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DSLR Cameras vs. Point-and-Shoot Digital Cameras

Not sure whether to purchase a DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera or a point-and-shoot digital camera?  Typically, if you’re a casual shooter, you’ll probably want a point-and-shoot. If you’re serious about your photo taking skills, you’ll probably want a DSLR. Are you somewhere in the middle?  If so, read on to learn the benefits of both cameras…. then decide which suits you best!

Man holding CameraBenefits of Using a DSLR Camera

Image Quality

DSLR cameras typically have much larger image sensors. Having a big sensor helps to capture more pixels and results in better image quality.


Generally, DSLR cameras are faster when it comes to starting up, focusing, and shutter lag. They are capable of capturing 10 frames per second.

Optical View Finder

DSLR cameras have a reflex mirror, which means you look through the lens instead of a see-through hole in the camera. What you see is generally what you get.

Manual Controls

DSLR cameras have more ability to control the settings. Once you learn how to use those controls, you can quickly change them as necessary.

Good Investment

DSLRs do not get upgraded as often as point-and-shoot cameras, so they hold their value. You don’t have worry about getting the latest model. If you do choose to upgrade later, the lenses you buy may be compatible with other DSLR camera bodies.

Various Lenses

There is a wide variety of lenses that can be mounted and used on DSLRs, from super wide angle to telephoto, depending on your needs. Not being limited to just one lens can open a whole world of possibilities.

Depth of Field

You are in control of isolating foreground from background or bringing everything into focus through aperture control of the lens. Some portrait and telephoto lenses can really isolate your images and create a creamy and beautiful background blur, also known as “bokeh.”

Weather Sealing

While point-and-shoot cameras are suited for normal use, higher-end DSLRs can withstand dust, moisture, rain, snow, and severely cold weather. If you enjoy taking photographs of nature and landscapes, this may be something to keep in mind.

Camera capturing a photo image Benefits of Using a Point-and-Shoot Digital Camera

Size and Weight

Most point-and-shoot cameras are slim and light. You can easily slip these cameras into a pocket or a purse and carry them anywhere. They are perfect for travel.

Fixed Lens

All point-and-shoot cameras come with fixed lenses. There’s no stress changing lenses or figuring out which lens to use.

Auto Mode

The quality of images produced in point-and-shoot cameras vary, but for the most part, auto mode works very well. Point-and-shoot cameras are pretty well optimized for this type of shooting.

Depth of Field

Point-and-shoot cameras typically can’t separate foreground from background, bringing everything into focus and making the entire scene look sharp. Whether this is good or bad is subjective depending on the photographer.

LCD Screen

Point-and-shoot cameras have an LCD screen which will display the entire frame that sensors will capture. Optical viewfinders in other cameras will only display 90-95% of the image. With the LCD screen of a point-and-shoot, you won’t lose anything.


Point-and-shoot cameras are typically less expensive, but if you buy a top-quality model you could spend about the same as you would on a DSLR camera. Point-and-shoots also tend to be upgraded more often than DSLRs, so it’s important to take into consideration how often you may want to purchase a new camera.



If you still have more questions on DSLR cameras and point-and-shoot digital cameras, stop into a P.C. Richard and Son Superstore and one of our expert sales associates will be happy to help you. Happy snapping!

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