Recently, my interest in a thrilling journey spruces up buying a new camera!
It’s fascinating but also a bit intimidating. There are different types of cameras and various camera accessories.
Now, if you are wondering what’s best for you to buy, here are the top picks:
Now, let’s take a look at the types of cameras.
Types of Camera
There are many types of cameras. It starts with what we call as “point-and-shoot” to DSLRs. Now, let’s look into its specifications:
1. DSLR Camera
The DSLR stands for Digital Single Lens Reflex camera. They are those fancy, big, and expensive cameras. Cameras like these have two main parts: the body and the lens. Its lenses can be removed and changed. In short, it is interchangeable. However, remember that to take photos, you should have two body parts.
One of the features of the DSLR camera is a mirror that allows you actually to look into the lens while you compose the image. This gives an accurate idea of the final image (how it will look) when you take the photo.
When you press the camera shutter, it will record the scene as a digital image on its sensor which is quite large in the DSLR camera. The large sensor provides a better low light noise performance as well as a better background.
When it comes to the quality of the image, a big part of the story is the lens or the glass. The lens collects the light from your scene. So, the better the quality of the lens, the better the quality of the image created.
The great news is that with DSLRs, there are many kinds of high-quality lenses that you have plenty of options when it comes to getting variety and getting creative with your photography.
2. Mirrorless Camera
In recent years, mirrorless cameras have become increasingly popular. They have a lot of the same features as a DSLR but in a smaller body, without the mirror.
Similar to DSLRs, mirrorless cameras also come with interchangeable lenses. In general, the quality, as well as the selection of lenses for mirrorless bodies, aren’t on par with DSLRs, but they’ve definitely been improving. And there are now mirrorless cameras that boast a full-frame size similar to the ones found in professional-level DSLRs, making this genre of cameras even more appealing.
All that being said, most mirrorless cameras do have some downsides relative to DSLRs. Although there are now a few models out there with full-frame sensors, most of the mirrorless bodies have sensors that are smaller than those in DSLRs, it means that they won’t be as good at registering depth of field or at shooting in low light conditions.
However, mirrorless cameras do also have their advantages. Most notably, they’re generally much, much smaller and lighter than DSLRs.
This format of a camera is great for everyone from the casual hobbyist to the advanced amateur.
3. Compact Point-and-Shoots Camera
The point-and-shoots are smaller cameras perfect for photography.
One significant advantage of the point-and-shoot is its size. Since they’re so small, they are easy to carry around, you may be more likely to take more photos than if you have to bring a bigger mirrorless or a DSLR camera around.
Compared to DSLR and Mirrorless, these cameras have permanently attached lenses. These are not interchangeable that generally cover a wide zoom range. The lens retracts back into the camera to keep it nice and small.
However, the point-and-shoot cameras have their downsides too.
Typically, they have the smallest sensors. This means that your image quality won’t be nearly as good as it would be with a higher-level camera. Recently, things have already been improved though, it’s not that hard to find a point-and-shoot that produces good quality images.
Furthermore, some models lack manual controls for essential settings (like shutter speed, aperture, and ISO). Autofocus speeds will most likely be slower and the lag time between when you press the shutter and when the camera takes the photo will be longer.
So why decide to buy a point-and-shoot camera? Well, they’re so much easier to carry around than larger cameras, meaning you may be more likely to use your camera.
And then there’s that matter of price. Point-and-shoot cameras are typically much less expensive than the higher-level options.
If you’re not looking for a lot of creative control or fancy extras, a point-and-shoot may be the right place to start. If you’re looking to get serious about photography though, expect to grow out of a point-and-shoot pretty quickly.
4. Action Cameras
The action camera is a small and mountable camera geared towards sports as well as adventure photography, and for photographers looking to use the mountable function to bring a unique perspective to their shots.
Action cams are primarily used to capture video, but they also create image stills and time-lapses.
Although action cameras have come a long way since they were first introduced, I don’t think they’re really a substitute for a proper camera. The camera settings are limited, and your ability to adjust the settings is reasonably restrictive as well. Unless you’re looking specifically to get to create action cam-style shots and videos, think of these cameras as fun extras rather than your primary piece of shooting gear.
Have you decided yet the type of camera you want?