Digital camera and DSLR camera?

October 14, 2011 8:00am CST
What is the different? Which one should I get? DSLR is kinda big but i see all professional photographer use them. Digital camera is small and light. Is it that digital camera quality is lower than DSLR?
6 responses
@jpso138 (7868)
• Philippines
14 Oct 11
Well if you talk about the cost, definitely the DSLR are more expensive that the digital camera. But with the price comes also additional features that the digital camera does not have. That is the reason why, professional photographers use the DSLR since its definitely better than the digital camera. You can only do point and shoot for most digital cameras but with the DSLR, you can adjust things like aperture, shutter speed and many more providing you with more ways of taking great pictures. So if budget is not and issue, then I think you should go for the DSLR.
• Malaysia
14 Oct 11
Thank you, So a DSLR require someone with more skill? Like we need to learn how to operate the thing what is what. Digital is for a beginner like me!
@jpso138 (7868)
• Philippines
20 Dec 11
Thank you for the best response. Well, if you plan to come up with taking great pictures, then even as a beginner you can get yourself a DSLR camera. After all, you will certainly wish you have a DSLR camera later on once you see the advantages. But of course it is entirely up to you. I am not saying that those point and shoot digital cameras are only for beginners. There are also those professionals who come up with good quality pictures using the point and shoot. I am also a beginner and still learning the different skills in photography. But I do see the advantage. Check this pictures I have taken using my DSLR... I hope I can improve and do more. But one thing is sure, I could have not taken such kind of pictures if I was using a point and shoot camera.
@Sniffy (21)
18 Dec 11
There is a relatively new option on the block now, the Bridge camera, most of these cameras have DSLR sized sensors and interchangable lenses like the olympus pen series for instance. Like the DSLR's they often have aperture and shutter priority, program auto or fully manual. Another benefit is that they have no mirror action so less chance of blur caused by vibration. It always puzzled me why the SLR format found it's way into the digital market, after all, why relay what the lens sees via a mirror and screen when the sensor itself can be "live" and viewed from the LCD or a seperate live electronic viewfinder.
• United States
16 Aug 13
I used to love dSLRs but found the bridge camera more convenient. If you are interested, you can find out more about the Canon SX50 bridge camera.
With its 24 - 1200 mm lens the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS digital camera is one of the most versatile super zoom bridge camera to take along if you enjoy traveling and taking photographs during your travels. With just one light weight bridge camera you can ge
@jaime22 (51)
• Philippines
4 Feb 12
For me I want the DSLR. It has mor capability and more picture quality that the standard digicams and I like the looks it makes you feel cool.
• Indonesia
30 Oct 11
The different is the system how a picture is captured through the lenses to the sensor. DSLR usually got better lenses and better sensor. The sensor is usually bigger than pocket, make them can catch detail better than pocket. The manual setting of DSLR can help us get better quality of photo. Basically, DSLR is built with all you need to become a serious photographer. But, if you like to take picture instantly, DSLR is not good idea. Although fast and has auto mode, you need to set everything to get best photo possible. Using auto only give ordinary shoot, the same as pocket. The other thing with DSLR are you can change the lenses and put filter, hood, external flash, etc. For Photo result, there is another factor: the man behind the camera. If you can not use and can not decide angle well, you only get ordinary photo. I use prosumer and I think the most difficult is finding right angle and lighting. My friend can shoot better using pocket because he understand photography better than me.
@Galena (9123)
14 Oct 11
it depends what you want to do with a camera. if you want something you can stick in your bag and take snaps with, a compact camera is fine. there are some very good ones, and you can take lovely pictures with them. SLRs are large and heavy, and bulky to carry. but if you ever find the settings on a compact camera to be limiting, then an SLR can give you a LOT more control. for example, I was recently taking photographs of bats in a nocturnal house at the zoo. in automatic settings, the shutter speed would become very slow to compensate for the very low light levels, but as the bats move so much (and as it's hard to keep still enough for so slow a shutter speed as you get when it's that dark) the image was very blurred. so I reduced the shutter speed in order to capture the moving animals without blurring, and opened out the aperture to let more light in in order to actually see the subjects. likewise you can use the settings to affect the depth of field or amount of movement in a picture. different lenses can also help to get exactly the picture you want. as well as the settings on the camera allowing you to fine tune a picture, they often have a very high image quality. however they really do have a much much higher price tag. if you don't think you would bother making use of all the different settings, then a good quality compact may be more suitable.
@owlwings (39870)
• Cambridge, England
14 Oct 11
Digital 'point-and-shoot' cameras are not neccesarily lower in quality (as far as picture quality goes) than Digital Single-Lens Reflex cameras. In fact, some of them use exactly the same sensors as their more expensive counterparts and have equally good lens quality and processing hardware. In fact, many professional photographers have a simpler camera in their pocket or bag in order to be ready to capture that quick shot which they might otherwise lose entirely if they took time to set up their DSLR for the 'perfect' shot. The smaller and lighter digital cameras lack many of the features which a professional photographer sometimes needs. One cannot change the lens, for example, and it is not so easy (often impossible) to manually select the aperture, shutter speed and focus one requires.