compact digital SLR cameras

So lets say you are starting to take your photography a bit more seriously. You find yourself taking your camera out a bit more often than you used to; a walk with the family, a trip to the coast and even a day out shopping has become a photography opportunity. No longer do you simply take a few snaps at christmas and when your away, now you are taking enough photos year round to call photography a hobby.

But your still using a compact digital.

The time is right to make the move into the digital SLR market, but where do you start?

compacts are great for pointing and shooting, for taking those pool-side snapshots and capturing that great shot of the christmas turkey; but for anything a bit more serious, their limitations quickly become apparent. Digital SLR cameras have bigger and more powerful sensors, with a greater range of more advanced controls and far greater flexibility born out of their ability to change lenses and add additional options.

Digital SLRs can be intimidating; they are larger and bulkier, and have far more manual controls which can be off-putting to the newer photographer. However, many of the cheaper models are semi or in some cases, entirely automatic, which means they are as easy to use as a compact, but with far greater picture quality. A sure-fire winner. They are actually built with new photographers in mind, meaning that you can experiment and learn in your own time, whilst maintaining and improving upon the quality of your photos. Indeed, many of the features which you take for granted on your compact digital, such as the ‘liveview’ LCD screen have now found their way on to SLR’s, meaning you can frame your photo easily, without having to use the viewfinder (as was previously the case). Interestingly, HD movies are finding their way on to SLR cameras now too, and due to the quality of the SLR lens/sensor, the quality offered by the SLR camera by far out-strips that offered by even a medium range camcorder. The fact that you are getting two very high quality devices in one unit is a selling point, and it certainly negates one of the disadvantages of a SLR camera: the sheer bulk of the item.

As you know the resolution is important on cameras, and that is the same with DSLR’s. Digital SLRs will typically come with at least a 10MP res, and the extra quality inherent in SLR’s means that the higher res issues that can be found in cheaper compacts is not an issue with SLRs. Another selling point for sure. Even the cheapest SLR is capable of great definition blow up images, which is something you struggle to find with the compact camera.

One of the most important things to consider is the brand of camera you go for, as this could be a long-term decision. optional extra accessories, such as lenses and flash guns are made to work on one brand of camera only. Canon digital SLR’s and nikon digital slr’s are currently most popular, because they have the widest ranges of lenses, which leaves the most room for growth. Other companies are working hard to catch up, but my recommendation is that your first SLR should either be a Canon or a Nikon.

Tip: a digital SLR with ‘kit’ can be a great way to move into the SLR market. The kit means the camera comes with a lens (sometimes more than one lens), think of it like a beginners pack. You get everything you need to kick off your serious photography, and at a nice cost saving…

~ by onlinecamerawarehouse on June 8, 2010.

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