Many high-quality compact cameras offer a range of functions that come up close to a SLR. So why buy a large, heavy DSLR camera? This article points to the specific features of digital SLR cameras and presents a selection of recommended digital SLR.

The difference between compact and SLR cameras is their noticeable performance in low light. Compact cameras in low light tend to create a much greater noise. The compact design of compact cameras, also show up shortcomings in the operation. Due to the larger design of DSLR cameras more controls can be transferred to the housing, so save yourself from complicated navigation through the camera menu. SLRs offer through its expansion options, the chance to adapt to virtually all shooting situations. Manufacturers offer this rich range of lenses, filters, flashes, portrait and remote release … Lets not forget about the faster burst mode or faster auto-focus.

The manual controls of DSLR cameras offer a wide range of creative possibilities, but also in automatic mode DSLR cameras are usually superior to their compact counterparts. Especially in low light situations the difference show up because of the larger sensor forms a distinct advantages over the compact camera models, which often tend to worse noise performance due to their smaller sensors. If you frequently photograph at night or in low light conditions, you should opt for a digital SLR. These have advantages over compact digital cameras because of their larger sensor.

Do you want to make portraits like professional? The secret of these recordings is often in the shallow depth of field, while the background is blurred. For this, DSLR cameras preferable with fast lenses in a range of focal lengths from 60 to 100mm compact cameras. Compact digital cameras usually have a very small sensor and thus a depth of field that is usually too large for portrait shots, so that the background is reproduced clearly due to their small size.

Modern SLRs have become true multi-talents. Firstly, they now also offer the possibility of video recording in HD quality. Secondly, the display is made as a pivotable part. Particularly interesting for beginners or if no computer is available: The pictures can now be edited in-camera. For this purpose, depending on the camera, a variety of editing and effect options are available.

To help you not to get lost in the jungle of offers, you will find a small selection of high-quality digital SLR. The sorting is done on the basis of suitability for specific user groups.


Current Camera Tips A selection of current quality SLR (DSLR) Brief descriptions and recommendations

New! Canon EOS 60D (+++ beginners and advanced)


Like so many other photographers I passionate about travel. It also depends on the weight and size of the equipment. The Canon 60D offers in combination with the Canon 18-200 IS as easy alternative to my full-size equipment and was the first DSLR from Canon assortment a swiveling display. This is extremely useful not only for video recording, it also facilitates in hiking with a heavy pack a change of perspective. A swiveling display offers itself also for people with reduced mobility. It facilitates a change of perspective and give this group of people new creative freedoms. In addition, the camera offers with its 18-megapixel sensor sufficient quality reserves for large-format prints. A Full HD mode for video recording at 1080p gives it as a bonus.

Canon EOS 500D (+++ beginners)


The Canon 500D has, despite its relatively low price, a very good introduction to SLR photography. SLR digital camera (15 megapixels, Live View, HD video)

Nikon D5000 (+++ beginners)


Cheap digital SLR pivoted display. With its 12.3-megapixel image sensor, the camera offers a good image quality with a balanced relationship between resolution and light sensitivity. The 19 Scene modes enable even beginners to come up with your demanding shooting situations good image results. In addition, the camera has a video function for shooting in HD quality.

Nikon D3100 (+++ Beginners)


This user-friendly digital SLR camera is also good for beginners in the SLR photography. The camera offers good photo quality with 14.2 megapixels and Full HD movies, live view with fast autofocus

Olympus E-520 (beginner +++)


The Olympus E-520 has a good image quality in spite of its 10 megapixels. The camera has a built-in image stabilizer, which works with all connected lenses and camera shake is reduced effectively. The camera has a very effective dust protection system. A good operator guidance and numerous shooting modes beginners to take pictures. With its 35 fps they certainly not one of the racehorses, but their very good price performance ratio and compact design, they nevertheless make them an interesting choice for many beginners. Olympus also offers an optional underwater housing.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II (+++ Senior and Intermediate)


The EOS 5D Mark II is a professional full-frame camera with very high resolution and high ISO performance. With its 3.9 fps shooting sports are not your Hauptmetier. This camera is characterized mainly by their very high resolution (21.1 megapixels), making it an ideal companion for professional recording, which depend on high detail reproduction. In addition, the offers Canon EOS 5D Mark II to record Full HD videos. With a housing made of a magnesium alloy and an effective sensor cleaning this camera is ready for the harsh everyday by professional photographers.

Nikon D700 (+++ Senior and Intermediate)


The Nikon D700 is a professional full-frame camera with a resolution of only 12.1 megapixels. The particular strength of this camera is its large ISO  their highly sensitive CMOS sensor. The ISO sensitivity range up to 6400 possible. In addition, a speed of up to 5 frames per second, which is complemented by a sophisticated AF system with 51 points. With a robust sealed magnesium body and an effective sensor cleaning this camera is ready for the harsh everyday by professional photographers.


Specific problems of digital photography

Digital photography does not only bring advantages. The photographer therefore should be aware of some special features of digital photography clear.

Changed aspect ratio

In the analog small picture technology was an aspect ratio of 2: 3 of the standard (eg film format 24x36mm or eg screen sizes 10x15cm, 20x30cm, etc…)

Many compact digital cameras use an aspect ratio of 3: 4, this aspect can not without cutting or distortion on a “classic” aspect ratio of 2: 3 broadcast. Therefore, it is necessary to z. B. to decide at increase if the entire image on the enlargement should be visible. Then the digital aspect ratio must be selected, with the result that the image printer such. B. has no size 10x15cm, but about 10×13,5cm.

With some cameras, therefore the aspect ratio is adjustable and should, if no further processing is done on the computer, be adapted to the output format under certain circumstances.

Most digital SLR cameras do not exhibit this behavior. They have a sensor format of 2: 3 (exceptions eg Panasonic, Olympus.).