Tips and tricks: What type of Camera should I get?

What camera is best?

There are many different kinds of cameras out there and the bottom line is the best camera is the one that is with you. If you are someone who is fine lugging around and extra bag for your camera so that you can get the best image possibly perhaps a DSLR camera is for you. But that also means putting in the time to learn how to use it and really making it a part of your life. Most people stick with what you call a point and shoot camera. There's also the camera already on your phone.

Advantages of a DSLR:


DSLR camera's give you the freedom of setting your aperture and shutter speed and other functions to get the best possible photo. -

You are in control of the camera and what it does so you can change the settings to get the exact look you are hoping for. -

Rather than letting the camera decide what part of your photo is most important to you DSLR cameras let you choose where it focuses. -

You get to changes lenses. Each lens has it's own strengths and you can use those to create the best image possible. -

DSLR cameras are good in low light conditions. Low light always creates a few challenges but with a DSLR it also gives you options that a point and shoot does not. -

You have more lighting options. Light is huge when it comes to getting a clean crisp image and DSLR cameras have some advantages in the light they can use and how it can be used to create the image.

Disadvantage of DSLR:


You can't just click the button you need to be aware of aperture, shutter speed, and other functions -

You can be really off on your settings and your image may not be saveable. With a point and shoot most of the work is done by the camera so you don't get to think for yourself however most of the time it does a pretty good job on it's own. But since the DSLR leaves that up to you you have to think before taking the shot or it can end up a disaster. -

Cost is a huge issue when it comes to these cameras. The camera body themselves are expensive but since they are using real lenses rather than a computer generated zoom feature you often need different lenses to get the results you are wanting. Which can be anywhere from $100-$3,000 (want to see some of the most expensive lenses check out these -

This type of camera is big and bulky and needs an extra bag just so fit all of it's gear and accessories.

Point and shoot

Advantages of a point and shoot:


As the name states all you really have to do is point and shoot and you're probably going to get a decent image. -

Anymore point and shoot cameras have some awesome features that can help you get some really cool images -

Point and shoot camera's are relatively inexpensive. They have such a wide range of price because of the wide range of functions but you can get a fairly decent one for around $100. -

They are small compact cameras that you can stash in your pocket or purse and always have with you. -

They have a lot of cool functions and give you a wide range of photography options without the bulk of a big DSLR camera. -

There's no need for additional lenses and accessories

Disadvantages of a point and shoot:


this type of camera doesn't let you control your shutter speed or aperture although there's a few tricks to get what you want it's still not going to give you all the options a DSLR can provide. -

The optical zoom sounds like the magic fix but you give up images quality when you use it. -

The on camera flash is difficult to control and you often end up blowing out images.

Camera phone:

Advantages of a camera phone:


Most people carry their phone with them everywhere so you always have it at your fingertips and so you can capture some amazing spur of the moment shots. -

There are some awesome apps on your camera that let you edit your images right there and let you share those images with the world in a few simple clicks. -

There are apps that let you control how your camera takes pictures much like the presets on your point and shoot. Some even go as far giving you more control than your point and shoot. -

There's even been companies that have developed lenses for your camera on your phone that lets you zoom in on things without giving up image quality.

Disadvantages of a camera phone:


Phones get used a lot which means there's chances of sticky finger prints across lenses and even broken screens. -

Your pixel count is going to be fairly low unless you get a really good camera phone. But just a warning huge megapixels means huge files which can take up a lot of room on your phone. -

Since you have your phone everywhere it's more likely to get lost and stolen which sometimes means the loss of those images.

Whatever camera you chose the most important part is to use it. Use it a lot explore, take classes and have fun!