Whether you’re a keen amateur shooter or an experienced professional; the question we all ask in the beginning is ‘Are DSLR’s really worth the money?’
But before we get to that, maybe we should find out what exactly a DSLR is.
What is a DSLR?
DSLR stands for Digital Single-Lens Reflex which in simple terms means that the camera body contains a reflex mirror which allows live viewing through the interchangeable lenses when taking a photograph. This mirror is what allows you to see the image you’re about to take through the view-finder, and is also how the image is captured as the mirror flips in order for this to happen.
Now, Are DSLR Cameras Worth The Money?
Like any product on the market, DSLR’s have their pros and cons.
Let’s start with the positives:
- Photograph Quality – Because of the larger image sensors found in DSLR’s this allows for larger pixel sizes – ridding your images of the dreaded tessellated effect that can ruin photographs. The fact that they are also able to be used at a much faster ISO leads to faster shutter speeds and less grain within photos.
- Ability to Adapt – Because a DSLR is essentially just a camera body (without a lens) you have an immense range of lenses to chose from. 3 professionals in different fields, shooting very different things, could use the same DSLR but would be able to capture exactly what the individual wanted depending on what lenses they chose for their needs.
- Depth of Field – This focuses and blurs areas of your image depending on how and where you are pointing and focusing your camera. Whilst digital cameras are getting better with this feature, it still isn’t quite up to the beautiful standards that of a DSLR holds.
Now onto the less positives features:
- Price – Whilst they have come down massively in price, DSLR’s are generally more expensive than your average digital camera – especially if you’re opting for more of a professional-standard DSLR. Not to mention the fact that lenses will need to be purchased separately and if they are of good quality, will be of a similar price-range.
- Weight/Size – This, for me personally, is arguably the greatest downfall of DSLR’s. For short periods of time they can be alright to carry round but if you plan on doing a shoot which takes up the whole day and you’re also carrying round additional lenses and equipment it can be extremely impractical.
- Complexity – For a beginner, being handed a DSLR for the first time can be completely overwhelming with the amount of settings and features you’re offered. Although you do of course get used to the complications eventually.
- Noise – If you plan on shooting in an area that needs to remain silent, i.e. where there are animals, young children or you generally just need to be a bit sneaky about what you’re taking photos of, DSLR’s aren’t really ideal. Because of the way they actually capture images, DSLR’s are bound to create a clunky shutter noise so this may be something to consider if you need to be shooting with as little noise as possible.
- Maintenance – Every photographer’s worst nightmare is a dust-filled image sensor. Every time you remove a lens in order to change it, you risk letting dust run a riot inside your camera. Over time this can cause images to have a blotchy effect. Unless you’re fully-trained I definitely wouldn’t recommend cleaning your own image sensor as it would be best done by a professional. However, as new models are produced, more and more DSLR’s are being released with self-cleaning sensors.
Overall if you plan on making the most out of your camera then a DSLR is well worth the money. They are able to improve the quality of your photos as well as creating a unique and refreshing user-experience.
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