The digital camera industry is constantly evolving and as a result of that today there is a variety of camera models available on the market, including point and shoot cameras, DSLR cameras, SLR cameras and others, each one with its own distinctive features. However, since not everyone needs the same kind of camera, in this article we decided to present the advantages and disadvantages of the two most popular types, DSLR and point and shoot cameras, so that you choose the one that suits your needs best.
The main advantage of these cameras is their great image quality. Because they have a bigger sensor, they capture images with much less noise (the grain you often see in a picture). Less noise also means that you can shoot in very dim environments and take photographs that would be impossible to take with a point and shoot camera. Moreover, they have a reflex mirror which enables you to look through the lens instead of a see-through hole in the camera and see what you shoot. They also have a lot of buttons and controls, so once you learn how to use them, you will have a bunch of settings to experiment with. DSLR cameras enable you to use different lenses to shoot specific types of photos. There is a range of these camera tools available on the market, from telephoto to super wide angle, so choose some of these according to your needs.
One of the downsides of these cameras is their higher price tag. Plus, they are also more complex to work with as you will need some time to learn their features and find out what all the buttons serve for.
Point and Shoot Cameras
One of the greatest advantages of point and shoot cameras is their size and their light weight which allow you to simply slip them into your pocket and take them anywhere you want. This consequently eliminates the need for buying extra camera tools for transporting it. Since these cameras generally cannot separate background from foreground, they bring everything together making the scene look sharp. This can be a good and a bad thing at the same time. Moreover, they are relatively inexpensive which is another advantage.
When it comes to disadvantages, point and shoot cameras come with a smaller size sensor than DSLR, which delivers a low image quality. And since they put the entire scene in focus, there is not much you can do to isolate your subject from the background. With these cameras, you won’t be able to change lenses or mount an external flash. Plus, the variety of external tools is limited to the make and brand of the device.