How Cameras Work

There are 3 main types of cameras. Today I will ask you to tell me the difference between the 3 and the benefits/drawbacks of each. You may wish to make notes as we go along!

First, we’ll discuss the camera that we’re going to use, the DSLR. Here’s a spoler for you: it’s the highest quality one and can give you the best photographs.

(great video, available to public library card holders)

So how is this different from the camera that you likely already have in your pocket (or… on your desk, because you couldn’t possibly put it away for a while…)?

(smartphone & point and shoot – available to public library card holders)

So, each type of camera has its benefits and its drawbacks. Your job is to tell me when/why/how you’d use each one.

What is the difference between DSLR, point and shoot, and smartphone cameras? What are the benefits & drawbacks of each?

Post a comment below with your explanation of each type (3).

8 thoughts on “How Cameras Work

  1. Aidan MacArthur

    DSLR: higher quality, fast action, and catchers more light but they are heavier and expensive.
    Point and Shoot: Cheap, light, and if you get a good one better then a phone cam but not as good as a DSLR.
    Phone cam: easy, light, and always with you bu low quality compared to a DLSR.

  2. Aronn Red Ortega

    DSLR: They are big and heavy. They are already heavy but they can get heavier depending on the lens and the quality of the photo that you would want to take. It can take great quality photos whether it is close or not.

    Point and Shoot: This kind of camera is in between the DSLR and smartphone cameras. It can take better quality photos than a smartphone but it is not as good as the DSLR. It is also light and portable not like the DSLR. Using this camera, you can have more controls on taking a photo than a smartphone.

    Smartphone: They are light and very portable. They do get better everyday but it cannot win against the DSLR and the point and shoot cameras when it comes to taking good quality photos.

  3. noah

    The DSLR in the video clearly had a way better photo than the IPhone. But the IPhone they used for demonstration was either the iPhone 4 or 5c and when i saw what the camera looked like on the screen it was at either IOS 7 or 8. so odiously the smartphones now are way better than what they showed in the video. For example the iPhone 7 has a much better light filtering system and can zoom in much more clearly than the older models. And almost forgot to mention the iPhone 7 can take pictures in 4K so with this I think the IPhone probably can put up a better fight than the iPhone they used

  4. Janssen

    – large and heavy
    – more versatile
    – pricey
    – zoom in feature is better

    I’d use DSLR’s for more professional photos like a landscape shot or portrait photo’s. Because the zoom in feature allows for clear photos and produces less noise in them.

    Point and shoot:
    – very portable
    – good for events where large cameras aren’t allowed
    – small sensor
    – affordable
    – less versatile

    I’d use point and shoot cameras for formal events and for backpacking trips or places where you have to go far away. Because carrying a huge camera adds weight to your luggage.

    Phone camera:
    – also very portable
    – affordable
    – zoom in quality is bad
    – always with you (usually)

    with phone cameras i’d usually use them to capture a simple photo like a selfie or a picture of your food in a restaurant. Because having a phone in a restaurant instead of a DSLR is better.

  5. Pearis

    DSLR: advantage- clarity in photos and even when its zoomed in the photos are sharp and have good quality. Disadvantage- heavy and bulky to carry around
    Phone: advantage- light weight and takes quick easy photos. Disadvantage: poor zoom quality
    point and shoot: cheap and convenient to carry around to take quick photos. Disadvantage: poor zooming quality

  6. james

    I’d use a DSLR camera when i’m wanting to take a really nice and detailed photo, I’d use it out the the point and click cameras and smartphone cameras because it just take the best and most detailed shots out of the 2.

    i’ll use a point and click camera when i’m looking to take a nice photo but nothing crazy just a nice quick photo, and if i don’t have a DSLR on me.

    I’d only really use a smartphone camera if i don’t have a DSLR or a point and click on hand and id only use it for a quick snapshot and not highly detailed photos.

    the benefits that a DSLR has that smartphones and point and shoot cameras don’t have is the crazy long lenses for really detailed zoomed in photos, and the highly detailed shots. one big drawback for the DSLR is its weight and size.

    the good thing about point and click cameras is that they’re small but also really powerful and take really good pictures for its size and weight. the bad thing about it is it just doesn’t compare to the DSLR in terms of pictures.

    the good thing about the smartphone camera is that its a phone! you’ll pretty much have it on you at all times, the drawbacks about it is that it can’t really “zoom” in when taking photos and that its shots in dark settings are absolute garbage.

  7. Rhonje

    DSLR – The DSLR is very good for high quality zoom photos, the lens is bigger so there’s less noise. The focusing is really good, but it’s very heavy and the most expensive option, it’s inconvenient for casual occasions, but its great for high quality photography.
    The Point & Shoot – This is the middle ground for photography, taking high quality photos and being small, its great for casual occasions. This type of camera is also cheap. The problem with this type of camera is that it doesn’t zoom as well as the DSLR and the photos are slightly lower quality because the lens is smaller.
    Smartphone Camera – The smartphone camera is the most convenient and also the worst choice for professional photography, the smartphone has the worst zoom, some smartphones take high quality photos, but the focus is also a problem, and the photos it takes in the dark are terrible. But this is the most casual choice.


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