The ideal digital camera for family photographers

Your daughter is about to take her first steps.

She sits in the middle of the living room and rolls onto her hands and knees. She cautiously assumes a standing position.

Suddenly you realize that she’s about to wobble across the room. You grab your compact digital camera and turn it on.

By the time the camera has booted up, she has already taken a few steps. They point the camera at her, but she can’t focus in the dim living room light.

The moment is over – she sits back down and you have no photo to show for it.

If you hate missing those moments, you need an alternative to your compact digital camera. Let me tell you about the advantages of a digital SLR camera.

SLR defined

SLR stands for Single Lens Reflex, and there are two major differences between SLRs and compact cameras.

First, the image you see in an SLR viewfinder is the image the camera will capture. Second, you can detach the lens from the camera and put another lens in its place.

In addition to these two differences, there are many other features that make an SLR ideal for a family photographer.

Immediately available

You don’t have to wait for a digital SLR to warm up.

Turn on the power switch and the camera is ready to use. You can even keep the camera on all the time if you want.

Digital SLR cameras have a “sleep” mode to conserve battery life. One push of a button is enough and the camera is “awake” and ready for the next shot.

Even fleeting moments are not missed while waiting for the camera to start.

Fast, precise autofocus

Digital SLR cameras have advanced autofocus systems.

They contain multiple autofocus points, and you can use any of these points to quickly focus on your child, no matter how much they’re moving.

There’s also a mode called predictive autofocus, which tracks your child’s movement and continuously adjusts to keep the focus sharp.

Bigger sensors

Digital SLR cameras are much larger than compact cameras.

This offers a unique advantage: the light-sensitive sensor in a digital SLR is physically larger than the sensor in a compact camera.

The larger sensors are better able to produce high quality images even in low light conditions.

If you spend a lot of time photographing your child indoors, then you’ll really benefit from the larger sensor size of a digital SLR.

No more red eyes

You’re probably dealing with a lot of red-eye if you’ve used your compact digital camera’s flash.

This is because the flash of a compact camera is close to the lens and the light from the flash reflects off your child’s retina.

Any digital SLR flash pops up far from the camera lens, virtually eliminating red-eye.

Although it’s easy to fix red-eye with today’s photo editing software, is that really how you want to spend your time?

in summary

If you are a parent and have been thinking about upgrading your 3 year old compact digital camera, I strongly encourage you to take a close look at the digital SLR models available.

They have come down in price significantly in the last two years and are now cost competitive with compact cameras.

Think of it this way: it’s probably worth the extra money knowing you’ll never again miss an important milestone in your child’s life because your camera wasn’t ready.

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