What To Consider When Buying A DSLR Camera


what to consider when buying a DSLR camera

I enjoy taking pictures and videos of my beautiful environment, loved ones and nature.

I love to capture my unforgettable and enjoyable moments. It brings back pleasant memories which excite me a great deal.

I’m sure you can relate to what I just said, and you want to know the key things to look out for when choosing a DSLR camera.

You are at the right place.

I am one hundred percent sure that you will know what to consider when buying a DSLR camera suitable for your needs after reading this post.

What is the DSLR Camera?

A DSLR or Digital Single Lens Reflex camera, commonly referred to as a digital SLR, is a digital camera that joins the mechanisms and the optics of a single lens reflex camera and a digital imaging sensor, unlike a photographic film.

The basic difference between the DSLR and other digital cameras is the relax design scheme.

What To Consider When Buying A DSLR Camera For Your Needs

Now and then, new DSLR cameras make their way into the market.

Making the right choice can be a long and challenging journey. But thanks to this post you will learn just enough about DSLR cameras to know exactly what you want and go for it.

The following are some things you must consider when buying a Digital SLR Camera:


The best place to begin with when trying to purchase a DSLR Camera obviously is the price.

The prices of these excellent cameras differ from some very affordable deals at the casual or hobbyist end to the very high prices at the professional end.

Prepare yourself a budget for the purchase early. Also, remember that you will need to consider other expenses that come with owning a DSLR which includes:

what to consider when buying a dslr camera

Add the extras that you will need in your budget.

What will be the purpose of the DSLR?

When you head to a camera store to buy a camera, the first question the attendant will ask you is “What type of photography are you into”?

It will be safe to ask yourself this question ahead of time as it will aid you in figuring out the kind of accessories and features you will require.

Also, ask yourself – Is this going to be your multipurpose camera for recording your everyday life? Do you want to travel with the camera? Is it for Low Light Photography? Sports photography? Macro Photography?

Make a list of the actual things you want to do with a DSLR and know the type of photography you are looking at.

(Note I said ‘Actual’. It is very simple to imagine all kinds of things to do with your camera, but in reality, most of us only do half of the things we imagined).


“How much megapixels does it have?”

This is one of the most asked questions often asked about a new camera. In reality, megapixels are overemphasized (more isn’t always the best).

This is an issue to consider as Digital Slr cameras come with a broad range of megapixel ratings.

Megapixels enter into play as you consider how you’ll use your images. If you’re looking to print enlargements then more can be good – if you’re just going to print in small sizes or use them for e-mailing friends, then it’s not so crucial.

Camera Size

DSLR Cameras are much more sizable than the compact point and shoot cameras. But there happen to be a fair bit of variation in their sizes.

Some photographers just do not care.

They will effortlessly carry around the heavy gear. But in case you are going to utilize it for “on the go” photography like bushwalking, travel, etc. the light and small models are perfect for you because they are very handy.

Size of Sensor

Another important factor is the Image Sensor Size, and the term crop factor comes in when you talk about the image sensor size.

Basically, the APS-C sensor and Full-frame sensor are the main types.

A full-frame DSLR has a sensor that is the same size as a frame of the traditional 35mm film, it measures 36x24mm.

The very popular APS-C sensor cameras possess much smaller sensors, 22x15mm. This means a full-frame sensor has over 2.5 times the surface area of an APS-C sensor.

what to consider when buying a dslr camera

The image on the left is the view of a scene from a Full Frame Sensor. On the right, a cropped version of the same scene from an APS-C sensor.

The APS-C is very okay for casual use. The full frame is just too much gear, it’s very expensive and if you aren’t a professional photographer don’t even bother to buy a full frame sensor DSLR.

Future Upgrades

Again, ask yourself – Will I be in the position of needing to upgrade my camera again in the nearest future?

While entry level DSLRS are somewhat cheaper,  they happen to date faster than higher end models. Plus you take the risk of growing to pass them as you become better at photography and you crave for something with more professional features.

Assess your current level of expertise in photography and figure out if you are the kind of person that will learn how to master something and then want to upgrade to higher levels to gain much more features and control.

Of course, this is a difficult question, but you might find it’s worth it to pay a little bit more for a model that you can grow into.


There you have it! Some paramount factors to consider when going for a DSLR camera.

I am one hundred percent positive that you now have an idea of what you want, so go ahead and get that lovely DSLR.


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