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What should you take into consideration when buying a DSLR camera?

Although right now smartphones are becoming an increasingly advanced tool for photography, their increased resolutions cannot disguise the fact that DSLRs (digital single-lens reflex) cameras are still the preferable choice for the photographers interested in taking truly innovative, artistic pictures. Compared to smartphone cameras, they offer a much more satisfying zoom and low-light performance, as well as an astonishing array of settings that can be used to manipulate the image to truly incredible results. There are many different models available on the market and many of them are quite expensive, which means that a beginner amateur photographer might find it quite hard to purchase the one that will work the best for him. We hope thus that this guide will help anyone who is interested in buying such a device to make the correct choice.

As always when considering a purchase of an advanced piece of equipment, one has to decide what exactly will he need it for. You will need to carefully consider such things as the type of photography you will be doing, the conditions you will be photographing in, your experience level with cameras and last but not least, how much money you are willing to spend. This might seem like a lot of factors to consider, but in order to make a satisfying purchase, it is definitely necessary to give it as much thought as possible. One has to remember that a lot of the more expensive models tempt the buyers with a wide array of options, but the truth is that not all of the features are necessary for a beginner photographer. Try not to overspend on a model which capabilities you will not be using to the fullest!

Another thing that one has to have in mind is the fact that the megapixel ratings are not as important as they used to be. Most modern cameras have at least 5 megapixels, which is more than enough to take high-quality pictures. An increased amount of megapixels is only necessary for the photographers who are interested in printing their images in large sizes. Otherwise, it might actually mostly be a burden, because the increased size of the images also means that they take up more of the storage space.

If you are interested in a powerful zoom, take into consideration the difference between an optical zoom and a digital zoom. The latter enlarges the pixels in the shot, making the subject bigger but also much more pixelated. Therefore, if you are interested in zooming the picture without losing the quality, a model with a powerful optical zoom is the one you need.