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Why a DSLR is the Best Camera for Pictures of Kids

Updated on May 14, 2013

Don't Miss Those Magic Moments

Have you ever tried to take a photo of your child blowing out the candles on the cake, only to end up with an image of the smoke rising up after the moment has passed? Or you wanted to record your son or daughter's first jump into the pool, but got a photo of the splash after they entered instead? If so, you've been the victim of shutter lag, the period of time between when you click the shutter and the camera actually takes the photos. If you want good pictures of your kids, there's no question you need a camera that won't slow you down. A fast shutter is one the main reasons the best camera for pictures of kids is a digital SLR (or DSLR). But it's not the only reason.

3 Reasons a DSLR is the Best Camera for Pictures of Kids

Every parent knows that kids move around - a LOT! There is never a shortage of action, and kids create great photo opportunities because they're always doing something. The problem is that most compact point-and-shoot cameras can't keep up with kids. They're great for taking pictures of landscapes or people who are posing for the camera, but they're not great for capturing action. Digital SLRs, on the other hand, are perfect for capturing movement.

Not that long ago, to use an SLR effectively, you needed to have some understanding of things like apertures, shutter speed and white balance. But today's DSLRs are as simple to use as a point-and-shoot, but you'll get better quality, particularly when it comes to action shots. That makes them the perfect type of camera for pictures of children.

There are plenty of DSLRs on the market, so the exact model you choose is largely a question of preference and pricing. Right now, the Canon T3i is one of the most popular DSLRs. But all of them will give you the following features that will help you capture great photos of your children:

1. Fast Response Time - Unlike most point-and-shoot compact digital cameras, a DSLR is ready to go to work almost immediately. When you turn it on, there's virtually no waiting period, and when you click the shutter, the camera doesn't lag before taking the shot. That means you can grab your camera, turn it on, and immediately catch little Johnny or Suzy in action.

2. Multiple Frames Per Second - In addition to being ready to take photos as soon as you are, DSLRs also give you the ability to shoot multiple frames per second. You'll never again miss the candles being blown out on the birthday cake because you'll be able to shoot 3-5 frames (depending on your DSLR) in a single second. Try THAT with a point and shoot!

3. More Versatility - The other reason you'll get better photos of your kids with a digital SLR is because they are more versatile, able to shoot photos in lower light (which is great for sports games at dusk or after dark), able to capture higher quality on larger sensors and able to be outfitted with a variety of lenses that will get you up close with action on a sports field or allow you to fit a large group of kids into a wide angle shot.

For these reasons, and more there's no question that a digital SLR is the best camera for pictures of kids. The initial cost may be slightly more than a high-end compact digital camera, but the photos you'll capture of your children will make you glad you made the investment. Once you own a DSLR, you'll never go back to a point-and-shoot again.

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    • Pamela99 profile image

      Pamela Oglesby 

      5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      This is a very informative hub, and I have been thinking about getting a new camera. I am trying to learn more to make a better choice this times. Thanks for the information.

    • billybuc profile image

      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good information for me, Lisa, so thank you! I need to buy a new camera in the near future and I'm devouring all articles about them.

    • lisa42 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Sacramento

      Hi Ruchira, glad it was helpful for you!

    • Ruchira profile image


      6 years ago from United States

      Great information Lisa. I had no clue about the benefits of DSLR camera until now.

      Thanks! voted up as useful and interesting.


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