Tips for the Best Digital SLR Camera

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Maybe you’re an amateur shutterbug itching to upgrade your snappy point-and-shoot.

Maybe you’re a MWAC (Mom With a Camera) wanting to upgrade to a MWARBC (Mom With a Really Big Camera).

Maybe you’re about to embark on a huge vacation and you want the proper camera to do your vacation pictures justice.

Whatever your reason, you’re looking to jump into the deep sea of serious digital photography: you’re ready to buy your first digital SLR camera.

What Makes an SLR an SLR?

SLR stands for “Single Lens Reflex.” A single lens reflex camera is deemed “best” by professional photographers because they allow photographers to look through the viewfinder and get the most accurate preview of what will turn up in the final photo.

That’s because digital SLR cameras use a mirror behind the actual lens to mimic what the lens sees when it takes a picture: you see a mirror image, you press the camera button, the mirror quickly swings out of the way and the camera takes the picture.

This design allows for numerous lens focal lengths and offers maximum versatility in photography. If you’re serious about digital photography, you’ll want a digital SLR camera.

Read the Most Current Reviews

New digital SLRs are being put on the market every year. The best DSLR cameras of 2012 are vastly different from the best cameras of 2010, boasting far more features, battery life, and specialty modes than their predecessors. Reading reviews can help you distinguish between actual amazing new technology that you’ll need¬†and the bells and whistles that aren’t necessary.

Some of the top brands for digital SLR cameras include Canon, Nikon, Olympus, and Sony. These are the brands you’ll want to look at when shopping for a digital SLR. Also understand the huge difference between professional-grade DSLRs and entry-level DSLRs. If you’re new to the world of Manual mode, you’ll want to go with an entry-level DSLR.

The Canon Rebel DSLR Line

The Canon Rebel line is one of the most popular entry-level digital SLR cameras on the market. The camera is easy-to-use and produces high-quality pictures that are good for both amateur and midrange photographers alike. It’s also relatively lightweight compared to pricier models on the market.

Best of all, the Canon Rebel boasts one of the most reasonable prices on the market, making it affordable for average users (though be forewarned that purchasing various lenses will drive up your costs considerably).