Digital SLR Cameras
If you are an avid photographer you may be interested in a
Advantages of dSLR Cameras * '''Autofocus:''' A digital SLR is designed to shoot quickly and obtain topspeed focusing. The camera can thereby focus faster than you can turn the focusing ring. * '''Viewfinder:''' Through the viewfinder, you can see the scene as it will be photographed –- so you can clearly see what the camera sees. In the center area, there are AF points that focus automatically. You can also select any one of the AF points to focus at that point. At the viewfinder bottom, shooting information is displayed. Through the viewfinder, you can see the subject's detail, colors, facial expressions, etc. with more clarity than on many compact camera's LCD monitor. * '''Interchangeable lenses:''' The digital SLR can use various lenses to take wideup shots, to shoot a wide variety of subjects. The shorter the focal length (measured in mm for camera lenses), the wider the view. The longer the focal length, the more telescopic the picture. * '''Speed:''' You can shoot multiple shots per second, an advantage for capturing fast-moving subjects.
Other Features to Consider
* '''Optical zoom:''' Digital zoom works by enlarging the central 50% of the image. However, if you will be taking a lot of longfocal length lens. Combined with digital zoom, this allows you to take more detailed pictures of distant objects. For example, if the magnification level is measured as 3x optical zoom, and the camera's minimum focal length is 50m, then it has the ability to zoom up to 150m. * '''Manual settings:''' In addition to the automatic controls, some digital cameras come with manual over also handy for certain special effects (e.g. out of focus lighting). * '''Creative effects:''' Most midmotion animation, 3D pictures, and other special types of images. * '''Image stabilization:''' An unsteady handgrip will blur the still image end digital haves have Image Stabilization which steadies the picture so the shake is largely eliminated. This involves the optical lens or digital sensor moving ever so slightly to compensate for hand movements. * '''Rapidfire is also known as Burst Mode or Continuous Shooting Mode. * '''Shutter speed and aperture priority:''' Shuttervalue, which controls how much of your scene is in focus (a low 2.8, for example, will put the background out of focus, a high 8 will put lots of the scene in focus). Another thing to know is that most dSLRs do not come equipped with a
Top Picks If you don't already own SLR camera equipment then your selection between brands is slightly more difficult. Every company offers a variety of cameras, and each model has their strengths but also their weaknesses. Choose according to your needs and what you are most set on having as part of your camera. The list below was compiled from reviews on
Entry-Level dSLRs $700 +
Nikon D50 (EVF)
Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D
Pentax *ist DS
Olympus E500 digital SLR camera
Canon EOS 20D
Canon EOS 30D
(Released in Feb. 2006 to replace Canon 20D) *
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II
Canon EOS 5D
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