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.
Reasons to upgrade to a new camera: 7. Better battery life
Poor camera battery life used to be quite a major issue and it used to be essential to carry a spare, but on the whole this has improved quite a bit.
Many cameras now allow 300-400 images to be shot, along with plenty of reviewing and adjustments being made on a single battery charge.
There are a few exceptions, however, so be careful with this one.
Reasons to upgrade to a new camera: 8. Better images
As well as improving detail resolution and noise control, developments in sensor and processor technology have resulted in cameras producing images with greater dynamic range and better colour.
This means that images have greater tonal range, so there’s more detail in the shadows and highlights and colours look good straight from the camera.
Many cameras also now have dynamic range optimisation systems and HDR features that help you produce better images in high contrast situations.
Reasons to upgrade to a new camera: 9. Better live view AF
If you like to compose images on the screen of your camera, you may be interested to know that the focusing speed of most compact system cameras and some SLRs in live view mode is now far faster than ever before.
This makes it much easier to compose images on the camera’s screen even when handholding the camera.
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