FOR THOSE serious about their photography, a digital SLR is the natural weapon of choice. For the uninitiated, an SLR is a camera that has detachable lenses, like those you’d see a professional photographer lugging around.
While there are a number of options in the sub R10 000 category, the Canon 400D should probably be close to the top of any shopper’s list. As with any SLR it isn’t something that you’d slip into your pocket but it does come armed with a considerable barrage of features, including a system that cleans the sensor so that you always get clean and clear pictures.
While it may seem that such cameras are quite expensive, potential shutterbugs need to remember that digital SLRs typically take better pictures than their all-inone counterparts and take them more quickly than other cameras.
The 400D has a great automatic mode that allows any novice to pick up the camera, point and shoot. But in my opinion it’s been dumbed down too much. In automatic mode there’s no opportunity to change any settings – even turning the flash on or off is left to the discretion of the camera.
In more manual modes, where everything can be turned on or off, that’s accessible, but not in the automatic modes, where many users will spend most of their time. That allows you to take great pics very quickly but restricts you when you want to be a bit more creative.
What’s clear is that if you want the most out of your investment you need to know what you’re doing and then you’ll get your money’s worth. If all you’re going to do is point and shoot, save your money and buy something simpler.