Entry-level enthusiast dSLRs are definitely a big improvement from the more basic models. Such cameras have great improvement capabilities. They are for photographers who may not have the most money, but would like a durable and semi-professional camera. Entry-level Enthusiast DSLRs are not by any means bad cameras as they can be enhanced through flash units, new lenses, accessories and other addable capabilities.
Entry – Level Enthusiast dSLRs
Entry-level Enthusiast DSLRs start around $800 but can cost up to $1,200. There are different companies that make this type of camera such as Nikon with the Nikon D80 and Cannon with the Cannon Digital Rebel XTi. Other quality entry-level enthusiast dSLRs include the Pentax K10, and the Sony Alpha DSLR-A100.
Although this type of camera is cheaper than more professional DSLR cameras, they do not give up very many features. For instance, the shape of the camera is built in order to limit damage. The reason for such a design is because of the camera’s composite. These lower cost, fully functional cameras are often built around stiff polycarbonate bases instead of the very-near indestructible magnesium cameras that are more expensive.
Although entry-level enthusiast dSLRs do not give up many capabilities, they do have a slight drop down in quality. A perfect example of this is the pentamirrors that will commonly be a little dimmer than the pentaprisms that are used in more professional cameras. Other weaknesses of a entry-level enthusiast DSLR may be its magnification power and its ability to have energetic continuous shooting modes.
If you have trouble forking out $1,800 or more for a dSLR, then entry-level enthusiast DSLRs are a great choice. These cameras have extraordinary megapixel capabilities and they really do make great photographs.
Just above entry-level enthusiast dSLRs are the Prosumer dSLRs. Prosumer dSLRs are made for slightly more experienced photographers. These cameras are even great choices for a professional photographer to choose as a backup. Some professionals even use prosumer dSLRs as their primary camera because they are more lightweight. Such photographers probably need lighter cameras because their audience’s target photographs need to be taken where the photographer has more mobility.
Prosumer dSLRs cost anywhere from $1,200 to $2,500. Cameras that fall under this category are the Nikon D200, the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro and Canon EOS 30D/40D.
Similar to entry-level dSLRs, Prosumer dSLRs cut a few features in order to keep their cost down. Often times this is done by the company by making the camera’s body out of plastic instead of magnesium. Prosumer dSLRs, in burst mode, can take 3-5 fps while pro models have a 8-10 fps capability.
Professional cameramen have built-in grips and remote controls with their expensive cameras, but this is not necessary for a prospective Prosumer dSLR buyer. Prosumer dSLRs are not the top of the line, but they are as close as it gets.