Types of Digital Cameras

In traditional film photography you can choose from a wide range of cameras and formats—from the disposable camera to the 20-by-24-inch Polaroid camera used to create museum-quality photos. Digital photography offers less range in categories of cameras, but if you understand the types of digital cameras available, what they can and can't do, you'll be able to choose the best camera for your needs (Table 4.1).

Table 4.1. Types of Digital Cameras
TypeTypical UsersCommon Uses
Entry-levelNovice photographersBasic snapshots, Web site use
Deluxe point-and-shootAmateur photographers, business usersQuality snapshots for personal and business use
ProsumerSerious amateursHigh-quality prints, catalog use
Professional digital SLRProfessional ...

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