Should You Upgrade to a DSLR Camera

Technology is changing everyday. Cameras are no exception. The average person owns a digital Point and Shoot camera. You turn the camera on and snap the photo. After a few years or so, thousands of photos have been taken but yet most aren’t printed, mainly because the photos aren’t worth printing. Eventually the desire to take higher quality photos begins to grow.

To take higher quality photos a photographer will need to have more camera control and control over the exposure of the photo. Normal photos can become beautiful photos when you have the ability to adjust the ISO, Aperture, and shutter speed. To create these beautiful photos most will upgrade to a DSLR or Digital Single Lens Reflex Camera.

Here are the top reasons to upgrade to a DSLR camera.

Speed – DSLR’s are faster when starting up and focusing. Shutter lag, the amount of time it takes from when you press the shutter button to when the photo is actually recorded is generally a second to second and a half when using a regular point and shoot camera. Shutter lag on a DSLR is almost non-existent and closely resembles a non digital SLR.

I’ve had cameras that would take 5-10 seconds to start up and be ready to shoot, an additional 1-2 seconds to focus and then finally another 2 seconds to take the photo and record it to the card. While this may seem like a small amount of time, its enough time to miss a special moment.

Lenses – DSLR’s give a photographer the ability to use different lenses. Lenses can provide so many more photo possibilities than a normal point and shoot camera. DSLR lenses range from wide angle to super long focal lengths.

Image Quality – DSLRs contain large image sensors that allows for larger pixel sizes. The more pixels that are captured by the image sensor the clearer and more detailed a photo will be.

Optical Viewfinder – Digital point and shoots use to come with an optical viewfinder but many times what you saw in the viewfinder wasn’t what came out in the photo. Nowadays most digital point and shoots come without an optical viewfinder and instead just have a large screen. While this may be convenient for most, the screen does not correctly display how the colors and sharpness of the photo. This is why all DSLR’s come with both optical viewfinder and the screen. The optical viewfinder can better represent exactly how the photo will appear when you press the shutter.

Manual Controls – Many point and shoots come with a manual mode. The downfall of this manual mode is that it is not control manually where you can adjust the focus using your hand. Most manual controls are changed digitally through menus. A DSLR allows the photographer to control their settings at will and on the fly. This allows a photographer to adjust his photo from shot to shot without any time being wasted trying to fumble with the digital settings in the menus.

Depth of Field – This is one of my favorite aspects of a DSLR. The ability to adjust the depth of field allows the photographer to control what part of section of the photo is in focus. It gives a dramatic effect when you can focus solely on your subject in the photo while the rest of the photo is slightly out of focus. You bring attention to the subject in your photo and your eye automatically is drawn to it.