Buying Your First DSLR Camera

by Nancy

Most people have a basic camera to take family and vacation photos with.  These cameras are OK to use when first starting out on a photography journey if that’s the directions you would like to go in.  However, after becoming acquainted with the basics of taking good pictures, you will want to graduate to a more complex camera with more functions and flexibility if you want to create more professional results.  This is where a DSLR camera comes into the picture.

What is a DSLR Camera?

A DSLR camera is a bigger camera that offers more ways to perfect an image.  The best thing about these cameras is the ability to interchange lenses, which means you can switch from a wide angle lens to a macro lens and a number of other types.  The cameras work much in the same way as a point-and-shoot except there are more buttons and more gadgets can be attached.  Remote controls, hoods, flashes, and various filters come to mind when thinking of the various things that can be attached to these cameras.

What to Consider Before Springing for a New Camera

Buying a new DSLR camera is not something that should be taken lightly.  They do tend to be more expensive than your regular point-and-shoot camera so it’s important to do your research and speak with knowledgeable salespeople who can help you through the process.  Many people buy used cameras online but I recommend buying in store for your first camera as buying online does not provide the option of speaking with someone who can point you to the right camera for your needs and abilities.

DSLR cameras can be bought at department stores and even some grocery and drug stores these days. There are also stores that specialize in these cameras and have professional, trained staff on-hand.  These stores can be found in malls but typically they are stand-alone and can be found anywhere in a city or town.  A search online or the yellow pages of the phone book can give you an idea of what is available in your area.

How to Find Deals on DSLR Cameras

It is possible to get a discount on DSLR cameras.  Keep checking store websites and sign up for store newsletters that keep you up-to-date.  It’s also a good idea to go into the stores and look around periodically as the staff will become familiar with you and if they know you are shopping around for a good deal, they may just offer you one to keep your business.

Once you have your eye on several models you are interested in, speak with a staff member who can give you information on each of them.  Make sure to tell him or her what type of photography you will be doing so they can help you chose the best one.  Ask a lot of questions about the functions of the camera and what accessories are available.

Buying a new DSLR camera doesn’t need to be an intimidating experience.  As long as you do a lot of research beforehand and shop around before settling on one, you will be sure to find the best one for your needs and soon you will be taking your amateur photography to another level.