Are you interested to venture into photography? Have you always wanted to get a digital sensory lens reflex or the DSLR camera to pursue your hobby?
Sure, this advanced digital camera is a worthy investment if you're serious about photography and you want only quality photos and top performance. But before purchasing one, you need to know what's available on the market, their prices and features. In short, you need to shop around first to help you make a guided decision.
DSLR cameras are classified into the entry-level, midrange and pro types. Their prices range from $450 to as much as $2,500 for the more advanced models.
Sony Alpha DSLR-A230 – This model is very affordable at around $450 or even lower if you're lucky to find great deals around. An entry-level type, it features a 2.7-inch LCD screen, a fast autofocus, built-in flash and an optical viewfinder with 0.83x magnification. If you're particular about weight, this is ideal being light and compact at only 15.9 ounces. This is strongly recommended for those who want to upgrade from using a point and shoot camera to the DSLR type.
Canon EOS Rebel XS – This 10-megapixel camera features a live view mode and other perks and can compete with its close rivals in terms of image quality. It is compatible with SD and SDHC memory cards as well as other Canon EF lenses. As an entry-level camera, this is good enough for beginners and especially if your priority is to get excellent quality images.
Nikon D5000 – This simple camera model is one of the first DSLR cameras to feature HD video recording. Priced at $750 to $900, this baby DSLR has a 2.7-inch LCD that tilts and swivels, 18-55mm lens, fast shooting speed at four frames per second, live view mode, face detection, subject tracking and autofocus system and a pioneer in using the CMOS sensor. Another great feature is the fact that this camera has a connector for optional GPS unit.
Olympus E-30 – A midrange DSLR unit at $1,000, this one has a tilt-and-swivel LCD, image stabilization and creative art filters. Olympus first introduced its art filters in this model. These filters allow users to create special effects on their images such as the Pin Hole, Grainy Film and Warhol-esque Pop Art. Its speed is not bad at all at five frames per second of continuous shooting and surprisingly, this camera has two clots for memory cards.
Canon EOS 7D – This model is best for the pros in photography who crave for a top performing device. Packed with great features, this unit is worth buying even with its high price of $1,700 exclusive of add-ons. Image quality is excellent for this camera model with its 180megapixel resolution, shooting performance is fast at eight frames per second and 100 percent coverage for its large viewfinder. In terms of video, it has full manual control and can capture high definition video for your viewing pleasure.
Check each of these at your physical retail camera stores or on the internet. Be sure to learn first about each model and even their sister units before deciding on which one to purchase.