What Camera should I Buy: Find Best Digital Camera for Beginners
When you are ready to give photography a go, the first question comes at the top of the priority list is “What camera should I buy“? Well, finding best digital camera for beginner is not a tough task. Before going directly in the topic let’s first know what types of cameras are available in market these days.
Types of Cameras
A. Point and Shoot Camera
As the name suggests it a camera in which you have to point it at a subject and then just shoot.
Point and Shoot cameras are also called Compact Cameras, are still cameras designed for simple photography or for documentation purpose. They have automatic systems for setting the exposure (which we will discuss in details in our coming articles) options and have built in flash units.
These sorts of cameras are popular with individuals who don’t view themselves as serious photographers, however need simple to-utilize cameras for capturing vacations, parties, reunions and other events.
B. Bridge Camera
As the name suggest a Bridge cameras form a bridge i.e. Bridge between the compact cameras and the semi-professional and professional cameras.
They are often comparable in size and weight to the smallest DSLRs and there are also super zoom DSLR-shape bridge cameras with retractable lens to make it more compact, but almost all digital bridge cameras do not have optical viewfinder system. One more difference between Bridge Cameras and DSLRs is that Bridge Cameras have a fixed lens of a particular focal length.
Bridge cameras feature full manual or preset controls over shutter speed, aperture, ISO sensitivity, white balance and metering. Generally, their feature sets are similar to DSLRs, except for a smaller range of ISO sensitivity because of smaller image sensor size.
Bridge cameras also come with long tale lenses which often start at a super wide-angle focal length of 20 or 22mm equivalent focal length (in 35mm film camera terms), so the term “bridge camera” is often used interchangeably with “megazoom”, “superzoom”, or “ultrazoom.
DSLR are best digital camera for beginners as well as professionals. So what is a DSLR camera? SLR stands for “Single Lens Reflex Camera” and when you add Digital to it, you get a DSLR. The difference between a SLR and DSLR is that a DSLR combines the optics and mechanism of a SLR with a digital imaging sensor instead of a photographic film.
The reflex design scheme is the major difference between a DSLR and other digital cameras.
What is Reflex Design?
In reflex design light travels through the lens, then to a mirror that alternates to send the image to either the viewfinder or the image sensor. The alternative would be to have a viewfinder with its own lens, hence the term “single lens” for this design. By using only one lens, the viewfinder of a DSLR presents an image that will not differ from what is captured by the cameras image sensor.
DSLRs typically used with interchangeable lenses (which mean that one can change the lenses on a DSLR). Focusing can be either manual or automatic in DSLRs, activated by pressing half-way on the shutter release or a dedicated auto focus (AF) button.
A DLSR can be operated manually (Manual Mode) and also has some more professional modes (for a particular usage) like AV Mode (Aperture Priority or Aperture Value) and TV Mode (Shutter Priority or Time value). Nowadays the DSLR come equipped with capturing Full HD or 4K video modes also.
The latest innovation in DSLRs is mirrorless camera. These cameras don’t have a mirror reflex optical viewfinder. Mirrorless cameras are smaller in size and lighter in weight, but cost higher than DSLRs. Lens options for mirrorless is limited compare to DSLRs.
We hope that this article by Photography Tips and Tricks would be quite helpful to you for understanding the types of cameras and answered your question what camera should I buy?
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