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

Things to consider when thinking of purchasing your first dSLR. 1. Can I afford a dSLR? If you've never used an interchangeable lens camera system before, realize that the cost is astronomical in ...
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Is an entry level DSLR going to shoot nice portrait pictures?

If you read the other answers, it should be apparent that the qualities you seek such as (a) better portraits and (b) the desire to have a blurred background ... aren't really one thing, but a ...
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Camera lens or megapixel value: which defines the quality and clarity of the picture?

You're right. Picture quality is as complex as, say, how well a food item tastes. Megapixels only tell you the number of pixels the picture is made up of, and more is certainly not always better. More ...
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What do I need to consider to choose between dSLR, mirrorless, or a compact as my first "serious" camera?

Essentials I think that all three of the camera types (dSLR, mirrorless, and fixed-lens compact) can be used to seriously learn photography if all you've been using up to now is a phone camera. ...
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Will I miss anything if I replace my aging DSLR with a bridge camera?

In general you will find a great deal of distaste for bridge cameras here and on most photography forums. In a few unique circumstances they can be good options (very inexpensive super zoom) but for ...
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Camera lens or megapixel value: which defines the quality and clarity of the picture?

GEEKY ANSWER - you have been warned. There's much more to the image quality than just lens and megapixels. The most important factor in any photograph is: Light You can have the best camera and ...
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What should I look for when shopping for my first mirrorless camera?

A mirrorless is a system camera and you must therefore carefully consider the system. There 2 major differenciators between systems: Sensor-size: This affects image quality and particularly low-light ...
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Will I miss anything if I replace my aging DSLR with a bridge camera?

I'll offer a slightly different take: Your current camera is dated, but not really bad. The problems you're having with it, judging by the pictures, are: excessive post processing brightening, ...
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How do different camera brands compare in build quality?

Who makes the bottom of the pecking order when it comes to durability? Canon and Nikon probably do. I can't imagine anyone making a DSLR or mirrorless more "disposable" than the newly introduced ...
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Is an entry level DSLR going to shoot nice portrait pictures?

It's not the camera, it's the lens. If you want a cheap and good option for shooting portrait pictures, you should definitely purchase in addition to a DSLR, a 50mm f/1.8 "nifty fifty" lens. Do ...
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Two cameras are equivalent but the second one is going out of market soon: is there any risk in buying a camera which is going out of market soon?

TL;DR: There is no risk in buying older generation Canon body. Canon is known for the consistency of lens mounts and compatibility. They have 3 mounts for photography right now, 2+1 actually. Oldest ...
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What should I look for when shopping for my first mirrorless camera?

Usual Basics Just as with dSLRs, you will want to consider the following "main" features of a camera system in addition to any gee-whiz features you find sexy: Sensor size and resolution (affects ...
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What would be a good digital alternative to a Canon AE-1 from 1977?

DoF scales on lenses is pretty much of thing of the past (see: Why did manufacturers stop including DOF scales on lenses?), mostly due to the fact that zoom lenses and autofocus are ubiquitous and ...
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Camera for free

I don't have camera, I do it with my phone all the time :( There it is: a free camera. You already own your phone, continuing to use it is free. What's the matter using that? Or at least you could ...
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Point-and-shoot with 50x zoom or DSLR with small zoom?

Here are the advantages of the 50X zoom compact camera: ZOOM Here are the advantages of a DSLR: Larger sensor = Better low light performance Larger sensor = Longer exposure times without ...
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Is an entry level DSLR going to shoot nice portrait pictures?

Is an entry level DSLR going to shoot nice portrait pictures? By itself, no, absolutely not. It's easy to make the joke that the camera by itself just sits there and doesn't take pictures at all, ...
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Can the specs for a digital camera indicate to me the color quality before buying?

First, it's unclear to me what you consider to be "good colors". The quality of color reproduction is a complex chain of dependencies, such as white balance, filters, iso value (color noise), lens, ...
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Are the differences between a Canon Rebel t5 and 70D significant?

First off, you may want to read: Are there disadvantages to a prosumer camera for a beginner, aside from cost? To get a sense of why your friend mentioned a prosumer model to you, over an base-line ...
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What would be a good digital alternative to a Canon AE-1 from 1977?

I would like to purchase my first DSLR camera with similar features and experience to my AE1 Canon film camera. It's going to be a very apples and oranges kind of comparison. When Canon introduced ...
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What would be a good digital alternative to a Canon AE-1 from 1977?

It really all depends upon exactly which part of the AE-1 experience you most wish to replicate. How the controls with which you set the camera look and feel? What you see when you look through the ...
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What type of camera body would work with a Promaster AF lens (Pentax)?

Your Promaster Pentax-mount lens will work with any modern Pentax DSLR*. Your older manual Pentax lens will too, but you will need to push a button to take a meter reading - they won't meter ...
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What makes a good film camera?

It depends what features are important to you. As you say, you can think of a camera body as a pretty simple thing. It is just a light-tight box to hold the film (or sensor). If you go shopping for ...
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Which cameras would win in a duel?

Who wins a real rootin' tootin' shoot-em-up dual? The guy with the gun that has the shortest lag time between the time the trigger is pulled and the firing pin strikes the primer? Or the guy that is ...
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What kind of lens can make a dog look wider and bigger?

It's a matter of perspective. You just shoot the dog at very close range, while making sure there is some background visible (this can require a wide-angle lens, but can be done with a smartphone). ...
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What camera features do I need to take a clear picture of NEOWISE?

Any camera that allows manual control of focus and manual control of exposure should be usable for astrophotography. But both of these are requirements (not just "nice to have"). There is a ...
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Are there true 360 degree cameras?

And here comes another 360/180 product: RICOH THETA - spherical panoramic photos, short videos, wi-fi control
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Why are Canon DSLRs relatively more expensive than Nikon DSLRs?

Specs aren't everything. The Canon 760D has a number of usability features the D5500 doesn't. Two-wheel controls (easier to operate than a single-wheel model) A top LCD true mirror lock-up DOF ...
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Which camera should I buy? DLSR or SLR

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 ...
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What medium format film camera should an SLR guy look at?

I'm 10 years late here but... in case this helps anyone more generally: Most medium-format cameras from Zenza Bronica would tick most (some even all) of the boxes on your list, and they also benefit ...
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Are there true 360 degree cameras?

Yes, there are a number of true 360 degree cameras that can do 1080 HD/30fps out on the market at the moment. With the advent of 360x180 content on Youtube and Facebook, there's been an explosion of ...
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