How to choose a Reflex: You are getting closer and closer to the world of digital photography, and so you decided to buy a new Reflex but not yet being an expert in the sector, you do not know by what parameters to make your purchase.
There are many DSLRs, for all tastes and all budgets, and it is easy to get confused by buying a machine with a bad quality / price ratio or, on the contrary, too elaborate and expensive for your needs. Here then is the reason why I am here today and I want to suggest you how to choose a Reflex based on some common sense rules that should help you make the right choice for your current needs. Let’s get started right away!
The first advice on how to choose a Reflex that I can give you, the most important in my opinion, is the following: don’t be enchanted by the advertisements and the bombastic numbers. Analyzes without marketing conditions the technical characteristics of each Reflex focusing in the first place your attention on resolution and format of the sensors.
The resolution of the sensors is the one that is expressed in megapixels and that often the camera manufacturers put in the foreground to promote their devices but do not come to hasty conclusions, higher number of megapixels does not always mean higher quality of the reflex, on the contrary. To be honest, in its current state 6 megapixels are enough and advanced for most users. We are in fact talking about a resolution of 6 million pixels (3000 × 2000) which can suit both simple photography enthusiasts and professional photographers who, for example, need to take photos for 20 × 25 cm magazines at 300 points. What matters is the quality of the optics and the format of the sensor.
There are three sensor formats currently available on the market: the Full Frame which is equivalent to the 35mm film format and ensures a 1: 1 conversion ratio; L’APS-c which is smaller than the Full Frame but still ensures an excellent conversion ratio of 1.5: 1 or 1.6: 1 (depending on the machines) and the format Four thirds which has a conversion ratio of 2: 1 making it half the size of the Full Frame. The sensors APS-cthey are the most popular currently on digital SLR cameras and, considering that with this format a 50mm is equivalent to 75 / 80mm, I can say that it is the best choice that can be made. Forget the Four Thirds which transforms a 50mm to 100mm and the expensive Full Frame sensors that ensure the perfection of the 50mm.
Once you have passed the obstacle related to the sensor, you must move on to the second fundamental step for choose a Reflex, the one relating to the size and price of the camera to be purchased. As previously mentioned, there are many different Reflex models of various sizes, prices and categories.
As for the categories to which they belong, the Reflexes are mainly divided into Consumer (cheaper and suitable for an audience without too many pretensions), Semi-professional (good quality and almost always reasonable prices) e professional (the super-equipped and ultra-resistant ones for professionals in the sector). The former are often the most manageable but unfortunately they do not always ensure good image quality, while the latter are perfect for great professionals but are far too bulky and difficult to use for the average photographer. As you will have understood, therefore, the best choice to make is that of semi-professionals who ensure an excellent relationship between portability, functions and price. As for the zoom, same argument: do not venture on a too professional field, standard zooms often ensure excellent optical quality and it is not worth spending money on medium-level lenses, which add little or nothing.
Price front: the Reflex range from a minimum of 350 euros to a maximum of 1,500 / 2,000 euros. It’s up to you to choose the one that best suits your needs by carefully evaluating your financial resources and the technical characteristics that we have seen together. If you want advice, even if any Reflex is better than a compact one, do not rush shopping: better to wait a month or two and make a technically valid purchase than to throw yourself on the first most appetizing camera for your own pockets and then regret the choice made because of the quality of the shots obtained.