A digital SLR (single-lens reflex) camera uses a mirror placed behind the lens to show you the true image you'll see in the photo. This gives you a more accurate picture than a camera with a viewfinder.
When choosing a digital SLR camera, consider whether you'll be shooting in automatic or manual mode. In auto mode, you don't need to adjust the settings, which is a great feature for someone just getting into photography. Manual mode is ideal for taking pictures with changes in the lighting and focus. You can blur the background to make the subject more prominent or blur the subject to focus on the background.
Another factor to consider is sensor size. Larger sensors provide higher-quality, more natural-looking photos, with full-frame sensors providing images similar to a 35mm camera.
Many digital SLR cameras include the option to record video as well as stills, so consider whether you want that feature.
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