Minimum Camera Features

Professional DSLR features

Professional digital single lens reflex cameras make the process of taking pictures easier and faster and will withstand the heavy use demanded by pros. You’ll need to open your wallet very wide, though.

Pro DSLRProfessional digital single lens reflex cameras offer more advanced features than entry- and mid-level DSLRs. The features will not improve pictures in any way from non-pro DSLRs. They will, however, make the process of taking pictures easier and faster and will withstand the heavy use demanded by pros.

Metal bodies: professional bodies are made of metal alloys, are very rugged and often shock-proof.

Built-in vertical grip: in general, professional DSLRs have a built-in vertical grip, making the body much larger but more convenient to use in a studio, for instance.

No built-in flash: The vast majority of professional bodies do not have a built-in flash, since most professionals will rely on an external flash at all times.

Burst rate: the burst rate and general operation speed of a professional body is unrivaled by other models. For instance, professional sports photographers always look for faster burst rates to make sure they are able to capture the action at all times.

Pro DSLR lensesFull frame: some professional bodies offer even larger sensors than regular DSLRs. These sensors, called “full frame,” offer more resolution and less noise. They are equivalent, in size, to 35 mm film. The viewfinder of a full-frame camera is extremely large and luminous.

Weather sealing: almost all professional DSLRs are weather sealed to some extent, in order to be used in the most difficult conditions.

Which type DSLR?

Only you can decide which level DSLR is best for you. Make a decision based on your current level of expertise and your current and future needs. Remember: the best camera is the one that you enjoy using, whatever its features list!

About the author

Bernard Dery

Bernard was born and still lives in Quebec City, Canada. A doctorate candidate in Physics, Bernard works full-time as an optical designer at EXFO, a world leader in telecom tests and measurements tools. His professional interests go from fiber optics to atmospheric data collection and lasers.

His first contact with photography was a Vivitar fixed lens camera that he had purchased at age eight. His interest developed slowly, and for many years Bernard limited himself to family and travel pictures.

Bernard discovered the world of digital photography in February 2004, when he purchased his first digital camera. Developing an interest for composition, he experimented with many subjects: landscapes, nature, cities and architecture.

soon began to invest more time and energy into his new found hobby, finding new and beautiful subjects to capture everyday. His challenge is to capture the mood and emotion carried by a scene as it presents itself to him.

A trip to Italy in
September 2004 fueled his growing interest with numerous magical photography opportunities.

Bernard and his wife like to spend free time near a lake at his family's summer house, where he finds new subjects to capture every day. His interests are varied and include hiking, camping, swimming, boating and reading, as well as most winter

Bernard, known as bdery on forums, uses a Pentax K20D and W80, Canon S2 and a Nikon SQ as a backup.

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