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Digital SLR Camera Guide

Digital SLRs are the best cameras available on the market. Their main advantages include interchangeable lenses and manual settings, which can achieve the highest-quality photographs. They also have the widest range of optional accessories of all camera types.  

SLRs use optical viewfinders, which reflect the image of the lens using a mirror, meaning the subject can be seen directly and without distortion. 

Advantages and disadvantages

  • High-quality photos
  • Full manual options
  • Changeable lenses
  • Wide range of accessories
  • Larger dimensions and weight
  • Complicated manual controls
  • Higher price

Digital SLR types

Entry-level SLRs

  • Good price and performance
  • Smaller, less ergonomic bodies
  • Slower focussing
  • Price range: €285-€890

Semi-professional SLRs

  • More durable and ergonomic bodies
  • Faster focussing
  • High-quality output
  • Price range: €890-€1600

Professional SLRs

  • Highly resistant bodies
  • Maximum image quality
  • Super-fast focussing
  • Price range: from €1600

Important specifications for selecting an SLR

SLR body and lens kits

Digital SLR cameras can be purchased separately or, preferably, as a set with one or two lenses.

Chip size (Sensor)

APS-C sensor chips are typically used in SLR cameras; dimensions vary slightly between manufacturers. The second type of chip is a full-frame chip, which is the same size as a 35 mm film frame.

Durable body

Digital SLRs excel in the precise construction of the camera body. More expensive camera models are also resistant to dust and water.


An important factor to consider when selecting a camera is also the range of compatible accessories:

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