DSLRs have emerged as photographers’ best friends in the past decade with people of all age groups owning one. Choosing the right model for yourself with the wide range of brands, designs, features and models has made things difficult for consumers.
To help you out with this, we bring to you a list of all the factors you need to keep in mind when you set out to buy a DSLR camera for yourself so that do not end up paying more for features that you do not require.
Factors to Consider When Buying a DSLR Camera
These following factors are very important. The list is as follows:
Image sensor size of the camera
This is the very main factor to keep in mind before buying a DSLR camera. The image sensor size of the camera determines picture quality, exposure flexibility as well as the size of the photosite on it.
The larger the size of the photosite area the more light it captures and makes the picture bright and the exposure controllable. Depending on it, the more information goes into the camera for it to process and you get a better picture quality.
Resolution of the camera (in Megapixels)
These days all capabilities of a camera to capture a picture and its quality are determined by a megapixel count of the image which is basically how many pixels the camera displays in a fixed area unit. But a megapixel count is actually unimportant while buying a DSLR camera.
You can enlarge an image as much as you want in good quality to with a DSLR shot even with a 5 or 6 megapixel quality DSLR camera if you click it correctly with good lighting.
Brand loyalty and popularity
People who own a good DSLR camera will tend to buy more cameras of that brand only. Some brands’ equipment and accessories are manufactured only by that sole brand without any third party manufacturers.
This makes things difficult for the buyer as these accessories get expensive and less available. You need to ensure you like the lens your company provides you with.
Lenses of the camera
Most beginners’ DSLRs are equipped with a medium range zoom in the lenses and you can go for more zooming features with different lenses that are replaceable and available easily in markets.
Lenses are made of plastic and might not be very tough but sure are protected against scratches and are needed to be taken care of.
You do get two extra lenses with tele zoom having a 70 – 200 mm focal length range in a 35 mm format which just enhances your picture taking. What needs to be kept in mind is basically the lens speed and performance which depends on the lens’ aperture.
Video and shooting quality
DSLRs are not generally great at shooting good videos and are not recommended for vlogging purposes as they do not have a good frames per second rate. However, some high end DSLRs with the appropriate features and lenses might be able to do the job nonetheless.
DSLRs are available with different frame rates to suit your needs with resolutions varying for your needs like full HD 1080 p, 720 p or even non HD recording.
Stabilization of the camera
Regardless of the type of lenses your camera uses, the features it has or the focus type it comes equipped with, what modern photographers and videographers need today is good stabilization. Using the same brand of camera and lens, as provided by many manufacturers, you can get good stabilization.
This enables you to shoot in low lighting with reduced noise and better picture quality. Look for high resolution shots’ claims and go for cameras that click multiple shots in succession to produce better quality images.
Modes, features and editing options
With a plethora of modes available in DSLRs like portrait mode, landscape mode, night mode, action mode, auto mode, pro mode and so on, you have to be very careful about the modes and features you want on your camera so that you do not end up paying for modes and features you are not going to use.
Having autofocus and pro modes on your camera is a good choice. Higher recording frames is something you should go for if you plan on shooting seamless videos with your DSLR. Definitely look for a night mode if you indulge in low light photography.
Read the specifications and claims made by the company very thoroughly and double check editing features of the camera with stores before buying a DSLR.
Body and build of the camera
Most DSLRs look the same – sophisticated and bulky with a body in black color. Go for minimalistic designs as they are easy to take care of and maintain. Models with LCD screens that let you review your shots are a boon.
Touch screen makes it easier to navigate and a carrying strap makes the camera more portable. Overall, look for a camera that is stylish yet durable as well as flexible.
Price and purpose of buying the camera
Obviously, this factor is the most important to decide before buying a new camera. This is one factor that is in your hands and control as it is you who will decide your budget for the DSLR camera and the kind of features you want in it.
Decide your camera’s purpose – if you want it for vlogging, clicking professional pictures or clicking low light pictures to zero in on the model best suitable for you. It is always better to decide on a budget before you set out to buy a camera so that you do not end up spending a lot of money.
Make an informed decision!
While buying a camera as sophisticated and costly as a DSLR camera, try to make an informed decision. Visit stores and read lots of reviews online to zero in on a camera after you have gone through these factors before buying the camera.
We hope this article helped you get an idea as to what all to keep in mind before you set out to buy a new DSLR camera!