Quick Guide For Corralling Perfect Beginner DSLR Cameras

If you’ve been harboring a keen interest in having a DSLR for your photography hobby, then now is probably a good time for you to get a new DSLR for yourself. This is because DSLRs are now getting much, much cheaper yet without skimping on quality. However, do not rush down to Walmart or Best Buy because there are many hidden intricacies to consider when buying a DSLR, especially if your skill level is below novice.

Purpose: Photo or Video?

There are now many production studios that are shooting videos using DSLR, and one of the most common names when it comes to video DSLR is Canon. The company is considered to be one of the best companies when it comes to capturing videos due to the image quality and color. Sony is also another good manufacturer to look at, especially if you want to go into both photography and videography. While we are not against other manufacturers, the two mentioned above are the ones that most videographers go with.

However, if you want to buy a new DSLR for the sole purpose of photography, then you have a lot of manufacturers to choose from. The most common ones are of both Nikon and Canon, although names such as Pentax, Olympus and Sony are rising.  Due diligence on quarterly earnings, types of photographers targeted along with level of research that goes into designing these mini-machines should dictate which manufacturer is further along in product development.


Budget is semi-important because at a certain price range, there are cameras that are better than other ones in their class. That is why it is important to first compare between a few cameras and read about the advantages and disadvantages of each. Only then can you make a wise decision on buying a camera. However, some people still tend to remain partial to certain manufacturers; but even then, you can still have the choice of going with a new camera or a used yet better ones.  

Leverage cost only if planning to use in moderation; for the aggressive photographer without budgetary issues, go for broke – it’ll be worth the expounded effort.

Accessories: Lenses, Tripod, Etc.

While the two factors above are already good in kick starting your shopping barrage, buying a new DSLR is that one devoted activity which shouldn’t be squandered at your local retail outlet. You can still factor accessories into your camera purchase; make the equipment come first, however. A good start will probably comprise of buying a sturdy tripod as well as a bigger or a backup memory card. Lenses, on the other hand, can be an expensive upgrade so you might want to check those later unless you have a bigger budget than most to work with.

Other things that you can consider during your camera shopping tirade include flash (or speedlite), a decent camera bag, filters, new batteries and some quick start classes – the latter two being your most prized accessory investments. However, do not buy more than what you need because you do not want to jump headfirst into all the accessories at once. Instead, take time to understand and explore your camera first before getting something new for it – because breaking expensive things really sucks.

About the Author

Roger Kowalewski is a freelance writer and gadget guru from Indiana. You can follow him on Google+.