Digital SLR Cameras

Welcome to our extensive catalogue of Digital SLR Cameras at Clifton Cameras. Here you will find all the major brands including CanonNikonPentax,Sigma. Covering every ability level from absolute beginner to photography pro, we have a DSLR camera ready for you.

Not sure which DSLR Camera to buy? Continue reading below for our top picks or contact our team of experts for the best advice today. 

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The Digital SLR camera is the classic that many of us grow up with. The traditional camera to graduate to after your first digital compact camera. A basic DSLR is the perfect way to learn manual camera features while a pro DSLR offers uncompromising image quality becoming an unbeatable companion. 


What does DSLR stand for?

DSLR stands for Digital Single Lens Reflex – it is the internal mechanism that physically takes the shot by lifting up a mirrored lens to reveal a digital sensor behind. It comes from the traditional SLR camera design which most of us know as a 35mm camera. In SLR cameras the mirrored lens lifts up to reveal the 35mm film behind, thus exposing the image. 


What is the benefit of a DSLR camera?

These days, as mirrorless cameras become a fast-growing area in the market, DSLRs are slowly being phased out. However, they do still have their benefits and many photographers still opt for this design.

  • Optical viewfinder – shows you exactly what the camera is seeing at that moment, not a digital interpretation
  • Bigger body – means better grip and more comfortable handling
  • Longer battery life – due to fewer electronic components
  • Larger lens choice – due to the longer length that manufacturers have been designing lenses for
  • Better autofocus system – although the gap between DSLRs vs Mirrorless here is closing
  • Beginner kits – are currently cheaper for DSLR cameras

What is the best DSLR camera for a beginner?

There are a couple of cameras that we always suggest as top options for any beginner: the Nikon D3500, and the Canon EOS 250D. These cameras are perfect due to their excellent Auto settings, as well as Aperture & Shutter Priority modes that help to build confidence in going fully Manual.

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What is the best DSLR camera for a pro?

As a professional photographer, you are most likely going to want a full-frame camera. In our Pro DSLR range, the top picks are the EOS 1DX and Nikon D850. Both of these cameras demonstrate stunning colour quality and produce high megapixel images for detailed images. 

Pro Tip: Make the most of their fast autofocus for sports and wildlife photography.

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What is the best DSLR camera for filming?

Although when it comes to videography we tend to think of mirrorless models now, DSLRs started the trend for the hybrid cameras that can do both. The Canon EOS 90D and EOS 5D Mark IV both have excellent video recording capabilities. Both shoot 4K video meaning that you can have a fully kitted-out professional rig to shoot weddings and commercials whilst also shooting stills.

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As a beginner should I buy a Mirrorless or DSLR camera?

DSLRs can be a really great place to start if you are wanting to get into photography. There are plenty of beginner camera kits that come with one or two lenses included in the box, ensuring that you are ready to shoot from the off. 

DSLRs tend to be much more durable too, due to their larger body and mechanical (rather than electronic) design. There is a large choice of lenses to choose from once you get confident enough to expand. 

Ultimately the choice is up to you!

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