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SLR vs Compact

What is a great entry-level SLR camera and how does an SLR compare to a compact camera? This question can only be answered by looking at the pros and cons of each recommendation.



High Performance Compacts

from $200-$800 


PROS (compared to SLR)

small and lightweight

discreet and easy

video comes standard

No need to change lens


CONS (compared to SLR)

picture taking can be slower

Image quality can be lower

Battery power does not last long

Flash is weak


top pick for compact camera

Canon Powershot G12 - $500-$700


Product Highlights

  • 10MP CCD Image Sensor

  • DIGIC 4 Image Processor

  • 1280 x 720p HD Video Capture

  • 2.8" Vari-Angled LCD

  • JPEG and RAW File Image Capture


  • 28mm Lens with 5x Optical Zoom Hybrid IS

  • Optical Image Stabilization

  • Stereo Sound for Video

  • Manual Exposure Control


Entry Level SLR - from $700

Able to use the right lens for specific job

Better quality in all situations

Faster shooting

Add-on Flash with diffuser gives professional results



Heavier, bulkier

Lens cost extra

More prone to damage or thief

More expensive

Need to purchase more accessories


SLR top pick - 600D Canon

$700-965 - Body only


Product Highlights

  • SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card Slot

  • 18MP APS-C CMOS Sensor

  • DIGIC 4 Imaging Processor

  • 3.0" Clear View Vari-Angle LCD

  • 100-6400 ISO

  • Full HD Movie Mode w/ Manual Exposure

  • Compatible with Canon EF and EF-S Lenses

  • 3.7 Frames/Second Continuous Shooting

  • 63 Zone Dual-Layer Metering / 9-Point AF

  • Intelligent Auto Mode


Even better SLR Canon cameras

60D $1000-1200

7D $1900-2000 (serious or semi-pro)

5D MKII $2700-2800

(affordable pro option)

1D Mark IV $5600-5700 (Full Pro)

Lens and Accessories to consider

Best inexpensive general purpose lens

Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM



Best professional general purpose lens

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM



Best inexpensive portrait lens

Normal EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Autofocus Lens



For more lens recommendations visit

Advice on Lens



Buying Duty Free

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