August 28th, 2008

5 reasons to buy DSLR

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Here are 5 reasons to buy DSLR over Point and Shoot camera. While modern digital compact cameras give you great image quality and you can shoot great photographs with them, if you want to bring your photography to the absolutely new level you should consider buying DSLR.

1. Sensor quality

Due to the larger size of image sensors in DSLRs, pixels have larger area on sensors compared to digital compact cameras, which leads to a better sensitivity. DSLRs generally give better pictures that Point and Shoot cameras at larger ISOs, i.e. shooting at 1600 ISO on most DSLRs will give less noise than shooting at 1600 on a Point and Shoot.

Also DSLRs usually have larger range of ISO speed settings (in some models up to 6400 ISO) that leads to ability to shoot in low-light conditions.

2. Optics quality

DSLR’s feature of interchanging lenses opens up to photographers a whole world of possibilities. While my compact digital camera has a nice little 3x Optical Zoom (and many today have greater ones), my DSLR can be fitted with many high quality lenses ranging from wide angle to super long focal lengths depending upon what I’m going to shoot.

DSLR lenses are larger than digital compact cameras have, and many of them have many hours of time put into their manufacturing (especially when you get into high end lenses), but even cheap lenses give you more quality in pictures than most Point and Shoot cameras lenses do. I’d strongly advise DSLR owners to buy the best quality lenses that they could afford.

3. More creativity through manual control and depth of field

While many point and shoots come with the ability to shoot in manual mode, DSLRs are designed in such a way that it is assumed that the photographer will want to use their own settings. While they do come with very good auto modes, the manual controls are generally built in such way, that it is very easy and natural to use them.

One of the things I love about my DSLR is the versatility that it gives me in many areas, especially depth of field. I guess this is really an extension of its manual controls and ability to use a variety of lenses, but a DSLR can give you depth of field that puts everything from foreground to background in focus through to nice blurry backgrounds.

4. Operation speed

DSLRs are generally pretty fast pieces of electronics when it comes to things like start up, focusing and shutter lag. You should not miss a great shot because startup of shutter lag takes a millennium.

5. Retaining value

DSLR models do not get updated quite as often as point and shoot models (which can be updated twice a year at times). The other factor in favor of DSLRs is that the lenses you buy for them are compatible with other camera bodies if you do choose to upgrade later on (as long as you stay with your brand, or lens mount). This means your investment in lenses will not waste over the years.

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