So you’ve always loved taking photos with your iPhone — who doesn’t? A lot of the new models already produce incredible photos. But now, you want to take the plunge and buy a real camera, like a real real camera.
There are the classic point-and-shoot cameras of course, but you already have that with your phone. It’s important that you buy a camera that allows you to grow and gain confidence in your photography skills. The best camera is the one that feels “right in your hand”; the one you will actually be able to use.
Many amateur photographers start with DSLR cameras because they have multiple options, lenses, and are easier to use than SLR cameras. While many camera brands have some DSLR models, it’s our opinion that Canon takes the crown just for the sheer number of models they carry.
What is a DSLR camera?
DSLR stands for digital single-lens reflex. They are the most popular cameras because of how easy they are to use and the multitude of lenses available. With a DSLR camera, there is a single lens used to focus and take the photo. DSLRs have a mirror in the lens that directs incoming light through the lens which allows you to see a replica of the scene you are photographing. The photo is then captured on an SD card.
With mirrorless cameras, which are not DSLRs, the light goes directly to the sensor and then displays your photo on the camera’s screen. The difference between a DSLR and an SLR is mainly that SLR uses film while DSLR is all digital.
Are DSLRs worth it for beginners?
DSLRs have many advantages over mirrorless cameras. Because the mirror covers the sensor, it protects it from coming in contact with dust and dirt from the outside when you remove or change lenses. This makes cleaning a lot easier for beginners.
DSLR cameras with a built-in viewfinder are the cheapest option within this category, and you can expect an intro set up complete with camera, zoom lens, and carrying case to run you anywhere from $400 to $2000.
While DSLR cameras are bulkier and heavier than the new mirrorless options, pros and newbies alike will prefer the beefier construction and easy-to-use tools.