Choosing a Digital SLR or Mirrorless Camera

Choosing a Digital SLR Camera

Choosing a digital slr camera can be confusing and time consuming. To simplify the process, the photographer or individual has to draw up a checklist which takes into account the following:

1. Photographic level or experience of the photographer or individual i.e. beginner, intermediate or advanced.
2. What will the DSLR camera be mainly used for i.e. general photography, nature, sport, travel, family, fashion, advertising etc.

3. What are the essential features which a digital slr camera must have i.e. large system of lenses & accessories, weather proof body, fast operation, image stabilization system, large bright viewfinder, sensor size & type, number of megapixels, etc. 

The next step is to set a budget which includes not only the camera body but lenses, flashguns and accessories. With the above information, it is now possible to draw up a shortlist of 3 or 4 digital slr cameras from various manufacturers from the beginner, intermediate and advanced slr camera sections and to try them out in a photographic store. It is important to test the general handling of the digital slr camera before purchasing it to find out any features which may hinder your photography. For instance the viewfinder may be too small or the grip too large.

It is also important to read a variety of camera reviews in the various photographic magazines or in the numerous digital photography websites on the net. Virtually all digital slr cameras today are built to a high standard and are capable of producing high quality images. In the final analysis, other factors such as the availability of lenses and accessories for any one system may prove to be more important.

For most professional photographers, the choice is mainly between Nikon and Canon as these companies are long established suppliers of professional digital slr cameras and they have built up an extensive lens and accessories range to cope with the majority of assignments. Having said that, other camera makers such as Olympus with its` E-M1 Mark II DSLR and Sony with its` Alpha A99 II cameras are providing alternatives which many photographers may find attractive. The competition is far more fierce in the beginner and intermediate or mid-range digital slr market where the number of digital slr camera models have increased dramatically over recent years. The good news is that all the DSLR cameras and most lenses are of excellent quality and will satisfy most photographers needs until the next new batch of digital slr cameras arrive onto the market.