Two years ago digital SLRs were only for professional photographers and wealthy amateurs. Then Canon announced the EOS 300D in August 2003. Selling for under £800, it opened up the dSLR market to a whole new group of photographers: keen amateurs who wanted the convenience of digital at the price of a half-decent film SLR. Now there are several consumer-priced dSLRs to choose from.
In return for their bulk and weight, dSLRs give you much more flexibility than compact cameras. You can change the lens to suit your subject, fitting everything from a compact do-it-all zoom lens to specialist wide-angle, telephoto, macro, fish-eye and tilt-and-shift lenses. You can also use filters, external flash guns, remote releases and other add-ons to extend your photographic options. A dSLR can be a complete camera in itself, or it can be the heart of a system that expands and adapts as your photography develops.