An Introduction To Buying an DSLR Camera
Serious photographers and amateurs entering the photography industry overwhelmingly use one type of camera: the single lens reflex (SLR). SLR cameras have a long history that started in 1861. SLR cameras up until the 1990s used 35mm film. Since then, they have been refined, perfected and updated as technology has advanced. Today, the DSLR camera, or digital single lens reflex, camera is a popular option. The number of options, features, models and lenses can confuse those seeking an entry-level model. There are several key features to consider when buying a DSLR camera.
What Is an DSLR Camera?
The DSLR camera offers a number of advanced options. At its essence, an SLR is a camera comprised of a mirror behind the lens that flips out of the way when you push the compose button. SLR cameras allow the camera body to accommodate a full range of lenses. Non-SLR cameras require that you match the lens that takes a photograph with the lens that views the composition. In addition, non-SLR cameras require increasingly sophisticated viewfinder devices as you try to take photographs at different focal lengths. The SLR camera resolves this problem by combining both the taking and viewing lenses.
The DSLR combines the mirror system of the SLR with advancements in technology. DSLR cameras include an image sensor, which is responsible for converting the image into an electrical signal. DSLR cameras also incorporate some of the most convenient components of current technology. For example, you can use storage media, such as memory cards, to store a large number of images. The images can then be transferred to a computer using USB technology.
There are several types of DSLR cameras. For example, some come with a fixed lens, which limits their versatility. The type of camera you purchase often depends on your level of skill and ultimately, what you would like to accomplish. Fixed-lens models work well for individuals interested in learning a limited range of skills. Some models resemble SLR cameras. They do not have a mirrored viewfinder. Instead, they have an electronic viewfinder that replaces the pentaprism on a true SLR camera.
What Should I Consider When Buying an DSLR Camera?
There are several things you should consider when buying a DSLR camera. Ultimately, the method in which you want to use the camera and the level of skill you plan to acquire are important factors. The speed of the camera’s processor plays a significant role in the price of the camera. Additionally, the highest or lowest processor speed may not suit the type of images you are interested in capturing. Slower processing speeds are ideal for taking static photographs, such as those involved with portraiture, landscapes or slow moving objects. Faster processor speeds work well for sports imagery and other fast moving objects. When selecting a DSLR, the frames per second and the number of continuous shots the camera can take are indicators of processor speed.
The controls available on the camera are also important. Using the controls properly or the presence of the controls altogether, has an effect on the quality and range of creativity available for each photograph you take. Aperture, shutter priority and a manual exposure option are available on many models. The aperture control allows you to control the amount of light that enters. Aperture is also responsible for how focused the subject appears. For action photographs, controlling shutter speed is of great importance. Shutter controls determine how quickly the shutter closes. Manual exposure controls allow you to select the appropriate shutter speed.
The metering mode also determines the exposure. DSLR cameras attempt to determine the most important part of a photographic composition. Sometimes, they don’t get it right. Metering mode allows you to control where the camera meters a place on the photograph. For example, many cameras offer a spot metering control. This control allows you to tell
the camera that a small area will be metered. The center weighted control lets you tell the camera to meter from several locations around the composition. This works well for photographs where the subject is in the middle of the frame, perhaps in a backlit situation. There are usually many more controls on a DSLR camera. The number of controls depends on the model, experience level and price of the unit.
The SLR camera has come a long way over many, many years. DSLR cameras offer a number of features that combine the accuracy of SLR cameras and advancements in technology. One of the most important things to consider when buying a DSLR is how you plan to use the unit. For example, the primary subjects you plan to capture, such as portraits, high-speed sports action or landscapes, make a difference in the package that will work best for you. Selecting the appropriate camera also depends on your budget, what feels good in your hands and your overall taste.