With a wide range of digital cameras on the market today, the initial question that no head of any photographer is "Which camera should I buy?". The answer to that question usually depends on the funds available and the type of photography you want occupied.
In general there are three types of cameras on the market, namely: the camera point-and-shoot (often referred to as a pocket camera / pocket), prosumer cameras (compact cameras), and a DSLR (digital single lens reflex). The main difference between the two types of cameras that first mentioned the DSLR camera is the lens system. DSLR camera lens can be replaced as needed while the camera lens point-and-shoot and compact cameras can not be replaced alias permanently mounted on the camera body.


Camera Point-and-Shoot (Pocket Camera)

This is the most common digital cameras, and the most easy to use, because its function is fully automatic, with a small form and easy to carry. The average camera of this type, in contemporary times, is also equipped with features such as SLR or prosumer cameras, and can be used for zooming (remotely) and macro (close-range).

- Prices are affordable.
- Comfortable, lightweight and small enough to carry in pocket or purse.
- The function is automatic.
- Just to be reliable as a tool to capture the moments that nature does not require creative art of photography is too high.

- The lens can not be replaced and sometimes can not use other accessories such as an external flash.
- Often slow in operation (Shutter Lag), there is a lag time when pressing the shutter button and the camera starts recording.
- Creativity in photographing restricted by fully automated systems
- No Manual focus feature that is sometimes encountered difficulty in focusing the desired object.
- Digital image sensor size is small so there is a truncated Aim results on the resulting image.

Prosumer cameras (Compact Camera)

This type of camera appeared to those who were enthusiastic about photography, but do not have sufficient funds to buy a professional camera class DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex). The camera is similar to a camera point-and-shot, but it was bigger, has a bigger zoom and has a camera function which is equivalent to DSLR cameras. Which distinguishes it from DSLR cameras are not interchangable lenses or can not be replaced.

- The price is relatively cheaper than the lowest priced DSLR cameras.
- Aperture and shutter speed can be set manually.
- Physically larger than the camera point-and-shoot so as to provide a better grip on the camera body.
- Lens prosumer cameras usually have a wide range of focal length lenses also called broom universe.
- It has additional features not found on the camera point-and-shot like LCD screen that can be rotated.

- The lens can not be replaced.
- Heavier than the camera point-and-shoot.
- Not convenient to carry when compared to the camera point-and-shoot.
- The size of the image sensors of digital SLR cameras is small compared to (but larger than the camera point-and-shoot) so      that there is a cut shots.
- More accessories can not be mounted on the camera as an external flash.

DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex)

Current DSLR camera is a capable camera to use if you want to seriously wrestle the world of professional photography. The main difference that distinguishes DSLR camera with the other types of cameras is the ability to mutually lens and the object seen in the viewfinder is the lens through which then reflected by a mirror (reflective glass).

- DSLR cameras have the ability to use a variety of lenses, ranging from
  very wide lens (wide lens) with a zoom lens up to the sangant length (telephoto lens).
- Operational DSLR camera is much faster than other types of cameras (the interval between shots more quickly).
- An external flash can be attached to the camera so that the camera will have better lighting than the built-in flash.
- Having a higher exposure range, for example, has a higher ISO range.
- DSLR Camera larger size to make better grip.

- Price DSLR camera is more expensive compared to other types of cameras in general.
- Due to its larger size and it sometimes takes several types of lenses, DSLR cameras inflexible and uncomfortable to carry       around.

Of the three types of cameras mentioned above, the best option is if the views of the purpose of buying a camera that is:
1. Camera Point-and-Shoot: functions for normal documentation such as office events, family picnics, etc..
2. Prosumer Camera: working to learn photography but want a camera that does not need to be mutually exchange the lens.
3. DSLR cameras: photography serves to deepen knowledge and for the purpose of professional photography.

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