DSLR cameras: your guide to capturing great photos
Take professional quality pictures with DSLR cameras. Find out how they work and what they can do
Feel ready to upgrade from your compact camera?
DSLR cameras may not be as lightweight and easy to carry around as a compact – but these solid, durable cameras offer better picture quality and more control, giving you more opportunities to be creative.
Here are some of the advantages you can expect from a DSLR.
More sharply-defined pictures
Image quality isn’t just down to megapixels. DSLR cameras allow you take better quality shots thanks to their image sensors. They’re up to 25 times larger than a compact camera, letting in more light. The result is clearer, more detailed images with less visual distortion.
Sensors are very sensitive, so to avoid getting dust on yours when you change lenses, look for a camera with a self-cleaning sensor.
With a DSLR camera, you have control over settings like shutter speed and aperture. So for example, if you want your subject to stand out sharply against a background you can adjust the settings to achieve this – something that you can’t really do with a compact camera.
If you’re new to DSLR cameras, you don’t have to use the manual settings straight away: you can put them on automatic while you find your way around your camera.
Perfect for capturing action
If you want to try a spot of sports photography or other types of action shots, a DSLR camera is a good choice. They respond very quickly and can shoot pictures continuously.
You can swap lenses with a DSLR, so if you want to take wide-angle shots or close up shots from far away, you can use a specialist lens.
Most DSLRs come with standard 18-55mm zoom lens or something similar. You can than add different lenses, such as a standard prime lens, which is great for portraits and low light shooting, or a telephoto zoom lens, which is great for getting close to your subject.
Adaptability to different light conditions
Shooting in low light or in the sunshine? It’s less of a problem with a DSLR camera. This is because of its wide ISO range. The higher the ISO number, the more sensitive your camera is to light. Lower ISO is best when there’s plenty of light, and you can use higher ISO in low light without a flash to get a clearer picture.
So, if you’re ready to graduate from smartphone snaps or auto-controls on your compact, choose a DSLR for your next camera. It’ll give you more flexibility and creative control of your pictures – a new world of photography at your fingertips.