Graduation season is quickly approaching and nothing ruins the moment more than having the wrong camera to capture the day. There are many different digital cameras that are available which include point-and-shoot, digital SLRs, and Super-Zoom cameras. But picking out the right one can be tricky. Here is some information about these cameras so that you can pick the right one for you:
“A point-and-shoot camera, (shown to the right, a Canon Powershot SD1100 IS), also called a compact camera, is a still camera designed primarily for simple operation. Most of them use autofocus or focus free lenses for focusing, automatic systems for setting the exposure options, and have flash units built in.” (Wikipedia) These are the most common types of cameras that people use.
- Easy to use
- Generally have lower prices than any other type of digital camera
One thing to keep in mind about point-and-shoot cameras is that if you are taking a picture from a distance further than 10 feet, the image becomes a landscape and remains small. Check out Digital Photography School’s website to learn more about advantages and disadvantages of point and shoot cameras along with information about the SLRs.
A digital SLR camera, (shown below, a D3X from Nikon), is the camera of choice for professionals and photography enthusiasts. “The term digital SLR is short for digital single lens reflex, so named because these types of cameras use a mirror positioned behind the camera lens to direct light toward the viewfinder when you’re composing a photo.” (CNET)
- Loaded with manual controls
- Allow you to swap lenses to suit the situation, solving the problem of not being able to see your subjects up close.
- No movie clip mode
- No live image preview
- Can be expensive
- Bigger size. Although being bigger can also be an advantage for some people; the bigger size allows the photographer to hold the camera easily and to locate the buttons quickly, (since they are nicely distributed).
Super-Zoom cameras are smaller than the digital SLR cameras and offer lots of the options found in the SLRs. “These cameras are for the intermediate level photographer who needs to have optical zooms of 10x or greater.” (Basic-Digital-Photography)
- Cheaper than the SLR cameras
- Range from 6-10 megapixels
- Offer more lens changing than the point-and-shoot cameras
- If you are looking for professional pictures, the shutter on these cameras lag more than the SLRs
- Even though they offer more options than the point-and-shoot cameras they do not carry all the options of the SLRs
When picking out a digital camera, you have to consider how often you will use it, what price you want to spend, and the quality photographs you are searching for. If you haven’t made up your mind yet, then make sure to read these reviews: