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Beginners Guide to Understand How to Deal with Digital Cameras

There is no shortage of digital cameras nowadays. But beginners in photography are always confused to make a decision of the right camera. This article is specially written for the beginners so that they can understand which camera is right for them.


Standard Compact:

Small light and fairly cheap, standard compact cameras are usually the basic entry level cameras in the digital photography lineup. Normally they are fully automatic but some of the cameras do have the manual exposure option.



They normally have a zoom lens 4-10x which folds into the camera with a built-in flash and an LCD on the back of the camera with no eye viewfinder. They are also cheap in price like they start from £100 and go as high as £400. The higher price compact cameras can have features such as HD video recording, image stabilization and some do have WI-Fi connectivity for the instant upload of photos onto social network sites.

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Zoom Compact:


Zoom compact is somehow similar to the standard compact camera, but usually benefit from a more powerful zoom lens and can be as high as 30x. These cameras are more robust and are generally larger than a standard compact camera. Most the zoom compact cameras offer manual exposure, as well as automatic. It offers HD video recording. It is slightly higher in price around £150 with luxury models over £500. Some of the modern models will offer GPS automatic geo tagging which is great when you are traveling.

Adventure Cameras: 

These type of cameras are similar to compact cameras but are designed to withstand the elements. They have exciting features like water proof, shock proof, and some of the latest models are even freeze proof. The offer some limited manual exposure options and a zoom closer to the standard compact which is behind the hard-edged glass. The price of the adventure cameras starts from £120; these cameras are a good option if you are looking to buy a basic camera with an extreme feature.

Advance Compact:

These cameras are basically designed for more experienced photographers and for those who require more versatility, quality, and enhanced features. Advanced compacts have some great features like manual exposure mode, manual focusing features, optical viewfinders and external flash connections. These types of features make the camera options good for the photographers who want more control over their photos. These types of features mean it is considerably more expensive than other compact cameras, the cameras with smaller sensor starts from £400 and £700 to £1000 for those with larger sensors.

Super Zoom:

Super zoom has been falling out of favor in these years. These cameras are the stepping stone between digital compact cameras and DSLR cameras, but with the improvement in compact cameras and compact system cameras, most of the people are foregoing super-zooms. Usually pretty large SLR type body, which means hand-grips and an electronic viewfinder, these type of cameras always benefit from powerful zoom lenses and image stabilization. Most of the super-zoom will have HD video recording with a good set of manual exposure options, and vary from around £250 to £700 or more for advanced models.

Compact Mirror-less Cameras:


The compact system cameras benefit from having interchangeable lenses, which allow a photographer to have greater control than standard compact cameras. They have like features and capabilities of SLR cameras and also with the benefit of being lightweight, smaller and generally more economical. These cameras offer a great option for hobby photographers who want extend control over their photos but don’t want to carry heavy sets of full sized lenses. Moreover, some professional photographers are investing in these compact system cameras as an alternative option to their usual set of cameras.



Since their introduction in the late 90s, these cameras have become the choice for serious proletarian and professional photographers. DSLR cameras were designed on the same basis as their film predecessors and they offer brilliant image quality with interchangeable lenses and host of creative controls. All most all DSLRs use a sensor size called APS-C and top end models have the full-frame sensor which is the same size as a 35mm film. Price starts from £400 it would be an entry-level APS-C model with a standard lens and a full frame camera body only will be £1000 to £2000.

Medium Format Cameras:

These cameras are the fantasy of camera world. If you are not satisfied with the full-frame DSLR the next step up is the medium format camera. They benefit from the even bigger sensor than the full-frame DSLRs which means a higher image resolution but they are very cost effective.

Most new photographers often feel that they need to invest in the expensive camera to capture great photos, but they forget that the camera is just a tool. The truth is, unless the other elements of the photo such as composition, lighting subject etc., are all in line, and the photo will fail regardless of which camera you use.

There is plenty of choice out there for any photographer’s price range, both in terms of features and price. So I would recommend you to read out the previous article beginner’s guide to buying digital camera it will help you to take decision for a camera that you need to buy.  Do your research, and choose something that is within your budget and suits your needs.

These are the basic tips for beginners who are confused between making a decision of buying a camera. Read out the article thoroughly it will help you to make a decision.

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