After you answer all questions discussed previously about the primary factors to consider before choosing a digital camera, narrow down your choices by understanding the different kinds of digital cameras:
Compact Digital Cameras
- Compact digital cameras are not only small, they are easy to use and offer fewer options to control, which means that this is less confusing. Despite its low cost, this kind of digital camera is capable of producing very good results. Let’s look at the basic features:
- Weighs around 4-10 ounces
- Great for point and shoot
- Fully automatic, which means that this kind of digital camera has no manual settings for aperture and shutter speed.
- You have options though when it comes to settings. Most compact digital cameras offer portrait, macro, snow, sports, landscape, low light, etc.
- You cannot change lenses.
- Slow shutter speed, which means that there’s a few seconds wait time between the time that you depress the shutter until the time that the picture is captured.
- Most compact digital cameras offer a modest zoom of a long focal point.
- You will also find a tiny flash for dark condition and pixel counts ranges from 2 megapixels to as high as 7 megapixels.
Advanced Digital Cameras
- Digital Cameras that are able to produce results to professional standards but lack the sturdiness, durability, and range of accessories are called advanced digital cameras. For an avid nonprofessional photographer, advanced digital cameras offer the best balance between quality and cost. This kind of digital camera is capable of most of the professional tasks while it is lighter, compact and full featured.
- Also called prosumer and bridged cameras
- This kind of digital cameras come in different sizes. This is definitely larger than compact cameras. Some of which looks like DSLR, but lighter. Usually weighs 10 to 20 ounces.
- The only difference between prosumer and DSLR is that prosumer cameras’ lens are fixed but it comes with good, quality zoom lenses.
- Since the lens is fixed, it ensures no dust get onto the sensor.
- Advanced digital cameras can be controlled manually, like DSLR. Some of which comes with attachments for close ups, telephoto filters, and external flashes.
DSLR Cameras (Digital Single Lens Reflex)
- DSLR cameras have imaging capabilities enough to sustain an experienced photographer to a professional level.
- By having this kind of digital camera, you will have the ability to change the lens based on your desired outcome.
- Although there are significantly smaller DSLR, most of which are larger and weighs more.
- This kind of digital camera has the ability to be operated manually to full extent which gives a learned photographer more control over all aspects in photography.
- Definitely costs more than compact and bridged cameras.