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Tips for selecting a Your First DSLR Camera

Published: Mar 19, 2012 by admin Filed under: Tips
Tips for selecting a DSLR camera

This short article will give you tips and suggestions on what to look for when buying a new DLSR camera. Many new buyers in the market do not know what to specifically look for and how to evaluate one camera against another. So hopefully with the help of this guide you will be able to make a more informed and levelled decision on your new DLSR camera purchase.
The first thing to consider is the price range you are looking at. You should probably set out a budget from the start, as this will allow you to focus only on the cameras you can afford. Budget can often be a problem for new people entering the DSLR market as they are not cheap. However knowing your budget and sticking to it will allow you to get the most of what you can afford. It is probably recommendable that your budget is for the entire purchase, this means inclusive of any lenses of accessories you may need.
Most DSLR cameras on the market that are aimed at beginners or less experience photographers try to make the process as easy as possible. This involves selling the camera as a kit, which is the camera and the lens as one package. This make s the process of selecting a lens easy and takes away a very difficult decision. There are many different types of lens on the market and all have specific functions and advantages. So if you are not entirely sure what is 100% best for your needs then a DSLR camera kit is probably a good choice. If however you do decide to do some research and purchase your own separate lens, it is probably best to stick to an optical zoom lens. These are simple to use and master and allow for multiple types of shot to be taken. Portrait photos, landscape, low light and telephotos can all be taken with an optical zoom lens. When deciding on the type of lens you may want, for your DSLR camera, you need to decide whether you want a simple point and shoot set up or not. If you do just want a simple but good quality camera set up then a 3x optical zoom lens is fairly standard. But if you are looking for something highly adjustable and technical then you can purchase lenses that go up to 18x and more.
In addition to the type of lens you want you also need to look at the quality of the actual camera as well. The definition of your photos will be decided by how many megapixels the camera can capture. Standard ranges for MP in commercial DSLR cameras go from as little as 3 up to 20. For most people a 10 megapixel camera will probably be good enough to provide high quality photographs. Once you start to get into the really high end megapixel range you are looking at very expensive professional equipment. So choosing something that is within your needs is important. There is no point in purchasing the very best if you have no need or means to use its full potential.

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