Which Type of Camera is Best For You?

If you have been thinking about buying a film camera recently, I’m sure you’ve noticed that there are so many different choices out there. Film cameras are rather simple camera designed just for taking pictures. They range from the basic point and shoot models, right up to full-fledged professional DSLR’s. Most film cameras today are digital (or otherwise digital SLR) but still quite a number hold on to the original legacy and stick to the smaller, cheaper cameras. This article is an attempt to make the process easy for you and provide you with a quick review of the facts.

Film Camera

The first item we’re going to look at is lenses. Most film cameras use standard lenses and although they may be less expensive and feature less image stabilization, they still don’t offer as much as their digital counterparts do. The one exception is premium compacts which often have larger lenses and better lens sharpness for more specialized types of shots. There are other differences such as sizes, weights, battery life, etc.

Lens types are next on the list and it’s easy to see why people have such a big preference for one brand over another. Standard lenses can be fairly inexpensive for those using interchangeable lenses. Premium compacts often use fluorite or high index prisms and offer a slightly higher quality image than their standard lens counterparts. For most people though, the choice comes down to which lens feels better on their hands.

One item that separates cameras is the ability to manually focus. As a rule of thumb, the better the image quality, the more expensive the camera in most cases. Some autofocus systems are able to focus almost instantaneously, while others rely on the user to do so. For this reason, some review participants prefer to focus manually and then just review the results afterwards.

Image Sharpness – This test measures how sharp the pictures are and also tests for clarity and resolution. Lenses produce different levels of blur and high optical zoom will be far sharper than low optical zoom. High contrast and low contrast will also produce different levels of blur. There’s no sure way to predict what lens will produce the best results in every situation so the test is a little bit hit or miss. It’s important, however, that cameras with better optical zoom perform well in this test.

Shutter speeds and the behavior of the camera in dim or dark light are other factors that can affect picture quality. Many review participants find that certain brands seem to perform better in these conditions. The rule of thumb is to test the camera in as many conditions as possible so you can get a general feel for which type of camera works best for your needs. Digital versus film: when it comes to photography, the choice is yours.