Ask DN: Which DSLR to Buy?

almost 6 years ago from , Cofounder, DesignLive.co

Any recommendations from photographers or designers on a good all-purpose DSLR? Something versatile enough for headshots, interior shots of businesses, and some light video work.

More clients are needing photo & video work and it's time to pony up and buy a camera. Canon and Nikon DSLRs are the obvious choices, but I know nothing about the technology in them and what makes each different / so damn expensive. Nikon's website comparison table for entry-level DSLR's isn't too helpful either.

Nikon trying to be helpful, I suppose.


  • Hubert GawronskiHubert Gawronski, almost 6 years ago (edited almost 6 years ago )

    It's more about the lenses and not camera itself. Don't listen to people saying "oh the more you pay for the camera the better". That's partially true, but you can get close (or even better) results with cheaper camera and amazing lens.

    Anyway. I've purchased Nikon D5300 with Nikon DX Nikkor 35mm 1.8G lens. That's really amazing setup for taking closeup shots (portraits, half/full body's) and this lens gives you great shots in lowlight. Performs really well in shooting HD video but I recommend buying external microphone if you want to capture audio as well.

    Some amateur video using this lens (on even cheaper Nikon): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrhjxVpVEFA

    Shots with 35mm 1.8G lens: https://www.flickr.com/groups/nikon35/

    Shots with D5300: https://www.flickr.com/groups/nikond5300/

    Hope that helps!

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  • Account deleted almost 6 years ago

    I looooooove my SONY A6000. There are a lot of options outside of Canon and Nikon these days. In some respects, both those brands have slightly inferior products depending what your needs are... especially at the prosumer price ranges.

    I think you need to ask yourself what you want to do MOST with the camera... then prioritize things like lens costs, battery life, weight, size, price, etc. There are a lot of great sites and such these days too that can help you make an informed choice:


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  • Tom DurkinTom Durkin, almost 6 years ago

    Easiest way to do it in my opinion - decide how much you want to spend first. Then you will be able to narrow it down to a few models and start researching them.

    I ended up going with Nikon over a canon in the same price range purely because I preferred the interface in the viewfinder. there wasn't much difference apart from that.

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  • Nick LooijmansNick Looijmans, almost 6 years ago

    In general, it's pretty easy. The more expensive the camera, the better the camera. I would define a budget and then go for a camera that fits it. And look beyond Canon and Nikon. If you're only casually taking photos for clients (high-end clients might opt for a professional photographer), one of the mirrorless cameras (Panasonic, Olympus, Fujifilm, Sony etc.) might be your best bet.

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  • Mark FinnMark Finn, almost 6 years ago

    There's a ton of articles online around this.

    In regards to Canon and Nikons - I think the most recommended for entry level is a Canon 100D and Nikon D3200. This is probably due to them being easy to use with no over complicated settings.

    The lenses you that you get with those will be decent for everyday use. Though you'd probably want to invest in a 50mm or something similar for headshot for a greater depth of field.

    I'm by no means a professional though, it's just what I've read up on. I've been meaning to by myself an entry for a while.

    I've found DigitalRev is always helpful - http://www.digitalrev.com

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  • Alex Tapper, over 5 years ago (edited over 5 years ago )

    Nikon trying to be helping, I suppose

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