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What does SLR stand for when it comes to digital camera's?

SLR stands for single lens reflex. SLR (single lens reflex) refers to the way these camera's work. When a photographer presses the shutter button, a mirror flips out of the way to reveal the sensor. Some people also refer to them as DSLR, with the D being short for digital.

What are the main differences between a digital SLR camera, when compared to a point and shoot?

  • One of the main differences between a point and shoot camera and a digital SLR camera is that an SLR has a detachable lens. In other words, you're not limited only to the lens that comes with the camera.

  • Digital SLR cameras also give you more control over manual settings such as exposure.

  • In many cases they offer a higher resolution. 10mb resolutions are quite affordable nowadays for those purchasing their first digital SLR camera.

  • Another advantage to SLR digital cameras is that they take photographs almost instantly with no lag time. This is useful when taking photographs of moving objects such as children.

Hardware details for digital SLR cameras

Wikipedia has information explaining the technical workings of digital SLR cameras for those interested in the hardware details.

SLR digital camera Canon 400D digital SLR camera

With prices for digital SLR cameras falling considerably over the last year, they are fast becoming more affordable and popular with amature photographers as well as professionals. Two of the most popular brands amongst amatures, are Nikon and Canon.

One of the most asked questions we receive from beginners, is what digital SLR camera should they purchase, which is when we normally point them to this next article: Canon vs Nikon.

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