Wanting to buy a new DSLR? Here’s what to look for

Looking for a new DSLR? Here's what to consider.
Looking for a new DSLR? Here’s what to consider.

In the photography world there is much debate on Nikon vs. Canon, the two most popular camera brands. Both are high-quality brands so when choosing between the two you need to consider what you will be using the camera for primarily.

Nikon is known for vibrant landscape photography and Canon is known for people photography due to the true skin tones that the camera produces. Both cameras can be adapted in the settings to mirror the other brand.

Another reason people buy one vs. the other is if they already own lenses for one brand. If you already own Canon lenses it would be a big investment to start over and purchase a Nikon camera body and Nikon lenses (and vice versa).

There are other brands of DSLR that are fantastic cameras and if you are on a budget this may help you make your decision as well. Sony, for example, is another great brand that makes cameras for the amateur and the professional. You can start with which features you want and then choose the brand.

When picking a camera you will find that some cameras will have many auto settings for different scenarios (i.e. sports, portrait, auto, etc.) but others may not have a full auto setting. You may select a camera based on what auto settings the camera has available to you before deciding the brand.

When you find a model you think you might want to buy but aren’t sure about the brand, you can search on the Internet for like brands. For example, search in your browser for Canon T3i compared to Nikon, and you will see several articles with Canon T3i vs Nikon D5100 which allows you to see the comparable model but in a different brand. Also consider, if you want to continue to upgrade lenses and cameras in the future, if so you will want to buy the brand that you feel good about sticking with long term.

When you find a model that has the functions and features you think you want, you then must decide the brand. For example, Canon T3i compared to Nikon, and you if you search on Google, you will see several articles with Canon T3i vs Nikon D5100 which allows you to see the nearly exact camera but in a different brand.

Also consider that if you want to continue to upgrade lenses and cameras in the future, you will want to buy the brand that you feel good about sticking with long term.

So now you have a DSLR, what do you do with it? Stay tuned to the next

blog where I share my tips on getting used to your new camera.