posted on Apr, 8 2015 @ 02:59 PM
If you are "into" photography and serious about it, a dslr is a must. If you are just a point and shoot tourist, not so much. The capabilities of a
dslr are such that, with interchangeable lenses, you have a lot more control over the shot. That assumes you have the knowledge and desire to even
want more control.
I have a (now old) Canon A-1 that, imo, was one of the best reasonably priced dslr's ever made, and I took a lot of good shots with it, some of which
I have framed. On the other hand, one of the best shots I ever took was of Mt. Rainier when the pilot of an Alaska Airlines jet decided to scrape the
side of the mountain with his wings. I had five seconds to grab my wife's point and shoot from her purse and shoot through three layers of airplane
window glass. It's one of the most fantastic pictures of the mountain (and that's what we call it: The Mountain) you'll ever see.
I no longer use a dslr for tourism just because it is too bulky and weighty compared to a good quality Nikon Coolpix, for example. You can get quality
pictures with an iPhone these days (look at the megapixel count), so unless you want the fine control a dslr gives you, I'm not sure it is worth the
considerable extra expense and hassle to outfit yourself with the camera and all its accessories.