Compact Cameras vs DSLRs

DSLR Strengths

  • Image Quality. Since DSLRs come with larger lenses, they have larger pixel sizes. Generally, DSLRs offer a lot of ISO settings, you can enjoy faster shutter speeds and noise-free pictures. In other words, DSLRs offer better image quality.
  • Adaptability. As a photographer, you can enjoy a lot of benefits if you choose a DSLR instead of a compact point and shoot camera. Aside from this, these cameras have high-quality lenses with long focal lengths based on what you are photographing. You can also attach a lot of accessories, such as filters and flashes making your camera adaptable in different conditions.
  • Speed. Generally, DSLRs are much faster than regular cameras as far as shuttle lags and focusing is concerned.
  • Large ISO Range. The ISO range is different in digital cameras. However, if you have a DSLR, you can choose from a lot of ISO settings based on the light conditions.
  • Manual Controls. If you like manual controls, DSLR is your best choice. For example, you can choose the manual mode if you don’t like the auto mode. This will allow you to configure a lot of settings that you cannot in the auto mode.

Point-and-Shoot Digital Camera Strengths

  • Size and Weight. Point-and-shoot cameras are so small that you can put them in your pocket and carry them wherever you want to. This is good news if you need a small camera for parties and tours.
  • Quiet Operation. Unlike DSLR cameras, these cameras are much quieter. The subject won’t even realize that they are being photographed.
  • Auto Mode. If you are just a beginner, you may not want to mess with the manual mode. For beginners, it is much better to use a point and shoot camera as it comes with the auto mode. This mode automatically selects the right settings based on light conditions and other factors. So you can just grab the camera and take as many photos as you can.
  • Price. Unlike DSLR, these cameras are relatively cheaper. So, if you are on a budget, this type of camera is the best choice for you.
  • LCD Framing. If you want to frame your shots with the camera LCD, point-and-shoots can be a great choice as all of these cameras feature LCD allowing you to see the frame you are going to capture.