Types of Digital Cameras
Which Type of Digital Camera is Best
If you like taking pictures, you probably already have a camera. You might even have a digital camera, since
they have become very affordable over recent years, and they put out even better quality than many people ever
thought they could.
There are now many types of digital cameras to choose from, and this might make the buying decision a little
more difficult if you are unfamiliar with them. There are two major types of digital cameras on the market today
which are known as Point and Shoot digital cameras, and Digital Single Lens Reflex cameras. These are referred to
as P&S, and DSLR for brevity.
Point and Shoot Digital Camera
A digital point and shoot camera is the most popular style,
because it is much less intimidating. It is also quite small in size, weighs very little and can be purchased for
less than $100 in some cases. These make P&S cameras quite popular with general consumers and the hobbyist.
Another reason that they are so popular is their ease of use. In most cases you simply turn the camera on, point it
at whatever you plan to take a picture of, and push the button, hence the reason for the name.
There are now a number of P&S camera's that have much more advanced features too, and they also tend to be
very easy to use. However, you do not have to use these additional features unless you would like to. Consequently,
they are still quite friendly to complete beginners, while offering some more advanced features to those who would
like to do a little more.
A common advanced feature of point and shoot cameras is the zoom functionality. Another is referred to as
"modes". Modes are indicated by little pictures on a dial of the camera, and they allow you to set the camera up
for a specific type of picture taking. For instance, if you are taking pictures of your child's football game, you
might change the mode dial on your camera to the little running man picture. This means the camera is now
configured better for the faster pace needed when taking sports pictures.
Digital Single Lens Reflex Camera
A single lens reflex digital camera is much more powerful and advanced, but it
can seem a bit more intimidating or difficult to use. However, many DSLRs are being made with ease of use in mind.
For instance, they have a mode dial similar to P&S cameras so that the user can simply turn the dial and take a
picture without fiddling with many different settings.
DSLR cameras have become much more popular in the past year or two, mainly because you can change the camera
lens anytime you would like to. A P&S camera has a built in lens that cannot be changed. And even though the
P&S may have zoom functions, it is limited to specific ranges only.
A DSLR on the other hand, allows you to put a different lens on whenever you want to. If for instance, you
wanted to take a sweeping scenic picture, you might use a wide angle lens. But to get a really good close up shot
of that deer off in the distance, you can attach a longer, telephoto lens and get up nice and close with your
picture while still standing in the same spot.