Reasons to upgrade to a new camera: 4. Better screen
The standard size for an SLR or CSC screen has been 3-inches for a while now. If your camera’s is smaller you will notice a big difference.
Screen dot-counts have also gone up with 920,000 being commonplace and 1,040,000 becoming popular.
More dots means a sharper, clearer image — which is better for reviewing images as well as when composing images on-screen in live view mode.
Live view mode is especially useful when you’re focusing manually because you can see a magnified image of the most important part of the scene and focus on it.
The more detail this is shown with, the better as it will make it easier to see when the subject is sharp.
Some manufacturers are now putting tilting or vari-angle screens on their cameras.
These are especially useful for composing shots (stills or video) from awkward angles.
Anyone who has a smartphone will know how helpful a touchscreen can be and these are starting to appear on more SLRs and CSCs.
They can really speed up setting AF point, changing settings, navigating menus and scrolling through images.
Reasons to upgrade to a new camera: 5. Better ergonomics
The first digital SLRs were based upon film cameras and it has taken time for manufacturers to find the optimum position for some of the necessary controls.
Quick or function menus have also come along to help you get to the most important features quicker.
If you have an older camera you may find that a modern SLR or CSC has better laid out controls and/or a better-organised interface.
Reasons to upgrade to a new camera: 6. New features
Special effects (some of which are very good), Wi-Fi connectivity that lets you upload images to social media sites and even control the camera remotely via a phone and GPS technology to tag images with shooting location data have all started to appear in cameras over the last couple of years.
In addition some cameras now allow you to rate images in-camera so you can tag your best shots before you’ve downloaded them.
And there are digital displays to tell you when the camera is level so the horizon isn’t sloping.
There are new and exciting features being added with each new camera announcement.
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