I have recently read an article on the tech lounge that quickly became very popular with more than 1000 diggs about 10 reasons to buy a DSLR. I have to say up front that I do agree with most of the points expressed in that article, however I’d like to add something DSLRs are NOT for anybody no matter how cheap they are becoming.
So here are 10 reasons NOT to buy a DSLR
1. They are big and bulky: Most of us who own a DSLR will end up buy buying an additional point and shoot digital camera because DSLRs are just too bulky to carry everywhere. Just very few people, like myself, will accept showing off at a restaurant table, or other occasions, carrying a big Canon EOS 30D and a set of lenses.
2. You are not going to use it: This point was already brought up in the tech lounge article but this point is so valid I just can’t skip it. Many people spend money to buy a DSLR and end up by just using the Pre-programmed modes, so if you don’t count to go deep enough into photography to forget
3. Lens quality: Most branded compact digital camera you buy will ship with a high quality lens capable of delivering images of great quality. Most kit lens are a joke, and if you are not ready to invest BIG money in lenses, just don’t buy a DSLR.
4. Equipment care: DSLR will require much more care and cleaning than the compact digital camera. You’ll will have to buy cleaning kits, clean those lenses and the sensor too anytime you start seeing dust spots on you images, and I know just too well that it happen too often.
5. No LCD live preview: Yes I know why, but most people will expect to be able to preview the picture they are about to take live on their LCD, that’s the whole idea behind going digital isn’t it? So you need to know that in a DSLR you will not be able to preview the picture on the LCD screen.
6. Lens versatility: When you buy that point and shoot you will have just one versatile piece of equipment specially build to fit most of your photography situations. When you buy a DSLR you will have to buy a lens for each and every kind of shooting. Landscape/portrait/wildlife/indoor, you name it. I know it is a feature, but it is on costly feature, so again if you are not ready to pay money more than just the price of the camera DSLR are not for you. Good lenses costs a lot more than entry and midrange DSLRs
7. Bandwagon: Don’t just buy a DSLR because everyone else is doing so, think about why you want a camera to start with, if what you need is a camera to carry everywhere and keep those memories captured forever, then you probably don’t need a DSLR, but if you genuinely love photography and ready to spend time and money learning it, then DSLR is a surely a good choice.
8. It is NOT the camera but the photographer: If you think that a DSLR will make you a better photographer, think again. It is note the camera that takes the pictures, but the person behind the lens, check the internet and you will find a lot of breathtaking pictures taken with point and shoot digital cameras. Of course a DSLR will give you more opportunities and more tools to work with, but it won’t make you a better photographer.
9. Life span: Once you get your DSLR you will most probably want to upgrade to the new model ever other model release. You can still find a lot of people shooting with they Canon G5 even after the G6 and G7 are released, but you will notice that most DSLR owners will rush to upgrade their camera finding any and every excuse possible to justify its cost.
10. You will still be able to buy it later: Like everything else if you are just starting in photography it is only the logical path to start small and then, when you feel you reached the limits of your equipment, you can always buy a more pro one and you will always find someone in your family happy to get that compact digital camera you want to get rid off.
As a conclusion, if you have a good photography background