For decades, the DSLR (digital SLR) has been the top choice for anyone who wants to take their photography to the next level. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, a DSLR offers three tempting ingredients: manual controls, excellent picture quality and interchangeable lenses.
That’s not quite so clearcut now though with the arrival of mirrorless cameras, which are becoming more and more popular and tempting many potential buyers away from DSLRs.
This is because the internal mirror box has been removed (hence the name), which sees mirrorless cameras typically smaller (in most cases at least) and mechanically simpler than a DSLR, while also taking interchangeable lenses.
There are lots of things to think about when you’re choosing a DSLR, so we’ll guide you through the choices and help you find your perfect camera – at the right price. (There are lots of cheap camera deals right now, so this is a great time to bag a bargain.)
The key is to figure out what you really need. Do you want a good all-rounder that can handle all kinds of photography and even video? Are you looking for an affordable entry into ‘proper’ photography and pro camera features? Do you need a cameradesigned for high-speed sports photography, or a high-resolution DSLR for high-quality commercial work?