Buying a new camera these days is an exciting experience, especially if it is a DSLR camera for beginners. The reason it is so exciting is because of the wide variety of models you can choose from. Every manufacturer has a mid-range DSLR camera model that will fit the bill for beginners.
Exactly what would one look for in a camera that is specifically for first time digital SLR buyers? Well, with the improvements over the years, that is a tough question. So much functionality has been added, and, quite honestly, that is what makes this such an exciting time to be getting into photography. It is difficult to make the wrong choice. In the old days of film photography, you had to know what the settings were and how to use them before you started getting decent photos. Not so any more! You can take amazing pictures right out of the box.
Cheap DSLR cameras actually compete with the pro models in image quality, and they are especially easy to use for first time buyers. Some of the features that separate cheap from pro are quality of construction, continuous shooting rate, added setting dials, LCD panel on top in addition to the rear LCD, and sensor size (this is not the megapixels, but the actual physical size of the sensor).
When you get your new camera, you will be surprised at how easy it is to get great photos. You can set your dial on Auto and start shooting. The intelligent software will do all the dirty work for you. It will decide what settings will create the best looking photo for the light that is available.
Want to get more “professional” by using some of those dials and buttons? No problem. Almost every DSLR camera for beginners now has some kind of feature guide that lets you know what the camera will do with the setting you just selected. Some models have a very detailed description that gives you hints. For instance, it will let you know that if you set the Aperture value to a lower number, the background will be blurry. This is wonderful news for those who want to learn while taking pictures instead of taking time to read a dry, boring manual.
Another great benefit of the newer models is that they all now have an excellent video component. If you want to tape your child’s sporting event or recital, you don’t have to haul two separate photography bags, one for still photos and one for video. You can do it all with one.
All this is great news, but the best part about owning a mid-range DSLR camera for beginners is being able to switch lenses. The lens is just as important as the unit it is attached to, and having several lenses for different photography situations makes owning one of these awesome units well worth the price.