Do's & Don'ts when buying a digital SLR
- Mon, 26 Apr 2010
Try before you buy
Never buy a DSLR without handling it in a shop first. Find one that fits in your hand comfortably and has just the right button placement for your fingers.
Remember to look at the whole system, not just the camera. Does it offer all the lenses and accessories you need? How much do they cost, compared to rivals?
Some brands use a moving sensor to provide built-in image stabilisation, while Canon and Nikon put their stabilisation system inside their lenses. Although this makes it more expensive to buy the stabilised lenses, the advantage of the latter is that the scene is stabilised in the viewfinder. However, both are pretty much equally effective when it comes to the final results.
Don't necessarily base your choice of DSLR brand on a collection of old 35mm SLR lenses you might own. Digital sensors have very different properties to film, meaning that old lenses do not always perform as well on DSLRs as the newer digital lenses do. On the other hand, old secondhand lenses are a great option if you're on a budget, and some perform brilliantly.
Read up on the camera you're about to buy by reading online reviews, such as the ones at http://www.whatdigitalcamera.com/equipment.html.