Camera Tips: Point and Shoot vs. DSLR
For those who are to buy digital cameras, I know that it is very CONFUSING. There are over 300-plus different options from which to choose! What more is that there are so many cameras which come in different shapes, sizes and colors and price. What more is that it ranges from $79 on up to a whopping $7,999. If you are so confused right now, I’ll help you decide and break down important key features whether it is for you to buy a point and shoot camera or a digital single lens reflex (DSLR) unit instead.
First and foremost, I would like to tell you the basics of these cameras. As for, digital single lens reflex cameras or DSLR, it lets you see your subject directly through the lens using a mirror/viewfinder assembly. All DSLRs feature interchangeable lenses. It means that you can change its focal length to your own preference. Meanwhile, point and shoot cameras do not feature a mirror assembly. But their strengths rely on affordability and portability. Let’s get deeper on their pros and cons.
The point and shoot camera wins this category, hands down. The reason why digital point and shoot cameras remains strong economically is because they are cheap. The least expensive DSLR will run you $499. The point-and-shoot alternatives only sell at a half of it.According to the camera industry, the majority of cameras sell for only around $200 or less. Buying a DSLR is really a huge leap but others don’t regret it because of the quality they get from it.
Why do people stick on DSLR which costs them $300 and more? It is because its speed has speed that no point and shoot cameras can compete with. Digicams take time to shoot and save the photo to its memory. It means that you could miss a very captivating moment with that speed. Technically speaking, digicams shoots only 1 frame per second while the DSLR shoots ar 3 frames per second which makes them suited for fast phased photo shoots. This category is won by the DSLR.
The point-and-shoots and DSLRs have similar megapixel counts(10MP, 12MP and so on). However what makes it different is the overall performance and quality between the two. The same holds true with point and shoot cameras vs. DSLR.
Digicamsoften use much smaller imaging devices. They put in many megapixels in such a small chip, which makes digital noise very often. DSLRs have much larger APS-C sized imagers. This means that you’ll encounter less noise on lowlight situations which results into better quality pictures. This category was won by DSLR once again.
Point and shoot cameras offers a wide variety of zoom lenses from the basic 3x up to 26x. The Nikon CoolPix P90 offers a 28-624mm options. It makes you capable of taking group shots and zoom into things you don’t recognize. There are many other point and shoot cameras that with wide focal ranges. It all depends on your taste.
DSLR has interchangeable lens. This means that you can customize you’re your view with any lenses of your taste by just spending a little fortune. Canon and Nikon, the two biggest DSLR sellers by far,has 65 lenses to offer. These lenses are finer and results into finer and better quality over PAS cameras. The only downside is that it is heavy and bulky and equire a backpack to carry these lenses. DSLR is still the best for professionals and prosumers.
Most point-and-shoot digital cameras offer a little manual option for adjusting shutter speeds and other settings. The DSLR offers a lot of them. You can adjust the depth of field, blur objects, and go wherever the creative muse takes you. For more creative options, DSLR is the right choice.
If you are budget-minded, then go for a point and shoot camera. You have the option to looks for reviews for cameras you wanted to buy. There are high caliber types of this camera. There are a variety of choices and it all depends on your taste and selection type.
If you want faster response and better overall quality, then DSLR is your way. But remember that DSLR cameras are quite pricey. If you already mastered the capabilities these cameras offer, you can profit from taking pictures of models and earn at around $1000 minimum. Of course just a DSLR isn’t enough to go pro, you need several lenses, flashes and DSLR toys to be a renowned PRO.
Roniel is an IT student and a part-time writer for petiksmode. He is a computer and hardware geek, an experienced linux user and an active blogger.