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 suites you best!

Benefits 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 fast when it comes to start 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 are made in the belief that the photographer wants to have the ability to control the settings. Once you learn how to use those controls, you can quickly change settings 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. However, if you do choose to upgrade later the lenses you buy are compatible with other DSLR camera bodies.

Various Lenses

There is a wide array 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 in 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


Forget about using a point-and-shoot in challenging weather conditions. 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.


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 upon 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. Causing you to lose a small percentage of the image as you look through, but with the LCD Screen of a point-and-shoot,  you don’t lose anything.




Point-and-shoot cameras are cheaper, but then again, if you buy the top quality point-and-shoot camera on the market you will be spending 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.



I hope this helps you with the decision making process. 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 expert sales representatives will be happy to help you. Happy snapping!


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