Digital or Film Cameras?

September 4, 2008

Okay, despite the fact that we see digital cameras everywhere these days and that film cameras are long considered ‘ancient’ or ‘vintage’, you will find that some professional photographers still choose to use film cameras. Why, because digital cameras can have their advantages and disadvantages too and in many cases, film cameras are better than digital cameras.

If you’re planning to purchase a digital camera, here is a brief synopsis of some pros and cons of shooting digital:

Advantages

  • More often, better results

Then instant picture feedback allows you to make immediate adjustments to your camera settings and composition of your picture hence this allows you to produce better quality results more often.

  • Cost

It’s irrefutable that digital cameras tend to be more expensive than film cameras, but think of all the money you would have spent on buying and processing film.

  • Control

With the technology built into many digital cameras, you have dar greater control over the final image than ever had with film.

  • Image Quality

This may be a little controversial but compared to similar 35mm cameras, digital cameras are superior at picking out details particularly in low-light conditions

  • Flexibility

You have the flexibility to turn your pictures into various mediums with the wonders of digital code, be it interactive web sites, greeting cards, calendars, and tons more!

Disadvantages

  • Speed

Only top-end professional cameras offer shooting speeds comparable with film cameras. If you like photographing action sports or wildlife, you may be disappointed with digital cams.

  • Power Consumption

Digital cams eat batteries. Serious! You need to make sure you have plenty of spare ones available on those once-in-a-lifetime occasions.

  • Dust

Digital cams have the propensity for attracting particles of dust, which then appear on your pictures as gray blobs or bright spots. The sensor must be cleaned regularly though this is not a simple task, given the fragility of the device.

And that’s it! I hopt you will know be more informed about digital photography and that this may help if you are looking to take up photography as your serious hobby! Hang around, for more quick photography lessons yea?

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As the name of my blog suggests, mastering digital photography is not all complicated and YES! you dont have to spend a thousand bucks to get a camera in order to take great pictures! Guess what, the pictures that I have taken so far are taken with a simple point and shoot camera (sony DSC t100) but of course it’s mainly because i dont have a thousand bucks and i’m only a college kid saving money to get the latest ipod or to go on a shopping spree -_-

Anyway I have researched on some of the best pocket cameras and here’s a simple summary of what I THINK. (Tom, this is dedicated to you. Sorry for taking such a long time to reply you)

SONY DSC T100

Aha! I would say this is my fav, but thats because ITS MY CAMERA and i’ve been taking it with me everywhere I go. However, the fact of the matter is, this little sleek machine is in a league of it’s own and slips snuggly into the back of your jeans and fits in your palm. It is small and compact with sharp features and easy to use interface, not to mention the large LCD. I love the ergonomics of the camera in a sense that you just have to slide down the lens cover to switch on camera so that you don’t have to fumble with the buttons to quickly switch on the camera and snap a picture. It shoots really fast and excellent for travelling or if you’re always on the go (again the sliding down of the lens cover adds to your convenience). And for that small little machine, the quality of the pictures is simply excellent. This camera has a video feature (like most digital cameras) but you will not be able to record sounds as it does not have an in-built microphone (just to let you know Tom!)

Sony DSC T300

Ahh this camera is similar to my camera (Sony T100) except that it’s on steriods, with more features (movie mode with sound), higher resoultion and of course..higher price. It is sleeker and sexier, with a touch-screen LCD and allows you to take videos at 30 fps (better streaming).

Canon SD870 (NO Optical viewfinder) $258

This camera is very simlar to the Sony T300, in a sense that it is equally small and compact with 8 Megapixels compared the Sony T300’s 10.1 megapixels (mine’s 8.1 megapixels) and has simlar video recording features (30 fps) . It is definitely cheaper than Sony T300 and hence it has great value for the price you pay is known for its good quality pictures as i found from many reviews. It would be my recomendation second to my camera as it is not too expensive but known for its great quality pictures from many reviews and enables you to take videos just like you have told me. However, note that it has no optical viewfinder (the tiny window that you use to peep through when you take your pictures) but i do not think that matters alot as the camera will have an LCD screen. The optical zoom for this camera is 3.8X compared to Sony T100’s 5X optical zoom.

Canon SD1100

This camera is smaller than the previous one. And here’s its plus point… the optical image stabilization! It helps prevent blurry images due to hand shake. A pocketable 8-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization and a fairly inexpensive price tag is a good find. However the zoom may not be as sharp and the quality of the image may pale in comparison to that of Canon SD870 and the Sony cameras mentioned above.

The Verdict

Alright I would personally recomend Sony T100 (yea you knew it) mainly because i’ve tried it and it has never failed me. I think it’s excellent for a point and shoot camera and snaps pictures really fast and the plus point is that im in love with the slider as it allows me to switch on the camera just by sliding down the camera lens. there’s no need to fumble for that little power button. Why not Sony t300? Because it is slightly too pricey but if I am loaded it would be one of my choices. Second to that would be Canon SD870 for its value for money for good quality pictures and videos AND not to mention, several rave reviews. The only downside? no optical viewfinder. Though it personally does not really affect me.

There you go! I hope you now have a clearer picture of the SOME of the great pocket cameras in the market. there are perhaps alot more great cameras out there but these are just some of the models which caught my attention. Feel free to pop me any questions or feedbacks=)

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