Dirk Bogarde said, “The camera can photograph thought.” This is an extremely interesting way to look at the wonderful equipment that the camera is! With the right kind of camera in your hand, you can indeed create some brilliant memories and pictures. It all starts with finding the right camera because there are different considerations to keep in mind.
Types of cameras
While there are different ways in which cameras can be classified, the simplest way to look at them is:
- point and shoot
- SLR and DSLR
- bridge camera and
- interchangeable lens cameras.
Point and shoot cameras
As the term implies, these compact cameras are extremely simply to operate. If you are looking for a simple, portable and inexpensive camera then you should be shopping from this category. Such cameras are also characterized by:
- fixed lens
- user-friendly menus
- small image sensors
- pocket friendly prices
- ease of use and
SLR and DSLR
Single Lens Reflex and Digital Single Lens Reflex are fabulous cameras which come loaded with a lot of features. Quite a few professional photographers carry them around. Such cameras are characterized by:
- having a significantly larger build when compared to compact cameras
- granular control over many features
- giving you the capability of adding on extra flash and so on.
Perhaps the Sterling feature of this type of camera is the fact that you can control many operations including:
- Aperture settings
- Focal points
- Film and shorter speeds and
- buying different types of lenses.
The optical viewfinder in these cameras make it extremely easy for you to take some high-quality images.
These cameras are a step up from compact cameras and offer a much bigger focal range. These types of cameras:
- have fixed lens
- are great for travel photography
- give one the option of automatic and manual control modes.
Cameras with interchangeable lens
These cameras are also known as compact system cameras. They are best known for their detachable lenses and a wonderful combination of great image quality and a smaller body.
Another way in which you can distinguish the different types of camera makes is to go as per the brand name. There are some huge players in this space including Nikon, Canon, Sony and Olympus. If you have a favorite brand then you can easily look for a particular type of camera on their website. Of course, you can enhance the capability of your camera by combining it with different types of professional lenses, flashes and add on equipment. Once you have narrowed down onto the type of camera that you want, you can look for customer feedback and reviews about a specific make and a specific brand.
Another way in which you can distinguish different types of cameras is to go as per your requirement. For instance, if you are looking for a camera that you can carry around almost every day to capture simple pictures, then a compact camera should do the trick.
Thus, there are plenty of camera makes for you to choose from. Your needs, budget considerations and brand preferences will allow you to choose the best one.
Henry Thompson, an award winning photographer, has been taking photographs for over 20 years. His attention to detail and choice of cameras makes him one of the most respected in his industry. He resides in the UK with his family and loves crisp winter morning walks.