Choosing A Digital SLR Camera

Depending on your knowledge of cameras and maybe even your experience of digital photography and choosing a camera to fit your needs, you want to think about the type of camera that will suit your needs and creativity. You don't want to jump into an expensive SLR camera if your creativity is centered at a point and shoot level. I keep a point and shoot camera around just in case I need to shoot a quick digital photo. Most of the time I have my SLR camera with me, but the point and shoot camera is handy when I don't.

But when you get ready to take that jump up to the next level of digital cameras you want to check out the different types of cameras to see what they offer and what your needs in a camera may be. There are many quality cameras out there that shoot high quality video but that comes with a hefty price tag compared to a normal Digital SLR Camera. For instance I went from a point and shoot camera to a Canon Rebel XT which was just over three hundred and fifty dollars at the time. I used that for about a year but I really wanted a faster SLR camera, so I purchased a Canon 50 D. The 50 D shoots 6.3 frames per second and has a 15.1 megapixel CMOS sensor. This camera is great for sports and air shows. But unless you are in to that type of photography this may not be the camera for you. It has a price tag of about $1600.00 and no video capability. But 15.1 MP gives you great resolution shots.

A year after that, I purchased a Canon 5 D Mark II. I bought this camera just because I wanted a Full Frame Digital Camera. This camera is still on step behind a professional grade camera but the photographs are just as good. And this camera gives me much more versatile creativity. It also shoots video in HD uninterrupted at full 1080 resolution at 30 fps. But I didn't buy it for the video. I bought it because it was a Full Frame Digital Camera. You would think if I did my research on my camera purchases I wouldn't have ended up with two high-end digital cameras within a year time span. But I researched both cameras for over a month before I made any purchase. I bought the Canon 50 D because that camera gives me great “fast-moving” shots and I love shooting Air Shows. But I wanted a Canon 5 D because I also like Landscape Photography. And that camera is the perfect digital camera for landscapes.

Before you buy a digital camera make sure you know what you want to be shooting and if the camera you are purchasing will give you the creativity you want. Yes I know my Canon 50 D will shoot great landscapes and the Canon 5 D will shoot good action shots. But there is a huge difference in the resolution of each. But you also have to remember the composition of the photograph is in the eye of the photographer. The digital camera is just a tool a photographer uses to create that great shot. But it doesn’t hurt to be a photographer with good tools.

Article by Alan Slagle

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