Getting into photography would necessitate one to buy a reliable camera to take wonderful shots. Most photographers, both professional and amateur, now favor DSLR cameras over other cameras. DSLR cameras have wonderful features that make them better than the old point-and-shoot digital cameras or the mirrorless cameras we used to like.
If you are planning to buy a new DSLR, it is important for you to know what features to look for in a great DSLR camera. Your choice must also depend on what type of photography you are into or what kind of shots you are planning to take. There are features though that most photographers look into when buying a new camera. Continue reading to know what these features are.
DSLR cameras differ in sensor size. Some cameras have big sensors while other have small or average size. Bigger sensors are usually more expensive than smaller ones. A bigger sensor is believed to produce better quality images although several photographers will dispute this and say that image output will depend on the photographer’s skills. Since DSLRs have large sensors, more light can get in thus producing sharp images.
DSLRs have different shooting modes that a photographer can choose from. A favorite among DSLRs is Auto Focus mode that is abbreviated as AF. In autofocus mode, the camera will choose what to focus on depending on what shown at the center of the viewfinder. This mode is useful in different situations that is why interested buyers normally ask if this mode is available in a particular brand or model.
ISO refers to how sensitive to light the camera is. Some cameras have a wide ISO range and can reach as high as 1600 or beyond while other are only limited to 400 or even lower).
The higher the ISO, the more light enters the camera thus making the image appear sharper or more visible. This feature is important in indoor locations where light is limited. Wedding photographers find this feature important when shooting in a dim-lighted venue. The problem though is that when you set the ISO high, there is more noise in the image thus making the image appear of lesser quality. Make sure to choose just the right ISO setting to avoid unwanted noise. With practice, you can certainly get this right.
The greatest feature in DSLRs is the ability to use interchangeable lenses. There are many lenses that you can buy depending on what type of shots you need. The only limitation though is what your camera brand is. Normally, you can only uses lenses that are of similar brand to your camera. Thus, Nikon lenses are only for Nikon cameras while Canon lenses are for Canon models.
Speed (frames per second)
In some types of photography, a photographer needs to capture an image of their subject fast. Moving subjects are difficult to shoot thus a fast camera is necessary to make the shot possible. There are cameras that offer very fast shooting and this is usually in terms of frames per second (fps). 5 fps means 5 shots are taken in one second when the camera is set to burst or continuous shooting mode.
The features available in your chosen camera can help you get the perfect shots you desire. Find time to study your camera so you can get the most out of it and become great in your chosen field.