Which is better, SLR or DSLR? Find out!

DSLR and mirrorless
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Planning to buy a new camera? Well then you are definitely spoilt for choice, given the number of options, designs, brands and sizes or cameras available in the market these days.  However before you hit the market, you must first decide whether you want to buy an SLR or a DSLR. SLR cameras are Single Lens Reflex cameras whereas DSLRs are Digital Single Lens Reflex cameras which are more popular these days.  The choice between the two depends upon both their strengths and weaknesses. Only after analyzing these and comparing them will you be able to take a better decision. The following are a few points of comparison which may help you decide which is better, SLR or DSLR:

1. Recording images

  • When it comes to recording pictures or images, a film is used by SLR cameras where DSLRs make use of memory cards which can store thousands of photos.
  • The film in SLRs can record only a limited number of photos at a time and you may need to keep changing it if you wish to shoot more than it permits. The film is later developed to get hardcopies of photographs.
  • In case of DSLRs, you can also get the soft versions of the images recorded.

Thus both the cameras have entirely different ways to record images. While some still prefer the age old film photos, others will go for the latest memory card method which helps take more pictures and transfer them instantly.

If you love collecting pictures and maintaining Picture Books, we have some recommendations for you:-

  1. Fujifilm Instax Mini LiPlay Hybrid Instant Camera (Blush Gold) 
  2. Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Instant Camera (Charcoal Grey) 
  3. Fujifilm Instax Wide 300 Instant Camera 
  4. Kodak PRINTOMATIC Digital Instant Print Camera (Blue), Full Color Prints On Zink 2×3 Sticky-Backed Photo Paper – Print Memories Instantly 
  5. Fujifilm Instax Square SQ6 Instant Camera (Blush Gold) 
film roll and memory card

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2. Shutter speed

  • Another point of difference which can help you decide which is better, SLR or DSLR is the shutter speed.
  • SLRs have shutter speed range from 1 second to one-thousandth of a second whereas on the other hand, DSLRs have shorter range of about 1/4000th to 1/8000th of a second.  This means that you can record much faster images or activities on DSLRs in comparison to SLRs.

Shutter speed is an important difference between both the devices and might be the deciding factor.

shutter speed

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3. Functional differences

  • When comparing SLRs and DSLRs you may definitely need to consider the functional differences as well.
  • It is a fact that DSLRs use much newer technology and have a range of features which SLRs may not have. For example, you can preview pictures in case of DSLRs and also edit and delete them but this option is not available in the case of SLRs.
  • There are several other differences between the two such as storage capacity, flexibility, speed and others.
  • In case of DSLRs, one can also change lenses since they offer the option of interchangeable lenses but this feature too is not available in the case of SLRs.
  • Moreover in case of DSLRs, you can record videos which is one facility that is not available in the case of SLR cameras.
  • The basic functionality and technology behind the use of both may remain the same but due to other functional differences, both the devices greatly vary.
differences between SLR and DSLR

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Now that you know the various differences between SLRs and DSLRs, you can easily decide which one shall prove to be better for you.  Most people these days prefer DSLR cameras simply because of ease of use, more features and better looking bodies. If you are facing any kind of problems with your camera then you can also solve it either by reading the user manual or by contacting a professional.  This can be done by reaching out to Mr Right services for general home appliances repair.

We have some entry level DSLR recommendations for you:- 

  1. Canon EOS 1500D 24.1MP Digital SLR Camera (Black) with 18-55 and 55-250mm is II Lens, 16GB Card and Carry Case 
  2. Nikon D3500 DX-Format DSLR Two Lens Kit with AF-P DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR & AF-P DX Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED (Black) 16 GB Class 10 SD Card and DSLR Bag 
  3. Canon PowerShot SX540HS 20.3MP Digital Camera with 50x Optical Zoom (Black) + Memory Card + Camera Case 
  4. Nikon D3100 14MP DSLR Camera with 3x Optical Zoom (Black) 


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