March 26th, 2011

Choosing a DSLR


If you’re looking for versatility, image quality and simplicity, DSLR cameras are a perfect choice.

The wide range of lenses available with DSLRs let you explore any type of photography. Accessory flashes can also be added to achieve great shots in dim lighting, even at further distances! DSLR models with large image sensors deliver greater resolution and sharpness. Focusing and exposure systems are more accurate too, so you’ll capture more detail in shadow and highlight areas.


With DSLRs, you can keep it as simple as you want. With a basic camera and lens, simply set the camera to the “program” mode and fire away. You’re sure to take some great photos.

How to Select your DSLR

Construction & weight

  • Chassis construction determines durability and weight. DSLR models vary from lighter weight all-polycarbonate to stronger, heavier combinations of polycarbonate and magnesium. The heaviest, most durable models have all-metal chassis
  • Mirrorless models have smaller bodies and are more compact and lighter in weight

Sensor size

  • Most DSLR have sensors approximately ten times bigger than the average digital compact camera, allowing for much larger pixels, finer detail and less noise
  • Some DSLR have even larger “full frame” 24mm x 36mm sensors which are ideal for shooting in low light at higher ISO and are particularly suited for shooting with ultra wide angle lenses

Shutter speeds

  • Shooting action? You need faster shutter speeds
  • The fastest shutter speeds vary from 1/2000 to 1/8000 second, depending on the model

Frames-per-second

  • High frames-per-second rates allow you to take several images quickly, in sequence, to ensure you get the best possible shot; this is great for photographing active kids
  • High frames-per-second may be limited by shutter speeds available

ISO range

  • Higher number indicates greater sensitivity in low light which means getting more shots in a variety of situations. DSLR models may go to ISO 6,400, 12,800 or 25,800

Number of focusing points

  • Higher number indicates greater ability to capture action (9, 11, 39, 51 etc)
  • Some professional models have cross sensors to focus better in low light

Video capability

  • Most DSLR models shoot video. Image resolutions and auto focus vary

Let our expert staff help find the DSLR that’s right for you.

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