Photo Dojo!

DSLR, MFT, and Point and Shoot

Welcome to this tech installment of Photo Dojo! (bows)

Last Photo Dojo installment I talked about upgrading your pictures automatically by upgrading your lens and even suggested using a nifty-fifty (50mm) lens.

Well…I’m going to take a step back today and go over the three main different types of cameras available for purchase & use.  Last tech post I was speaking to mostly the amateur/professional photographers.  This post is for EVERYONE…yay!!!

If you look at the camera market today, there are a HUGE variety of cameras to choose from.  Not just brands like Canon, Nikon, SonyOlympus and so on…but also which type of camera to get as far as necessity.  What I mean by that is this, there are three main types of cameras (not even including phone cameras) to consider.  Digital Single Reflex Lens (DSLR), Micro Four Thirds camera (MFT) and Point and Shoot cameras.

First you have your most popular, general, all around and least expensive camera – the point and shoot cameras.

They’re called, or considered, a point and shoot because, really, that’s all you have to do with them.  Just point the camera at the subject, look at the back on the screen and shoot your image!

These cameras are probably the most popular in that, pretty much everyone who wants/needs a camera can afford one of these.  Pretty much everyone who wants to take a picture can use one of these right out of the box.  And, pretty much everyone who has one of these can pop it into their pocket or purse and have it with them everywhere.  Now it must be mentioned that even within this group of cameras there are choices for you to decide on such as brand name, style, size etc.  You can even get these in waterproof!

The next type of camera is probably a step up.  Not yet at the avid amateur to professional level, but a strong contender for sure.  These are the Micro Four Thirds or MFT.

They are also known as a rangefinder style camera.  Kind of a retro kick back to the 35mm rangefinders.  These are the more popular cameras for those of us that LOVE taking candids and street photography.  These rangefinder style cameras are not as “in your face” as the bigger DSLRs and they also provide more, and better, options and control than the average point and shoot.  These cameras are mirror-less like their point and shoot counterparts, and you “point and shoot” with these as well but they provide a ton more control over the image capture and, although they currently have a smaller sensor (APS-C) the quality is magnificent!.  One of the other awesome abilities they provide is shooting in RAW, which is a huge plus for amateur to professional photographers.  That being said, these are a considerable choice for a professional to use in place of their bulky DSLR, especially when, leisurely, out and about or maybe even to take on vacation instead of the massive DSLR.  Aside from the style and ability these cameras have, one of the other advantages it has over a point & shoot, but equal to the bigger DSLRs, is that their lenses are interchangeable.  Yup, just like their bigger counterparts, you can buy and swap out different lenses for different needs 🙂

Last, and not at all in the least, we have the Digital Single Reflex Lens cameras (DSLRs).

These are the type of cameras you need to be looking at if you are looking to have complete control over your image.  Whether you are an amateur hobbyist, an aspiring professional or a thriving professional, this is the camera you need!  The bigger more robust camera in the industry, these cameras can capture all your imaging needs from automatic to completely manual, you have the control in your hands.  Again, you will be faced with making a decision on which brand to buy, how many megapixels you want/need, cropped or full frame…etc.  On the complete opposite end of the spectrum as the point and shoots, these DSLRs are quite a bit more expensive.  They can go from $600 to anywhere up in the realm of $35, 000!  Nope, that’s not a typo.  The Lamborghinis of the cameras are the Hasselblads.  The cheapest of these?  Oh a mere $12,000 with the most expensive in the $35,000 range.

Back on Earth…as with the MFTs the DSLR lenses are completely interchangeable.  In fact, depending on what you are attempting to capture, you will need to change out your lens to be able to capture those images.  And there too are a plethora of options!  From prime (fixed) to standard to zoom lenses…and your options don’t stop there!  You can/have to decide on the quality you want or need as well.

So…with all those options, there is a camera for everybody!  Depending on your need, be it to just have something to quickly capture an image at a moments notice from your purse or pocket, or to have complete and total control over the subject and your image.  It really depends on you, your need, aesthetic, budget and overall main reason for taking pictures.