Comparing digital cameras with film cameras, and deciding on which of the two is better, is pretty much a moot choice today. Have you tried to buy film for a camera lately? Pretty difficult. I think in today’s digital world, digital cameras are here to stay – whether good or bad. This article peeks into merits and demerits of both.
Without doubt, the major benefit of digital cameras is that they are quick and fast and there are no expenses involved in printing the pictures. The pictures can be previewed before choosing for prints, thereby reducing chances of wastage of photographs. The photograph taken need not be perfect, as an imperfect photograph can be edited later with the help of a photo software. Moreover, the noise/grain in the digital cameras is much lower than in film cameras. The color quality in a digital photograph is much better and the pictures in digital cameras are brighter, sharper and vivid, tending to possess a three-dimensional quality, which is almost impossible to expect from film cameras. Digital cameras allow the user to take numerous photographs due to large memory space. Finally, the photos taken in digital cameras can be reviewed immediately and be shown to people on the spot.
Digital cameras are not user-friendly gadgets for traditional users. Apart from learning to use the digital cameras, to get the most of their digital photographs, one should also have a mastery over the computer and hence people who are not-so computer proficient would find digital cameras difficult to handle. When it comes to resolution, one may have to purchase a six megapixel digital camera to be on par with a 35mm camera’s resolution. Also, the range of digital cameras is affected when exposed to contrasting lights and shows itself as white highlights in the picture. However, there are new technologies in the digital that are trying to remove this problem. Finally, even film cameras have the option of transferring the pictures to a CD, downloading them to a computer, and retouching with Photoshop, if required.
Thus on the whole, both have their merits and de-merits. It is the personal preference of the user to choose one over the other, based on their requirements. For those who are computer-friendly and use cameras for taking family photographs, digital cameras would be more convenient. However, for an enthusiastic photographer, it would do good to master both, because ultimately, in the long run, it would become necessary for all to learn to use digital cameras with expertise.