Should I buy a DSLR in 2021?


If you’re hoping to get serious about photography or video, you’ll no doubt have heard about DSLR and mirrorless cameras. But which camera type is better? And should DSLRs really still be the default choice for your first ‘proper’ camera?

In this guide, we won’t be going in-depth on all the differences between the two camera formats. You can read about that in our DSLR vs mirrorless feature. Instead, we’ll be using our huge experience in reviewing both DSLRs and mirrorless cameras to tell you which format is best for different types of photographer – and whether you should still consider buying DSLRs, full stop.

(Image credit: Future)

Most major camera brands have started to leave the classic DSLR format behind, but that doesn’t mean we should follow blindly. Sure, mirrorless cameras are where you’ll see the most innovation – the real improvements to DSLRs are now just borrowed mirrorless tech, as shown by the likes of the Canon EOS 1D X Mark III.


If you’re hoping to get serious about photography or video, you’ll no doubt have heard about DSLR and mirrorless cameras. But which camera type is better? And should DSLRs really still be the default choice for your first ‘proper’ camera?

In this guide, we won’t be going in-depth on all the differences between the two camera formats. You can read about that in our DSLR vs mirrorless feature. Instead, we’ll be using our huge experience in reviewing both DSLRs and mirrorless cameras to tell you which format is best for different types of photographer – and whether you should still consider buying DSLRs, full stop.

Nikon D800 DSLR vs mirrorless

(Image credit: Future)

Most major camera brands have started to leave the classic DSLR format behind, but that doesn’t mean we should follow blindly. Sure, mirrorless cameras are where you’ll see the most innovation – the real improvements to DSLRs are now just borrowed mirrorless tech, as shown by the likes of the Canon EOS 1D X Mark III.

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