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Digital Single Lens Reflex (Digital SLR or DSLR) cameras use a mechanical system to allow the image coming through the lens to also be viewed through the camera's viewfinder. This class of camera is the primary digital type used by professionals and are usually compatible with the lenses used on older Film SLR cameras.

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Are refurbished digital SLR cameras okay to buy (and worth the small savings)?

Maybe, but I also don't think it's a big deal. Currently, Adorama has three refurbished camera bodies for sale, all from Nikon. These come with a 90-day warranty rather than the standard full year. Th …
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Cheapest DSLR with vari-angle LCD live-view screen?

(You may also want to consider non-DSLR mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras, as shown in this search; if you're using the LCD most of the time anyway, this expands your options somewhat -- take a look …
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What is the typical DSLR battery lifespan (overall, not per charge cycle)?

Lithium rechargeable batteries (which these are) lose a significant portion of their capacity over time regardless of use. As a general rule of thumb, after three years they'll be significantly degrad …
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What is the advantage of a digital still photo camera over digital video for nature photogra...

There are at least four reasons. Resolution First, although the same sensor may be used, video generally uses only a portion of it (either by skipping lines or some more sophisticated method). 4K UH …
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If I have a recent, mid-range DSLR, then why, if ever, would I need to buy another / better ...

Actually, the default screen is imprecise. With the advent of autofocus, modern viewfinder screens are designed to be bright even with slow lenses, at the cost of not really showing the difference in …
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Light field based camera or dslr? Which should I choose?

That doesn't mean a DSLR is necessarily the only option for good results. …
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Resources for learning about digital cameras technical design?

This site right here! Stack Exchange sites aren't really very well suited to "list o' resources" questions. Google is better for that, and always will be. But Photo-SE is well-suited to being such a r …
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Do "body only" DSLR cameras come with a battery?

Yes, they do. "Body only" means as opposed to in a kit with a lens. You should actually get a battery, matching charger (except in the now-rare case of cameras which use AA cells), an instruction man …
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WiFi dSLR Cameras

but what if I what to connect my camera to a WiFi (with internet) and not the other way around? Unfortunately, almost no cameras with Wifi work this way. Their target is not a managed, expert-le …
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I left my dslr turned on for several days. Was it harmed?

It's fine. Your camera will go into a low power sleep mode. I know people who never use the off switch and leave their cameras in this state all the time. Your battery may run down a little faster tha …
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I want to purchase my first DSLR. Should I be worried about being able to purchase lenses an...

You will probably replace the camera body you buy now long before any of the current camera manufacturers retire their systems (or go out of business or whatever). With the rate of improvement and inn …
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Is there a noticeable difference between a 23.1 x 15.4mm and a 23.6 x 15.8mm sensor size?

The aperture won't matter at all — f/1.4 will be the same in any case. Focal length could be considered to matter if you measure what you can fit in the frame with a ruler, but even then the percent d …
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Why can't my newer cameras focus on my hands and something behind them at the same time?

All lenses can really only focus at one distance from the camera. Everything in front of or behind that point is increasingly blurry. In practice, there is a range of distances where the blur is imper …
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Which Nikon (Sony? Pentax? Olympus?) is comparable to the Canon 1000D?

The Canon XS is an older model, launched in June, 2008. There's not anything wrong with that, but it affects the comparison. The Nikon D60 would have been the comparable model at the time, but now it …
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Are there disadvantages to a prosumer camera for a beginner, aside from cost?

On the contrary, I think these cameras are better for beginners, if your intention is really to begin — that is, to start from here and (as you say) get into photography. The lower-priced entry-level …
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