Different Types of Digital Cameras

Updated: Jun 26, 2018

Cameras come in many different sizes and forms. These camera types include your favorite compact digital cameras, DSLRs, action cameras, new and improved film cameras, and even the latest mirrorless cameras. It may be hard to choose which type of camera to go for, but it’s easy to figure out which one will work best for you once you find out more about each of them, what they’re best for, and what their pros and cons are.

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Whether you’re a beginner, a hobbyist, or a professional, you’ll find a specific type of camera that will fit your lifestyle and photography needs from our list below.


Types of Cameras for Photography

  • Compact Digital Cameras

  • Digital SLR Cameras

  • Mirrorless Cameras

  • Action Cameras

  • 360 Cameras


1. Compact Digital Cameras


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Compact digital cameras literally allow anyone to capture beautiful images by simply pointing the camera at the subject and clicking the shutter. Also known as a point-and-shoot camera, it is the most user-friendly of all camera types. It is smaller and lighter, doesn’t require film or extra lenses, and does all the hard work of automatically adjusting its settings to deliver well-exposed photos every time. You won’t have the freedom of adjusting the settings to your liking, but with a good artistic eye and a knack for composition, you should have no problem producing great photos.


This walk-around digital camera is incredibly handy and surprisingly very durable, which is why you’ll probably still see people using their Canon and Sony digital compact cameras from over a decade ago. It fits right in your pocket or a small camera pouch, so it’s the perfect choice for photography enthusiasts who want to have the convenience of being able to take higher resolution snapshots (compared to most smartphone cameras) whenever, wherever.


Pros:

  • Very user-friendly

  • Light and compact

  • No need for film or extra lenses

  • Full auto mode

  • More affordable

Cons:

  • Usually can’t customize shutter speed and aperture

  • Limited aperture and zoom range

  • Noisier photos due to small sensor

  • Lower resolution

  • Slower focus