DSLR cameras are now the choice by most professional photographers. These cameras are generally faster and better than the point and shoot cameras that we usually use when shooting. A digital single lens reflex or DSLR camera is also believed to be better than most mirrorless cameras.
There are now plenty of DSLR cameras being offered in the market. These cameras vary in brand, size, features, and in many other factors. It might be confusing for a first time DSLR buyer to choose which camera to buy.
Well, since a DSLR camera does not come cheap, then you have to carefully select your very first DSLR. Here are some several things to consider when shopping for a DSLR.
Cameras differ in sensor size and the large the sensor of the camera is, the better depth of field it has. A good depth of field can separate the subject from its background giving more focus on the subject at the center. Experts also say that most DSLR cameras with larger sensors have less image noise.
DSLRs differ their viewfinder, some have optical viewfinders, others have electronic viewfinders while there are more advanced types with LCD screen. Think carefully as to which viewfinder will make your work easier.
There are stores who offer cameras that come in a kit. The kit usually includes 2 or 3 basic lenses, a DLSR and other smaller accessories. If you think the lenses are what you need for your preferred photography type, then buy the camera kit. But then, you can still choose to buy separately a camera body and interchangeable lenses for your camera. Make sure to do a research first on what lenses are ideal for your type of photography. There are ideal lenses for cake smash photography, for wedding photography and other forms of photography.
Size and form
Cameras come in various sizes and forms. Some are lightweight while others are heavy. They also come in different forms; some are easy to grip with controls or dials that are well-placed and other cameras are difficult to hold and might easily slip from your hands. You have to consider a DSLR that is comfortable to carry or hold even for a long time.
When checking out a DSLR, make sure to test it. Check the controls to see which controls will be useful for you. Notice also how the interface looks like. Is it easy to understand and use even to first time DSLR users? There are cameras that have complex features that might not be suitable for beginners like you.
There are special features that you can only find in several cameras. Among the special features that are useful and worth considering are the image stabilization and fast autofocus. Image stabilization feature can help you achieve a clear image even when shooting in low light places while fast autofocus is important for photographers like sports photographers who need to shoot fast with a recognized subject in mind.
DSLRs differ in megapixels but a camera with a higher megapixel does not guarantee a better image. It would be useless to have a high megapixel camera if you do not know how to use your camera or how to get the shots right.
Invest in a good DSLR camera that is within your budget and practice shooting as often as you can. With a wonderful camera paired with the right skills and knowledge, you have a higher chance of becoming successful as a professional photographer.