Automatic and Manual mode
In Canon DSLR cameras, there are automatic modes as well as a manual mode. If you want to snap images without putting time on changing controls, then use automatic mode. Otherwise, use manual mode if you know how to tweak the controls to come up with decent images. As seen in automatic mode, the camera provides fixed values for the aperture, ISO, and shutter speed. While in manual mode, you take control of the three features yourself, giving you the freedom to adjust the exposure of the image.
High ISO Setting
This feature allows you to change the camera sensor’s sensitivity to light. When you boost the ISO, it allows you to shoot in darker setting even without a flash. However, a higher ISO setting produces more noise which makes the images appear speckled and grainy. Luckily, cameras these days have a better noise performance, providing you decent images even at higher ISO settings. It is best to get cameras with ISO values of over 1600, such as Canon’s 70D, which allows you to capture images in low light.
Decent number of megapixels
Megapixel or MP is a value that relates to the camera’s resolution. Basically, the higher the megapixels, the better the quality of the images. This does seem to be an easy criterion since you just have to look for a camera that has a great number of pixels. However, this should not always be the case. Cameras that produce 5x7 inch images only require 4 MP to get decent results. For quality 8x10 images, an 8 MP camera will get the job done. The same goes for large prints – you don’t need a higher value of megapixels. By simply lowering the image resolution, you will get satisfactory results. Therefore, megapixels do not make a great camera. They are just one of the aspects that improve the quality of images.
Another factor that makes a camera worthwhile is if it feels nice in the hand. When you buy a camera, first, check if it provides a good feel. Then, take note of other aspects that determine the ergonomics of a camera such as the size, weight, and material.
- Size - aside from comfort, a good camera size should allow you to reach all the buttons with ease.
- Weight – There’s no guideline when it comes to choosing the right weight for a camera. It all depends on your preference. However, if you are a beginner, it’s best to select a smaller and lighter camera so you can take shots with ease. An entry-level camera that is recommended is the Canon 1000d.
- Material – If you want a sturdy and durable camera, you can choose one that is made of magnesium alloy. When you consider a camera with a rugged design or material, make sure it feels comfortable in the hand.
Raw Image Format
Some cameras can shoot images in either raw or JPEG format. While others have the capability to save both formats. A camera that provides raw prints gives you control as to what format you want. Whereas, a camera that is limited only to a JPEG format converts the image into a smaller file that may affect the quality. Thus, if you want creative control and better-quality images, go for a camera with a raw format.
A Canon camera's focus is an essential part of photography as it can make or break the quality of images. It allows users to view the subject of an image at the exact spot they want. Before you decide to buy, check the quality of the autofocus. If the camera focuses quickly and accurately, then it has a great autofocus; otherwise, you may want to look for another model. Canon’s EOS 7D Mark II comes with an excellent autofocus that will guarantee you no missed shots.
Video Recording Capability
Today’s cameras come with a video recording feature. If you need a camera that offers great video quality, go for one that features a 1080p resolution which is the standard for HD recording. If you want much better quality, a 4K camera is an ideal choice.
LCD is a type of screen that is commonly integrated into cameras. It’s important to take note that the quality of LCDs varies by brand or by cost. Expensive camera models are often equipped with high-quality screens which offer more brightness and better contrast. Though there are also mid-range models that have good screen quality.