The SLR Camera Diagram Understanding
Camera Features

The SLR camera diagram may be thought of as understanding basic digital photography along with helpful explanations about your camera.

Although each camera's make and model has its own set of unique functions there are a number of similarities.

While they may not be described or located in exactly the same way as described here I have faith you will be able to locate them.

Where do you begin?

If you haven't already, I suggest reaching for your manual as it provides you with that slr camera diagram, so to speak.

It can be very helpful for locating the names and functions of working parts and the capture mode functions of buttons, dials and levers.

As a bonus, you get to prove to yourself that you are quite capable and brave enough to not only find but push buttons and turn dials!

It is quite surprising the number of photographers who are actually quite intimated by this.The manual will actually help as you learn photography and sections of it will begin to make sense.

In addition, the manual offers a great many digital photo tips on how to adjust your camera for specific photography techniques.

First, because it's worth repeating if you haven't already done so, you may want to check out the page relating to formatting and the memory card.

If necessary, check your manual for information relating to properly charging the camera battery.

Once you have your battery fully charged and the memory card formatted, you'll find helpful reading about the viewfinder diopter, monitor and LCD panel.

For this particular model: LCD panel (left), Monitor screen, (right).

The above link will take you to a page which explains those three basic topics to help you get out taking photos as quickly as possible.

If you don't know how to play back and review your images information is on the same page.

If you're not sure what a Digital SLR Viewfinder Diopter is you can discover what it is and how to adjust for your specific eye sight.

What's next?

Your camera has an amazing number of features. However, you may find you simply want to begin and so indentifying a few slr camera diagram basics is sufficient for now.

In review so far:

Inserting and removing digital camera memory cards while remembering to have the camera turned off while doing so.

Adusting the viewfinder diopter for your specific eye sight.

Identifying the monitor for accessing playback information and using the live mode feature, if desired.

Identifying the LCD panel which provides valuable information in the set up and photography of your subject.

While it may seem like a lot, especially if you've just unpacked your brand new camera, using the features is really quite simple.

For example, once you know how to insert your battery and the memory card, turn on the power and press the shutter release, you've taken your first picture!

A few more common digital slr camera functions.

While your camera may show slightly different symbols and letters this is the mode dial. As you become more familiar with the mode dial features you may be surprised to find new photography ideas popping into your mind.

As you continue to gain knowledge by implementing beginning photography tips you may also find yourself using the auto function less often.


The mode dial is a great tool for learning photography as it offers many options.

For example, using a "priority mode" setting such as Av or Tv or the M for manual encourages thinking like a photographer.

Instead of the camera making the decisions you, as the photographer, make the decisions and set your camera accordingly.

Once again, the manual may be helpful especially as you begin to understand and experiment with the different digital camera settings.

Bottom left functions such as location of the raw image button and the three focusing options of manual, single or continuous focusing. To the right is the on/off switch and the front e-dial which allows for manual shutter speed settings.

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