09/03/12 - 0 Comments
Find Your Perfect Camera
It’s easy to develop a love for photography, especially when we observe the transformative hues of nature in all its seasons, or simply want to create beautiful pictures that can be treasured forever. Most people will buy a typical point-and-shoot digital camera, or maybe even get creative with the Instagram app on their phone, but, for those thinking about seriously getting into the art, here are some Digital Single-Lens Reflex (DSLR) cameras that could professionalize your photos to a tee.
The Canon Rebel T2i is a good camera to begin and grow with. It’s a semi-pro and price-wise can be anywhere from $400 to $1,000. A reason why this is an excellent start for beginner photographers is because of its body. It’s not a hefty professional cam, so the body is lighter and shaped more like a traditional point-and-shoot. Additionally, it carries over point-and-shoot easy-to-manage modes such as Night Portrait and Sports Mode. The Creative Auto setting can also help blur your pictures, or take things in and out of focus. The T2i shoots at a slow 3.7 frames per second and may not have the highest resolution, but its video and camera capabilities are appealing to anyone who wants to begin learning the craft of photography.
The Nikon D3100 is another superb option for beginners, as it is so similar to your basic point-and-shoot camera. It has a Full High Definition Movie Mode, a live view LCD screen and, especially made for beginners, a Guide Mode to help introduce new users to the DSLR controls and functionalities. The best part is that it’s affordable, going for around $550 to $600 in the US. Although it only shoots at three frames per second, the D3100 is perhaps the ideal camera with which to learn the ropes of photography.
The Canon EOS 7D is an intermediate’s dream. However, it largely depends on what your shooting subject is. Because of its quick eight frames per second, the 7D is well equipped for action shots, like birds in flight or sports. So, if that’s what you as a photographer are looking for, this is a great option for you. It has additional settings to allow you to configure the camera the way you want. You can control your external flash and even record video in full high definition. Don’t be turned off by the camera’s hefty body with an environmental seal, since its heaviness ensures durability. For the high quality of photos and the many functions of the 7D, this camera’s price is the perfect fit for the slightly more serious photographer.
Another viable option for intermediates is the Canon EOS 1DS Mark II. Because the camera only shoots at 3.9 frames per second, it’s the alternative to the 7D as an ideal landscape-shooting camera (although it is a little more pricey). Popular among photography circles, the 1DS Mark II is very user-friendly with a “My Menu” function that makes every setting convenient.
These two intermediate cameras could be priced anywhere from $2,000 to $5,000.
Lastly, for experts, or those seeking a true investment camera, is the newly-introduced Canon 1D X, which was the main camera used to shoot this summer’s Olympics. For a device so advanced, it’s fairly simple to figure out. It has a heavy body, just as any pro-camera does, and shoots a decent 12 frames per second. This is for both portrait and landscape users, especially because of its unusual (for a DSLR, at least) face detection setting. The 1DX has only been out since mid-June, but photography professionals have already been raving about it. If you want to spend the money, which is roughly near $6,000, then we highly recommend the 1DX.
Another option is the Nikon D800, a camera made for, but not limited to, professional photographers. The D800 has the highest megapixel sensor of any other Nikon camera, at 36.3 megapixels. Users can also enjoy a high definition movie mode, shooting four photos per second and a sturdy frame that is sealed from any dust or moisture trying to get in. If you’re shooting weddings, sporting games or other fast-paced events, this is the camera for you—but, with a pricetag of $3,000. If you are a hardcore photographer, it’s definitely worth the cash.
Whatever level or skill your photography is at, we’re sure you’ll do well by investing in one of these brilliant devices, terrific for capturing all those special memories and moments!
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