Compact Digital Cameras Versus Digital SLR Cameras

There’s a lot of technical jargon thrown around in the world of photography, but one distinction most of us can make is the difference been a compact camera and a digital SLR. They both have their pros and cons, and are suitable for different types of people. In this guide, we are going to pick a Sony camera from each and determine who they’d be most suitable for.

Compact digital cameras

The first camera we’ve decided to look at is the Sony Cyber-shot DSC WX300.  It captures in 18.2-megapixel detail and is even effective in low light situations. It’s equipped with a 20x optical zoom and all photos can be shared to other devices using Wi-Fi. You can even control the shutter of the camera using a smartphone app. This means you can set the camera up and get in the picture yourself. Ephotozine has a detailed review of the Sony Cyber-shot if you want to learn more.

The biggest advantage of compact cameras is their lightweight design and user-friendly controls. The devices are fantastic travel companions; small enough to tuck in your pocket and whip out when the opportunity for a photo arises.

If you like composing your photos through the colour LCD display, these cameras are for you. Digital SLR’s have implemented this technology themselves but it’s not as slick as their compact counterparts. You’re usually required to unfold the display and then switch to the new viewing mode – it’s slower and not as seamless.
Sony Nex 7

Digital SLRs

The Sony A65 Digital SLR camera is for budding photographers who want to take their skills to the next level. It has 24.3-megapixel resolution, a super-fast ten frames per second shooting mode, and can record full HD movies. Photography Blog has an in-depth review, here.

As you might have guessed, the clear advantage of these cameras is their raw power. They can produce pictures of unappalled quality that digital compacts don’t come close to. The devices are also incredibly customisable; you can meticulously control just about every setting. The manual mode in a digital SLR allows you to adjust the focus and depth of field in a way you can’t with compacts.

If you want to take ultra wide angle shots or zoom into areas more closely, these cameras can be equipped with lenses to achieve these results. You just have to be willing to pay for the added quality.

If size and weight are an issue, then a digital SLR may cause you problems. They are more cumbersome, so if you want something that’s easy to use on the go, a compact may be more appropriate.

Swapping lenses is a key advantage to these types of cameras, but they also require maintenance and cleaning over time. It’s very easy for dust particles to rest on the lens and create dark marks on your photos.

The middle ground

If you find yourself falling between the two categories, you may benefit from using a compact system camera. The Sony Nex-7 camera, available from Jessops for £719, has functionality rivalling most digital SLRs. It is light and compact, but can also be outfitted with different lenses. The ultra-high 24.3-megapixel resolution will let you produce stunning shots without having to lug heavy equipment around with you.

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