Beginner’s Tips for Buying a DSLR Camera

One of the trickiest parts of buying a new camera is knowing where to start. That can be difficult for the amateur photographer. Smartphones and point-and-shoot cameras are easy—you just aim and click. However, DSLR cameras are much more complicated than smartphones, thanks to all their settings. You have to play with the aperture, F-stop, the ISO, and other settings in order to get the perfect shot that you’re looking for. And that’s not all. There are different factors in DSLR cameras that separate them from one another. Not every DSLR camera is full-frame. Some have APS-C sensors, which aren’t full-frame. Those who want to use their DSLR for videography should go for a DSLR with 4K-video capability.

Factors in Deciding on a DSLR Camera

Full-Frame vs. APS-C

What features do you need in a camera?
You need to consider what you’re looking for in a camera.

One thing that many professional photographers absolutely insist on is getting a DSLR camera with a full-frame sensor. One of the big advantages of using a full-frame camera is that, when doing portrait shots, the background can be blurred out much more than if the camera has an APS-C sensor. The trouble is that it’s pretty much impossible to find one of those cameras for less than $1,200. That’s not going to work for any photographers on a budget. If you’re wondering what you can do in the meantime, I would advise going with a cheaper APS-C camera while saving up for a more expensive one.

1080p vs. 4K

Another important factor in the world of DSLRs is how good the video quality is. You might want to use your DSLR for taking professional videos, whether it’s at a wedding or another important event. If that’s the case, then you’ll definitely want a camera that can capture 4K-quality content. Even though many TV’s can’t support 4K yet, it’s still going to be the best resolution—and when you’re getting paid to record something, you want to have the best resolution possible.


The third important factor to look for when shopping for a new DSLR is how many megapixels it has. For most people, when it comes to megapixels, it’s fine to go with a DSLR that only costs more than a few hundred bucks. However, if you intend to blow your photos up to poster size, you’ll want to have at least 20-megapixels on your camera. This will help capture as much detail as possible.

Nikon or Canon

Both Nikon and Canon have their strong points.
Do you prefer Nikon or Canon?

The last thing to consider when buying a new camera is whether to go with Nikon or Canon. One thing that many photographers like about Canon is that they offer interchangeable lenses. But there are other factors that you should consider when choosing between the two brands, so do your research and save your money until you’re ready.