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What Specs Make a DSLR Camera a Must-Have

What Specs Make a DSLR Camera a Must-Have

Gone are the times when photographers had to sweat the stability out of them in order to shoot the perfect photo. The efforts put were huge and rather stressful, often making the photographer feel like Sisyphus. We all remember the days of the SLRs, or known as single-lens reflex camera: looking through the lens and seeing what would actually come out on the photograph while at the same time trying to position everything perfectly, giving directions of the type: “Say cheeeeese!”
And when in the midst of the actual shot, some of the objects (people, of course) decide to move, wink or talk, that shot would be ruined and automatically show one shot less on the photographic film that allows only 30-35 shots. Yup, it was stressful, expensive and often without favourable result. Luckily, the SLRs evolved and now we have DSLRs, or known as digital single-lens reflex cameras.

If photography is your professional occupation, I believe you already know how good a DSLR is, and I bet you still use it occasionally, even if you probably upgraded to a model that better suits your current needs. I also believe you’ll agree with me on the matter of starting in the field of photography with a DSLR. Beginner photographers, pay attention: if you want to develop your skills as a ‘momentum capturer’, start easy and learn slowly.

In this post, I’ll present you the good stuff in a DSLR that makes it your best option if you’re a beginner. It’s important to be prepared when you visit a DSLR cameras Australia shop or are faced with a rich online offer. You don’t want to end up looking at all kinds of products and have no idea what to get. Or worse, act like a complete photography-dummy and make some of the common mistakes ignorants do when they buy a camera.


First things first: what exactly is the DSLR camera? You’ll probably notice the difference the very first moment you start browsing a DSLR cameras Australia online retailers’ offers or shops; they look completely different from the SLRs. The new feature that makes DSLRs better is exactly what caused the alteration in the design. On a DSLR, you’ll see a small LCD monitor which replaces the small lens through which you used to see the actual shot in the SLRs. Or, spoken as a professional, the DSLR camera combines SLR’s optics with a digital imaging sensor, while the SLRs rely on a photographic film.

Besides the larger freedom in making photographic “mistakes” and making a lot more shots, the DSLR has other quality features.

Image quality is really good

The image quality with a DSLR is a lot better. Due to the larger image sensors, the pixel sizes would be larger as well. Additionally, a DSLR camera allows you to take a shot without making any noise (contrary to what the 1600 ISO on a point and shoot camera would produce).

Adaptability that offers space for wider expression of your creativity

You should know that the ability to change lenses is probably the best measurement of quality in a camera. It offers tons of possibilities for photographers to really express their artistic creativity. Ranging from wide angle to super long focal lengths, this feature allows you to shoot in many different environments and of course, various scenes. Here you should note that you don’t just take advantage of the fact that your camera has the ability to change lens; the quality of the lens matters much more because they determine the quality of the image. This consequently will have an effect on your budget as lens can be quite expensive.


Speed, viewfinder and ISO range

These are some of the things you should be familiar with. Speed is rather big in DSLRs and is measured through time of start up, focus and shutter lag. The viewfinder is optical, or in other words, what you see is what you get. Favouring your desire to shoot in various conditions, the DSLR’s ISO range is rather vast, contributing to that same flexibility in conditions you so want.

Finally, manual controls

The DSLR camera is designed for the user, which means it provides you the possibility to control the settings of your camera. It doesn’t lack the auto modes though. So pretty much, it is a 2in1 type of camera.

Now, for photographers, detail is everything and that means that you’d be learning something new about your camera and your shooting preferences with every shot you take. So, think of it as an extensive process of constant surprises offered by your DSLR. And don’t worry, you’ll know when the time for upgrading it comes. And if budget is an issue in times when you need more pieces and gadgets to really enrich your photographing experience, you can always rent the equipment.

Ian Tompson