Point-and-Shoot or DSLR? Camera Options You Should Know About

Point-and-shoot cameras have been around for years but with the advent of DSLRs, you’re probably thinking which one of these camera types is better.

Whether you want an upgrade or just have a better knowledge of the equipment you already have, here’s what you need to know about these camera options:

Point-and-shoot cameras
In terms of their capability to produce images, point-and-shoots are generally known for lower quality shots, although this is changing, especially for some brands.

If yours is an older model or just doesn’t deliver much, you could improve your photos by using the point-and-shoot’s auto mode. Point-and-shoots also let you be in control, allowing you to choose which settings you want to use for a particular shoot.

There are also point-and-shoot models that are lightweight and portable, easily slipped into purse or back pocket. These cameras only become bulky and heavy when equipped with long focal lenses. They’re pretty quiet, too and generally cheaper than DSLRs.

On the downside, point-and-shoots usually have slower shutter speeds and generally less adaptable.

DSLR cameras
DSLR stands for digital single lens reflex. DSLR cameras generally have lens that are removable and contain a reflex mirror. If you want big-figure megapixels in your camera, a DSLR is for you.

With that many pixels in one shot, expect excellent image quality, fast shutter speeds and clearer pictures.

DSLR cameras are also quite adaptable, which means you can work with several different types of lenses and accessories. They also offer one of the main advantages of point-and-shoot cameras, which is manual mode operation.

That means you can go ahead and control your own settings. The only drawback is that DSLRs are generally bulkier and heavier and yes, more expensive than point-and-shoot cameras.