Buying A Digital Camera – Considering Camera Types

There are so many good cameras available, which one do you choose?  One of the key factors, when buying a new digital camera, is deciding which type of camera is right for you and your budget.  Each camera type has its pros, cons and considerations.

Do you want to take snaps for the family album or post to friends on Facebook? Or do you want to take control of the exposure and make serious photographs?

Buying A Digital Camera - Considering Camera Types

Digital Single Lens Reflex Cameras

Many professional photographers tend to lean towards Single Lens Reflex (SLR) cameras. Digital SLRs allow you to maximise your control over exposures and select the best lens for the job. Some models also allow you to make movies.

The Canon 7D, for example, allows you to shoot movies of broadcast standard (1080p) High Definition (HD) quality. It also allows 18 megapixel still photographs to be made at the rate of eight frames per second. Additionally, it has a robust magnesium alloy body; which ideal for heavy usage.

System Cameras as an Alternative

Many people, however, do not like the idea of using a relatively weighty SLR.  They think that, for their needs, a system camera is better. System cameras offer some of the technology that has previously been seen in a compact digital camera – such as 4:3 ratio sensors, touch screens and face detection software – with a look more in line with D-SLRs. The main difference, to keep things simple, is that system cameras do not have the mirror.  This adds much of the size and weight to SLRs.

The Olympus is a system camera and it offers users photographs of up to 14.2 megapixels, a hot shoe for an external flash, image stabilisation and a 14-42mm lens. The Samsung NX30 is another of the system cameras currently available with a 20.3 megapixel resolution. It comes with an 18-55mm lens and the ability to make HD movies.

Bridge Cameras Instead of D-SLRs

But there are other options available. A number of people feel that bridge cameras provide the quality they want without the hassle of having to carry a bag full of lenses to get results. Bridge cameras have many of the characteristics of D-SLRs. They do not, at present, allow lenses to be changed and the sensor is generally smaller than in D-SLRs.

The Nikon B700 bridge camera is attractive because it allows photographers to shoot in RAW mode, thus collecting more data post-processing than is available in the JPEG format. The photos are of up to 20 megapixels and the camera has a seven times optical zoom.

Buying a Compact Digital Camera

Many people are more than satisfied with the quality of pictures taken on compact cameras. The Canon Powershot 360 is relatively easy to use but offers photos of up to 20 megapixels and a 12 times optical zoom.

Choices and Options in Compact Digital Cameras

Depending upon your requirements, look at the features of the cameras available. If you want a slimline compact camera that is effective at focusing on moving subjects then the Fuji finepix may prove attractive. If you want to take wildlife photos but don’t want to invest in an SLR camera and zoom lens, then the Panasonic Lumix might meet your expectations.

Yet you may be looking for a budget option. There are a number of reliable easy to use, point and shoot cameras on the market.

The Casio Exilim EX-S10RD has a three times optical zoom and captures photos of up to 10 megapixels.

Be aware that there are many more very good cameras currently on the market, beyond those mentioned here, and new cameras are constantly being released. By the time you read this, there may be many more new models available. Visiting virtual stores and high street shops will quickly bring you up to speed as to the latest products and prices.

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Barb Webb is a sustainable living expert nesting in Appalachian Kentucky. When she’s not chasing chickens around the farm or engaging in mock Jedi battles, she’s following the road less traveled, writing about country living and artisan culture. Travel specialties are: Agritourism and Second Season of Life (over 50) Adventures.
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