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DSLRs or point-and-shoots – which type of camera is best for you?

There are two major types of photo cameras available on the marker: point-and shoots and DSLRs (digital single-lens reflex). Both of them have their advantages and disadvantages and thus are a perfect choice for a particular type of photographer. Let us take a look at the features of both of these types so that you can determine which of them is the better option for you.

The biggest advantage of point-and-shoots are definitely their convenience. Not only do they come in portable sizes, but are remarkably easy to use. Because they are really well optimized for auto mode, they offer an opportunity to take high-quality pictures really quickly, without the need of adjusting the settings. Because of this, they used to be one of the most popular choices for those who do not consider themselves photographers, but are interested in making high-quality photos during family reunions, trips and other such occassions. However, in recent years the increased quality of smartphone cameras has made them less attractive for this type of consumer. This does not mean that they have become totally obsolete, because they still have important advantages over smartphone cameras with regards to such features as zooming and low-light performance. Thus, they are great for beginner photographers or those who need a convenient model that still offers more options than a smartphone.

The most popular options amongst serious photographers are definitely DSLRs. Compared to point-and-shoots, they are bulkier, as well as more expensive and complicated to use and cumbersome to maintain. Therefore, they are definitely much less convenient, meaning that taking a pictures with them is always a mission of sorts. On the other hand, their increased array of settings gives the photographers a lot of freedom with regards to manipulating the picture they want to take. What is more, they are really fast with regards to starting up, focusing and shutter lag.

Because of all of the advantages named above, DSLRs are an indispensable tool for anyone who wants to take pictures of striking originality and precision. What is more, they are now available in an increasingly low price range. Therefore, is is possible to buy a really good model for a quite decent price.

Although the point-and-shoots and DSLRs were presented above as types of technology created with radically different needs in mind, it has to be mentioned that a lot of photographers use both of them in their everyday work. After all, one cannot always carry a bulky DSLR anywhere and a point-and-shoot is indispensable anytime convenience turns out to be the most important factor.