Understanding your DSLR camera

New DSLR? Not sure how to use it? Our friends at Canon help us get to know our cameras

We’re a visual bunch, and we love nothing more than taking pics of crafty happenings and sharing it with you guys on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. But we rely on the auto button a little too much, so we asked our friends at Canon to help us bust the jargon…

Focus Points

Modern DSLR’s have the ability to concentrate the focus on different areas of the frame. These are called focus points. The more points you have the more control you have over focus. Focus points with an f2.8 sensitivity are super accurate and coupled with f2.8 lenses offer accurate autofocus even in low light.

Frames per second

Always capture the defining moment with shooting bursts of images at high frame rates. With a higher frame rate, you can capture more images faster.

Lens focal length (mm)

Lenses are named in millimetres (mm). The number refers to the focal length of the lens. Low numbers like 28mm are useful for landscapes and bigger numbers like 300mm are useful for sports or wildlife photography. Lenses with two numbers e.g. 18-55mm are zoom lenses.

Screen size (in)

A larger screen makes it easy to frame and view your photos. Some more advanced cameras have touch screens, or vari-angle screens which allow you to tilt or swivel the screen, providing excellent visibility and easy framing from difficult angles.

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