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For when a compact camera simply won't do
If you feel like you’ve outgrown your point-and-shoot model and want to explore the world of more advanced DSLR cameras, then ease-of-use will probably feature at the top of your list of requirements. After all, alongside the beefier specification found inside a DSLR, there’s little point in having much more picture-taking power at your fingertips if you’re not sure which function does what.
However, even using a DSLR in full auto mode will provide an improved photographic experience, including the core benefit of being able to shoot much larger RAW files. Added to that, oodles of extra features and the opportunity to adopt a more manual hands-on approach once youve mastered those new controls, means that it’s a step well-worth taking.
So, inspired by our recent 5-star review of the Canon EOS 70D, here are ten of the best DSLRs that deliver way more than a conventional compact ever can, while retaining relatively simple and easy-to-use functionality that’ll help to take your photography to the next level. Yes, some of them are very expensive and yes, for a while you may only be using one of these snappers to a fraction of its abilities but if you're going to jump in the DSLR puddle - you may as well do it with both feet.
You may also already be a DSLR expert - if so, you may just find your next upgrade over the next few pages....
Click through the gallery for the full top 10, including some of 2013's biggest new releases....
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I've had a Graflex with a magnesium flash since the late 30's. My grandfather passed it on to me, no fancy buttons or acronyms attributed to it at all. Only problems are, when abroad, whilst your head is under the black hood whilst taking a photo, your wallet may be stolen from your pocket, it's not very compact and takes up all of your hand luggage allowance but worst of all, customs don't take kindly to anyone taking magnesium flash powder on a plane.
If you want a entry level DSLR at an affordable price, forget buying brand new, go second hand where you can pick up a very entry level Canon EOS 350D, stick on the custom firmware and away you go all for around £115 off of eBay with a lens and memory card usually included.
Or you could go for the Canon 450D that uses SD card, with lens for around £200 second hand.
They will still produce some fantastic images, with pretty much the same level of technology (even though its slightly older), might be missing a few tricks here and there, but nothing that will stop you learning the ropes of a DSLR before upgrading to a professional job at a later date. and far cheaper than the camera's on offer in this article.
Looks like they have just copied some web output for the camera specs and little else.
I've always used Nikon SLRs from the F2 onwards, which still work superbly and a D3200 teamed with a D800, both of which are great cameras although the 800 like many of the higher end DSLRs does weigh a bit. For a "pocket camera" I have a Canon G1X, while good is a little slow to record the shot.
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