Start narrowing down your DSLR camera choices by setting a budget. Cameras range in price from very affordable to astronomically expensive. Set a maximum price that you want to pay and stick to it. When determining your camera budget, keep in mind that you also may need to buy accessories like batteries, filters, lenses, memory cards and other items.
Probably the most important factor to consider is how you will use the camera. Do you want a general camera to shoot photos of your everyday life? Do you travel extensively? Do you intend to use your DSLR for sports and action photography? How about low light? If you go to a camera shop or electronics store, these are some of the questions the sales person will ask, so ask yourself the same things as you are narrowing down your camera options.
If you plan to print very large photos, then you'll need a camera with high megapixels. For standard sizes and posting photos on the web, a lower number of megapixels may be suitable for your use.
DSLRs aren't tiny like some compact point-and-shoot cameras. However, some are much smaller than others. If you want to shoot pictures on family vacations and other trips, you'll probably want a DSLR camera that is relatively small and light. If you are looking for an easy-to-use DSLR with a compact design that delivers beautiful pictures, consider the Canon EOS Rebel T3i.
Getting your photos off your camera and onto your computer is generally done by USB. However, some DSLR cameras offer wireless connectivity and other options.
Most DSLRs have all the basic features, but when it comes to the extras, they vary tremendously. If you want a low-fuss option, you might want to purchase a DSLR with just the bare bones options. For low light photography, consider the camera's range of ISO settings. If you are interested in shooting action photography, then burst mode (holding down the release to shoot a burst of images) may be something to look for. The LCD size is also another feature to compare between cameras. You might not be comfortable shooting pictures with only a 2-inch screen. Many cameras come with a variety of semi-automatic shooting modes often labeled as "portrait," "sports," etc. These are also things to keep in mind when selecting your camera.
Before you purchase your new DSLR, read online reviews from both professional reviewers and actual customers. Many review websites offer the ability to do side-by-side comparisons of different models. By doing a little research and being familiar with the camera options available, you can find the perfect DSLR for you.
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