What to keep in mind before buying your first DSLR

Buying your first DSLR can be a confusing proposition, allow us to help. 

Meryl D'Souza July 25, 2016

It’s holiday season here in the UAE so naturally you’re planning a mega summer trip full of beaches, bars and brunches - proper, 11am European brunches we mean. 

Now, you will want to make sure you get the best pictures while you’re away - how else are you going to instil jealousy with humblebrag holiday posts? So go ahead get yourself a DSLR before you leave and get shutter happy, just keep this in mind before you buy one. 


Your choice of DSLR must depend on the type of photography that interests you. Be clear of how you want to use it. For example, if you’re planning to buy one for a wedding and don’t have assistants to help you lug around a camera that can record HD videos and take amazing images, a nifty camera from the Canon EOS series should suffice.  


Staying with the knowing what you want theme, DSLRs come with a slew of features like Panorama, Scene Intelligent Auto and Food among others. Some even come with quick editing features so that you can edit images on the go. These features depend on the user so if you’re not a photographer for a fashion or lifestyle magazine, features like being able to edit images on the go can take a back seat. 


Smartphone advertisers will have you believe that megapixels are the be-all and end-all of a camera’s quality. Don’t believe them. We’ve let the pros explain in the video above, but in case you’re not in the mood to stream a video you should know that megapixels only come into play when you’re enlarging or cropping an image. So if you don’t work in publishing, don’t waste your breath and time on fussing about resolution. 


Unlike your smartphone, buying a DSLR is a commitment that you can’t take lightly. Your DSLR will come with a cleaning kit that you’ll actually have to use. Dust is a DSLR’s nemesis and could end up scratching your lens if it’s left unattended. That’s not something you want in your life or on your wallet.


DSLRs have become far more affordable than they once were, but it’s not just the camera you should be looking at. Equipment cost on lenses, batteries, memory cards, etc. can potentially burn a hole through your wallet, so it’s best to do your homework. Remember: photography is an expensive hobby.