6 Things to Consider When Purchasing a DSLR Camera

September 26, 2018 James A. Newton 0

The decision to purchase a DSLR Camera is an exciting one, as the ability to capture quality personal photographs is fun, rewarding and exciting. DSLR cameras afford photographers of any skill level the opportunity to express themselves artistically with greater ease than traditional single-lens reflex cameras and will provide years of entertainment and enjoyment. These cameras are high tech pieces of equipment, though, and there are considerations to be made before the acquisition of these devices. The following are six of the most critical aspects of the camera to think about before purchase.

1. Lens
DSLR cameras typically come with a feature that allows the photographer to change lenses. Specialty lenses such as wide angle and telephoto enable the capacity for a variety of photographic alternatives. To begin with, a flexible lens such as a 24mm with some zooming capability to about 100mm is perfect.

2. Resolution
More megapixels than 10 mean higher resolution, but keep in mind that the capacity for higher megapixels will also necessitate greater storage capacity on the memory card. Between 10 – 15 megapixels should be enough for everyday images that can be enlarged to poster size if desired.

3. Video Capability
Most DSLR cameras have video capability and, in some cases, quality such as HD and 4K. Storage space can again be the issue with higher quality so unless the photographer is planning on shooting a lot of videos to be shown on a big screen, 4K and HD are unnecessary.

4. Picture Format
DSLR cameras generally utilize JPEG format, which means compressed files that maximize storage space, allowing for a higher number of images on a memory card. There is another format option called RAW, which are unprocessed images that allow for greater flexibility in editing. RAW should not be an option of significant consideration for most casual photographers.

5. Camera Modes
DSLR cameras come with a variety of basic shooting modes, including automatic, portrait, macro, landscape, sports and more. Most beginners will use automatic, but it is nice to have a few other options to explore.

6. Autofocus Points
When using the autofocus feature, autofocus points direct the focus of the camera to a specific location in the frame. The greater the number of focus points a camera has, the more options there are to fine tune the focus. Focus point options range from nine to as high as 51, but the lower end should be adequate for most photographers.

This data may seem like an overwhelming amount of information at first glance but rest assured that all these considerations will become readily understood given some time. The next step is to visit a local camera store where they will be happy to guide you in making the correct decision towards a gratifying activity.

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