Whenever we think of buying a good camera, we all, at least once consider owning a DSLR. Now why we do this? Just because it is used by professionals, so it has gotta be good? Or since it’s so expensive, when compared to a standard point and shoot, it definitely would perform way better and get better images?
It’s true that professionals use DSLR’s not just because it delivers stunning image quality, but because it has all the bells and whistles needed for a professional setup, including support various accessories and equipment to get the perfect shot necessary. Not to forget the large sensor and the ability to change lenses.
However if you’re looking out for a camera just for casual shots and nothing professional, a good semi-pro/ zoom cameras should do the trick; which would not only deliver good images, but also, won’t be a pain on your wallet, and we’ll give you three reasons why.
The weight factor
A DSLR isn’t a very portable camera. It is a very delicate piece of equipment which requires constant care and attention; just like a baby. If you’re carrying a DSLR to a family trip, you’ll need to carry a dedicated DSLR camera bag with you along with the other baggage.
Moreover carrying it around your neck is definitely not a pleasant experience. A semipro/ zoom camera can very well be stuffed into a purse or a satchel, or even in a pant’s pockets.
Also they’re much easier to handle as you only need one hand to click a pic on a semi pro/point and shoot, whereas you need both the hands to hold a bulky DSLR.
The Maintenance factor
Just like a car or a bike, a DSLR requires regular maintenance and must be serviced at about every 2000 clicks. Since it comes with an interchangeable lens socket, the sensor and the pentaprism bay is open, which can easily have dust and moisture stuck in it, thus damaging the sensor.
Similar is the case with the lenses you use, and they too require constant attention with respect to moisture and dust getting in the lens kit and ruining the travel of the glass in it.
On a semi pro/zoom camera, everything is sealed and the only cleaning it needs is just the outer glass of the lens and the display.
The Usage factor
A DSLR only makes sense if you’re willing to play with the settings, and generate creative shots, however if you’re going to use the DSLR only in auto modes all the time- it doesn’t make any sense.
Moreover if you’re the only one who knows how to handle it, you will be the only one taking everyone’s images and you won’t want any novice trying to mess with your precious settings.
A semi pro/zoom camera on the other hand is meant to be simple and easy to use, so anyone can just press the shutter and click a snap. Finally a holiday photo album with you present in the photos!
If you really are looking to learn photography and enter into the field professionally, and don’t mind the learning curve for manual settings, you could very well opt for a DSLR, if not, stick to a semi pro/zoom camera.
Moreover there are semi pro cameras which offer the ability of interchangable lenses too- which is expensive than a DSLR, but way more portable and easy to use.
It may not give you as amazing image quality or manual controls as a DSLR, but it would surely be a worthy value for money proposition.