7 Things to know before buying a DSLR

Owning a DSLR is the favourite dream of many. You may be one of them. You scroll through the infinite buying options and get confused, postpone the idea and preserve your dream for the next opportunity. Today I’m here to help you come out of the postponing-mode by sharing some tips to buy a DSLR camera. I’ll discuss everything from features of a DSLR to the best๐Ÿ‘‰ DSLR๐Ÿ‘ˆdeals in the market. Keep reading!

1) Passion For Photography

I know your friends boast about their newly acquired DSLRs. They are considered more tech-forward, more fashionable than you. Oh! Is this the only reason to buy the gadget! Stay sane man!!

Ask yourself. Are you buying the DSLR camera because you have a passion for photography or is it just following the crowd blindly? Own the amazing DSLR camera if you can’t do without it. Otherwise, there’s no use keeping the high-utility gadget in the cupboard.

2) Kind Of Photography You Do

Before purchasing a DSLR, the purpose should be clear in your mind. You are clicking pictures of family and want a low-end DSLR. You are a professional photographer and want a high-end camera to cater to the needs of your clients. You are a wildlife photographer who wants his pictures perfectly natural, aims to get the best one available. Find out your category and choose the camera wisely.

Top brands have various options in Digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras for all purposes. Make sure to check the features before making payment.

3) How DSLR differs from Ordinary Digital Camera

By now you are certain that the camera you want has to be a DSLR.
People are crazy for DSLR cameras in spite of its higher price range. Those who have used both the cameras know that the DSLR picture quality is far superior to that of the other cameras. The speed of clicking and saving images is higher. The best part is that we have plenty of photographic options available in DSLR. You can blur objects or adjust the depth of the pictures.

4) Interchangeable lenses

Most of the DSLR cameras have the option of changing the lens. You can keep different lenses ready for various shooting needs. Interchangeable Zoom lenses are the most popular. Special purpose lenses are used for special purposes and are not used by all. For example, Fisheye lenses are used to take a 180-degree view.

Zoom lens

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5) Automatic Focus and Image Stabilization

DSLR cameras come with autofocus option. A number of autofocus modes are available depending on the model. Though the camera focuses on the object in the centre of the frame, many DSLRs allow changing the focus point. In that case, a switch is provided to move between Manual Focus and Autofocus (M/A).

If the ordinary camera is not held steady, the image blurs. This error is reduced in the DSLR with the Image Stabilisation technique. There are two types of Image Stabilizations:
* In-body Image Stabilization-
Image sensor is moved to counteract the sensed motion of the camera. It works for all lenses mounted on DSLR.

* In-lens Image Stabilization-
It is implemented in the lens itself to counteract the sensed motion of the camera. You will have to buy Image Stabilization lens separately.

6) Maintenance of a DSLR

After acquiring the brand new DSLR camera, you should be concerned about its maintenance.
Keep your camera and lenses clean and enhance the life of the gear. Unwanted things like dirt, dust, smoke or humidity can hinder the performance of the camera. Watch this video to know how to clean the gear with perfection. Get a basic cleaning kit and be regular in removing harmful substances from the DSLR.
Don’t miss the camera bag to carry your precious possession. Now you are ready to go creative with your DSLR.

7) Watch Out For Crazy Deals

When you make up your mind to buy a DSLR, it is advisable to keep an eye on the Discount-Days and Crazy Deals. The sales are irresistible and your pocket is going to love buck-saving deals. Everyone likes to save some money and I believe you are not an exception:D

24 thoughts on “7 Things to know before buying a DSLR”

  1. Haha one of my fav topics. The first thing I did with my scholarship was to buy a canon 80D …

    Interesting points you made. I may want to add:
    1) DSLR photography is all about art of photo taking rather than value of camera in hand. So for many starting range should suit.
    2) #of Autofocal points matter for dynamic imaging. This is criteria for bird/sport photography.
    3) weather resistance is another aspect one needs to checkout, of living in cold or wet climates. Coldness reduces the shutter speed, so a resistant camera best suits them.
    4) And always buy an extra battery. This is most imp :p.

    Most of all, a exact equivalent alternative is Mirror less camera. It is same in all respects to DSLR, except it’s less weighted as they remove the refracting mirror. So I also suggest you to add it to article for readers sake (search it once).

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    1. Thanks for reviewing the article! I’m happy that you added the missing points to help the readers. Mirror less camera is also on trend, I’ll definitely search for the details.

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    1. Lol…. Actually, I write on a variety of topics. Glimpse of India occurred during AtoZ challenge of blogging where we have to write 26 articles in a month. Thanks for reading:)

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  2. What an informative piece, Aditi. I am yet to buy a DSLR and will surely keep these pointers the other mentioned below in the comments section too. #vartikasdiaryreading #myfriendalexa

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  3. Unless you are planning to use a DSLR on a regular basis it doesn’t make sense to invest in one. Without proper information, you won’t be able to utilize the options DSLR facilitates.

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