Are you thinking about purchasing a new camera? Narrowing down your choices can be a daunting task. Here are some important items you should think about when selecting the right camera for your needs. If you are an avid photographer, you may be looking for a digital single-lens reflex camera, otherwise known as a DSLR camera. This family of cameras basically combines a single lens reflex camera and a digital camera. Basically taking away photographic film! As you can imagine, a DSLR camera is a bit more complicated than a simple point and click digital camera.
The main difference between a DSLR camera and a regular digital camera is essentially the reflex design scheme present with DSLR cameras. Light travels through the lens. A pentamirror reflects a portion of the light into the view finder. When you are ready to snap the picture, the mirror moves! What you see through the view finder is the photograph captured by the image sensor. A point and click digital camera does not have a mirror reflecting light.
As mentioned above, a DSLR camera is more complicated and therefore you should expect to pay more. In addition, a DSLR is bulkier in size and weighs more so consider where you plan to go with your camera and what type of photography you will be doing. Digital cameras come in compact sizes and can be very light in weight. You can easily toss a digital camera into a purse or other tote.
The quality of shots is far superior with a DSLR camera due to a larger image sensor. A digital camera, on the other hand, has a smaller image sensor and therefore, some shots can appear grainy and less crisp. Therefore, the overall quality of the photos you take with a digital camera is inferior to the quality of images you get with a DSLR camera.
Timing and Lenses
A DSLR camera has faster shutter speeds referring to the time you press the shutter release until the writing of the digital image onto the storage medium. Focusing the lens is faster with a DSLR camera compared to a digital camera. DSLR cameras have interchangeable lens. If you are interested in wide angle lens photography for example, you can simply switch the lens for the one you want to use. Additional accessories, such as filters, can also be added to a DSLR camera whereas the option to change the lens or add accessories is not possible with a digital camera. One drawback to the ability to change lens is the risk of dust landing on the inside of the camera. Due to this, a DSLR camera needs to be professionally cleaned once in a while to remove any dust.
So which type of camera is right for you! This of course depends on your needs. For routine stuff, a light and small digital camera might fill all your needs. However, if you are looking for better quality, more control and are an avid photographer, consider investing in a DSLR for more options.