The quality of photos of digital “soap dishes” has long ceased to amaze users, so SLR cameras have increasingly begun to appear in their hands. Actually, why not? The Internet is full of video tutorials, there are signs on every corner inviting you to study at specialized schools. Looking at this trend, we offer the reader material that will help the beginner understand how to choose the right first good SLR camera.
To begin with, let’s define what a SLR digital camera is, and then we will return to the question of how to choose it. SLR cameras differ from the aforementioned “soap dishes” in the design of the optical circuit. In this category of equipment, it consists of a lens, a mirror and a viewfinder. At the moment the trigger is pressed, the mirror instantly rises, the light hits the matrix, transmitting on it the image that the photographer saw in the viewfinder at the moment the shutter was pressed. It is thanks to the presence of a mirror in the optical scheme that this type of camera got its name.
There is a strong opinion that SLR cameras are very difficult to use, and this statement is partly true. However, not all presented devices are so difficult to manage. Before you choose a SLR camera, you should understand that they are divided into semi-professional, professional and amateur. If you have to deal with professional-level cameras for quite a long time, and it’s not a fact that everyone can do it, then the amateur version will be no more difficult to use than the same “soap box”.
Choosing a camera
So, now let’s figure out how to choose a decent SLR camera for yourself. First of all, a future semi-professional photographer should understand that it is mainly the hands that affect the quality of the photo, and not the number of megapixels. Therefore, you should not choose devices with a value of more than 10-14 megapixels. Anything more in the early stages is a waste of money. For you to understand, the resolution of 14 megapixels is enough to take a photo the size of a billboard.
The next parameter that users are chasing out of inexperience is light transmission (indicated in ISO units). To explain to the reader that this value will in no way help to take better pictures, a separate article will be required. Let’s put it simply: here it is more important to understand the principles of choosing lighting for the subject and mode, rather than ISO units. Therefore, it’s not worth chasing this value especially, it’s still not useful without photography skills. But the size of the camera matrix is already a significant parameter! Here it is worth asking the sales assistant about which camera it has more. In this regard, everything is natural – the larger its size, the more lively and bright the photos will come out. Next, you should pay attention to the multiplicity of optical and only optical zoom!
Digital zoom, which many manufacturers boast of, actually does not bring anything closer, but only enlarges part of the frame for the photographer, while degrading the quality of the photo. But the optical zoom, like binoculars, brings the picture closer, while not losing the quality of the photo. Next, be sure to pay attention to the maximum capacity of a supported memory card, ideally it should be at least 32 GB, and the more, the better! Also try to choose a model that will be comfortable in your hands, because not the seller, but you, the future photographer, will create photo masterpieces with this camera!
We hope that this material will help the reader in choosing a decent sample of a SLR camera.