Should I buy a DSLR in 2023?

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Should I buy a DSLR in 2023

I just told a friend of mine that I purchased a Nikon D800 DSLR in 2023, and his response is “What the fuxk? Why did you still buy that junk?” He’s the guy who brought me into mirrorless world back in 2011. So I totally understand why he’s so shocked about my move. When you ask ChatGPT, it may spit out these answers:

Whether or not you should get a DSLR in 2023 depends on your photography needs and preferences.

While DSLRs have been the preferred choice for professional photographers for many years, advancements in technology have made mirrorless cameras a competitive alternative. Mirrorless cameras are generally smaller, lighter, and more compact than DSLRs, while offering similar image quality and features.

When deciding between a DSLR and a mirrorless camera, consider factors such as image quality, lens selection, autofocus capabilities, video features, and portability. If you prioritize image quality and have a preference for traditional DSLR handling, then a DSLR might be the right choice for you. However, if you prioritize portability, video capabilities, and cutting-edge technology, then a mirrorless camera might be a better fit.

It’s also important to note that smartphones have continued to improve their camera capabilities, making them a viable option for casual photography. If you’re primarily interested in taking snapshots and sharing them on social media, a smartphone might be a more practical and cost-effective choice.”

Even though mirrorless cameras have gained popularity in recent years, there are still several reasons why people continue to buy DSLRs in 2023. Here are some possible explanations:

  1. Image quality: DSLRs typically have larger sensors and are able to capture more detail, especially in low light situations. This can be important for photographers who prioritize image quality.
  2. Lens selection: DSLRs have been on the market for many years, which means there is a vast selection of lenses available. Some photographers have invested heavily in DSLR lenses and may not want to switch to a different system.
  3. Battery life: DSLRs generally have longer battery life than mirrorless cameras, which can be important for photographers who need to shoot for extended periods of time.
  4. Handling: DSLRs have a larger and more ergonomic grip, which can be more comfortable for some photographers to hold for extended periods of time. The optical viewfinder of a DSLR also allows for a more direct and uninterrupted view of the scene.
  5. Price: In some cases, DSLRs can be more affordable than comparable mirrorless cameras. This can make them an attractive option for photographers who are on a budget.

Haha, I found all of the above positive reasons from ChatGPT apply to me. I personally think buying a DSLR, especially a high-quality one like mine :-D, makes total sense. My Nikon D800 is with the same age as my Fujifilm X-E1. However, I really think the built quality of the D800 is much sturdier than the X-E1. Moreover, the image quality from the Nikon is also much better when comparing the SOOC jpegs from both cameras side by side. And it’s full-frame! Besides, the long battery life from the Nikon is another win. If you don’t believe in me, you can check out what other said on the topic.

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How about you?