The Top 10 Myths of DSLR Cameras
1. A Digital SLR Camera Costs too much
Possibly this was true a few years back. Although, as more amateur
photographers have begun using
point-and-shoot cameras, the camera makers have presented some very proficient, and reasonably priced DSLR starter cameras to entice people into moving to the next step up. Cameras such as the
Canon XSi ,
Nikon D3000, and the
Olympus E-620 have become consistently amongst the better buys and may be acquired new for less than $500. A decent photograph continues to increase in value over time, allowing this money to become a great investment (even if you leave Auto on all the time).
2. A DSLR Weighs too Much
Not true. A starter Nikon D40 DSLR is so featherweight and portable that many professional photographers regularly carry it around where ever they go instead of their larger models. It's my belief that
Olympus has become the master of compressing excellent optics and element into small, light packages (take a look at an
Olympus E-420, one of the lightest and tiniest
DSLR with full features). Olympus is also right in the middle of a campaign to make a new generation of DSLR cameras popular using what is labeled ‘the micro four thirds’ system. In addition the Olympus EP line has become every bit as easy to pocket as a decent point and shoot.
3. A DSLR takes too much effort to learn
All camera function are now software menu driven. It's just that the larger cameras feature more buttons to help save you time. A majority now are built with integrated
pre-set scene functions that you may use to capture a particular type of scene.
4. ‘Real’ Photographers Only Focus a DSLR Manually
Just the opposite. A DSLR lets you to develop your creative abilities so greatly that you almost never have any desire to waste valuable time on manual focus. Basically you develop your skills to spend your time adjusting the aperture and the shutter speeds (using Aperture priority or the
Shutter priority functions) and the other exposure elements such as (metering,
ISO) to demonstrate your version of the setting.
You're better off leaving the the camera set to autofocus. Although you can have the ability to (and should) select the means by which the camera focuses. As an example, if a camera features a 7 point AF mode, it can be set it to focus only on the center position, and allow you frame your composition correspondingly.
5. Shooting A DSLR allows you resemble a dork
Haven't you seen Ashton Kutcher in the Nikon commercials?? Unfortunately, there's a possibility this just might be be true . Electronics are not considered to be ‘cool’ (whatever that implies). We should have an advertising campaign similar to Apple that makes people actually want to display items that used to be geeky, such as MP3 players, cellphones and laptops.
6. There is one best DSLR camera
A complete myth. Everyone has different requirements. No single DSLR camera exists that will make everyone happy across the board. When it comes to purchasing a digital camera (particularly when acquiring your first DSLR camera), you should set aside some time to discover which
camera features are an absolute
necessity to you and the camera features that would be nice, but you can live without. A few people only wish to shoot seascape photos, while others are only interested in party photos. A few people have large hands and huge fingers, while others have small hands and fingers. These individuals would be better off with different cameras.
7. An Electronic Viewfinder is every bit as proficient as optical viewfinders
Another myth. An Electronic Viewfinder (EVFs) displays a miniature image of whatever is displayed on your camera's
LCD screen. These are digital representation and therefore feature a number of Constraints
There is lag time from the time you compose your camera at a subject and when the photo is actually captured; The low resolution of an EVF can cause manual focusing to become almost impossible if it's not
sufficient enough to allow you to view the detail you need to view
The detail amount you see is no better than the camera's image sensor, which usually implies not much detail can be seen in poor-light conditions; EVFs eat batteries and optical viewfinders do not.: Although electronic viewfinders have some distinct advantages above an optical viewfinder, one must keep in mind they feature various trade-offs.
8. One camera brand is constantly better than another
Another total myth. as an example, Nikon produces outstanding DSLR cameras that very few people would think of as being low quality. Although
Nikon compact digital cameras consistently perform somewhat poorly when compared with brands such as
Fujifilm and compact digital cameras.
Unless there's a profound reason to br loyal to just one brand (for example you are purchasing a camera that features
interchangeable lenses and you need to have the ability to use your existing lenses), keep an open mind to the possibility that unique manufacturers have different strong points. Consider looking at products from different camera makers before making the final decision to on what brand to purchase and you'll feel far more satisfied in the long run!
Stabilization Creates Sharper Photos
Another misconception. Using image stabilization does not freeze moving subjects -- all does is reduce blur created by camera movement. For example, if your hand shakes then image stabilization will help reduce blurry images caused by that. However if someone in your scene is moving, image stabilization will not be able to capture them, and they will still come out blurred if your lens speed is not fast enough.
Take two cameras with identical sensors but entirely different lenses and technologies for image stabilization :
Camera 1: has a mounted lens that can shoot at f/1.8 at the requested focal length and but has no image
Camera 2: has a mounted that lens can only shoot at f/3.2 at the requested focal length but has image stabilization (with only half the blur caused by camera shake as compared to the first camera).
You want to photograph a rock band playing on an outdoor stage but the sun went down a few hours ago. Which of the cameras will give you the photo with better overall quality? With the assumption that there is no image stabilization in the first camera to prevent camera shake blur at the shutter speed needed, then camera 1 will wins because of the faster shutter in low-light conditions.
10. A Megapixel is a Megapixel
Also a myth. We know that sensor size has a direct impact on megapixels, consider this:
Camera One: Canon G11: 7.6 x 5.7mm: 10.0 mm pixels, sensor size Pixel density of: 23.08 megapixels
Camera two: Panasonic DMC-LX3 : 8.3mm x 5.8mm sensor size
11.3mm pixels (but the camera never ever uses more than 10.1 million pixels ever, then it's considered a "10 mp camera) with a
Pixel density of: 23.47 mp
These are the actual sensor specs of an actual camera, the
compared with a Panasonic LX3. The image sensors are basically identical and feature the same amount of megapixels employing the exact same physical area. So, do they both provide equal performance?
These image sensors employ different designs and diverse electronics. Canon compact image sensors are excellent at capturing bright light scenes, but not as adept at capturing scenes with poor light levels. Panasonic compact image sensors seem to have better balance and perform better in poor-light situations than the Canon image sensors, although not quite as effective as the Canon image sensors in bright sunlight. Fujifilm boasts that their digital compact EXR image sensors are better than other sensors with similar sizes but tests in real world have not yet confirmed this.
Sensor technology continues to improve with time. A 3 year old 10-megapixel sensor with the same costs as a 10 mp sensor fabricated today is almost certainly not going to have the same achievement as as the newest sensor.
So access your requirements! If you plan on shooting many
photographs in poor-light situations such as indoors, parties, etc using a compact digital camera, you may want to stay away from the majority of
compact digital camera brands with the exception of Panasonic, Canon and Fujifilm as most manufacturers have inferior low-light performance with the exception of the 3 brands listed above. See my upcoming article for more details about just what to count on from various camera brands (go ahead and bookmark this page!). Several people will argue that compact digital camera sensor quality is so terrible that the
flash should always be employed and so it does not make any difference about the low-light performance of the camera, although I don't personally agree with this.
Mar 5, 2011