Is an SLR still the best op­tion for begin­ners? Matthew Richards takes a closer look

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DSLR or CSC? Canon, Nikon or an­other man­u­fac­turer? Our in-depth group test finds out which is the best cam­era right now for pho­tog­ra­phy new­com­ers

For begin­ners start­ing out in pho­tog­ra­phy, an SLR has long been the most ob­vi­ous choice of ‘proper’ cam­era. With ex­ten­sive shooting con­trols, in­ter­change­able lenses and op­tional ex­tras, you can start sim­ple and ex­pand your kit as your ex­per­tise grows. How­ever, this has be­come equally true of com­pact sys­tem cam­eras, which do away with mir­rors to enable down­sized de­signs. Some su­per-skinny mod­els ditch the viewfinder as well, and pho­tog­ra­phers mov­ing up from a smart­phone might find com­pos­ing shots on an LCD screen en­tirely nat­u­ral.

Any cam­era for begin­ners should be mod­estly priced, in­tu­itive and easy to use, so that you can en­joy get­ting great re­sults, straight out of the box. How­ever, it should also be able to grow with you, en­abling and even en­cour­ag­ing you to learn new skills and tech­niques, and put them into prac­tice.

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