Advantages of DSLR!

Let’s begin with the key advantage of digital SLR cameras: they are fast.

Does this sound familiar?

  • You suddenly saw a sport car at traffic light & wanna take photo
  • For some reason your compact digital camera just won’t focus
  • You saw someone stripping & u wanna shoot it.. lol JK haha

The moment is gone – you’ve missed it.

If this sounds at all familiar to you (and frustrates you immensely), you’ll completely understand why speed is a significant advantage of digital SLR cameras.

Built For Speed

So why are some compact cameras so slow and digital SLRs so fast? It’s electronics vs. mechanics.

There’s a device called a shutter that sits in front of the digital SLR sensor, blocking it from light.

When you take a photo, the shutter (made up of two curtains) opens and closes.

This is different from a compact camera, where there is no shutter mechanism. In compact cameras, the sensor is electronically activated every time you take a photo.

The advantage of the mechanical solution is that it is instantaneous: you press the shutter button and the shutter snaps open.

There’s never a delay when you want to capture that photo of a lifetime.

If this was the only advantage of digital SLR cameras, it might be enough for anyone who’s frustrated with a sluggish compact camera.

For anyone who’s still skeptical, here are a few others.

A Lens For Every Occasion

If I want to take landscape photos, I attach a wide-angle lens. If I want to photograph bugs and flowers, I use a macro lens. When I take photos of my labrador, I use a telephoto lens and can snap shots even when I’m halfway across a field.

Sure, you say, but what about all those fancy compact cameras they have now with built-in mega-zooms? I can get one lens that does it all.

Again, it comes down to speed.

Zoom lenses in compact cameras take time to zoom in and out since the zoom is driven by a motor. You manually control the zoom of a digital SLR, and can zoom as fast or slow as you like.

I have experienced this with Panasonic Lumix Fz100 and sometimes the zooming function really pissed me off!

Took such a long time to zoom in and by the time it finished zooming, the car or person or effect is loooonnnng gone.. lol

High Quality in Low-Light

One clear advantage of digital SLR cameras is that they’re able to capture photos even when there’s not a lot of ambient light.

So what? Every camera can take a photo when there’s not a lot of light – just turn on the flash.

Here’s the trick: digital SLR cameras can do it without the flash.

Digital SLRs are able to take photos when there’s little available light because of a feature called ISO: it makes the digital sensor more sensitive to light.

While several compact digital cameras will also let you change the ISO of the camera, there is one key difference.

As you increase the ISO (and increase the camera’s sensitivity to light) you also add grain or “noise” to the image.

The advantage of digital SLR cameras when it comes to ISO is that even at high ISO settings they produce very little noise.

I have used Panasonic Lumix FZ100 again to take Eiffel Tower night scene! And it sux till max when I compared it to a DSLR!

U can check out my photo here.

You Have Control

This is my favorite advantage of digital SLR cameras.

I don’t like a machine to be making decisions for me. While it’s right most of the time, it isn’t right ALL of the time. The human brain will always be better at judging a scene then a camera set to automatic.

With a digital SLR, you have complete control over every photo you take, and don’t have to rely on the camera to make choices for you.

Even if you’re not ready to make the jump to a fully manual camera, don’t be frightened off.

Every digital SLR camera lets you use an automatic setting, and provides you with intermediate steps that offer increasing levels of control over your images.


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A doctor in Hospital Sultanah Aminah Johor Bahru (HSAJB).