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Mechanicsburg PA Family Pictures Guide to buying a DSLR

Buying a DSLR Camera

Investing in your first DSLR, or Big Kid Camera, is a BIG deal. It’s exciting but can also be very nerve racking. With the biggest sale days of the year on electronics coming up next week, I thought I would help you decide what is the Best Digital Camera for you. As a Family Photographer that has had to make this decision, I use a Canon. Many people use Nikon and it’s really 6 of one, half a dozen of the other. Those are the 2 big brands and the brands that I would suggest you go with. Either is fine, but once you decide, keep in mind that there’s no switching back or using lens from one brand on another. EVERYTHING is very brand specific.

First things first. What is a DSLR?

DSLR stands for  digital single-lens reflex camera (also called a digital SLR or DSLR) is a digital camera that combines the optics and the mechanisms of a single-lens reflex camera with a digital imaging sensor, as opposed to photographic film. Interesting, right? Did you understand that? Haha. Yeah, me neither. So let’s talk in English, shall we?

So how do you choose? There’s so many options. Let’s start with a few questions.

1~ Who is the photographer?

Do you plan to be professional or are you just looking for a nice camera to take nice pictures of your family and friends and nature? Or are you planning on going professional? Charging money for sessions?

2~ What brand do you want?

Canon and Nikon are the the most popular brands, but there are many others on the market. Personally, I shoot with Canon. I don’t know that one is better than the other. It’s just preference. I would personally stick with Nikon or Canon.

3~What’s your budget?

If your budget is on the lower end, a crop sensor, APS-C, is what you will probably be looking at. A full frame camera has a larger sensor and will also have a larger price tag, but your pictures will thank you.

DSLR Camera Mechanicsburg PA Family Pictures

4~Exposure Modes and Scenic Modes

The more modes a camera has, the less they are  for professionals and the less they usually cost. If you want your camera to do more of the work and set the settings for you, a lower cost model is your best bet. If you’d like to learn how to shoot in manual and take control of what you are shooting, it’s going to cost you a little more

5~Flash or no Flash?

Most of the lower end cameras have a flash built in. A pop up flash is typical. Higher end models have a flash mount for a specific flash and situation

Best Digital Camera

So, what do you buy? Which one is the Best Digital Camera for you? It definitely depends on what you want to do with it and what you are able to invest, but if I were just starting out, I would buy the Canon Rebel T6 and if I had a little more to invest and was thinking of going professional, I’d go for the Canon 5D Mark III.

Since the holiday’s are coming and deals will be flying, it’s a great time to buy a DSLR. It’s also a wonderful time to give the gift of knowledge buy giving my Digital Camera Class to someone you love. Make sure to check your email on Black Friday for a deal only given to my VIP’s on my email list, or get it now. Are you one of them? If not, join HERE

If you’re looking for an extra special gift this holiday season, give the gift of memories.

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  • Magical Memories By Michelle, LLCNovember 22, 2019 - 9:46 am

    These are perfect tips to help someone choose an entry level DSLR! Pair it with your digital camera class and it makes a wonderful holiday gift for anyone interested in learning photography!ReplyCancel

  • AndreaNovember 22, 2019 - 6:17 pm

    Good points and great timing for holiday shopping and gift buying. I totally agree with your final recommendations. I went with the Canon Mark III and have no regrets! ReplyCancel

  • scottNovember 25, 2019 - 11:49 am

    Great tips. Lots of things to think about and to consider.ReplyCancel

  • tonyaNovember 25, 2019 - 4:17 pm

    What great tips for beginners looking to upgrade from their cell phone to take pictures. ReplyCancel

  • ElenaNovember 25, 2019 - 6:14 pm

    These are very well thought out tips to help someone to choose a camera. Well done.ReplyCancel

  • PenneyNovember 26, 2019 - 12:00 am

    Wow. Very informative! Thanks for sharing! I will have to share this with my family. Researching your options is always helpful. I recently made the switch to mirrorless and I love it!!!!ReplyCancel

    • majorclicksphotographyNovember 26, 2019 - 7:13 am

      Oh I’m so jealous. I bet that’s great!ReplyCancel