Compare DSLRs to Point and Shoot Cameras

Amateur photographers have easy access to a variety of quality photographic equipment. These range from simple “point-and-shoot” cameras to more advanced Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) cameras. There is a wide range of equipment available, but the prices can vary greatly. Hobbyist photographers should carefully consider whether upgrading to a DLSR or just a cross-over is the right decision. Understanding the differences between these cameras is essential in making that decision. Also, consider whether the upgrade in your photographic capabilities is necessary.

1. The Sensor:

DSLR cameras are equipped with a larger sensor than point-and-shoots. This allows for more light to be captured and provides more precise data. Images will have much better quality. Mega-pixels should not be confused with sensor size. A DSLR that has the same megapixel rating of a point and shoot will produce better quality images due to the larger sensor size. This means that images can be printed in larger sizes. Point and shoot cameras can print pictures at 8×10 inches. An excellent point-and-shoot camera is sufficient for image resolution unless you have higher photographic goals.

2. Lenses.

This is an easy and obvious task. Many mirrorless cameras don’t have the ability to switch between standard wide-angle, zoom, and telephoto lenses. The lack of lens capability can lead to technical problems that render an image unusable commercially. Digital zoom is one example of such a tool. It can never be an alternative to optical zoom.

3. Program settings.

Point-and-shoot cameras give the user limited control over shutter speed and aperture size. Instead, they offer “macro,” ‘landscape’ or “sport” modes. These settings are great for casual users, but they limit your creative options. Professionals are able to control shutter speed and aperture size with a DSLR. If you are serious about photography, it is a good idea to learn how to use a DSLR.

4. Exposure Control.

Point and shoot cameras only offer limited creative control, as we have already mentioned. The same applies to exposure. The camera will adjust the ISO automatically to achieve the perfect balance between the highlights and the shadows. Noise can be a problem and may cause image quality to suffer if it is used for commercial purposes. ISO control should be a goal for semi-professional photographers and those above.

The gap between the DSLR camera and the point and shoot will be closing over time as photographic technology continues to improve. These are the main differences between the two cameras at the moment. Professional photographers will often carry a more affordable, easier-to-use camera. However, significantly few professional photographers will consider a DSLR becoming obsolete in digital photography.