Olympus, these companies can put together powerful cameras also, considering the money-saving prospects, too!
A better body or better lens?
If you have to choose between buying an expensive body and low-cost lens or a cheap body and higher-end lens, then go for the higher-end lenses. Always. The truth is, I am even now using lenses that I got 5-7 years ago, though I’ve changed my camera itself at least 4 times. Meaning you can capture brilliant photographs with an entry-level body and expensive lenses.
Using average lenses on a top-notch camera body is something i would really advise against. Get the best lens you can get and witness exceptional results yourself.
In most cases, you should not worry much about megapixels, the majority of DSLR cameras have 12 megapixels or more, and that’s more than enough, and especially considering the fact you’re buying a DSLR.
However, if you’re going to be doing a lot of cropping, the higher the MP rating the greater the cropping you will be able to do.
To sum up:
- Don’t be concerned too much about the brand of your camera itself.
- Buy Canon or Nikon if you expect to spend a lot of money on lenses in the future
- Invest your cash on lenses, not camera bodies