Photography Tips: 5 Reasons To Own a DSLR

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Nowadays, Mirrorless camera system has became a trend in the camera world. It provides the same image quality as a DSLR but having a smaller size and lighter weight. So why you still have to bother to get yourself a DSLR? Let’s have a look together.

1. Professional Look and Feel

Sony Full Frame DSLR - A99 Image taken from:
Sony Full Frame DSLR – A99 Image taken from:

Regardless of what DSLR you are carrying, either APS-C or Full-Frame, at the moment you lift up your DSLR, you will give peoples an impression: “Wow! This guy is a professional photographer”. Why do you want to give people such a feeling? It is because you are running a photography business or paid to shoot some events.

Normal people don’t care about how much your gear actually cost. Even you tell people that you are using an extremely expensive Full-Frame P&S during your shooting event, but people will still question “If it costs that much, why don’t you use the professional DSLR?” or “P&S? Can I count on this photographer? I paid so much but he/she doesn’t even have a DSLR.”

No matter how good your photography skill is, normal people will judge you based on the gear you are using before they choose you for their event shooting. Give your clients the feeling that you worth the price in both before and after the event shooting!

2. Best Performance

Undeniably, the current high-end DSLR camera outperform any Mirrorless camera and P&S camera in the continuous shooting and auto focus speed.

The high-end DSLR has an incredible amount of buffer size which allows you to continuous shooting for hundreds of photos before the camera stop you from shooting. None of the current Mirrorless camera and P&S camera is capable of doing so. Yes, they allow you for continuous shooting, but stop you to do so after taking 10 or 20 shots at maximum.

Phase Detection Image taken from:
Phase Detection Image taken from:

After taking so many shots continuously, you definitely hope that every shot is well-focused. DSLR uses both contrast and phase detection focus mechanism to lock the target faster and more accurately rather than a single contrast detection focus mechanism that found in usual Mirrorless camera and P&S camera. Due to the reflection board in DSLR, its phase detection outperforms the phase detection that found in some of the Mirrorless camera.

The DSLR also allows more complex and precise technology mechanism to be implemented in its larger camera body. All the best stuff can be equipped in the DSLR and it gives you a totally difference performance experience than using Mirrorless camera or P&S camera.

3. Great Battery Life

With a single fully charge battery, DSLR is capable to shot an average of 500-1000 shots. Some top-end model even capable to shoot 2000 to 3000 shots with a single fully charge battery. The number of shots of DSLR easily outperforms  the Mirrorless camera (300-400 shots in average) and the P&S camera (100-200 shots in average).

Besides, it is so common to see that the DSLR equipped with an extra battery grip that provides 2 to 3 times of shooting capability. It is good to have such a battery life for event shooting because you might missed some great moments/shots when you are running out of battery or replacing your camera battery.

4. Full Range of Lenses

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Sony A-Mount Lenses Image taken from:

Compare to the Mirrorless camera system, DSLR camera has a more complete range of lenses available. Although the manufacturer usually provides an adapter for their Mirrorless camera in order to use the DSLR’s range of lenses, but it spoils the purpose of having a smaller size and lighter weight Mirrorless camera.

The company might have only one 50mm lens for their Mirrorless camera but they might have several 50mm lenses available for their DSLR. Or there exist a 85 mm F1.4 lens for your DSLR but not your Mirrorless camera. With the full range of lenses and several variants for specific focal-length lens, you have greater flexibility to choose the lens accordingly to your budget, image quality requirement, and any of your preference.

5. More Dedicated Controls and Ports Available

The DSLR allows more dedicated controls and connectivity ports on its larger camera body, such as the dedicated exposure dial, aperture dial, mic input, audio output, wired tether port, more customized buttons and so on. Those dedicated controls allow you to instantly control your camera instead of scrolling through the camera’s menu, and those dedicated ports provide the extensibility to external equipments such as mic, monitoring headphone, and wired tethering control for more professional usage.

Bottom Line

Although DSLR has a bulkier and heavier camera body, but it is still a favourite of many photography professional due to its outstanding performance. In the current moment, DSLR is still the best choice for shooting the sport events, wildlife, and business. If you are doing any of these, get an DSLR and it will serve you brilliantly.

If you are still not sure which camera system suit you better, you may read my 5 Reasons to Own a P&S and 5 Reasons to Own a Mirrorless Camera, or simple left your comments here. Thanks for your reading and hope you enjoyed it.

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