I'm planning to buy a camera for myself, where I came across the term DSLR and SLR.

I'm a novice in photography thus, not knowing the actual meaning of both the term.

Would like to know more about the use of DLSR/SLR camera's, and which one I should buy?


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SLR (Single Lens Reflex) is an old form of cameras which use film to form images. SLR cameras offer slightly better quality of color, tone and contrast.

DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) refers to SLR cameras that take digital photos. DSLR cameras are great for budding photographers because they offer live previews and do not waste film when photographers make mistakes. There are more DSLRs available in the market so they tend to be cheaper.

Recommendation: You should buy a DSLR.

Here and also here you can find quick differences between both.

  • \$\begingroup\$ You can get good used film SLRS for less than $50 USD. I don't think any working DSLR will be cheaper. \$\endgroup\$
    – Michael C
    Commented Mar 22, 2016 at 9:18
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    \$\begingroup\$ "...slightly better color, tone, and contrast?" When you can shoot raw digital files and then custom correct the color, tone, and contrast of each frame in post? That's the equivalent of having a separate customized film emulsion for every single shot you take! Maybe a decade or more ago if the choice was between film (that can be normalized in the lab when printing from negatives) or JPEG files straight from camera when shooting using auto white balance. But today? Not a chance. \$\endgroup\$
    – Michael C
    Commented Mar 22, 2016 at 9:21

All DSLRs are also SLRs. SLR is an acronym for Single Lens Reflex. The "D" in DSLR is for Digital. SLRs have been around for over half a century. First as film cameras and then more recently also as digital cameras. For more, please see What is the difference between an SLR and a DSLR?


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