What is a DSLR?

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There’s lots of fancy abbreviations in photography and they can be confusing, you can sometimes feel like you’re reading another language! So while weighing up the pros and cons of DSLR’s which I am doing at the moment, I thought it may be a good idea to start at the beginning and look at what a DSLR really is. Well for starters it’s a camera…

DSLR stands for Digital Single Lens Reflex.

It means the camera shows you exactly what the lens is seeing through the viewfinder by using a mirror, and not off set like many point and shoots which can cause heads and arms etc to get chopped off. So what you see is what you get. Take a look at the Wiki definition for more technical information on the mirror system.

DSLR’s are the same as an SLR, but instead of using film to capture the image as the SLR does, the DSLR uses a digital sensor. Some SLR lens will fit their DSLR equivalents.

You have a lot of options with a DSLR:

  • you can change lens
  • have an external flash
  • have manual control over the aperture and shutter settings
  • they give high quality photographs (more megapixels).
  • you can try different types of photography eg. macro, telephoto
  • and many more features and settings

In the past this type of camera was only used by professional photographers, but over time the prices have come down that much, and they have become easier to use. So that the enthusiastic amateur can now own one, and explore photography more.

This is a start of a series on photographic abbreviations and what they mean, in an easy to understand way.

Mandy

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