A DSLR camera is what most professional photographer and photo enthusiasts are using today. This type of camera has plenty of wonderful features that can help one get the brilliant images that he/she desires. DSLR cameras are also faster and more reliable than the digital point and shoot camera we use before. The best thing about DSLR is perhaps its interchangeable lens feature where you can buy a lens that is ideal for the type of photography you are into.
If you are planning to buy your very first DSLR camera but ain’t sure where to start, well below are the guidelines in choosing one.
Are you going to use your camera for professional work or simply for fun? Think first on what your main purpose is. If you plan to use the camera for work, then you will have to be choosier on the lenses and accessories you need to pair it with.
How much are you willing to spend? There are DSLR cameras that are affordable while there are some that are quite expensive. Keep in mind that you don’t buy only the camera body but you also need to buy lenses for it. Compare prices being offered in the market and you may also check those that come in a kit. There are kits that include one camera body and 2 or 3 lenses.
In general, the brand of your camera body can only be paired up with the same brand of lenses. Hence, if you choose a particular brand then you will have to stick with it because it will cost you a lot if you change brands in the future.
Do you travel a lot? If you do, then you will have to consider getting a light camera. There are brands and models that weigh less than the others so you will have to think on what size is suitable for you.
Like other gadgets or products, new models come out from time to time. You need to know when the date of the model you want was released. Consider getting cameras with firmware upgrades so you don’t have to change units quick.
DSLR cameras have different resolutions or what is known as megapixels. Some only have 8MP while brands have as high as 21.1MP. If you plan to print most of your images, then a high resolution camera is best. But if you plan to share them online, then a low megapixel of 8MP is better. Sligo wedding photographers are very meticulous when it comes to a camera’s resolution for they know how important it is when taking wedding pictures.
There are two basic types of camera sensor: the full frame and the APS-C. A full-frame camera gives you the complete scene as you capture it while APS-C will crop the edges of your image. Full frame is obviously better but it is more expensive so an APS-C will have to do if your budget is limited.
A camera that offers shooting in RAW is a good choice. Shooting in raw will allow you to have better control in editing your images later. You can retouch or enhance it to whatever you deem looks great. You can get files that are still unprocessed (that’s why it’s called raw). It is different from jpeg where the camera automatically processes the image captured. This Raleigh Family Photographer prefers shooting in RAW format.
If you think you will be capturing videos in the future, consider checking if the camera has an HD video function. Most cameras today have this function and indeed it is really a useful and awesome addition to a camera.
Make sure to perform a careful research before finally choosing your first ever DSLR camera. Your DSLR camera must be worth every cent of your hard-earned money.