How to Buy a Good DSLR Camera

good cameraWith so many brands available, buying a camera is a difficult choice as almost all brands and models offer some unique feature or the other. If you decide that you would buy a DSLR camera, your field of search narrows down further.

However, since this camera is often more expensive than an ordinary digicam, you would like it to be the best that you can afford. Here are a few tips on how you can buy a good one:

Understand the basic mechanism

In order to buy any product, first you should learn the basic mechanism that works behind it and why exactly you prefer it to the other options available.

Remember, this type of camera is not for a casual photographer who is looking for a cheap, lightweight and easy to use digital camera. But if you fall into the category of people who like good photos and would like to improve your skills as a photographer you should opt for a DSLR.

Once you are clear about your purpose, study the basic mechanisms of this camera which sets it apart from the others.

Read reviews

Yeah, the second step of buying a camera is to read various reviews of the cameras available in the price range that is comfortable to you. For this, you first need to find out which DSLR cameras are within your budget.

Make a list of all cameras including the relatively less known brands. Now start reading reviews of these products. Remember, many reviews will be put up by affiliate marketers or people who are actually promoting the particular brand.

Don’t get carried away with positive reviews, but just take a note of various features available in different camera models.

Compare products

The third step is to compare products. You can take help of a product comparison site in order to compare different DSLR cameras by features, price range and all other aspects.

You may come across many technical terms while doing this. This is why you should do your research online so that you can search on a particular term immediately in order to learn its meaning.

Well, those tips are general in nature, in my next post we’ll get down to the details like aperture, the lighting, zoom, etc.

What Is a DSLR Camera?

digital slr cameraA DSLR or Digital Single Lens Reflex camera is one, which uses a special technology in order to direct light from the lens of the camera to the optical viewfinder with the help of a pentaprism.

A pentaprism is a five-sided reflecting prism and it can deviate a beam of light at a 90° angle. The light beam actually reflects inside the pentaprism twice, which allows the transmission of an image (from which the light is reflected) at a 90° angle without inverting it.

In case of a DSLR camera, there is a mirror system to reflect light coming through the camera lens and then it is reflected twice by the prism before reflecting up to the viewfinder.

The basic idea behind a DSLR camera is that when you look through the optical viewfinder of the camera, your camera and you are both seeing the exact same image. You can focus accurately and can take a shot exactly as you like it.

In a point and shoot (P&S) or a compact digital camera, the optical viewfinder does not use the special mirror technology of DSLR. Therefore, what you see though the viewfinder and what the camera lens sees have some differences.

You have to take help of the LCD display, which is a near accurate depiction of the picture as seen by the camera lens. Now, the LCD display does not provide an image of very good quality and also, in order to keep an eye on the LCD display, you have to hold the camera away from your body. Due to these two facts, it is quite difficult to take a well-composed and professional-looking shot with a P&S camera.

Apart from the accurate representation of the picture through the optical viewfinder, you can also customize your DSLR camera according to the situation.

With a DSLR, you can change camera lenses and add a bigger and better flash. The lens of a normal digital camera, on the other hand, is an all-purpose lens, due to which it does not give you the best quality image. Therefore, with DSLR, you have much more control over what kind of a picture you are going to take.