Choosing an SLR can be a big deal and a lot of money. So what questions should take priority in your search? What should we look for in a camera? That's the questions that we're going to look at in this article.So the two main things you should look at are your budget and what you'll be using the camera for. Lets discuss this.
When I say budget, what I mean isn't what you'd like to pay, but the maximum you're willing to pay. Knowing you're budget, as I defined it, will immediately narrow down your search.
Is this for personal use like taking pictures of your family, pets, kids, etc. or is this for a business or some sort of professional matter. If you're using it for personal uses, then most likely any entry level SLR will do more than enough. But if you're using it for something a bit more serious, then the next question is what subcategory of photography will you be doing. Portrait, commercial, landscape and nature, travel, sports, etc. Because each one may need a different strong point (low light capability, fast continuous buffer speed, lightweight, etc.) Knowing these type of question will help you figure out what your priority features are.
Full-frame or Crop Sensor
This is also going to be a big decision as far as which to get. There is a big cost difference, but also a lot of performance differences with sensors, Noise handling, focal lengths, etc. If you'd like to know more about full-frame and crop sensor pros and cons, check out my post, Full Frame Sensor vs Crop Sensor - Pros and Cons.
You also need to decide on a brand, if you haven't already. Nikon, Canon, or all the other brands. I say 'all the other brands' because Nikon and Canon are the two top competitors. About 95% of professional and amateur photographers use either Nikon or Canon. These two brands are always neck-in-neck for competition and putting out the best. The differences between the two are so minor that it should hardly make a difference as to which one is better. For the most part, Nikon is known for their lenses and image quality and their in-camera functions like time-lapse, bracketing, GPS, etc. Canon is well known for their video and for simple menus. But again, differences are pretty small. Both are top-notch camera brands. So when choosing a camera, know what you will be using it for and what features are most important to you. Do your research as to each camera's specs and get the one that has your most important features.
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