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What are the Different Types of Cameras You Can Buy?

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If you are looking to purchase a camera, it’s important to be familiar with the different types that are out there. This article will review your options so you can determine which is right for you.

Compact Cameras

Also known as point and shoot cameras, compact cameras are ideal for beginner photographers. They are small and lightweight, and they come with standard and automatic settings.

As the ‘point and shoot’ name suggests, they are easy to use. Just point at the subject and the camera will do the work for you as far as getting the correct exposure.

They also have a built-in flash, a zoom lens, and an LCD that allows you to view pictures before you click the button. Some even have lens-changing capabilities.

However, compact cameras won’t give you control over all your settings. They also have a small sensor that doesn’t provide great image quality for larger images.

Zoom Compact Camera

A zoom compact camera has a more powerful zoom lens than other types of cameras. It also offers automatic exposure. Many come with manual options and HD recording.

Most compact zooms offer 12 megapixels that are great for personal use, but they are not high quality enough for professional use. They also do not work with interchangeable lenses.

Advanced Compact Cameras

Advanced compact cameras offer more features than traditional compacts. They come with a manual exposure mode and manual focusing while still being small and lightweight. They also produce high-quality images.

Adventure Cameras

Adventure cameras, or action cameras, are compact and lightweight but they have additional features that make them hold up well to the elements. They are waterproof and shockproof, and they have durable lenses.

However, because the cameras have smaller sensors, they are not ideal for professional use. They also don’t come with interchangeable lenses and may not have a viewfinder.

Digital Single Lens Reflexes (DSLRs)

DSLRs are one of the more popular types of professional cameras. They are modeled after film cameras. Higher-end models may have a full-frame sensor while lower-end models will have a cropped sensor.

The cameras come with interchangeable lenses which may be lower or higher end. They also offer a variety of manual settings and creative controls. Another benefit is their optical viewfinder.

Compact Mirrorless Cameras

DSLRs are popular, but mirrorless cameras are starting to take over. They have many features the DSLR offers, but they are smaller, lighter weight, and less expensive.

They are called mirrorless because they don’t have a mirror inside reflecting light on the lens. Rather, the light comes in through the lens and goes straight to the sensor. It then transmits the information it captures onto the LCD screen.

They also have an electronic viewfinder instead of an optical viewfinder.

Other features of the mirrorless are the ability to change lenses, features for creative control, facial recognition, high resolution, video, and WiFi that allows you to control the camera remotely.

Medium Format Cameras

Medium format cameras are out of most people’s price range, and they are not ideal for most shooting situations. They use the 120-size film format used in the Hasselblad V system film cameras. Hasselblad is the main manufacturer of this type of camera.

The cameras have a larger sensor than most DSLRs which makes them ideal for advertising work where higher than normal resolutions are necessary. However, they have less advanced auto-focusing and burst mode capabilities that make them less than ideal for all types of shoots.

Now that you are familiar with the various types of cameras, you are ready to make a smart buying decision in finding the one that’s right for you. Which one of these will you choose?

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