I often see people struggling with the idea of buying a DSLR and constantly weighing pros and cons, wondering whether they are doing the right thing by giving into their desire of owning a camera, which is often associated with professional photographers. If you too are struggling with indecision, here are 5 reasons why I feel you should buy a Digital Single Lens Reflex Camera!
You have the money: While it isn’t a major deterrent to a really determined soul and you can buy second hand DSLRs for cheap; having the required amount to buy and finance an expensive hobby like photography is something that is a major prerequisite and one of the most crucial reasons why many (including me) avoid buying a DSLR. So if you have the required money, read on.
You are interested in photography as a hobby/profession: If you are planning to take on photography as a serious hobby or profession, then let’s face it, you will likely require a DSLR or mirrorless camera at some point in time, in order to fulfill your creativity and/or client needs. So it is best to get started as early as possible, provided you have the money.
You want best possible image quality: While sensor size and image processing algorithms play huge part in delivering good quality image, it is the lenses which determine the amount of details, contrast, colors and sharpness you will have in your photographs. At the end of the day, DSLR photography is all about lenses and using the lens that best suits your taste, needs and budget. In case of a fixed lens camera eg. normal digital cameras you are stuck with whatever the manufacturer chose to deliver with your camera, which is generally not that great.
You want an easy to use camera: While point and shoot cameras are supposed to be geared towards the novice users, the moment you decide to move beyond auto and scene modes (which are also present in DSLRs), you are handicapped by lack of dedicated buttons for changing settings and have to resort to menu frequently, which is time consuming and confusing. While in case of DSLRs, you have dedicated dials and buttons for various settings, which might look overwhelming at first, but at the end of the day, let you control your camera quickly, easily and effectively.
Because you want one: Sometime it is best to listen to your heart and fulfill your desire. If you want a DSLR, then go get one. Don’t let all those “every monkey carrying a DSLR thinks he is a photographer” memes discourage you from buying and owning a DSLR. Because at the end of the day, DSLR is just a tool to digitally paint your creativity and vision, and while you might not end up becoming the next Ansel Adams or Henri Cartier, fear of critics shouldn’t be an impediment towards fulfilling your heart’s desire.