We've just updated our DSLR and lens buying guides to cover recent developments in both product segments. Our buyers' guides are intended to provide a helping hand when it comes to deciding what to buy, and include summaries of some of the main things to look for, and explanations of the strengths and weaknesses of various options as well as common terminology.

Buying a Digital SLR

So you've decided to invest in a new digital camera and have made your mind up that you want to step up to a digital SLR, but the huge range of models on offer and endless flow of technical jargon have left you more confused than when you started? Fear not, this page will take the pain out of choosing the perfect digital SLR for you, whether you're a seasoned shooter or a total novice.

In this guide we'll be explaining the advantages of DSLRs compared to compact and mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras, and helping you to decide which features are most important, and what's the best balance of size, weight, specification and cost for you. 

Digital Camera Lens Buyers' Guide

Once you've bought a new interchangeable lens camera - either a digital SLR or one of the new breed of interchangeable lens compacts typified by Micro Four Thirds - you'll inevitably start thinking of adding an extra lens or two to your arsenal.

This is the first step to realizing the flexibility of a system camera, but with the countless options available on the market, you could be forgiven for wondering just why you left behind the simplicity of a compact camera. In this guide we'll lead you through the process of understanding the different kinds of lenses, and choosing the right one for your needs.