Finding the right camera

Standard digital camera Bridge camera DSLR camera Camera on your phone

It’s that time of year again. Holidays abroad, parties with friends and the endless number of BBQs. I often find myself taking loads of pictures in Summer, and I usually shift between two types of cameras; a bridge camera and my phone camera. The choice for cameras today is endless and before finding the right camera, be sure to know what different types of cameras there are so as to choose the one best suited to you.

The first type of camera is the standard digital camera. Compact and easy to carry around with great battery life and easy to use functions, this is ideal for people who just want to point and shoot and simply enjoy taking snaps. It’s also ideal for photos at the beach or at festivals since it’s small and not too expensive, so you don’t have to worry about it breaking or getting damaged.

The second type and a personal favourite is the camera known as the “bridge camera”. This camera is an ‘in-between’ camera, not as basic as the point-and-shoot camera, but not as professional as an SLR (single-lens reflex camera). This camera is not as compact as the first camera, but it takes better quality pictures and allows you to play about with certain features, like aperture, shutter speed, ISO sensitivity and others. A bridge camera bridges the gap between the two and is perfect for someone who loves taking good quality photos but does not want to invest in an SLR camera. This is also much cheaper than an SLR camera, making it the perfect choice for people on a budget.

Next is the DSLR camera. Short for Digital Single Lens Reflex, it combines the parts of a single-lens reflex camera (SLR) and a digital camera back, replacing the photographic film. The reflex design scheme is the primary difference between a DSLR and other digital cameras. In this reflex design scheme, light travels through a single lens and a mirror is used to reflect some of that light through the view finder. In other words, this is the high-end camera. It takes some knowledge of photography to be able to fully use this type of camera and prices for this type of camera can be quite high due to the different lenses/equipment needed.

Finally, the camera on your phone. Mobile phones today come with great cameras and these are perfect to simply snap away without having to carry around bulky cameras. Quality of photos varies depending on phone model and of course they have their limitations, however I think they are perfect for those unexpected moments where you want to simply take a picture quickly. With applications like Instagram and Facebook Camera, mobile phone photography has been taken to a new and exciting level.

Written by Claire Caruana.