DSLR cameras are the de facto standard of the photography industry. They were largely based on the SLR camera, which many photographers used for years before the introduction of the DSLR. This made the transition from film to digital much easier on photographers.
DSLRs are great because they are a larger camera with a larger sensor. They tend to perform very well in low light and have high resolution. They are also well-known for having fast autofocus, which is key when trying to shoot wildlife or sports photography. Since DSLRs have become the standard, there are a large range of applicable lenses and accessories, so customizability is incredibly easy. On this same vein, DSLRs have a lot of buttons, so you can customize your settings and use the cameras best features quickly and easily.
On the other side of the coin, DSLRs have a few important disadvantages as well. They tend to be bulky and heavier than alternatives, which makes it a hard camera for on-the-go action. They also tend to be louder than alternatives due to their moving parts, which can distract and potentially ruin a shot. In addition, their video capabilities are dramatically lacking compared to some alternatives. Their video quality is much lower than that of comparative cameras, since they have to deal with contrast-detection focus. If you want to switch between photos and videos, this may not be the best fit.
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