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How to choose a DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) Camera
Just in case you didn't get everything on your Christmas list and you are still hoping for a nice new camera in the near future. I have created this article to help you navigate the wide choices we all have when deciding on which route to take with a new camera.
Phones are becoming increasingly sophisticated cameras and the new iPhone claims all sorts of advances over its predecessors! If you are at the point where you know you would like to get a dedicated camera, but don’t know where to start….read on!
When I bought my first and second digital camera, the choice was much easier. It was a DSLR (digital single lens reflex). Today the market is split into two camps - DSLR (big players are Canon and Nikon) and mirrorless (big players are Olympus, Panasonic and Fujifilm). Still many of the professionals and serious amateurs will go for the DSLR, but what aspects of the cameras differentiate them?
Size and Weight
The first mirrorless cameras to be launched on the market prided themselves to be smaller and lighter than their DSLR cousins but times have moved on and the mirrorless bodies are growing as they incorporate more of their consumers demands and the entry level DSLR bodies are becoming more lean to allow them to compete with their mirrorless equivalents.
Dont forget to consider the lenses you may want to attach to your camera as well as the body. Mirrorless lenses are not necessarily smaller or lighter.
Do You Want to Add Lenses?
Being the giants in the industry, Nikon and Canon still offer the widest range of lenses, but Olympus, Panasonic and Fujifilm have good ranges and Sony is getting there!
What you see is What you Get!
Seeing the image you want to take through the viewfinder was and still is a big selling point for the DSLRs. However the digital rendition of the image portrayed by the mirrorless cameras has come along way, as has the reduction in the time delay between the point when you click the shutter and the image is captured by the camera.
DSLRs require that the mirror is down in order to use the autofocus. As a consequence, if you plan to use the live view, digital rendition of the image and not the viewfinder, the DSLR will not perform as efficiently. Mirrorless cameras and their lenses were designed to autofocus using the digital screen and are impressively at maintaining focus even on a movingly subject now.
Shooting on Continuous
Top DSLRs will peak at 14 frames per second, whereas, mirrorless can easily attain an impressive 20 frames per second. Of course more frames per second requires more memory space as you can quickly rack up tonnes of images!!
If you plan to use your camera for video, mirrorless cameras are streaking ahead with 4K being pretty much the norm. In addition, the mirrorless camera ability to perform autofocus during live view is more attractive for the serious videographer.
DSLRs typically run for 600-800 shots with mirrorless offering 300-400. Not really a game changer, particularly if you are happy to include spare batteries in your camera kit.
Entry level DSLRs offer better value for money than entry level mirrorless cameras as they pack a huge amount of functionality and quality into even the cheapest cameras. At a higher price point, there isn’t diminishing differences between the two types.
All in all, each has their benefits and which will become the format for the future...it is still difficult to predict!!