How to Buy a DSLR Camera

First things first. DSLR stands for digital single-lens reflex, which sounds complicated, but really means a high-performance camera that was traditionally used by professionals. However, increasingly photography enthusiasts are jumping on the DSLR wagon thanks to enhanced user-friendly technology. With so many choices available in the market today, deciding which one to choose can be mind boggling. With that in mind, Canon Middle East has put together a guide on what to look for when buying a DSLR.


A good place to start when thinking about buying a DSLR is the price. DSLR cameras are more affordable nowadays with brands offering a diverse range, from great starter DSLRs for the enthusiastic amateur to the highly professional camera by the EOS range. Another factor to consider when purchasing a DSLR is the cost involved for additional equipment such as lenses, batteries, memory cards and filters.

Lenses:These can be tailored to your photographic requirements. For example, if you are interested in landscape photography you will need a wide-angle lens, while a telephoto lens is required for those looking to take wildlife or sports shots.

Batteries:All models will come with one battery, but if you are travelling it’s a good idea to always carry a spare one.

Memory Cards:Most serious photographers upgrade their memory cards to one that holds at least a 1-gigabyte, as this allows them to take more hi-resolution images before needing to delete and free up space.

Filters:Filters can be used to manipulate the light that enters the camera, which can be very useful for creating effects, such as soft-lighting or warmer colours.



When you head to a camera store to purchase any type of DSLR camera the first thing most sales people will ask you is what type of photography you want to do. It is well worth asking yourself this question up front, as it will help you think through the type of features and accessories you’ll need. Whether you’re a beginner, semi-professional or a professional photographer, Canon’s EOS range has a wide variety of cameras to offer with basic features and functions that are user-friendly for amateurs, and highly professional features for those that need more of a challenge.


‘How many megapixels does it have’ is a question that is often one of the first to be asked about a new camera. Megapixels come into play as you consider how you’ll use your images. If you’re looking to print enlargements then more megapixels can be good, however if you’re just going to print the photos in small sizes or use them for e-mailing friends then they’re not so crucial.



DSLRs can offer a wide array of value-added features, so it is always worth remembering what you hope to get out of your photography before investing in additional technology add ons.

Burst Mode:This is the ability to shoot a burst of images by just holding down the shutter release, which is great for sports and action photography. DSLRs vary both in the number of frames that they can shoot per second, as well as how many images they can shoot in a single burst.

Maximum Shutter Speed:Most DSLRs will have a decent range of speeds available, but some will have impressive top speeds, which are very useful for those into sports or action photography.

ISO Ratings:A camera’s ISO function sets the light sensitivity of the camera’s image sensor. A lower ISO setting is used when capturing overly bright scenes, as it reduces the light sensitivity of the image sensor. This is ideal when shooting at the beach, on a ski slope, or under the midday sun. A higher ISO setting is often used when shooting under dimmer conditions, such as on cloudy days, or indoors, as it increases the light sensitivity of the image sensor.

LCD Size:This feature can be important when you wish to review your pictures. The larger the LCD, the easier it will be to view your pictures after you take them and choose which ones you want to keep.

Flash:Once upon a time all photographers were tied to the light source available to them, but with ongoing flash development, photographers are able to bring a portable light with them, improving both range and overall photographic results.

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