What is a DSLR camera?
Frustrated by your digital camera? Want total creative control over your photography? It’s time to go DSLR…
Feel like you’ve gone as far as your digital camera can take you? Crave the ability to shoot richly detailed photos of everything from flying birds to moody artistic portraits?
Now is probably the time to ditch your compact and step up to a DSLR – a camera that’ll give you complete creative control over your photography.
What is a DSLR?
DSLR stands for digital single-lens reflex. They’re the camera of choice for professional photographers and experienced amateurs alike.
You can change lenses to create different effects, and enjoy control of aperture and shutter speed.
How a DSLR camera works
A DSLR camera has a mirror and a prism inside, giving you a more accurate view of the scene you’re shooting.
Whatever you see in your viewfinder is exactly what the lens sees. The mirror and prism use light to bounce the image from the lens to the viewfinder.
Then lots of clever stuff happens with the digital sensor and the camera’s processor to turn this into a photo, which is saved on your memory card.
Five reasons you may be ready for a DSLR
1. You want to capture every detail
The more detail you can capture in your photos, the better they will be – whether it’s a reflection in a person’s eye, or crisp handwriting that can be read in the image.
DSLRs can capture masses of detail thanks to their large image sensors. Sometimes a DSLR camera’s sensor can be as much as 25 times larger than a compact digital camera. A large sensor lets in more light, just like the retina of your eye, which results in higher definition and better quality.
2. Arty, creative photography inspires you
When getting used to your new DSLR you may want to use the point-and-click automatic settings.
But to take creative control of your photography, it’s all about the manual controls for aperture, shutter speed, ISO and white balance.
By adjusting aperture, for example, you can create a shallow depth of field and blur the background of a shot. Photographers call the resulting blur bokeh (pronounced boh-kay). By decreasing the shutterspeed you can create an unnaturally dark and imposing photo.
3. Different types of photography interest you
If you want to shoot different types of photography, from wildlife to extreme close-up portraits, then a DSLR is the way to go.
interchangeable lenses are great for versatility, with each designed to create a specific effect. For example:
- Shoot panoramic landscapes and group shots of friends with a wide lens
- Zoom in to wildlife in the distance with a telephoto lens
- Take extreme close-ups of insects and flowerbuds with a macro lens
Your DSLR will come with a standard lens that’s versatile enough for most everyday photography.
4. Wildlife photography is an ambition of yours
Some of the most stunning, attention-grabbing photographs each year are those of wildlife. Whether it’s an owl in full-flight, spreading its wings in full flight, or a squirrel tucking into a nut on a branch.
DSLRs are perfect for capturing these moments, using a combination of manual controls and different lenses.
Tweak your camera’s shutter speed and ISO to freeze an animal as it runs or flies, with a telephoto lens letting you get close from a great distance.
5. You want to work from dusk ‘til dawn (in all weathers)
If you want to take photos after sunset and before sunrise, then a DSLR is a great option.
Because they have particularly large sensors, they also have a high ISO range. With a higher ISO range the camera will capture more light – giving you better results when shooting in low-light.
Whether you’re photographing wildlife or football, in the pouring rain or at the dusty beach – you won’t have to worry about your camera.
Most DSLRs are weatherproofed against rain, snow, moisture and heat.
Time to choose the best DSLR camera for you?
Take great shots on the go with this relatively small entry-level Nikon D3300 DSLR.
Compact and lightweight, this camera packs a large CMOS sensor for remarkable light sensitivity.
Canon EOS 700D
Looking for your first DSLR? Canon has created a great entry-level camera with the EOS 700D.
Learn how to take control of your photography with its simple manual controls.