You want to be more creative with your photography.
So which camera do you need?
You’ve been looking at a DSLR. But what is a DSLR?
DSLR – It stands for Digital Single Lens Reflex
Ok maybe that doesn’t make it any clearer…… let me try again!
Digital means that the camera has an image sensor that turns the image that you have captured into digital information that is stored on a memory card.
Single Lens Reflex means that what you see is what you get. It’s what the lens is seeing. Older viewfinder cameras had a viewfinder in one corner of the camera away from the lens, so what you saw was not what the lens saw. And you could end up with heads chopped off, or the edges of the picture not showing what you thought it would…. DSLR cameras use a mirror and a pentaprism to show what the lens sees through the viewfinder.
SLR (single lens reflex) cameras use 35mm film to capture the image instead of a Digital sensor.
Why do you need one?
DSLR’s have greater image quality compared to point and shoot cameras. You can have full manual control over the camera and exposure, or you can stick it in fully automatic mode. Basically they have a computer inside of them making them a very powerful and intuitive tool to have.
You can change the lenses for complete flexibility and have a large selection to choose from (for every budget). But to fit the mirror, pentaprism and fancy electronics into a DSLR, you have to make them BIG! There’s no other way to put it…. and the more high end you get the bigger they get. So go and dig out that gym pass!!!
To give you an idea of what is available here’s a look at Canons range at the moment (only because I use Canon and I am used to them):
Entry level for beginners
1200D 18mp APS-C
100D 18mp APS-C
700D 18mp APS-C
70D 20mp APS-C
7D mk II 20mp APS-C
6D 20mp full frame
5D mk III 22mp full frame
1D X 18 mp full frame
1D C 18mp full frame
As you can see there is a DSLR for everyone…
Just to clear some things up –
Full Frame means the sensor is the same size as the old 35mm film and is supposed to be the best quality.
APS-C uses a smaller sensor than the full frame one. They’re also known as cropped sensor cameras because the smaller sensor gives a smaller field of view than the full frame. In other words it’s like you’re already zoomed in!
What do I use?
At this moment I use a Canon 600D.