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Classification Of Digital Cameras

Digital Cameras are broadly classified into two primary categories : Point and Shoot digital cameras; and digital SLRs.

Point And Shoot Digital Cameras

canons230The Point and Shoot cameras have fixed-lens and are the most popular digital cameras for the average user. All major companies such as Nikon, Olympus, Fuji, Kodak, Canon and Sony make plenty of models of the point and shoot digital cameras. On the basis of looks, the point and shoot cameras could be categorized as “Box DigCams” and “Mini-SLRs”. The Box DigCams appear boxy, fold up well and can fit into a purse or a pocket. The Mini-SLRs are larger and tend to resemble a digital SLR. Though features are the same, the Mini-SLRs could prove to be slightly high in price, due to more features and a better optical zoom.

Semi Professional Digital Cameras

d600lspThese are advanced versions of the point and shoot cameras. These cameras have 5 to 6 megapixels of resolution and provide the user with greater control and additional settings in the camera. These cameras produce image qualities that are good for clear prints of about 8 x 10. These cameras are best suited for those of you seeking greater creative control than in the point and shoot model. Of-course, due to increased flexibility, semi professional models are priced much higher than their point and shoot counterparts.

Digital SLRs

nikond70sDigital SLRs are quite expensive, including their lenses, which could cost a few thousand dollars, mainly for their zoom lenses and ultra-wide angle. Digital SLR cameras are high-end cameras typically used by professionals.

Difference Between Point And Shoot Vs. Digital Slrs

Surprisingly, some features in the point and shoot digital cameras appear to be missing in the digital SLRs. Like for instance, the LCD preview. Though the digital SLRs provide the option of viewing a picture after it is taken, it is impossible to use a LCD preview. Instead, digital SLR camera uses a reflex mirror which permits optical viewing directly through the lens. They have sensors with a width vs. height ratio of 3:2 and the point and shoot cameras have a width to height ratio of 4:3. Another difference is the lag time. Digital SLRs have a CMOS or CCD sensor added to a traditional film SLR body, due to which, the mechanical shutter keeps the sensor exposed instead of film. Hence when the shutter button is pressed, a picture is taken instantly.

A Guide to Professional Digital SLR Photography

If you’ve outgrown your point-and-shoot digital camera and want to go pro as a photographer, the next step up the ladder is digital SLR photography.

digital-SLRThe SLR stands for “single lens reflex.” This means that the image taken can be seen by the photographer through the lens of the camera. Typically, you look through the viewfinder to snap a photo – which means that the image you see is not exactly the same as the image the camera sees through the lens.

In digital SLR photography, a mirror is placed inside the camera that reflects the lens image into the viewfinder, allowing much greater precision. This technique first hit the digital camera world during the early 1990s.

We’ll discuss the pros and cons of doing digital SLR photography below.

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Canon Digital Cameras Chosen by Professionals

CanonCanon Digital Cameras have long been well-known for their excellence in quality and features. After years of optics technology and refining, Canon now has a superb line of digital cameras for professionals and amateurs alike. It offers both, the affordable ‘point and shoot’ models and also sophisticated models of digital SLR cameras to meet professional standards.


1934kwanonIn 1933, three Japanese men worked in a single room under the name ‘Precision Optical Instruments Laboratory’ which, years later became known as ‘Kwanon’, named after a phantom prototype camera. During those days, the German cameras were more reputable in the market and widely used by professionals, but they were very expensive. Hence, Goro Yoshida with two others got together, and produced a 35mm range finder camera at a much more economical price, which came to be known as “Kwanon”. Later, the company tied up with Nippon Kogaku Kogyo, the founder of Nikon, to acquire lenses from them. Soon, the first commercial camera of Canon known as “Hansa Canon” reached the market in 1936, and was an instant hit. Thereafter, the company adopted “Canon” as its official name, and the camera with the name Canon finally came into existence on 15th September, 1947.

Types Of Canon Digital Cameras

Canon Ultra Compacts – Canon offers these tiny pocket-sized cameras that comprises of optical zooms, with 3 to 5 plus megapixels and additional features. Various models such as PowerShot S410, SD300, SD200, SD500 and SD400 cameras are rated well among consumers.

Compact Digital Cameras – Though a little larger than the ultra-compacts, they are still compact enough to fit into a purse or big pocket. The quality and features are as good as other Canon styles, but has the added advantage of being more economical. A520, S60, A510, A400 an S70 models are highly rated in this category.

Mid-Sized Enthusiast Category – These have additional features such as high-powered zooms, exposure control and advanced metering, and is more economically feasible in comparison to Canon’s professional digital SLR camera. PowerShot G6, S70, S2 IS, Pro1 are much in demand by consumers.

Canon Digital SLR Camera – These fit the bill of professional grade cameras, with features such as TTL viewing and metering, interchangeable lenses, and unlimited creative control. The EOS 20D, EOS 350D Digital Rebel XT, EOS 300D Digital Rebel, EOS-1DS Mark II Pro are rated well among consumers.

Today, there are several models of Canon digital cameras in the market. With further progress, Canon continues to provide consumers with advanced technologies at the lowest possible prices. Canon has been a favorite for many years now, in the field of photography, and with its wide array of products, Canon has positioned itself firmly in the consumer market.