Choosing the right digital SLR
Choosing the right digital SLR for you is a decision based on your personal preferences and needs. You need to put a lot of time into thinking about what features are essential to you. Also, the type of photography you intend to do is an important factor. For example, if you’re set on photographing wildlife, you might want to opt for a camera with fast continuous shooting to ensure you don’t miss a frame of the action. This feature easily translates to sports photography as well.
You also need to think about whether you want a full-frame or APS-C (Advanced Photo System) camera. When SLRs made the transition to digital, the photo sensor system shrunk resulting in photos appearing more ‘zoomed in’. Full-frames are returning to digital SLRs in droves and although generally more expensive, provide a better overall picture. APS-C sensors do have their benefits though, namely the ability to get more zoom out of telephoto lenses.
The speed of an SLR’s autofocus is another thing to consider, especially if you’re capturing fast moving subjects. SLRs on the higher end of the price spectrum generally tend to have better autofocusing than the entry level models, but that’s not to say cheaper models don’t do the job well. Another focusing concern you might have is the number of autofocus points. These points determine how many possible parts of a picture can be focused on. Being able to customise a greater number of focus points means you have more control over what parts of a photo appear in focus and which don’t.
One of the key benefits of an SLR camera is the ability to change lens at will. This is one of an SLRs greatest advantages because it means you’ll never not be able to capture a moment correctly, assuming you have the right lens of course. There is a notable problem though; many lenses are only compatible with one of the two major SLR brands, so be sure to thoroughly research what lenses you’re likely to need before making a purchase. Whatever your digital SLR needs are, you can be sure to find them here.