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The Great Camera Debate 1

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The Great Camera Debate, Part 1  

Which Camera is the Best?

All camera manufactures claim that they make the best camera. But really, which camera is the best? It often depends on who you ask! In this article I am going to shed some light on the topic of the great camera debate.

Which camera is ‘the perfect camera’?

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Which camera is the best camera? Big question!!

There is no such a thing as a ‘perfect camera’. It really comes down to the type of photography that you do, your level of experience and so many other variables.

Before getting into this topic I should make it clear I am not going to rate the manufacturers in any way. I simply want to share my experience with different camera groups and classes. For the past decade or so, I have had the privilege of working with many different cameras and models as an instructor, and what I can say with 100% certainty is each camera has some pros and cons. As the saying goes: ‘One man’s trash is another man’s treasure’ and a pro or plus for me in one camera might be a con or negative for another photographer. This is why I am not going to judge the cameras; I believe it’s more important to have a good working knowledge of the menu system and settings specific to your type of camera. It really helps when you know and understand the strengths and weaknesses of the tool you are using.

Establishing parameters of digital camera types

To start with, we need to organize the different types of digital cameras into groups. Just as we wouldn’t compare a Smart Car to a full size SUV, I’ve classified camera types according to their size from small to large as well as into one of two groups for having either a fixed (permanently attached) or an interchangeable (removable) lens.

Fixed lens digital cameras

In this class/group we have digital cameras with one attached lens, appropriately named because you cannot change the lenses, although some of these cameras come with long telephoto lenses (10X or more Optical Zoom).

 

1- Point and Shoot Cameras:

These cameras are usually small in size, with no interchangeable lens and very few accessories available for this category. Smart phones can be categorized in this level. Usually you just aim and shoot with no, or a very small amount of, control over the settings of the camera. Point and shoot cameras are great for travelling and snap shots. They produce a decent picture in normal light conditions, but when it is too bright or too dark, the results are often not as good. With a point and shoot camera you are somewhat limited creatively, because the camera makes the majority of the decisions for you.

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There are several different point and shoot cameras, even waterproof ones

2- Compact digital cameras

These cameras are similar to the point and shoot cameras, with the advantage of having some controls for the settings, such as shutter speed, aperture, ISO, White Balance, etc. Some of these cameras are even capable of shooting RAW files. The image quality is usually far better than a point and shoot camera. However, the picture quality of these cameras can be less than ideal in low light or a too bright scene due to the small sensor size. Overall the compact digital camera is my choice of small size camera because of improved image quality and a variety of controls which give me more creative options.

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Compact digital camera with lots of controls

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A compact digital camera with lots of optical zoom

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Fixed lens compact camera

Okay folks that is all for now. Stay tuned for Part 2 of The Great Camera Debate. Check our upcoming digital camera classes to take a workshop for unleashing the power of your camera.

Ted and the Omnilargess Team

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