Photography 101 - Choosing the right camera

Hey guys. Its been a loooooooooooooooonngggg time since i post anything. Semester break is just around the corner. I'm sure everyone is looking forward to it, even though it will only last for a week.

As all of u have known, we will have photography class in semester 3, and it will be 3 weeks course before our next holiday. Those who already own a DSLR camera, try spend more time with it and get familiar with its function. Go out, snap anything that interest you. A good knowledge of your camera will help you a lot in shooting a good picture.

Those who still looking & trying to decide which one to buy, i'm sure most of you thought everything looks the same. Its just the price that makes the difference. People normally thought buying a cheap ones will do the job just fine. Its true in the end, its you who makes the difference in capturing a good picture. But by investing in proper gear will surely worth every ringgit you spend as long term investment, if you are thinking of being serious in photography of course. Entry level DSLR indeed is cheap, normally use CCD type sensor with standard 9 focus point & burst mode of 3 frames per seconds with limited functions. Intermediate & pros used the CMOS sensor DSLR which is more expensive but works better under low light conditions.

Modern SLR's, or simply put it as DSLR comes with different types of sensor. There are 2 types of sensor. It can be a CCD or a CMOS sensor. CCD sensor indeed is sharp under sufficient light conditions and works best in daylight but it produce a lot of noise when a higher ISO is used. In low light conditions, its better to bump up your ISO than slowing your shutter speed simply because slower shutter speed will cause your moving images blurred, even when using a tripod. A CMOS sensor in other hand, produce lower noise when using higher ISO, allowing you to snap a picture with lesser noise under low light conditions.

So choose wisely when you want to buy a DSLR camera. If you think you want to go further with it, i suggest you invest on intermediate level instead of entry level since you might, or should i say u will get frustrated with entry level camera's in no time as your skill developed. For those who have the thought having one for the sake of taking pictures, entry level will be good enough for you. I think i had enough for today. I'll save up the rest of the basics to this website -

For those who interested investing on camera's, my suggestion is as listed below :

Nikon - D5000, D90, D300 ( if you serious about photography )
Canon - 500D, 50D
Sony - A500 , A550, A700

As for entry level recommendations, i suggest ;

Nikon - D3000, D60
Canon - 1000D
Sony - A230, A330, A380

Its not necessary to buy a new set of camera's. A second hand ones in good condition will save your pocket from having a large hole. Its rare to find DSLR camera's & gears in crappy condition though so you dont have to worry much in buying a used camera. All you need to make sure is the camera body has low shutter count, and the lens is in good condition, ( snappy, no oily blades & no fungus in it).

Well then. Off i go now. Still have cube work to be done.