Choosing Your First DSLR Camera

Buying a new camera requires a fair amount of consideration beforehand.  If you have decided to upgrade your current digital camera to an DSLR one, then you might well wonder where to start.  Read on to find out more about choosing your first DSLR camera.

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Have a feel for it
If you’ve decided to buy a new DSLR camera then chances are you’re going to have it for a while, so make sure that you feel comfortable with the one that you choose.  Even if you decide to buy one off the internet, it’s worthwhile going into a camera shop beforehand and holding the make you’re interested in, to get a feel for it.  If it doesn’t feel comfortable in your hand, then you won’t get on with it.  Choose one that feels user-friendly where you can get on with the buttons.  Don’t be swayed by what the assistant says – they may well be biased.  It’s good to take on board their advice, but at the end of the day, it’s going to be your camera so you need to feel happy with it.

Brand awareness
When it comes to different brands of DSLR camera, you don’t need to be overly concerned about which to choose.  They’re all pretty much the same quality these days.  But have a think about what you want to use the camera for.  Different brands will have slightly different features, so consider what is most relevant for you.  As a first camera, it’s probably a good idea to go for an entry-level DSLR type.  You’ll find it easier to get on with, and less confusing to get to grips with all the features, functions and buttons.

Think long-term
When you’re looking at your first DSLR camera, think long-term.  You’ll probably find that you grow with the camera, and your uses of it may change over time as you become more familiar with it.  As you gain more experience, it’s likely that you’ll buy more accessories to go with the camera.  This could include different types of lenses, filters, flash, etc.  So, choose your camera wisely.  Opt for a brand that’s got a decent market share, as you’ll find it easier to buy the accessories you need at competitive prices.

Think lens
Give consideration to the quality of the lens when you’re deciding on your first DSLR camera.  Lens quality is much more important than camera body, for example.  And a starter DSLR camera with a good quality lens will take better pictures than a high-end camera with a not-so-great lens.  Canon or Nikon tend to offer the best high-quality lenses, but if you are an amateur photographer then you don’t necessarily need to buy into these to get decent picture results.

What about megapixels?
Megapixels can be a confusing topic when it comes to cameras, but most people automatically assume that the more the camera has, the better it is.  This isn’t necessarily the case.  In fact, most DSLR cameras come with around 10 megapixels which is probably ample.  So, don’t put too much emphasis on this when deciding which DSLR camera to opt for.

Other features
Consider what other features you want from a DSLR camera and evaluate each brand accordingly.  For example, if you want to use the movie function, then do a few tests of the camera in the shop to see how you get on with it.  Movies on DSLR cameras can vary a lot, so choose carefully.

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This article was written by Crispin Jones on behalf of Beck Photographic, a photographer in Northampton. Visit their site to find out more.

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