Camera Conundrum

I've signed up to take an Introductory Photography course, and it requres:

"A 35mm Single Lens Reflex camera (film or digital) with manual focus and exposure capabilities is required"

I don't know much about cameras or photography, but I'm really hoping this class will give me a solid foundation. From researching what all of these terms mean, I've found some film cameras that satisfy the requirements (Pentax k1000, Nikon f10, Nikon n80), but I think I would rather invest in a digital camera. I feel silly asking this because I'm sure it's an obvious answer to a camera pro, but I can't really figure out which DSLRs meet the requirements listed and I don't want to buy the wrong thing. I'm not looking for anything really fancy or professional. For example, I would be happy with a Canon Rebel XS, would that fit the criteria?


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All Digital SLR cameras fit that description.

The Canon Rebel XS will be fine.

Good for you, in taking that class.
You will learn the very important basics of photography.
A start for a lifetime of good pictures.


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I am sure it won't matter and the Canon XS will be fine for the course, but strictly speaking, it is not a 35mm DSLR. The XS has a APS-C "cropped" sensor, smaller in comparison to a 35mm film camera. There are digital camera with sensors the same size as 35mm film cameras, but they are the professional, i.e. expensive models.

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