This is page 2 of 3. "Best DSLR Camera" begins here.

Here’s an example of the same picture taken with each a crop and a full frame camera. The red rectangle resembles how the picture looks when taken with a camera that has a smaller sensor.

A picture taken, using the same focal length lens and from the same distance will vary as to how much is in the picture. The picture will still be what you see in your viewfinder. The difference is in how wide an area a given lens shoots and how far back one must be in order to get an entire building, or the like, into a shot.

The amount a camera crops the picture varies with the different cameras. This shows just about the worst case scenario. But, you can see how much advantage there is in the full frame shot.

Full frame is the standard by which all camera sensors are measured. It is the sizing of a 35mm film camera. It offers more latitude when it comes to shooting, cropping and enlarging our pictures.

Of course, technological advancements in the last 2 years make a world of difference in capturing low light shots as well. I would not step up to the new camera just for the low light shots, but I will for the full frame capability. When I do that, it includes better low light photos.

To most it would not make sense to get a full frame camera just for the sake of having full frame. Most people will never miss the extra portion of the picture but will definitely notice the extra $ going out of the pocket! From now on when someone talks “full frame” you will know what they are talking about.

When I step up to the full frame camera I will also have to get all new lenses. Most of the time, if you plan right, you will not have to get new lenses when you add a body to your collection. Full frame is an exception to the rule because the other lenses are not compatible.

The general rule is, build your collection around your lenses, not around your camera body.

If you do that you can use the same lenses on many different camera bodies. You only have to buy one set of lenses and they will last for many years.

Investment versus wants will undoubtedly weigh heavily...

in your choice. As expected, the entry level cameras are smaller and lighter. When you step up in a camera's ability, by default, you step up in size and weight.

I understand that nearly 3 out of 4 buyers these days are choosing a DSLR over either a point and shoot, or an advanced point and shoot. These 3 of 4 buyers include all 3 levels of consumer grade DSLR. Must be a reason for it, huh!? I think so.

Let’s start with the entry level cameras.

Continue here.