Buying a DSLR- Things to Consider
Buying a camera needs an insight, no matter if it’s as small as a pen camera or a full-fledged DSLR. If you go to the store and find a dozen options in front of you, the chances are that you might come back buying nothing or worse- buying a wrong device. If that is a ‘wrong’ device, why is it placed on the shelf at the first point? The answer to that confusion is; that it depends on the purpose you want to serve with the camera- do you want to buy it for the profession, or do you want a DSLR for high-quality pictures just because you like them. These and many more factors combining makes a device right or wrong purchase for you. Sometimes is great to rent a DSLR camera and to clear the concepts. Let’s see what features make a DSLR worth buying.
The image sensor controls or records the image you see through the viewfinder and later sends it to the memory card. Thus, the more information your sensor receives, the clearer the picture would be on the screen. There are still different kinds of the sensor- defined by their sizes. The full-frame, which is the largest in all sizes, gives the most efficient result. The feature of full-frame makes DSLR more expensive, and hence most of the models have a smaller image sensor, which is called the crop sensor. If you’re not a professional or say a beginner into photography, you can do perfectly with a crop sensor DSLR.
When you are just starting your way into photography and cameras- you need to rely on modes because no matter how much scope of learning a manual mode camera gives- you still need to lean on some extra help. So it’s always better to buy a camera with additional features like Panorama, Scene Intelligent Auto, and Food & Guide. Along with these, there are modes of Action, Landscape, Portrait, and many more.
The average DSLR camera- and by average, means that it does work for you just about fine; it comes with a kit lens that zooms for 18-55mm. More expensive DSLRs have more high-quality lenses, but when you use your kit lens along with a prime lens, your pictures will turn out just about any expensive lens would also give. It’s just about tricks and smartness at the end of the day.
The Megapixel Myth!
You don’t have to go for the most number of pixels for buying a DSLR. As simple as that. Unfortunately, it’s a great myth that almost takes everyone down that the more the Megapixels, the better a camera. But that’s not quite true. The sensor’s size is what makes a difference in the picture quality since it gathers more light. The place which megapixels make is in the scope of controlling the ample, and providing cropped or detailed prints. So there’s no need to leave a DSLR behind just because you have more pixels on your point-and-shoot camera, so now the DSLR you buy must have more than that!
Yes, we are talking about the posture of your camera. The way it’s built. Does it sit right into your palms and the grip? This is a much-underrated aspect to be considered before buying a DSLR, but as a DSLR is a fat device, it needs to be handy. Besides, does your DSLR tend to turn on in seconds? or does it give you access to the premium features instantly? All these matters are more rational than technical. But as much as technology matters, brains do too. You can even go for the touchscreen DSLRs since it allows you to be more accessible but all the while, make sure that the camera is actually touchscreen eligible and doesn’t have that feature just in the fancy without bothering to provide you a nicely managed menu and control buttons on the
If you buy a DSLR, for sure, it’s your long-term investment. Now, weeks or months from buying the camera- when you go from beginner to intermediate and want to practice different lenses, you definitely want your camera to serve the purpose! Be present at the moment while you buy your DSLR. Accord Equips, a rental company in Mumbai dealing with high-end cameras, shares a tip in one of their blogs that the lens with a narrow aperture and wide aperture capture less and more light, respectively. So the choice is yours!
Photography is about the portrayal of skills. If you aren’t willing to learn but to get hands-on fancy devices, you must know there is minimal scope. However, if you’re into wedding photography and portraits, you can go for a canon 5d IV or any above 5d series.