Choosing Digital SLR Cameras

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Choosing a digital SLR camera allows photographers to change lenses, to have more control over the images and to do professional photography work. Find a digital SLR camera with the appropriate amount of megapixels using advice from a professional photographer in this free video on digital cameras.

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Hi, my name is James Flint. I'm a professional photographer, and I want to talk to you today, about choosing an SLR camera. An SLR camera, is a single lens reflex camera. This means that it's going to be a camera, that has the ability, or that offers you the ability, to remove the lenses, and put on different ones. This is a standard lens that came with this camera. I also have a telephoto lens, that gets up to 300 millimeters, and then there's many other lenses, a macro lens for taking close up shots, a wide angle lens for doing interior or some sort of more stylish shots, but again, there's a lot of things to consider when you're choosing an SLR camera. First of all, in saying that you want an SLR camera, you're saying that you're going to want to have more control, not just relying on the built in lens features, that a lot of point and click cameras have. Basically, you're going to be able to do a lot more professional work, if you have an SLR camera, and you're not going to be as limited, as you would with a smaller point and click camera. Again, some important things to think about, are your megapixel size, depending on what you want to do with the camera, you need to have a certain amount of megapixels. Basically, a general rule of thumb, is 2 megapixels or less. You're only going to be able to use these images in a digital format, like on email. You put them on a social networking account, but they're not really going to create prints. Anything from about 2-6 megapixels, is going to allow you to make prints, but only in like the 4 x 6, and 5 x 7 formats. As you get closer to 6, you can get to where you can print some 8 x 10's, but if you want to do any enlargements, 8 x 10, 8 x 12, 11 x 14's, you're going to need over 6 megapixels, with your SLR camera, so a few other things to consider, some new digital SLR cameras work with older film camera lenses. It's important to make sure you're not buying a camera that's going to cause you to have to go out and buy all new lenses, so basically, you want to think about your megapixels, what type of lenses you already have, and what type of lenses you'll be using, and what other plans you have for this camera, and that's how you choose a SLR digital camera.

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