How to Choose My First DSLR Camera

Buying a camera should be seen as an investment. The brand you choose for your first digital SLR camera will determine the future of brand DSLR you will use. This is explained by the fact that the device is nothing without a lens.

The lenses are designed to fit a particular brand of camera: a Canon lens will never be installed on a Nikon and vice versa case. Therefore, when choosing your first case, you will have to buy a lens and you will get to buy more so when it’s time to buy a new camera (more advanced) in a few years you probably do not want to change mark because that would completely change your paraphernalia (housing and objectives) which would cost enormously.

So you have to ask yourself the following questions:

What is my budget for the housing and the lens?

As mentioned above, buying a DSLR is an investment before you into buying it right to define its budget. So unlike most of us, you do not have a financial constraint then go with the most expensive? However, this rule is true:

If you give a low-end box for an experienced photographer, it will realize an interesting exhibition but if you give a professional camera to a beginner, you can expect a lousy result.

If like most of us, you have a tight budget, be aware of this:

Although you need a housing and a goal, the goal is the most important element.You can use the most expensive camera on the market, if you use a cheap lens, the device will be limited by the quality of the lens. The reverse is less.

Of course, the cases are different from each other, but not as you might think when you compare the resulting images. An expensive housing, offer easy access to functions (more with less button menu), more features such as:

  • a higher number of images per second
  • larger buffer to capture more shows before having to write the information on the memory card
  • video quality (1080p or 4K)
  • full frame sensor
  • more processor power
  • more megapixel
  • best / high ISO
  • The fastest shutter speed.

So when you choose your first DSLR, you do not need all the functionality from the start. With time and improved you need more and it is at that time that you buy a new box. Which is great as technology improves over time, and whenever you’re ready to take the next step, you will get new fonctionalitées that were perhaps not available at the time of purchase of your first DSLR or perhaps was, but only in high-end professional models costing several thousand euros.

Look at the price of a Canon 20D which was released for the first time in 2004 for around £ 800 and now costs just £ 100 on ebay. The LCD screen is tiny, but at the time it was considered great even with 8M pixel. So if you have to choose, I recommend you spend most of your budget on an objective rather than a fancy camera that offers a lot of things you do not need at first.

For me, for personal reasons, I chose the Canon 60D SLR (see because I was traveling to the US and its price was the same as the Canon 550D in the UK which already has many features.

Why do I want a DSLR?

Why do you want a DSLR? Is it because you want to look like a professional / paparazzi with a manly toy large lens and you plan on getting even more full cream jacket pockets? Is it because you want to improve creativity in your photography? Is it because you have animated by photography for many years and you believe limited by the digital camera you have now?

Who am I to judge? But what is important is that you realize that DSRL is much bigger, heavier than any other digital camera. If you only want to capture moments of fun with your friend in clubs on Saturday night, a DSLR may not be the wisest choice.

For me it was because I photograph for many years with a Lumix (bridge) and if you can parameterize all as a DSLR, it was only 6M pixel, a large number of menus to access features limited to one single lens (even if I had bought a wide angle and zoom extension) and, finally, he could produce as JPEG or TIFF and RAW I wanted.

Note: we will see in a future episode the difference between JPEG, TIFF and RAW.