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Which Is the Best DSLR Camera for Me?
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A Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) takes pictures in a wide variety of situations. Today’s models have powerful computers built in that create sharp, grain-free images. The ability to change out lenses means that one camera can be used under varying conditions, such as low light or to take sports photographs. Each of the typical six users below has different requirements in a camera. You will likely relate to more than one of these groups. The purpose of this guide is to help you figure out which DSLR has the best features to match your photography needs.
Special Occasions User
Take great action shots with a DSLR camera. For the soccer (or football, basketball, baseball) parent who wants to take action shots, a DSLR is key to snapping sharp images that freeze the motion. A fast autofocus is vital to taking multiple pictures, so you can capture your child’s motion from when she pulls her arm back to when she lets that fast pitch fly. Lose the shutter lag of a traditional point-and-shoot camera and gain the ability to take photos from the stands by swapping lenses from a 35 mm to a longer focal length.
A world traveler may take a picture of Big Ben in full sunlight or crawl through a small space in Carlsbad Caverns and take a picture in low light conditions. The ability to manually set the ISO allows a DSLR to pick up enough light for a crisp image even in near-dark conditions. Normally, a camera might be set to ISO 100 for outdoor daytime pictures. However, a DSLR can be quickly adjusted to 600 or even double that (this number varies by camera) in extremely low light situation.
Nature lovers may need to take a close-up picture of a flower by kneeling down next to the plant. However, a snapshot of a deer is better taken from a distance with a high-powered zoom lens. You never know what the weather might be like during an outdoor photography session, so DSLRs with water resistant features are a must.
Some people only pull out the camera for special occasions, such as a birthday party or concert. Burst mode allows you to hold down the shutter button and take several snaps at once. This means that you can ensure to get at least one clear picture of your child blowing out her birthday candles or your favorite musician rocking it out at the concert. An LCD Live View is an added feature that will allow you to hold the camera up over the crowd and take a picture or HD video.
Taking portraits may require indoor and outdoor shots. A DSLR with a hot-shoe mount allows you to add a flash that throws the light wider and further out than a built-in flash can. This mutes the light (add a diffuser if you want a softer look) and prevents harsh shadows in low-light conditions. No more shiny faces with a detachable flash. Raising the flash up above the lens of the camera also helps prevent red eyes.
Artists may want to take an extreme close-up detailed photo of a flower or experiment with wide angle lenses. The perfect DSLR for an artist is one that offers the greatest number of add-on lenses and menu items. Since the artist is more likely to swap out lenses, an internal sensor cleaner can keep dust out of the lens mount and keep the image sensor clean. Not sure how much flash to use? A flash exposure lock feature will hone in on the subject and decide how much flash is needed to take the perfect picture.