Beginner DSLR Buying Guide

Best-DSLR-CamerasDSLR cameras have stood the test of time and proved to be versatile and highly effective. With the many brands available in the market, deciding on the right type to purchase can be quite challenging.  Being clear on what you want to achieve with the camera gives one an edge on which type to focus on. DSLR cameras are a preference to many photographers due to their compatibility with a wide range of interchangeable lenses and accessories.

As a beginner, making the right choice of the DSLR camera to purchase is very important taking into account that you will not be at the same beginner level for long and would need a camera that provides the necessary features even as you progress with your photography. This guide is designed to enhance more understanding on the DSLR cameras so that the beginner can be able to make the right choice when doing a purchase. There are a large variety of DSLR camera brands that you can choose from. However, here are a few popular brands you can choose from are:

  1. Nikon
  2. Canon
  3. Pentax
  4. Sony
  5. Olympus
  6. Autographer
  7. Ben & Howell
  8. Kodak
  9. Minox
  10. Panasonic


Considering which brand to buy might not be very necessary for a beginner unless you already have a selection of lenses that would warrant for compatibility with a particular brand. Though many photographers are fond of Canon and Nikon, Sony and Pentax are known for their competitiveness in delivering high-end functionality at a much fair price.

For a beginner venturing into the world of photography, the entry level DSLR camera such as Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Nikon D90 DX, Pentax K-7 or Olympus Evolt E520 might be more suitable as these come with preset scene modes and automatic modes, and all you need to do is to set it to match your environment and be able to capture quality photos.

The pro graded cameras are also heavier due to the type of work they are designed for, the magnesium bodies and weather sealing makes the cameras suitable for use in any kind of environment with capability to give quality shots regardless of the environment. Understanding the common features of DSLR cameras is very important in helping you decide carefully on which type of features to look for when choosing a camera. Some of the common features include:

Focal point

The focal length enables the picture to fill the frame, as you stand a bit further. You can adjust your position carefully as you focus on photo shoots. The range of the focal point is normally indicated on the lens for example, shorter focal points are in 15mm, 20mm and 35mm while long focal point is 85mm, 105mm, and 300mm.


Another thing to check on is the sensor. Most entry level DSLRs are equipped with less than full frame sensors a factor that one should clearly consider before doing a purchase. The upgraded pro cameras come with full frame sensors. Understanding how the focal point and sensor works is very important for a beginner, as it is the basis that contributes to the outlook of the photographs taken.

Going for a camera with complex features as a beginner can be more costly and given you have not mastered the features well, you are likely to under utilize the camera.