Why Buy a Digital SLR Camera?

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DSLR or “Digital Single Lens Reflex” is the type of camera generally used by professional photographers. As prices have dropped, DSLR cameras have also begun to attract increased interest among amateur photographers. Even so, they’re not for everyone, as Shawn Barnett points out in his article, “Five reasons you need a digital SLR”. However, if you’re considering buying a DSLR camera, this article is a must-read; it might be all the persuasion you need to make your next camera a DSLR.

How are SLRs different?

With digital SLR and film SLR cameras, the light comes into the lens and is directed by a mirror into the optical viewfinder, so you see exactly the same image as the camera will capture. When you press the shutter button, the hinged mirror flips out of the way and the image is recorded with the image sensor. SLR cameras can be used with a wide range of interchangeable lenses, giving photographers tremendous flexibility when composing shots.

These are the five reasons why Shawn Barnett prefers SLR cameras:

1. SLRs are faster. Shawn identifies seven distinct areas where time delays can be introduced when using a point-and-shoot digicam instead of an SLR camera. These delays can be only a minute each; but when taken together, they can add up to mean the difference between capturing that cute birthday smile on your child’s face and ending up with a photo of a downcast frown.

2. SLRs work better in low light. DSLR cameras typically have bigger image sensors, which means they can capture more details, especially from far away and in low-light situations. These cameras also have superior autofocus capabilities, and additional speed can be gained by attaching a lens with greater light-gathering capabilities, known as a “fast lens”.

3. SLRs give you a choice of optics. Most point-and-shoot cameras are built to take 4×6” snapshots. Thanks to interchangeable lenses for SLRs, you can choose the right lenses for the kind of work you do. Many photographers opt for a “vacation lens”, one which covers most general uses in a single optic. From there, you can add single-focal-length lenses or zoom lenses to fit the specific needs of your projects.

4. SLRs are more versatile. SLRs open you up to a world of options geared toward helping you improve your still photography: accessories like lens hoods, filters, and flashes.

5. SLRs are easy to use. This one may come as a surprise to some folks. According to Shawn, all affordable SLRs from all the major manufacturers come with different types of auto modes to make using them as easy to use as point-and-shoot digicam.

Be sure to read Shawn’s complete article for further details. For help shopping for a DSLR or any digital camera, check out the Photobird Digital Camera Buyer’s Guide.

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