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Video:Types of Digital Cameras

with Chris Davis

Digital cameras come in different shapes and size, from pocket-sized point and clicks to professional DSLRs. Watch this About.com video to learn more about the types of digital cameras.See Transcript

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Transcript:Types of Digital Cameras

Hi I'm Chris Davis for About.com.  Digital Cameras come in a variety of shapes, styles and sizes. Lets take a look at few different digital cameras.

Compact Digital Cameras

Three of the most common types of digital cameras are the compact digital camera, bridge compact digital camera, and the digital SLR.

Compact digital cameras are more commonly known as point and shoot cameras.  They are generally very simply to use and are usually small enough to fit into a pocket or purse.  Although these cameras are fairly basic they do have some excellent features.   Many have a 3 times zoom and up to 12 megapixel capture capabilities which will provide high quality photos with large sizes.  Compact digital cameras have a full auto mode for people who want no worry point and shoot pictures, however, a variety of additional modes are available including landscape, snow, sports and night mode which make it easy to use in different lighting situations.  Manual adjustments are also available and can be accessed through a series of menu options.  These cameras are relatively inexpensive and great for beginners or quick and easy photography.

Bridge Digital Cameras

Bridge compact digital cameras are a step up from the compact digital camera.  The main difference is the capability to have more control over the cameras settings, Specifically exposure settings.   Aperture Priority, Shutter priority, and Manual mode are all available.  Bridge cameras also have a much longer zoom range.  24x and 30x zooms are not uncommon.  One element that separates a Bridge camera from a Digital SLR camera is that a bridge camera has a fixed lens.  This means that although it has a larger  zoom capability than a compact camera, you can't change the lens as you can on a DSLR.  Bridge cameras essentially mimic many of the Features of a Digital SLR without the hefty price tag.

Digital SLR Cameras

This brings us to digital SLR cameras.  The SLR stands for Single Lens Reflex which simply means that the camera uses a mirror and prism that allows the  photographer to view exactly what will be captured through the lens.  A camera using a viewfinder can be different from what will be captured.

DSLR cameras are extremely versatile. Besides the automatic mode you have control over a full manual mode, as well as aperture priority, shutter priority and a variety of program modes. Essentially you will have more control over the different ways you can take a photograph than any other camera type.  DSLR cameras also have a larger sensor size than a compact camera which will yield better quality photos.

Probably the most important features of a DSLR is the capability to use different lenses.  This enables you to change from macro, to wide angle, to telephoto, to fish eye and so on, while using the same camera body.  These lenses are usually of a better quality as well, which will give you a better end image.
 
Digital SLR cameras are certainly feature and quality robust, however, you will often pay a hefty price.  To learn more check us out on the web at About.com.  Thanks for watching

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