Sunday, February 23, 2014

Types of Cameras: P&S

Did you know that some people have more than one camera? I actually own two, a P&S, and a DSLR. You may have no idea on what those two words even mean, but you will soon. I’ll be talking about the three major types of cameras, SLRs and DSLRs, P&S, and mobile cameras. Let’s hold that shutter button, and start looking.
We will start with Point and Shoot today, which are also known as P&S. They can take photos, but the results aren’t the greatest. They have many good features, such as metering systems, that measure the light coming in through the lens, and changeable shutter speeds and aperture. They can have zoom lenses, automatic focus, and preset controls, like landscapes, people, macro, and nighttime. Point and shoot cameras can be slim and light, to the point of not even knowing you have got them with you. This is handy for many situations. Of course, point and shoots can be quite bulky too, especially some of the super zoom models on the market. They are usually small though, and fit into pockets, they also are used more for casual picture taking where memory is the most important thing. Also, these camera are so silent, that sometimes people do not hear it at all. Another thing that makes these camera great, is that they are relatively cheap.
Now, even though these cameras are good, they do have some down sides. The biggest drawback to these cameras, is that they don’t have a viewfinder. The viewfinder is almost crucial to getting good pictures. Many digital camera users prefer to frame their shots using LCDs though. Point and Shoots always come with this ability and some even come with ‘flip out’ screens, but these screens are sometimes unreliable. With Point and Shoots, your image quality is not as great, as compared to some DSLRs. This is because the image sensor is smaller, and that means that quality is much lower. Another weakness for these camera is their small ISO range. ISO is the indication of how sensitive a film is to light. It was measured in numbers, like 100, 200, 400, 800, and more. The lower the number, the lower the sensitivity of the film and the finer the grain in the shots you’re taking. So with this sort of camera, the range is lower, so you have less choice in how defined you picture is, in terms of settings.  Now, each camera is different, and you just need to know what you want in a camera before choosing this kind. If you’re looking for a simple camera, and are a beginner this might be for you. Each camera has their perks, and disadvantages, and you have to look at your other options first.

In a photographic little world, Natasha