Digital Camera Buying Tips

Types of Cameras Cont'd

  • Mirrorless SLR/Micro 4/3rds - These are a relatively new entrant to the market. Priced below a typical SLR setup but above a point and shoot, these cameras offer the interchangeable lens option of an SLR with the size of a compact or advanced point and shoot. The term “mirrorless” refers to how they often take pictures – an SLR uses a mirror as part of the picture taking mechanism, while cameras in this range don’t have the same mirror. This means that, while smaller, the photo quality won’t quite be on par with what you’d get from an SLR. However, the size and lower price make these a very viable option, and they often offer many more features than you’d find on most point and shoot models.

  • SLR - While a single-lens reflex (SLR) camera is going to be the priciest option among these camera types, it is also going to provide you the best pictures possible – provided you’re willing to take the time to learn how to best use its features and invest in the lenses needed to take those great pictures. The learning curve may be high, but if you’re into photography, an SLR provides unparalleled image quality, though you do pay for it.


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November 2, 2012
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