Digital single-lens reflex cameras are a step up for those who are tired of sluggish point-and-shoots and want to spread their photographic wings. Yes, DSLRs are bulkier than their mirrorless interchangeable-lens cousins, but in many instances, they still provide higher performance. For instance, DLSRs generally have faster autofocus, especially on higher-end models. For people who like to frame their shots in a viewfinder, the optical versions in DSLRs still outperform even the best electronic viewfinders. Plus, by virtue of having been around longer, DSLRs give you access to a much broader selection of lenses.
Here are our top picks for digital single-lens reflex cameras — from novice to professional levels.
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