Best DSLR Cameras

Review & Comparison, Last Update September 23, 2018
Those who enjoy photography, either as a hobby or as a profession, are often wanting or needing the best quality cameras available. DSLR cameras have proven to be the best at what they do. Take a look at our reviews for five of the best DSLR cameras available. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2018
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CONS
OUR VERDICT
Compatible Lenses
Sensor
Screen
Viewfinder
Photo/Video Formats
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Weight
Warranty
 
PROS

3.0" 1.04m-Dot Touchscreen with an adjustable angle allows you to fine-tune the composition and take photos and video from the most incredible camera angles.

CONS

A camera tripod is quite light and can not withstand strong gusts of wind.

OUR VERDICT

The Canon EOS T7i is a next-generation DSLR camera with an optical viewfinder that simplifies the process of creating high-quality images. Its sensitive APS-C CMOS Sensor delivers stunning detail even in challenging shooting conditions. Built-In Wi-Fi with NFC and Bluetooth allows you to instantly connect to a smartphone to control the operation of the camera and transfer images.

detailed parameters
Compatible Lenses

Canon EF lenses 18-55mm (including EF-S lenses, excluding EF-M lenses)

Sensor

24.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor

Screen

3.0" 1.04m-Dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen

Viewfinder

Optical viewfinder, 45 focus points

Photo/Video Formats

RAW, JPEG

Accessories

2 x SanDisk 32GB SDHC Memory Cards, Canon Camera Case, Flash Light, Commander 3pc Filter Kit, Commander 4pc Macro Close-Up Kit, Commander Wireless Remote Control, AC/DC Car & Home Charger, Commander High Speed USB Card Reader, 50" Camera Tripod, Wide Neck Strap

Weight

Approx. 17.11 oz

Warranty

1 Year Limited

PROS

Due to the wide range of sensitivity, Native ISO range from 100-25,600, you get clear images, even if you do them in complete darkness.

CONS

SnapBridge app does not always work correctly.

OUR VERDICT

Lightweight and compact, the Nikon D3400 digital camera allows you to shoot amazing photos and videos during important moments of your life. Its DX matrix with a resolution of 24.2MP, a powerful Nikon EXPEED 4 processor and a superb NIKKOR lens contribute to the creation of photos and videos that are of the highest detail.

detailed parameters
Compatible Lenses

18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens

Sensor

24.2MP sensor with no optical low-pass filter

Screen

3" 170-degree Wide Viewing Angle TFT-LCD

Viewfinder

Optical viewfinder, Eye-level Pentamirror Single-Lens Reflex. 11 Autofocus Points

Photo/Video Formats

RAW, JPEG

Accessories

EN-EL14a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery, MH-24 Quick Charger, DK-25 Rubber Eyecup, AN-DC3 Camera Strap, BF-1B Body Cap, LC-55A 55mm Snap-On Front Lens Cap, Rear Lens Cap

Weight

14 oz

Warranty

1 year (+ 1 year extension)

PROS

The ability to record Full HD video at up to 25/30 frames per second will make it possible to record not only amateur videos, but also makes it suitable for creative video shoots with subsequent editing.

CONS

Few accessories included.

OUR VERDICT

The Canon EOS Rebel T6 is an excellent DSLR camera for beginners with a 9-point AF system, the technical specifications of which are almost in no way inferior to professional models. DIGIC 4+ Image Processor is responsible for the high speed and high-quality images, while the presence of wireless control interfaces ensures the connection of the camera with mobile devices.

detailed parameters
Compatible Lenses

Canon EF lenses 18-55mm (including EF-S lenses, excluding EF-M lenses)

Sensor

18.0MP CMOS (APS-C) image sensor

Screen

3" LCD-display

Viewfinder

Optical viewfinder, Eye-level single lens reflex (with fixed pentamirror). 9 Autofocus points

Photo/Video Formats

JPEG, RAW, MOV

Accessories

Battery Charger LC-E10, Wide Neck Strap

Weight

Approx. 15.52 oz

Warranty

1 Year Limited

PROS

Thanks to a 79-point AF system with high-fidelity, you will not miss a single important frame.

CONS

Camera settings are not intuitive.

OUR VERDICT

The Sony a68 mirror camera incorporates the most advanced technologies, which makes it a good choice for both amateurs and professionals. Its powerful BIONZ X processor allows you to process a large amount of data and provides high quality and realism of the received images. Support for XAVC S format allows you to record Full HD video quality with minimal noise.

detailed parameters
Compatible Lenses

18-55mm lens. Sony A-mount lenses, operation with Minolta/Konica Minolta lenses confirmed

Sensor

24.2 MP 5 APS-C Exmor® CMOS sensor

Screen

2.7" tillable, 460K dot LCD screen

Viewfinder

0.39 in electronic viewfinder. A 79-point phase-detection AF system

Photo/Video Formats

RAW, JPEG

Accessories

Accessory shoe cap, Battery charger BC-VM10A, Body cap, Eyepiece cup, Micro USB cable, Power cord, Rechargeable Battery NP-FM500H, Shoulder strap

Weight

21.02 oz

Warranty

1 year Limited

PROS

The proprietary "SR" shake reduction mechanism compensates for camera shake and helps to make as clear and detailed images as possible, without additional use of the stabilizer.

CONS

Wi-Fi connection is limited.

OUR VERDICT

The compact digital SLR camera Pentax K-70, with a body protected from dust and moisture, is designed for all types of shooting outdoors. Its rotary display will please everyone with a unique mode of red illumination, which contributes to the comfortable control of camera settings in the dark.

detailed parameters
Compatible Lenses

18-55mm WR Lens

Sensor

24.24MP APS-C AA filter-less CMOS sensor

Screen

3.0" 921k-Dot Vari-Angle LCD Monitor

Viewfinder

Optical viewfinder

Photo/Video Formats

RAW, JPEG

Accessories

Strap O-ST132, Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI109, Battery Charger D-BC109, Software (CD-ROM) S-SW156, Eyecup FR, Hot shoe cover FK, Body Mount Cover, Digital Camera Utility

Weight

22.15 oz

Warranty

1 year parts and labor warranty

Canon Rebel T7i (33-T7I18-55-032217)

Capture Every Detail

Every good photographer knows the importance of having a high-quality camera. The ability to capture every last detail in a photo is of the utmost importance, and having anything less than this is just not satisfactory. Along with the high details come other aspects too, such as having the right color balance, contrast, and many other small details that can vary greatly between cameras. Having all of these small details in a photo can make all of the difference between a great photo and one that is worthless, and professional photographers, in particular, won't settle for anything less than great.

The Canon Rebel T7i DSLR Camera is one that you can count on for taking only the highest quality photographs. This camera kit includes an 18-55mm IS STM lens that allows for fine-tuning and adjustments within a wide range, allowing you to focus your camera just the way you want. Just in case this lens isn't what you need, though, it is detachable and allows for a wide variety of lenses to be attached, so you can be sure to use the best lens for the best shots. The camera is rated at 24.2 Megapixels, which means that every last detail should be shown in high clarity and focus, without unnecessary blurring or distortion.

Review of Canon Rebel T7i (33-T7I18-55-032217) DSLR Camera w/18-55mm lens & 32GB Accessory Bundle

Everything You Need

The high quality and detail of photographs that are taken with this camera are beyond extraordinary, but that's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what this camera kit has to offer. Included with the camera are loads of accessories that should give you just about everything you would ever need with it, short of specialty lenses. Among the items included are two 32GB SanDisk SDHC memory cards, which should give you enough storage for taking thousands of photos without worrying about running out of space. The kit also includes a high-quality carrying case, flashlight, a 3-piece filter kit, a 4-piece close-up kit, a wireless remote control, charger, USB card reader, and even a 50" tripod. This bundle of items alone ensures that you will have everything you could need with the camera, as well as a great way to carry your equipment with you.

The camera itself features a 3.0" 1.04m-Dot Vari-Angle touchscreen, which allows you to easily control the settings of the camera as well as easily frame and view your photos as you are taking them. All of this coupled with the 1-year limited warranty should give you the peace of mind that you need when purchasing this extraordinary high-quality camera kit.

Canon Rebel T7i (33-T7I18-55-032217) DSLR Camera w/18-55mm lens & 32GB Accessory Bundle in the use

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Nikon D3400

Easy to Use

One of the problems with many higher-end cameras is that a large number of them tend to be complicated, requiring a lot of practice with it as well as a good read-through of the instructions before you are able to master using it. Of course, photography in general, just like anything else, requires lots of practice to become good at it, but you shouldn't need to do the same thing just to be able to use the camera. Having a high-quality camera with intuitive controls should be a part of every photographer's setup.

The Nikon D3400 (1571) DSLR Camera is one such model that provides a high-quality camera along with ease of use. The intuitive controls allow you to focus on taking the best photos instead of having to concentrate on where to find the right settings. The camera comes with a AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens, giving you a great quality lens that allows for crisp, clear shots from almost any angle or lighting conditions. This gives you high image quality even in low light conditions, ensuring that your pictures are crystal clear with vibrant colors and sharp details. This along with the easy-to-use interface allows you to quickly and easily take the highest quality pictures possible.

Review of Nikon D3400 DSLR Camera w/ AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR

Share With Your Mobile Device

The high-quality photographs that can be taken with this camera are just one of the good things about it. Included with the camera are a number of great features that are all easy to access through the interface, and allow you unprecedented control over your photos. This 24.2-megapixel camera includes the ability to share photos with multiple devices using Nikon's SnapBridge technology, which gives your mobile device instant access to photos on the camera as you take them. This really helps open up the possibility of viewing your photos instantly on a large screen tablet, giving you a better idea of the fine details of the photo immediately after the scene has been captured. You can even use the free Nikon Image Space account to upload your photos instantly to the Internet.

Along with these great features, the camera also includes a multitude of accessories that gives you just about everything you need, including a charger, camera strap, and multiple caps for protecting the camera while not in use. The camera uses standard SD cards for saving your images, although one is not included. However, this is only a slight problem for what is definitely one of the best camera kits available.
Nikon D3400 DSLR Camera w/ AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR in the use

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Canon Rebel T6

Affordable High Quality Camera

Finding an affordable camera that is also high quality is tough, especially when it comes to finding a DSLR camera. Cameras by nature are generally not inexpensive devices, and a good, high-quality digital camera will often cost twice that of a brand new smartphone. Yet, those who are looking for one of the best DSLR cameras available should be pleasantly surprised by the Canon EOS Rebel T6 Digital SLR Camera. Featuring a CMOS image sensor with a high resolution of 18 Megapixels, and sporting an EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens, this camera oozes with quality while still remaining affordable for the average person.

The body of the camera is all black, just like most other cameras, but also features a strong build quality while still remaining lightweight. The sleek form of the camera also makes it comfortable to grip and hold in almost any orientation. The camera also remains relatively easy to operate while providing good features, including a broad range of light sensitivity, a 1.6x field of view, and many other advanced technologies that Canon is renowned for including in their products. The 3.0 inch LCD coupled with the optical viewfinder makes both operating and taking photos with the camera an easy and precise experience.

Review of Canon Rebel T6 DSLR Camera Kit with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens

Advanced Features

The technologically advanced features included with this camera are stunning when considering the affordable price of the unit. Featured in the camera is the Canon DIGIC 4+ Image Processor, which enables the camera to very quickly process high-quality shots with almost no wait time for the image to appear. It also allows for quick point and click shooting without needing to wait for the previous image to finish processing. The camera also includes built-in Wi-Fi for connecting to the Internet, and supports automatic uploading of your images to your preferred mobile device in conjunction with the Canon Camera Connect app. You can even use this app on your smartphone or tablet to remotely control your camera, removing the need for a dedicated remote controller.

One other incredible feature of this camera is the Scene Intelligent Auto mode, which includes image enhancing tools such as Auto Lighting Optimizer, Auto White Balance, Autofocus and Automatic Exposure. If there is any negative point with this camera, it would be that it doesn't include many accessories in the package, but plenty are available for optional purchase. As it stands, this digital SLR camera remains one of the best models available in its price range.

Canon Rebel T6 DSLR Camera Kit with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens in the use

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Sony a68 (ILCA68K)

Fantastic All-Purpose Camera

Many of the great camera brands are well-known by people, as most manufacturers who make highly rated cameras now have also done so for many years. However, one name that is a bit lesser known when it comes to cameras is Sony. Although Sony is known for many high-quality electronic devices, cameras haven't really been their staple until recently. Enter the Sony a68 Translucent Mirror DSLR Camera, an extremely high-quality camera that gives all other renowned brands a run for their money.

Sony has exploited their highly advanced technology to bring some great features to DSLR cameras, and this model is a great showpoint for many of them. Featuring a 24.2MP APS-C sensor that brings high image quality that shows off even the smallest of details, this camera really packs a technological punch. On the rear of the camera is a 2.7 inch tillable, 460K dot LCD screen, which can be pivoted to provide you with a sharply detailed image of any photos that you are taking, as well as providing an easy way to frame and snap your photos. The controls on the camera are plentiful, featuring more buttons than many other DSLR cameras, which gives you instant access to many of its features without having to dig through a menu.

Review of Sony a68 (ILCA68K) DSLR Camera w/ SAL18552 Lens

Technologically Advanced

The image quality of photos taken with this camera is superb, but you can also get highly detailed video recording from it as well. Video can be recorded at 24 or 30 fps, and takes advantage of many of the advanced functions of the camera. Shooting video is great, but many of the other functions really bring out the technological advantage that Sony packs into their devices. Included in the range of functions is Sony’s 4D Focus system, which provides clarity to pictures and automatic focusing that is unrivaled. Also featured are abilities such as shooting photos at 8 frames per second, allowing you to capture a wide range of movement within a short period of time, which can give you a great choice from which to select the best picture.

Image stabilization is another feature that should not go without mentioning, as it is at least on par, if not better than, most other cameras in its price range. The camera comes with a wide range of accessories that gives you a full kit with everything that you need to get started, minus a memory card. There is also a range of optional accessories that can be purchased, allowing you to piece together a complete photography studio setup. With all of these advanced features combined with the high quality, this DSLR camera is one that you don't want to miss.

Sony a68 (ILCA68K) DSLR Camera w/ SAL18552 Lens in the use

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Pentax K-70

Weather-Resistant Camera

A common problem experienced by many photographers with their camera gear is one in which the weather can have a negative impact on their photography experience. Strong winds, rain, dust storms, all of these things can have a profound impact on shooting photos, even to the point where the camera may become damaged. In cases like this, it is important to know that your camera can withstand most of what nature can and will throw at it, as high-quality cameras can be expensive to repair or replace.

The Pentax K-70 DSLR Camera is a great camera for those who know that their photo sessions may take place in at least somewhat inclement weather. Featuring a dustproof and weather-resistant body with a strong, sturdy design, this camera has been designed to work well for those who prefer capturing the elements while out in the elements. Along with the weather-resistant case, this camera also features an in-body SR shake reduction mechanism, which means that your photos won't be affected by your own body movements or strong gusts of wind, and provides a stable shooting experience under such conditions. This helps remove one of the big obstacles that many photographers face with outdoor photography.

Review of Pentax K-70 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm WR Lens and Extended Warranty

Outstanding Features

This excellent DSLR camera has much more to offer than just its weather-resistant design. It features a 24.2 Megapixel APS-C AA filter-less CMOS sensor that captures every type of high definition image in stunning detail. This works well in conjunction with the SR to provide exceptionally sharp images that are without blurs or artifacts. Included with the camera is an 18-55mm WR Lens that provides extremely sharp focus as well as detailed control. A vari-angle LCD monitor allows you to easily view anything that the camera is pointed at, and the red light night vision display works extremely well in low light situations.

The camera also features built-in Wi-Fi that allows you to easily share your images with another device, or even to upload them directly to the Internet or some form of cloud storage. The camera also supports SD cards for internally storing thousands of images. One of the few complaints about the camera that have been reported is that the wireless connectivity tends to experience a weak signal, but those with other wireless devices within range shouldn't have any issues with this. Overall, this camera provides a wealth of features along with excellent performance, and is a great choice for anyone needing a weather resistant camera.

Pentax K-70 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm WR Lens and Extended Warranty in the use

 

What Is a DSLR Camera?

A DSLR camera (short for digital single lens reflex) is a digital camera that uses the single lens reflex system found on older professional film-based cameras. These cameras are fully digital, with the basic design being similar to most other digital cameras, but the lens that they use is a high-quality lens that has been proven throughout the years.

The lens of a DSLR camera works by allowing light to pass through the lens, and then to a mirror that sends the light to the digital imaging sensor and/or through the viewfinder. Many of these types of cameras include a digital image display to allow for easier aiming and framing of the picture, while many also include a viewfinder that allows for setting up a perfectly framed shot. The single lens design ensures that the resulting photo will not be much (if at all) different than what is seen through the viewfinder, or through the digital display.

DSLR cameras are often considered to be among the best digital cameras, as they allow such precision in taking photographs that are so similar to what is seen through the viewfinder. These cameras are perfect for both hobbyists and professionals, and many people much prefer them to most other types of digital or film-based cameras.

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What Features to Compare

DSLR cameras are among the most popular types of high-end cameras for both hobbyists and professionals, and as such, there are quite a few models out on the market. When looking for the right DSLR camera for what you need, there are many considerations that must be taken into account. Sorting through the many different models can be difficult, but knowing exactly what to look for will help you a great deal in narrowing the selection down to what you need. Keep some of these different characteristics in mind when looking for the perfect DSLR camera.

Megapixels - One of the most important features of the camera is the number of megapixels that the camera is able to capture in a photograph. This number determines the quality and detail that is captured by the camera, and the higher the number, the more detailed the photos will be. Generally, you will want to find a camera with a high megapixel count to ensure you are getting the most detailed photos possible.

Lens - WIth the many different models that are available, it can be confusing to figure out the differences between the different cameras. However, the first way to narrow down your purchasing decision is to look for a camera kit or a bundle. This indicates that the camera comes complete with a lens, usually between 18 to 55mm. As the lens is one of the most important components of the camera, ensuring that it comes with a good lens will be a necessity.

Features - As DSLR cameras are fully digital, they almost all include a great selection of different features and abilities, such as video, zoom, wide angle, panoramic, and other features commonly found with digital cameras. However, not all models will include the same set of features. It is important to check to make sure that the camera you buy includes the features that you need.

Mount - Many professional photographers rely on mounts for certain types of photos. Finding a camera that is compatible with your favorite mount is, of course, a necessity if you don't wish to purchase an extra mount. However, some DSLR cameras do actually include a mount, so it's best to check if the one that you want to buy includes one if it doesn't fit your own.

Bundled Accessories - Those who take photography seriously know that cameras often require extra accessories, including a carrying case, strap, mount, and other items. Many of the higher end DSLR cameras tend to come with many accessories included, but others don't. If you are going to need or want accessories for your camera, then you will want to make sure that the accessories you need are either included with the camera at purchase, or readily available to purchase alongside it.

Did you know?

The Best Features of DSLR Cameras

DSLR cameras have really revolutionized the photography business ever since they were first created, giving photographers an unprecedented level of detail as well as control over their photos that they never had before. Many of the features that have been included with recent cameras have now become a mainstay with photographers. If you are new to the exciting world of DSLR cameras, then here are some of the exciting features that are now commonplace with most high-end models.

Autofocus

The days of having to manually focus your lens are long gone. Most DSLR cameras include the ability to autofocus on any object that the camera is pointed at, no matter how far or close it is. The autofocus feature uses phase detection, which works by having the camera automatically calculate the distance to the object and then focus the lens accordingly. This prevents photographers from having to spend precious time focusing their own lenses before each shot, and more time on taking quality photographs.

Mode Dial

Another exciting new feature with most DSLR cameras is the ability to mode dial, which allows for quick and easy access to many of the functions and features of the camera, such as setting the priorities for the aperture and shutter, the various modes that are supported on the camera, and many other settings. This is especially helpful for beginning photographers who are not sure how to calibrate their cameras for the effects they want to achieve.

Dust Reduction

Many DSLR cameras include dust reduction systems that help keep the camera and lens free of unnecessary and harmful dust. The various dust reduction systems used can vary greatly, depending on the model of the camera, but they can range from automatically closing lens covers to vibration systems that shake out any dust that has accumulated in the lens.

Interchangeable Lenses

Being able to change the lens of a camera is nothing new, as this feature has been included on many high-end cameras for decades. However, more and more cameras that are affordable for hobbyists and professionals alike include this ability and many of the higher-end models may even include various lenses with the camera kit. Most popular camera manufacturers make additional lenses for their cameras, and many third-party lenses are available as well.

HD Video Recording

Anyone who wanted to take both high-quality photos and videos required multiple items of equipment, including both a camera and a camcorder. However, most DSLR cameras now include the ability to record HD quality video along with taking high-quality photos. This means that just one device can now be used in any situation, regardless of whether you are taking still photos or recording an event.

Live Preview

One of the best things about high-end digital cameras now is that most of them include an LCD screen that displays the image as seen through the viewfinder. In fact, this is a very specific upside of DSLR cameras, considering that the viewfinder and lens both view from the same mirror. This makes framing and following a shot much easier than ever before, without the need to put the camera up to your face just to take a photo. Photographers can now easily see what their shot will look like at a glance.

Many Other Features

There is no shortage of features that are included with most DSLR cameras, including depth-of-field control, wider angles, and many more. Whichever DSLR camera you decide to get, you should have a large number of special features at your fingertips.

FAQ:

Q: How are DSLR cameras different than most regular digital cameras?

A: The main difference between a DSLR camera and most other cameras has to do with how the camera is aimed through the viewfinder. Both the lens and the viewfinder are seeing from the same source, which allows photos to be exactly as seen through the viewfinder, or through the LCD display that is included on most models.

Q: How are DSLR cameras better than the high-quality cameras found on top-end smartphones?

A: Smartphone cameras, especially those that come included with many high-end smartphones, have really given high-end cameras a run for their money in terms of quality. However, a smartphone camera simply lacks many of the capabilities of DSLR cameras, including the ability to change the lens. Smartphone cameras are limited to the lens that is included with it.

Q: What accessories do I need to have with a DSLR camera?

A: Many DSLR cameras include accessories in the camera kit, and many hobbyist photographers don't need any extra ones. However, a few of the accessories that are good to have are straps for holding the camera on your body, a tripod or other kind of mount for extremely steady photos, and SD cards for the ability to store the many photos that you will undoubtedly take with your camera.

Q: What exactly are Megapixels?

A: The term "megapixels" refers to the number of individual pixels that a single digital photo is composed of, measured in the millions. For instance, an 18-megapixel camera can take photos that are composed of up to 18 million pixels. The higher the megapixel rating for a camera, the more details that are typically included in the photo. Most photographers like to have a camera with as many megapixels as possible to ensure that their photos are of the highest quality.

Q: If I am a beginner photographer, should I buy a DSLR camera?

A: DSLR cameras are great for anyone, whether it be an absolute beginner or a seasoned veteran. Beginners will have the benefit of immediately having many of the advanced features of DSLR cameras right at their fingertips, without needing to invest too much money in additional camera gear once they become more proficient in the art of photography.

Q: Do film-based cameras exist that have the same features of DSLR cameras?

A: The SLR technology has actually been around for a long time, and thus non-digital SLR cameras have been available for years. However, film-based cameras simply do not have the same number of features as DSLR cameras, as digital cameras include many image manipulation and processing features that are simply not possible with a non-digital camera.

Q: How can a beginner learn to make the most of the special features included in a DSLR camera?

A: With a large number of features packed into a single DSLR camera, it can be daunting for a beginner to learn how to utilize these features to their fullest extent. However, there are plenty of ways of learning these features, including by reading the manual to the camera, watching DSLR camera tutorials on the Internet, and most of all, by plenty of practice. Veteran photographers are also often quite happy to help a beginner to learn about these features, so don't be afraid to ask for help.

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Publish Date: 2018-05-31 19:49:05