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Which Types Of Camera To Use?

Camera Phone

The best thing about a camera phone is that it goes wherever you go. So, you can snap impromptu pictures wherever and whenever. Never mind the poor resolution of shots taken in dim light, a candid snap from a puny camera phone is still better than not having a shot at all. Today's camera phones that are Bluetooth-enabled will beam your images immediately to your friends or print them instantaneously at DIY photo-printing booths.

Ultra-Compact Cameras

If the picture quality from a camera phone does not cut it far you, consider an ultra-compact digital camera. These yield sharper and better defined images in most situations, while retaining the carry-everywhere factor. Their small sizes also make them less intimidating to your subjects, who might otherwise be self-conscious in front of the lens. But do not expect to shoot the Oasis band in concert from the gallery seat - these cameras do not come with a zoom that powerful.

Prosumer Models

For the enthusiast who wants to do even more, professional models - consumer cameras with some professional touches - are the next step up. Offering more image control, these high-end consumer models suit those who want manual overrides for finer picture-taking-say, when shooting fireworks or a dinner party. With the ultrazooms that offer up to 17X optical zoom, you can also zero in better on distant scenes. A prosumer model allows a learner to master different types of photographic applications, without investing in a digital SLR system. It is also a good option for your travels, if size and weight are important to you.

Digital SLRs

SLRs are primary tools for the professional and the serious enthusiast. Take note that they also leave a bigger hole in the pocket. But a well-equipped SLR will capture beautiful shots in every imaginable scenario, with an image quality pristine enough for a magazine cover. The suite of options for a digital SLR (DSLR) camera involves many interchangeable lenses and accessories. These range from an ultra-wide fish-eye lens (for dramatic-looking shots) to a 600mm lens-or longer - (for bird-watching). Then, there are the macros (for super close-ups), tilt-and-shift lenses, external flashes, and extension tubes, and more. DSLRs offer the best possible image quality and speed, as well as the option for you to shoot images in the Raw format.

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