Are you considering buying of a high quality camera? A DSLR or Digital Single Lens Reflex camera may be just right for you. In today’s economy, manufacturers are developing more user friendly cameras, at a more affordable price, so an investment like this isn’t as scary as it used to be. Purchasing new equipment requires much to consider though, including the following:
1. Need and Use
How do you plan to use the DSLR camera? Usually, before arriving at a store to shop for a new camera, most people haven’t given careful thought to the purchase, other than wanting to handle what may be on display and comparing the most basic features. Many just plan to “browse.” Sales people know patrons are undecided and really have no idea what they want, so they easily pounce on that. Consider what you plan to use this camera for. Do you need take pictures for work? Are you a photographer and need all the features out there? Do you plan to upgrade in a couple of years?
Now that you have considered what you really need a new camera for, how you plan to use it, what features are necessary and what can you afford, you are ready to shop. Do you have a price range or limit in mind? The store may have a great sale going on at the time of your visit. Or the economy may be helping to bring the prices down on the exact camera you have your eye on. Never settle for the first price you see when it comes to electronics. There will always be huge numbers, but that doesn’t mean you have to settle. Shop around at different stores and ask all the questions you can think of regarding price. Are you paying for a warranty, older model, etc?
3. Size and Weight
What about the size of the camera? When considering the size, the weight also plays into this equation. Most of the larger models are for professional photographers that consider it an honor to adorn themselves with the display of their trade! If you don’t mind the extra weight that goes along with the size, then this might be the right piece of equipment for you, but again, don’t be afraid to ask for something smaller. Even if a smaller camera has less features, determine if you really need them.
The more professional DSLR cameras do not typically come with a flash. A mounting point that attaches to the top of the camera would be the only option. The beginner or less complicated models do include a flash though, so really consider this is you think you want an awesome, high tech, professional camera.
When purchasing a DSLR camera, one battery usually comes with all the other accessories. It is probably a good idea to purchase an extra battery, just in case.
6. Case or Bag
It is always a good idea to purchase a case or bag for your camera. These items will not only protect your camera from dust or dirt, but also from damage, in case you drop it. When investing in a nice piece of equipment such as this, extending your financial sacrifice a bit further for a carry bag is not that expensive and gives you some piece of mind.
7. Extended Warranty
This is always a controversial part of a big purchase in technology. If you plan to keep your DSLR camera for a long time, it may be a good idea to at least consider the warranty options. Think about what would be worse – splurging a bit now or a lot later. Your financial situation could change for the better or worse in the future, so really think about it.
Rachel Vickers writes about technology, consumer advocacy & saving money at www.backgroundcheck.org