WHY UPGRADE FROM A POINT-AND-SHOOT?
1. Making big color prints? Although point-and-shoot cameras match SLRs in image resolution (megapixels), there’s no question a SLR delivers better image quality. The secret is a larger sensor that captures and reads light. The most noticeable difference in image quality can be seen in low-light situations. At ISO settings greater than 200, the SLR has far less noise (grain) and a greater range of mid-tones.
2. Trying to get that deceive moment? Point-and-shoot cameras have an annoying lag time of 1-2 seconds between pressing the shutter button and exposure of the image. SLR cameras not only focus and shoot instantly, the technology helps avoid back focusing when the camera focuses on the background, not the subject.
3. Need more variety in lens choices? Although some point-and-shoot cameras have great zooms, SLR cameras have interchangeable lenses opening up a new world of photography.
DO YOU REALLY NEED TO UPGRADE? MAYBE NOT.
1. Do you shoot on the run? SLR cameras are much larger. There’s no putting one in a purse or pocket.
2. Like the movie mode on your camera? Forget about it on an SLR. It’s made for the more serious still photographer.
3. Only need 4x6-inch prints? Point-and-shoot cameras will fill your needs and then some.
4. Price a key consideration? You can get a quality point-and-shoot for under $300.
BEST SLR CAMERAS TO CONSIDER UNDER $1,000
- Canon EOS Rebel XT: Upgrade from the Rebel, this 8-megapixel camera reveals the best for speed and image quality.
- Nikon D70s: One of the most popular on the market, it has excellent zoom lenses made just for this model.
- Nikon D50: Smaller, lighter, easier to use with scene modes. For under $900, this camera is a great buy.
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