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Christmas, your birthday or any other reason are great occasions for you to receive a digital SLR camera. You start to inquire online or through the store or shopping center on duty and you do not know which one to choose from the wide range offered by the main brands. Do I buy the cheapest one? Or buy me the biggest one? Is this a goal or this one better? Or the one that has two objectives?

For that reason, we are going to give you some advice to know how to choose YOUR camera, the one that best suits your pretensions. The camera that is on sale or the one that your friend bought does not have to be the most suitable for you. If you are not sure whether to buy an SLR or a mirrorless one, our SLR or DSLR with flip screen guide will be very useful.

The first thing you should consider is if you really need an SLR. If you are not willing to carry something more or less bulky and weigh, an SLR is not your camera. If you are going to shoot alone in automatic either. It is a pity that the camera after a few uses stay at home because it weighs, occupies or you do not know how to use it correctly. An SLR is not going to make you better photos by itself: for that better, a mirrorless camera or a good camera with a good camera, which you can also get many more uses.

In the event that an SLR fits your needs, the next critical point is what type or main types of photos I am going to make because not all are good for everything and there is no perfect camera. For photos that have elements that do not move (landscape, portrait, travel), almost any SLR is good to start. But if I'm going to take pictures of things that move (sports, action ...) I will need more advanced cameras that have a faster and more precise focus, especially if I'm going to do them in low light environments (night, shadows, interiors ...).

Brands: we recommend for SLR is Canon and Nikon without a doubt.

While it is true that there are very good cameras in Sony or Pentax, these have disadvantages with respect to the first: there is little range of objectives (and expensive in general) and accessories of those brands or compatible, there are few stores that sell them and In addition, in the second-hand market there are few options to sell them for the first reason. It is also interesting that if your circle of friends and family uses a brand, you end up in that brand: you can borrow lenses and accessories.

Another reason is that there are already some brands such as Sony or Olympus that has stopped making SLR, with which the owners of cameras and objectives of that brand have been left without possible renewal.


Camera: We will not talk about mexapíxeles: banish the idea of ​​how many more better because it is completely false. Megapixels only implies the ability to expand and today all cameras have plenty to spare. From 20 megapixels, more Megabytes will occupy your images both in the card and hard disk and you will need a more powerful computer to handle those files. It is very easy for your current computer that handles files of 12 or 18 megapixels, it costs much more to move about 24. You will spend more money and you will not gain image quality.

Some Important Camera Models

Cameras such as the Canon 200D 100D, 1300D, 800D, 750D or 760D or the Nikon D3400, D3500, D5600 and D5500 are very good options.

If you want an SLR that weighs very little and with good performance, we recommend the Canon 100D or the new 200D, the most pre-refined SLR on the market, weighing only 400gr.

Objective / s: The kit lens that comes with the best bridge camera is not as bad as they say for "walk around the house" photographs. This must be stabilized (IS for Canon, VR for Nikon, OS for Sigma, VC for Tamron), especially if it is a telephoto lens.

Nowadays, buying a telephoto lens type 55-250 or 70-300 without a stabilizer is a big mistake, since, in addition to getting more frequently moved photos, its optical quality is usually lower. The famous objective 18-55 usually has several versions, that although they seem the same objective (to have the same zoom), in fact, it is not it, since there is usually a stabilized version and another not. Canon's STM (Faster Focus) series is producing very good results.

Do I buy 2 objectives or better an SUV? If you are willing to carry a larger case that occupies and weighs more and change targets when you need it for higher image quality, the best option is to have several objectives. If, on the other hand, you prefer something more versatile, that does not occupy so much and that you do not have to change the objective, an SUV type 18-105, 18-135 or 18-200 is your choice. They always have to be stabilized. Kits with SUVs are more expensive, but their quality is similar (usually) to that of the previous ones. The price of having two objectives in one is paid.

The kit objectives can be used to take more than decent photos at home, of landscapes and people on trips or excursions, but there will be enough photos of some disciplines that you will not be able to do correctly due to the limitations of these low-end objectives, such as People or animals in movement, sports, night photography, portraits with blur ... These kit objectives are used for almost all "common" photographs without great pretensions.

At the time of purchase, analyze well the packs that include extras such as transport bag, tripod or cards, since they are usually very poor quality accessories (especially the tripod) that soon cease to be useful and end up in a drawer or they have been broken directly. It is much better to buy them separately and buy the right product according to your needs and not buy "twice" to hit the second (or the third ...).

If our budget is limited it is better to buy the right things little by little in order of priority than to buy poorly because you will end up frustrated by finally buying the right one (and spending more money than expected).

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