There are thousands of digital cameras available on the market. They all have different features and options. A camera may be great for one photographer and terrible for another, depending on that photographer's preferences and level of skill. One photographer may prefer simple, user-friendly cameras, whereas another may prefer what manual controls offer. Fortunately, in the world of digital cameras, there's something for everyone.
Point and Shoot Cameras
Point and shoot cameras are an excellent description of what they are. You point the camera at an object and shoot, thus capturing an image. Most digital cameras today are point and shoot, although many digital cameras offer additional controls that amateur photographers will not know about. Point and shoot cameras are often compact, thus appealing to an amateur photography audience.
With DSLR, or Digital Single Lens Reflex, the camera has only one lens. Instead of viewing the subject on a screen, DSLR cameras require the use of the optical view finder. These cameras also offer users more options for control, such as white balance, shutter speed, focus and ISO (sensitivity to light). DSLR cameras are substantially larger than point and shoot cameras, appealing to the more professional user.
Interchangeable Lens Camera
With an interchangeable lens camera, the lens can be removed and a different one attached. Interchangeable lens cameras offer a lot of adjustment options and various lens types, including the prime lens, which is not very flexible but offers excellent images quality; the wide angle lens for landscape shots and scenery; a macro lens for photographing miniature objects; and the zoom lens.
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