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DSLR Buying Tips

Updated on June 18, 2014

Digital cameras like d-SLRs and point-and-shoot often come in all sizes, specs and prices. Point and shoot cameras are perfect for the average users who need a no-fuss gadget. DSLRs are perfect for avid photo enthusiasts with a need for high quality images. If you are on your search for that perfect dSLR, these tips should be kept in mind.


Budgetary considerations determine and somehow limit your choice. Point and shoot digital cameras are cheaper than the dSLRs. The kit often contains the accessories; battery, charger, USB connector, and a memory card with minimal storage. For a bigger memory capacity you may add a few more dollars.

dSLRs prices often include only the camera body, battery, charger, USB connector, memory card with minimal storage and a free camera bag. Prepare to add more to the price in order to get the additional lens kits, separate flash, memory card with bigger storage (preferably with higher GB, and camera straps. The interchangeable lens, whether wide-angle or long-range, will mean additional costs. In fact, these specialized lens can be more expensive than the camera itself.

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Canon EOS 600D dSLR a Nikon dSLR (image requires attribution)
Canon EOS 600D dSLR
Canon EOS 600D dSLR | Source
 a Nikon dSLR (image requires attribution)
a Nikon dSLR (image requires attribution) | Source


Aside from budget considerations, equally important is to choose the digital camera appropriate to your needs. If you intend to get a digital camera merely for personal photos and want a no-fuss equipment, then a point and shoot digital camera will do you perfectly.

But if you are a budding photography enthusiast or require high quality image at all times, and it is within your budget, get a good dSLR like the Canon EOS 600D, it's one of the top of the line releases from Canon this year with great reviews.

DSLRs provide specific performance and functions to take exceptional shots and give one wider leeway to adjust aperture and shutter speeds to get the desired effects in their photos. It also has specific range of functions to help you shoot the best results under specific shooting conditions (such as Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, etc.).

Other considerations also are shutter noise, which can be absent in point and shoot cameras but is still present in DSLRs, though in newer models, this noise is minimized.

If you are also concerned about shutter lag, or the interval between the time you press the shutter button to the time a camera snaps the picture, you must know that digital point and shoot cameras often have shutter lag. However, this time interval has been minimized also in newer models. Shutter-free cameras also come in higher prices, with some starting from $500.

In DSLRs, shutter lag is addressed by half-pressing the shutter button, before fully pressing it to take the picture. So if shutter lag is a big concern for you, you might want to get a DSLR.


Digital cameras comes in various shapes, and if size is a big consideration and you are looking for one that could easily fit inside your purse, pocket, or handbag, then a 'point and shoot digital camera' could be best for you.

A DSLR camera is rather bulky and heavy compared to the point and shoot varieties. If you hate the size and weight and don't like lugging around bulky camera equipment, then DSLRs are out of the picture and you will be better off with a smaller digital camera.


A digital camera with at least 7 megapixels (MP) will give you quality A3 prints. If your main use for cameras is for web images, you don't really need larger images. Large images often take bigger storage space and will take longer to upload.


Have you ever experienced having difficulty fumbling and pressing the small buttons of a mobile phone? The same could happen to you in a digital camera whether it is a point and shoot or a DSLR. If the camera has rather small or with hard to reach buttons, making it harder for you to press or operate, it could present a real problem. You don't want to risk dropping your expensive camera just because you have a hard time operating it.

Before buying your next digital camera, try holding and feel the buttons and closely examine if it fits snugly when you hold it in you hand.

Keep all these in mind as you make that decision to buy your next digital camera.


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