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Best beginning DSLR cameras for moms

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Take incredible family photos

With these tips from professional photographers, you can find the starter DSLR camera that's just right for you.

Mom with camera

Your camera has to capture everything: close-ups of your newborn, action shots of your son's football game and wide-angle pics of your daughter's ballet performance. The digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera does all of this and more.

Large image sensor

DSLRs have the largest image sensors, says Melani Lust of Melani Lust Photography, so they produce higher-quality images than smaller point-and-shoot cameras. "Even if the mexapixels [of two digital cameras] are the same, the quality of the DSLR is better."

interchangeable Lenses

"The DSLR camera enables you to easily change lenses and see what you are photographing through the lens," continues Lust. The ability to change from wide-angles to high-powered zooms is one of the best features of DSLR cameras. "As your photography improves, upgrade lenses," advises Lust. "The lenses last a lifetime!"

Nikon D7000

Holly Haffner Photography in Manhattan and recommends Nikon D7000. "It is a great and lightweight camera that takes amazing photos," says Haffner, "and has the advantage of HD video with true movie-like quality." Capture your kids in still and in motion all at the same time.

Nikon D3100

Point-and-shoot cameras are convenient but offer less picture clarity than DSLRs. After researching various DSLR cameras, professional photographer Christie Clancy found Nikon D3100. It's one of the less-expensive models, it's lightweight and it has a built-in guide that's perfect for starters!

Canon EOS Rebel XS

Eliza Holdren-Reed uses Canon EOS Rebel XS to capture kids both on-site and at her Spitting Images by Eliza studio. Using various lenses, Reed can preserve all of the excitement of child's birthday party, as well as perfect portraits of that beautiful graduating senior.

Olympus PEN E-PL1

Michael Branch, national training manager for a leading camera and image company, recommends the Olympus PEN E-PL1. "It has power, image quality and flexibility without heft and size," advises Branch. While you're learning to use the camera to its fullest potential, it does all of the work for you, continues Branch. "Mom can take full control of the camera, let the camera take control, or function anywhere in between with just the touch of a button."

Start shopping

A DSLR camera is a must for moms. Kids grow up fast, and it's important to capture special moments with the best possible clarity. DSLRs give you the excellent photos you've always wanted but could never get with a point-and-shoot camera. Invest in at DSLR camera while your kids are still young. You'll be glad you did.

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