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DSLR (Digital Single-Lens Reflex) Camera

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DSLR (Digital Single-Lens Reflex) Camera

The Nikon D3000 is a DSLR camera.

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Definition: An SLR, or single-lens reflex, digital camera is a high-end model aimed at intermediate and experienced photographers. A digital SLR camera often is called a DSLR. DSLR cameras are professional-style cameras.

DSLR models typically offer interchangeable lenses, large image sensors, full manual controls, external flash units, and through-the-lens (TTL) viewfinders. They're large models and they closely resemble the 35mm film cameras that were popular several years ago, with handgrips and large lens housings.

A digital camera model that looks like an SLR, but that doesn't offer a TTL viewfinder or interchangeable lenses, is called an DSLR-style camera or a fixed lens camera. Such cameras are aimed more at intermediate photographers and can serve as a bridge between a point and shoot camera and a true DSLR.

A new classification for interchangeable lens cameras, called DIL or EVIL, makes use of a mirrorless design. Such cameras technically are not DSLR cameras.

Also Known As: digital SLR camera
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