Digital Camera: Compact vs Digital SLR
Choose digital camera from a compact (or “point and shoot”) and a digital SLR camera is often the decision to buy the first time to start photography.
Digital camera that you choose is not only is potentially a major financial decision, but can also determine what kind of photos you will be able to capture. This tutorial runs through the marketing hype to highlight the major differences between each type of digital camera – to help you decide what is best for you and your style of shooting.
What exactly does that mean for a compact camera (or a point and shoot) compared to an SLR? Strictly speaking, SLR viewfinders just that look the same light as the sensor of the digital camera (see below), but in practice this is not the only difference. While the line between each remains unclear, these three differences usually * remain valid:
- Seeking Mechanism
- Interchangeable lenses vs. fixed
- Size of the camera sensor
There is also a series of smaller differences (ranging from brand or model of digital camera), these three are often the most impact on your photograph. Next sections will focus on what these three differences in practice, means, and how photography has influenced the style. Eventually we will also discuss some other minor differences between these two types of camera.
* Notable exceptions: the “Micro Four Thirds” or 4 / 3 standard has interchangeable lenses, but do not use the standard mechanism of reflex viewfinder (Olympus / Panasonic cameras). Some SLRs budget may also have fixed lenses, digital cameras and some high-end compact style can have sensors that are almost as big as a reflex – but each is the exception rather than the rule.
But it deserves a mention on the front: the reflex are usually much more expensive than compact cameras – usually as a result of these three differences (we’ll discuss that later). Also, unlike the compact cameras, is to buy an SLR camera is only part of the costs you may have to buy extra lenses, external flash and other accessories. They may even end up costing more than the device itself.
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