Point and shoot VS. DSLR

April 26, 2008 10:16pm CST
Which one is better for beginners? What are their similarities and differences? Some people just use a point and shoot cam and still end up getting amazing pictures. Will the type/brand of camera really matter?
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@djedtek (231)
• United States
5 May 08
DSLR is good for beginners but you have to research and actually know the functions before picking up one! the difference between a point and shoot vs D-SLR is that a D-SLR the picture is all in the lens you get or choose! digital camera lens only can do so much (and also they don't provide filters for most of the digital cameras out now)!
@trickiwoo (2702)
• United States
29 Apr 08
It's not the camera, it's the photographer. Getting a fancy, expensive camera won't make you take better photos. A good photographer can take amazing photos with the simplest point and shoot. However, with that said, a DSLR can give you a lot of creative flexibility. The camera allows you to use different lenses- you can use a wide-angle lens to shoot landscapes, a telephoto lens to shoot objects that are far away, macro lenses to shoot up-close, plus lenses like fisheye lenses, lensbabies, tilt shift lenses, etc. can add creative effects to your photos. A DSLR also gives you a lot more manual control over your photos. You can use a manual focus, exposure, aperture, etc. to make your photos come out exactly the way you want them to. Point and shoots do have their strong points as well. For one thing they are very convenient. Their small size allows you to stick one in your pocket and take it wherever you go. They are also much more affordable than DSLRs. Because of this, many photographers than use DSLRs also use point and shoots as well! A point and shoot camera is probably best for a beginner. They are cheaper and have a lot more automatic controls. But for anyone who is seriously into photography and wants to take their picture taking further, they should invest in a DSLR.
@feris0604 (303)
• Malaysia
27 Apr 08
Well, a point and shoot digicam is suitable for beginners and all who like to snap shots without thinking. To make this explanation easier, the point and shoot digicams come in with prepare scenes. One doesn't have to do much before pressing the button. As most of the pictures are taken in the open, there will be no problem. These days, point and shoot cameras come in megapixels as high as 10 or more. This helps to overcome many other problems. A DSLR, in fact is different. One may need to do lots of planning before a picture is taken. There will be issues on lighting, location, steadiness ... etc. That is why, a DSLR is never a camera for a beginner and a professional photographer. Furthermore, a DSLR is much more expensive than a point and shot digicam. Buying digicams according to the brandname may not really matter. It all depends on what features you expect in a camera. Canon's line of camera has lots of features. So does Nikon's. Kodak Eastman's vibrant color can be another good choice, Then, you have other brands, like Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax and so on. If you need to buy a brand name, make sure there is a service centre in your area (just in case).