This is not strickly a PC problem but i'll be using it to edit shots and store pictures ,so i apologise .Does anyone own a digital slr camera , i'm thinking of buying one and would like your advice on what to look out for when buying one for the first time . I'm looking to spend around £400-500 maybe more .
There are 3 things which dictate the quality in a digital camera. Megapixels is easy as this is generally quoted in the specs. The other 2 are the lens and the ccd (or other sensor). The top makes are Canon and Nikon - I prefer Canon, but that's a personal preference. I would go to a Jessops, or similar, and get them to demonstrate a few in your price range to see what suits you.
An SLR is a single lens reflex camera, either film digital. You view the actual scene through the lens itself and, when the shutter is released, an interior mirror lifts up, the photo is taken and the interior mirror returns to its position. It all happens in a fraction of a second.
It's the most accurate method of framing a photograph as a normal viewfinder is slightly offline, especially in closeup shots (hence the problem of parellax).
To ensure that the scene can be viewed right way and right way round, an SLR has a prisom and a mirror (placed at an angle of 45 degrees so it reflects the image to the prisim).
However, some digital "SLRs" are styled on this type of camera rather than being the real thing.