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Our Favorite DSLR Camera Right Now

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Question that I get asked all the time: I have a digital point-and-shoot camera that I like, but I want to take my photography to the next level. Can you recommend an easy-to-use DSLR camera that will take great images for years to come?

My new answer:  The Nikon D5000.

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I am really excited about this camera.  It has a lot of the aspects you’d expect from Nikon: wonderful colors and metering, excellent image quality, sharp lens, HD video, but it has a new feature that really gets me—the flip-and-twist LCD screen.


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As we all know, shooting in bright sunlight can often be a challenge. The screen is just so hard to read!  (I can’t really read any screen in bright sunlight.)  But if you use this LCD, you can tilt it into a position so that it is easier to see, thereby mitigating one of the most vexing problems of digital cameras used outdoors.   

This is a welcome innovation for the travel photographer—one that will no doubt be replicated in other camera lines to come.



Whitney Lawson is a photo editor at Travel + Leisure.

Images courtesy of Nikon and Whitney Lawson

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