If you did not know, DSLR stands for Digital Single Lens Reflex. In a nutshell, what this means is that, when you are looking through the camera lens, what you see is exactly how the picture will turn out. DSLR cameras are known for the high quality photos they produce.

Before the time period where everyone had a digital camera in their pocket at all times, DSLR cameras were relatively unpopular outside of professional photographers. Nowadays, the prices of DSLR cameras are much more affordable, and much more likely to get into the hands of the general public. What this means for you is that there is a lot more thinking involved when it comes to picking a model for such a camera. So let’s get through what you need to know when picking one out for yourself.

Purpose and Price

When figuring out your budget for buying a DSLR camera, what you should first take into consideration is what you are going to be using the camera for. DSLR cameras have a wide range in price, from the casual hobbyist to the professional photographer. We are talking about prices as low as $250.99 and as high as $2400.99 By the time that you are creating a budget for you camera purchase, you should have long before decided what it is you will be filming.

Features

Though DSLR cameras are branded as some of the highest quality model cameras on the market that does not mean they are all the same. Buyers must keep in mind all of the features that come along with their DSLR camera when searching through shops both online and in person. Some of the features you are going to want to consider include:

Megapixels – most DSLR cameras work in megapixels. The amount will often directly affect the price.

ISO Range – the range of light sensitivity on the camera. Changing the ISO setting changes how much light gets through the lens. This can range from as low as 100 (low ISO) to as great as 12,800 (high ISO)
Manual Controls – Basically, how simple the ability for the photographer to control their own settings is.
Depth of field – the distance between the nearest and the farthest objects and how it changes the focus of the camera. Simply put, how the camera changes as you move from room to room.

The quality of these key features more often than not will raise the price of the camera, so if you are not to worried about possessing a certain feature, make sure to find a camera that does not put much focus on them as well.

Information About Some Models For Reference

Canon EOS Rebel T6i

This model is not necessarily the cheapest on the market. At the time of this writing it runs at the rate of $749.99 if you choose to go with 18-55mm lenses. It comes with built in WiFi and NFC, and could pass as a fairly well priced professional camera. For the family man, this may not seem all to appealing, but what makes this model a good example for those who are unsure about what to buy is the megapixel rate. This camera works with a 24.2 megapixel sensor, as well as ISO range of 100–12800. For a DSLR camera with these features, it could be a lot more expensive. A lot of cameras working at the same rate are well over $1000.00.

Nikon D3400

Nikon is a classic brand in the DSLR community. With bluetooth connectivity, and ISO range of 100 – 25,600, and 5 fps shooting, this model is one of the best buys for an entry level photographer working on a tight budget. Also, if you are a fan of free accessories, you can usually find a bundle with no extra charges. The going rate for this model is $496.95.

Pentax K-1

Okay, now we are reaching the other end of the spectrum here. This model is for enthusiasts and well-experienced photographers. I wouldn’t recommend this model for someone who has never purchased a stand alone camera, or is just getting into DSLR. This model comes with 1080/60i video, an ISO range that reaches as high as 204,800, and a shutter speed that works at 0.0001 per photo. If bulk is what you are looking for, then consider this or something similar to be in your niche.