Using a single lens reflex camera is something which will give you a much better picture quality. Even in the days before digital cameras, professionals would always use a single lens reflex camera to get a better quality of picture. When digital photography came along, there were not many affordable single lens reflex options and so people had to use the automatic cameras that were out there. However, there are now digital single lens reflex cameras that are affordable. The compact models are easy to use as well and something that an amateur photographer could afford, easily use and get fantastic results from.
There are other advantages of the compact digital camera over larger models as well. Although larger models will be of a better quality, the compact camera can be easier to use and more portable. If you have a photography hobby, it can be great to have something that you can carry around with you all of the time. The single lens reflex will enable you to be able to change lenses and things like that, so you will be able to get the right kit you need which you can have with you on the occasions when you need it. However, it is not always necessary to do this and so you will have something that you can slip in your bag or pocket or even glove box of your car, that you can use whenever you feel the need. The great things about it not being overly expensive is that if you use it a lot and wear it out, damage it or lose it, it will not be so expensive to replace. For something that you will have with you a lot, this can be quite an important consideration.
These cameras are easy to use as well. Someone who is used to a point and shoot camera, that has automatic focus and flash, may worry that they will not be able to use a single lens reflex, but they are still simple to use. You have to set up the shot, by focusing things, but you will get a much better quality image and it can be easy to focus anyway. It can result in you getting a better picture as you can decide whether the focus is rather than the camera guessing for you. You will get professional looking results with very little extra effort, it is so worth while. The more money that you pay for your camera, the better the quality you will get but if you are a beginner, then you will still be impressed even with the cheaper compact single lens reflex cameras. The technology is so good these days that you get excellent quality and you can get really good value for money. You can also buy accessories, even for the cheaper models, so once you improve you can decide if you want to buy extra lenses and things like that, to increase your photography skills even more.