From the research I have done, I have gathered that a DSLR camera is a good way to start professional photography.
According to Digital Photography School.com, this kind of camera has a certain focus for images, due to the larger size of image sensors in DSLRs which allows for larger pixel sizes. DSLRs are generally able to be used at a faster ISO which will lead to faster shutter speeds and less grain (ie shoot at 1600 ISO on most DSLRs will have less noise than shooting at 1600 on a Point and Shoot). DSLRs also have built in noise-reduction when generating JPG images which also helps cut down on noise.
Not only is a DSLR camera quicker, it also allows you to change lenses. DSLR’s ability to change lenses opens up a world of possibilities for photographers. While my point and shoot has a nice little 3x Optical Zoom (and many these days have longer ones) my DSLR can be fitted with many high quality lenses ranging from wide angle to super long focal lengths depending upon what I’m photographing (and of course my budget). Add to this a large range of other accessories (flashes, filters etc) and a DSLR can be adapted to many different situations. It should be noted that when it comes to lenses that the diversity in quality of lenses is great. Image quality is impacted greatly by the quality of the lens you use.
Now how cool is that! You can use lenses to create special effects for the pictures you take. You end up having more options and more variety in your portfolio. And, really, versatility is another perk of DSLR cameras.
Digital Photography School.com shares, one of the things I love about my DSLR is the versatility that it gives me in many areas, especially depth of field. I guess this is really an extension of it’s manual controls and ability to use a variety of lenses but a DSLR can give you depth of field that puts everything from foreground to background in focus through to nice blurry backgrounds.
Another benefit of a DSLR camera is that it comes with is the benefit of giving you ultimate control. While many point and shoots come with the ability to shoot in manual mode, a DSLR is designed in such a way that it is assumed that the photographer using it will want to control their own settings. While they do come with good auto modes the manual controls are generally built in in such a way that they are at the photographers finger tips as they are shooting.
So, you are in control of the camera and its settings, you have lenses to play with and mess around with for different effects, you have quicker usage of the camera. While the DSLR cameras are more expensive than regular point and shoot cameras, the benefits are numerous and essential for the professional photographer.