Video Guide to Buying a Digital Camera
- Mon, 16 Nov 2009
If you just want to take snaps of family, friends and holidays then look at cameras that aren't a drag to carry around, because the camera you have with you will always be better than one that's in a cupboard at home. Compacts vary in size - some have protruding lenses, others are flush, making them slimmer.
Bridge, or Superzoom cameras
Maybe you find pocket cameras too fiddly and want a camera with a grip, that you can hold in two hands. Maybe you'd like a bigger zoom too. Perhaps you struggle to use an LCD screen, and need a viewfinder. If so, a bridge camera could be for you as these feature large zooms and electronic viewfinders, similar to camcorders.
Micro System Cameras (inc Micro Four-Thirds and Hybrids)
This new genre of camera employs DSLR sensors, but dispenses with the mirror/prism to reduce overall size. They also offer interchangeable lenses and DSLR image quality. The choice is small at the moment but this is a sector that's set to grow. Olympus and Panasonic are the main players, with Ricoh and Samsung joining them soon.
These cameras are designed for the serious or aspirational photographer who wants a versatile creative tool with which to pursue photography as a hobby, or a profession. They use much larger sensors than compacts for superior image quality and afford the user more control over the settings. Each DSLR system offers a vast range of lenses and accessories to tackle just about every situation and subject.
Find out more about what to look for when choosing a digital SLR with our Video Guide to Buying a DSLR