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Should You Go For An Entry Level DSLR Camera or Invest In a Professional One?

When choosing a DSLR camera, buyers (actually, hobby photographers) often get confused between models that promise professional level image quality and entry level cameras that promise the ease and convenience of handling a simple camera body. The choice between the basic and more advanced cameras depends on two things: one’s passion for photography and one’s knowledge of camera features and functionalities.

Most of us are able to click high-res pictures from our HD smartphone cameras and so the investment in a DSLR is either inspired by one’s undying interest in photography, by travel plans that just have to be captured by a DSLR or by an endless love for latest gadgets. If you think, it’s time for you to invest in a DSLR cam then we would love to help you make the best choice with this little write-up and Ryda’s huge selection of digital cameras.

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We know that photography is the most written about topic these days and, inevitably, the cameras come in second after photography, so before you dismiss this blog as just another article on cameras, we’d like to tell you our verdict before-hand:

Go for a professional lens which is compatible with your current camera body if your interest in photography is only increasing with every photo and your smart phone or your kit lens doesn’t cut it any more for you. You should buy entry level cameras if you have never owned a camera before and are only starting to open up to the idea of clicking pictures.

There – we said it and now we’ll like to back it up with the points mentioned below:

When to buy an Entry Level DSLR:

1) Clicking personal photos – An entry level camera works great for those personal friends and family photos. A basic DLSR by either Nikon, Canon or even Pentax or Olympus will prove to be a great way to capture those beautiful portraits, vacation shots, etc.

2) Point & Shoot creative phase – Point and shoot is one of the easiest ways to get the hang of a DSLR, when you haven’t used one. Entry level DSLRs make it easier for newbies to enjoy clicking and honing their photographing skills.

3) When the focus is on image quality – Many beginners do not really want to be bothered about how to get sharp crispy images but love when it pops up on the screen of their DSLRs. So when all you want to do is get a nice picture but not quite interested in using the manual mode for it, then a basic is a great option.

4) When the Auto mode is the only mode for you – It’s absolutely alright to not know how other modes work and click only using the Auto settings. In fact that’s what entry level DSLRs are made for 🙂

Can you relate to the points mentioned above? If yes, then the digital cameras that will prove to be your best friends are: Nikon D5300, Nikon D5500, Canon EOS Rebel T5i, Nikon D3300, Nikon D3100, Pentax K-50 and more. You can also check out the selection of digital SLRs we have stocked at Ryda.

Let’s now quickly go to Professional Camera Kits

The difference between an entry level and a professional camera is basically of lens. Advanced cameras are usually cameras with advanced lens that are designed to a lot more than just capture light and the shot. With the power that makes millions of light sensitive pixels culminate into high-resolution images, advanced level lens allows a lot more creative freedom to the photographer. Plus, it’s not just the lens that make the camera kit a pro but even the body is designed in such a way that it facilitates the process of photography and post-production work.

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Let’s find out the right time for you to switch to a professional camera kit:

1) When you have outdone your kit lens – Most entry level cameras come with the standard 18-55mm kit lens, which sometimes can be extremely restrictive. If you have started feeling a bit confined by your lens, then it is definitely time to upgrade. You will know that it’s time to move a level up, when the image quality and the shot you want to create is far from what the screen displays.

2) When you want more than pixel-perfect image – The best thing about advanced level DSLRs is that they allow a greater creative freedom than their basic counterparts and the features exceed the usual auto-focus assist, better light management, HDR quality and extra-ordinary panorama shots. These cameras assure not only a better performance but ergonomical designs for you to click with ease.

3) When you are ready to play around with the settings – When you have graduated from the auto mode and are finally finding yourself at home clicking with the manual mode, it’s time to get a lens that can allow you better performance, resolution and wide range. High-end DSLRs also offer image stablization, ISO senstivity upto 12,800, auto focus, a better shooting speed and so on. If you are not only able to understand but also handle all these features effectively, then you should consider buying one of the professional cameras by Nikon or Canon out there.

4) When your pocket is ready – Let’s face it! Even if you have found your calling in photography, have outdone your kit lens and are ready to experiment with the big guys of the camera world, you will still have to think twice because professional cameras can be very expensive! These cameras usually start from $1000 and can cost more than a 100% of this cost. So consider buying a professional one only when you have saved enough money, otherwise, get an advanced lens instead.

Some of the best advanced cameras out there include: Nikon D750, Nikon D4S, Nikon D810, Canon EOS 1D X, Sony Alpha a99 and others. Check out the link to compare their individual features:

Hope these little suggestions help you make the right choice regarding the camera you should invest in.

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