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Monday, December 15, 2014

Top 5 Reasons why not to buy a D-SLR

Five reasons why you should NOT buy a Digital SLR: 


Reason #1:  High Initial Cost

D-SLR cameras are typically more expensive than point and shoot cameras and most of the bridge cameras. Even a second hand, entry-level DSLR is more expensive than an advanced point and shoot and bridge camera. In addition, to the cost of the camera itself, there is costs towards, the lens, camera bag, memory cards, tripod and other accessories like UV filter etc.

Reason #2: Steep Learning Curve

Most of the common people fall for the myth that having a D-SLR camera will automatically enable them to take "better pictures"! The truth is that, by itself, with the default settings, the D-SLR will produce "poor" pictures, as compared to a point and shoot camera. Why? Because, the user needs to actually "learn" how to use the D-SLR. The very basics of photography like aperture, shutter speed and ISO are alien words to most of the first time D-SLR buyers, enticed by the advertisements and peer pressure. Unless, someone is really keen to "learn" at-least the basics of photography and camera operations, you will be better off with a bridge / point and shoot camera.

Reason#3: Inconvenience of size and weight

None, of the D-SLR cameras will ever fit in anyone's, pocket, at least physically! The size and the weight are one of the biggest if not the only reason, why you will be  better off with a easy to use and keen a handy point and shoot digital camera. Imagine, going for a dinner with your friends and family and lugging a separate camera bag and shooting with it every time,  an opportunity arises. It is most cumbersome to say the least.

Reason #4: Delicate and handle with care!

Most of the D-SLR cameras are neither water proof nor shock proof. Which means that you needs to extra careful in handling these electronic gizmos. And yes, warranty does not cover dropping your precious D-SLR from dining table or spilling coffee on it.
Reason #5:  Additional Running costs

Owning a D-SLR is like owning a car or computer. You will need accessories! The common most accessories will be a camera bag (which one: Shoulder sling or backpack?), UV filter (to protect the lens front), additional memory cards, larger hard disk (to store large images), tripod (if, you want really sharp images) etc.

Please ask yourself these simple questions to find out if you really need a D-SLR:

1.    Am I ready to invest time and a considerable amount of money into a D-SLR?
2.    Am I willing to learn about photography and the camera?
3.    Do I need a more advanced camera for just friends and  family pictures?
4.    Can my business or family benefit from this purchase?