A Short Scope Into Common DSLR Features

DSLRDSLR cameras offer a wide range of features suitable for different levels of photography skills, including beginners. An entry level DSLR, for instance, is packed with friendly control options that novice photographers can use and discover for a more intuitive photography experience.

Below are common entry-level DSLR features that every budding photographer must be aware of.

• Viewfinder

A peek at the SLR’s viewfinder allows a person to see a bigger, brighter image of what the lens sees. Photographers rely on the viewfinder in capturing desired images as well as in making test shots. Through a viewfinder, a photographer can see what happens when certain camera features are operated or adjusted (e.g. magnifying through lenses).

• Lens

DSLR lenses are interchangeable to allow photographers capture different types of photos in certain conditions. A budding photographer may choose to stick with the regular SLR lens which is the standard 18-55mm zoom or whereabouts. While it can do the job in a variety of situations, it does not capture sharp images especially beyond that focal length. The most basic DSLR lenses are grouped in two: prime lenses and zoom lenses.

• Sensor

The image sensor is the counterpart of the film that photographers used in manual photography. As such, it also contains photosites – millions of light-sensitive spots – that record information about what is seen through the lens. The bigger sensor can therefore gain more information than a smaller one and render sharper images.

The Megapixel Myth

Megapixels, on the other hand, is the counterpart of the size of the film which back then can range from a negative about the size of a thumbnail negatives or as large as 8×10 inches. Photographers that need to enlarge or crop photos and print them will need a higher megapixel size to do that.

The ultimate advantage of a DSLR – whether it is an entry-level type or an advanced camera – is that it works like a traditional film camera. Hence, the photographer has more control in the outcome of the photograph both via familiar and intuitive camera features.