Buyer’s Guide – Digital SLR Cameras

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The classic SLR is still one of the most popular camera designs. Although mirrorless system cameras offer similar performance, the SLR remains, for the time being, the measure of all things. For this, especially the picture quality and the wide range of lenses are responsible. Also the handling and robustness, the cameras are ahead. Disadvantage: Depending on your system, there is more to drag. A small digital camera with image sensor and a corresponding lens can bring as several kilos on the scales. 

In the DSLR quality and features cover all areas. Whether a beginner or a professional, sports, macro or studio photography: for every need, there is a suitable camera. So you should be aware of before buying what you want to do with the camera. Beginners and Little will not need a full-size equipment worth several thousand dollars, landscape and wildlife photographer may need a sealed camera system, and astro-photographers will benefit from the focal length of a crop camera. Generally speaking, equipment costs money. Starting with the housing material on the burst rate to the sensor size are not only priced between worlds of the best entry-level camera and the most expensive professional camera.

Entry-Level Cameras

Canon, Nikon and Sony require up to $500 for their entry-level cameras. The housings are fully equipped in this category, out of plastic, auto focus and exposure meter with only a small number of measurement points. Similarly, these cameras offer only a small burst rate, despite some moderate resolution sensor. On the other hand, beginners are supported by many automatic modes and scene modes. The price of housing starts at a little over $300.

Canon offers the best entry at the moment. The Canon EOS 1100D has a resolution of 12 megapixels and a maximum ISO of 6400th The autofocus can calculate more than nine points the focus. The display is relatively small at 2.7-inches and also provides a low resolution (230,000 pixels), as is the burst rate at low 3 frames per second. The focus on beginners underlines the camera guide who can be accessed from the menu.

Nikon D3200 entry-level camera is priced around 100 euros on the Canon. The camera offers 24 megapixels with a much higher resolution and with 4 frames per second, a slightly higher burst rate. The autofocus system works with the Nikon eleven focus areas. The display is equipped with 3-inch diagonal and a resolution of 921,000 pixels much better than the Canon. In turn it is similar to the built-in camera manual and the numerous automatic programs.

The Sony SLT-A37 from Sony is comparable in price with the Nikon camera. The similarities end but almost, because Sony uses a different approach with their SLR models than the competition. The fixed mirror of the camera is translucent and serves only the autofocus sensors for uninterrupted measurement. Whilst it is folded for taking up with the conventional design of the mirror allows the construction of the Sony SLT-a continuous sharpness measurement with the fast phase autofocus. Since the viewfinder is not benefiting from the mirror, here is an LCD is installed. The sensor Sony has a 16 megapixel CMOS and may have a further advantage of the SLT-play technique: the high burst rate. The Sony A37 with seven frames per second nearly twice as much as the competition. Even the 15-point auto focus is away from the measuring systems of the other entry-level models. The display has a diagonal of 2.7 inches, and 230,400 pixels just average performance.

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Middle Class

In the middle class, the manufacturers offer several devices. These are priced between $500 and $1,000. Here are the most housing constructed of a metal frame and plastic and more robust than the devices of the boarding class. Pentax SLRs for example, equips its out with seals, so the camera will not be damaged even with light rain. Even with the other features of the cameras you can expect in the middle class more. The autofocus has more AF points and works reliably in low light. The menu offers more adjustment and correction capabilities.

Canon EOS 650D is equipped with a 18 megapixel CMOS sensor and sensitivity settings can be up to 25,600. By rotating and swiveling display (3-inch, 1,040,000 subpixel) so images can be recorded from unusual perspectives. The nine autofocus points are performed at the 650D as the cross-type sensor, Which Allows a more accurate and faster focusing.

Nikon Continues With Their middle-class to a 24-megapixel sensor. As with the Canon D5200 is therefore, in the tilting and turning the display with 921,000 pixels and offers a decent resolution. So, the usable ISO range is the same. With 39 different fields of the autofocus of the D5200 promises a higher accuracy with moving subjects.

Placed with the Sony SLT-A57 and SLT-A65 two DSLR cameras in the middle class. The A57 offers a resolution of 16 megapixels, a burst rate of 12 frames per second. Your electronic viewfinder comes from the smaller A37 and has a resolution of 1:44 million sub-pixels. Here, the more expensive A65, Their OLED viewfinder has a resolution of 2:36 million sub-pixels and so Provides the sensor with 24 megapixels more. In addition, the A65 has a built-in GPS receiver, Which can be provided with location information, the captured images. Together, both cameras have a 3-inch vari-angle display (921,600 pixel).

The Pentax K-30 has with its sealed housing for the middle class an unusual feature. The camera can be used with appropriate sealed lenses in the rain or in a dusty environment without fear of damage to the equipment. The 16-megapixel sensor of the K-30 is movably mounted and can compensate for camera shake. With nine cross-type sensors and the autofocus works quickly and reliably.

With the Pentax K-5 II also has one unit in the class up to 1000 euros, the other scratching equipment already on prosumer segment. This camera also scores with a sealed housing, which also promises through the use of magnesium, an additional robustness. As the smaller sister, the K-5 II a resolution of 16 megapixels but will be even more powerful when auto focus in low light and can safely focus. With the symbol ” s ” is the K-5 II is also available in a version without low-pass filter, which allows a higher detail contrast, but also increases the tendency to moiré formation.

Prosumer

These are the top models with a large APS-C sensor. Between @1,000 and $1,800 to cameras burst rate obtained here with a high-quality housing, quickly at high resolution and very good sharpness and exposure. These cameras also meet the demands of professional photographers and offer as many buttons around the camera without going through the menu to operate. Also display and (electronic) viewfinder quality in this price range and offer a higher resolution.

Canon is represented in the prosumer class within the aging Canon EOS 7D. With her 18-megpixel sensor and a wealth of manual control options, the camera suggests but still good. 19 cross-type sensors provide an accurate autofocus and the display (3-inch, 920,000 sub-pixels) allow good sharpness evaluation. Housing (magnesium alloy) and shutter are designed for professional use and robust accordingly.

Nikon currently offers no device for the so-called prosumer and seems to want to establish their small digital cameras in this area. The situation is different at Sony who have a sealed camera housing with magnesium on offer with the Sony SLT-A77. The sensor triggers at 24 megapixels and is movably suspended to minimize camera shake. Thanks SLT technique allows the Sony A77 12 frames per second to record. The LCD screen (3-inch, 921,600 pixels) is designed tilting and turning as with the models from the middle class. The high-resolution OLED viewfinder comes from the Sony SLT-A65.

Digital Format Pictures

These cameras offer a small image sensor in a digital format, the highest image quality for affordable camera segment. Due to the large sensor area, they are either very sensitive to light and allow shooting at high ISO up to areas or have a resolution which reaches to professional medium-format cameras. The cameras are partially equipped with WLAN and GPS receiver. Increasingly, it seems also for cameras with small image sensor, a subdivision into ” beginner ” and to give professional and so are the prices for a full-frame camera between $1800 and $5,600. The cameras at the top end are interesting, with their high burst rates for a sports photographers.

In the professional class manufacturers compete with several models. Canon EOS 6D and have the Nikon D600 here even with the two cameras on offer that are available for less than $2,000. This is a development that brings the digital format picture near the prosumer cameras. With a resolution of 20 (6D), or 24 megapixels (D600) cameras provide both a moderate pixel density, which guarantees even at high ISO levels for noise-free images. Canon relies on the 6D additional features such as integrated WiFi and a built-in GPS receiver who can be retrofitted only about accessories for Nikon. When the housing material and display all cameras in this class, however, are close to each other. All offer a sealed housing made of magnesium alloy and high-resolution 3.2-inch display. In the sensor resolution and the targeted area of ​​work is there, however, differences.

Canon and Nikon have the judge with the Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Nikon D800 cameras with high resolution in the range of landscape and studio photographers. The 5D has a 22 megapixel sensor. The D800 scratches with its 36 megapixel medium-format cameras and even to places high demands on the lenses, which also have to achieve a high resolution. The second product line is focused more on speed than on resolution. Sports photographer of the rich, the 18 megapixel Canon EOS-1D X and Nikon are themselves reluctant to D4 with 16 megapixels resolution. More important are reliability and high speed in this area. The D4 offers here 11 frames per second and has a designed capacity of 400,000 trips closure, the 1D X sets of image sequences pic per second on it ..

Sony SLT-A99V is in a mixed form. The sensor has a resolution of 24 megapixels and the others as the Sony SLT A99V cameras can score with a rapid sequence of ten frames per second. The closure is designed by the manufacturer for 200,000 cycles, and also to meet the standards Professional photographer.

Conclusion. The camera manufacturers provide the right SLR for every budget and every need. Only the segment of the prosumer cameras is somewhat under-represented. One reason for these is the small digital cameras that are reasonably priced, attractive and promise higher revenues with the lenses for manufacturers. You should take a look at each case on discontinued models and older cameras. The price drop is here partly so high that cameras from a higher segment are affordable. Buyer should also note that it is not done with the pure camera body. Lenses and accessories financially constitute the large part of the equipment. So you should be sure of the manufacturer in the future to remain faithful to not have to buy the new lenses with the next camera.


Conclusion.

The camera manufacturers provide the right SLR for every budget and every need. Only the segment of the prosumer cameras is somewhat under-represented. One reason for these is the small digital cameras that are reasonably priced, attractive and promise higher revenues with the lenses for manufacturers. You should take a look at each case on discontinued models and older cameras. The price drop is here partly so high that cameras from a higher segment are affordable. Buyer should also note that it is not done with the pure camera body. Lenses and accessories financially constitute the large part of the equipment. So you should be sure of the manufacturer in the future to remain faithful to not have to buy the new lenses with the next camera.