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What should I look for when shopping for my first DSLR?

I am thinking of buying a digital SLR camera. What things should I be looking for?
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What is USM, and what are its pros and cons?

My Canon lenses have the designation USM on them, which I assume is for the same reason that they say "Ultrasonic". What does this mean, and why or why do I not want it?
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Better to buy an older high-level camera or newer entry-level camera?

What are the pros and cons of buying an older higher-level camera if the price is about the same as a new entry-level one?
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Which cameras have built-in HDR?

When taking landscape photos, I often struggle with dynamic range. I have either a burned out skies or landscapes are too dark. Now I'm reading on Wikipedia that some cameras can take 3 pictures with ...
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What is Power Focus on a Canon lens?

A few of the most recent Canon telephoto lenses a feature called "Power Focus" or PF. What is the purpose of the setting and does it benefit photography at all? I have found the following lenses ...
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Why aren't DSLR silent shooting modes enabled by default?

Regarding Canon's silent shooting mode: I have not experienced it personally but people say it is really great for certain situations like weddings, and places where the noise of your camera mirror ...