With point and shoot cameras becoming as affordable as they have, it is not surprising that many people are shifting preferences and opting to buy DSLRs rather than the former ones, which are admittedly easier to operate and well, cheaper.
In order to choose between the two, it is important to look at the advantages and disadvantages of digital cameras of both types, which will enable you to understand which one suits your purpose of photography. Let us take a look at the advantages and disadvantages both types of cameras.
● Most point and shoot cameras are so small that you can carry it around as easily as your wallet without worrying about cases and other extra baggage. In addition to this, these cameras are extremely light weight. But, if you opt for point and shoot cameras that have some features of an SLR, then the weight and the size of the camera increases quite a bit.
● For a beginner, a camera with a fixed lens is a great thing. But for someone who is a little more proficient with the art of photography this may cause a lot of misery. When you compare the two types of cameras, you can control the aperture, shutter speed, and other such features only in limited capacity in a point and shoot camera.
● Also, in such a camera, there is no differentiation between the foreground and the background. You cannot isolate your subject from the background due to a large depth of field. This is good if you want the photograph to look sharp, but this is a downside if you want to click photographs like motion pictures, sports photography, action photography, etc.
● In a point and shoot camera, the image sensor is quite small, and is no match for a DSLR.
● Other problems with the former is the limited ability it provides to shoot at nighttime or in low light. Apart from this, its inability to shoot wide angle shots is also a drawback.
While these advantages and disadvantages of the point and shoot camera are just some of the important ones, something that works in its favor completely, is of course the price.
● Major downsides of a DSLR is the price. These cameras are generally expensive but they are much better investments in the long run.
● One thing that you will definitely think about is the weight that you have to lug around in case you own a DSLR. Add to this the weight of the tripod and other accessories, and well the downsides have a way of adding up.
Most people who are trying to decide which option is the best, can now decide which camera they should opt for. The advantages and disadvantages listed out here may help you to decide which camera is better suited for your purposes.