Single Lens Reflex Digital Camera - DSLR Cameras

Digital Single Lens Reflex cameras have often been considered for use by professionals only until very recently. That is because DSLR cameras are much more expensive than a point and shoot camera. They also tend to be much bigger, heavier, and more complex. They do however, take much higher quality pictures, and they allow you to use multiple lenses as well.

Many of the more recent DSLR cameras released have been designed to be user friendly as well. They can be used as a point and shoot camera right out of the box, and many of them even have the preset mode dials similar to those seen on the smaller point and shoot cameras. Because of this, and because prices have started to come down on these higher end cameras, they are being purchased more by general consumers than ever before. In fact, it is not that uncommon these days to see mom or grandma at a kids soccer game with a big DSLR instead of a tiny point and shoot.

Now even though these cameras are coming down in prices, you should realize that there is still a drastic difference in costs. A point and shoot camera can be bought for $100 or so in most cases, but a DSLR will cost you upwards of $500.

Another point with a DSLR is that you do not always get a lens with the camera. In fact, if you find a DSLR for sale quite a bit cheaper than you have seen it before, it may say "body only". This means that you have to buy a lens to go with it as you cannot use the camera without a lens.

Lenses come in a huge range of sizes and price ranges. Some can be purchased for around $100 to $200, while other will run upwards of $500 to $1000 or even more. And that is just for the lens and not the camera.

Another important consideration with DSLR cameras is the lens type. Lenses come with different mounting systems. If you buy the wrong one, you may not be able to use it on your camera. A Canon lens mount for instance, will not work on a Sony camera and vice versa.

Once you have chosen the camera and lens, you will find that there are other accessories you may want or need as well. For instance, a good camera case is more important when you have a DSLR, especially if you have more than one lens. You will want to protect the camera and lens when carrying them around, and you will need a safe place to put any extra lenses that you may have.

You will also want to invest in a good cleaning cloth or kit, and you may want to have extra batteries and memory cards on hand too. These all need to be carried safely and conveniently, and camera bags do this well.

As you can see, DSLR cameras are an investment of both time and money. Not only do you spend a lot of money on the equipment, you can also spend a lot of time and effort carrying it around and keeping it safe.

For these reasons, general hobby photographers should think it through before buying a DSLR. Having a bigger, better camera does not automatically make better pictures, and good photographers can get good pictures no matter what type of camera they use.