The technological development that seems not to want to stop continuing to create new things that can be useful for humans.
Including one of them is a digital camera.
Since its release on the market in the late 1990s, digital cameras have experienced significant developments. From the increasingly capable sensor capabilities, until the pixel quality is getting tighter and sharper images.
Not only that, but the types also vary. What are those? Here are nine types of digital cameras that you need to know about.
# Pocket Camera (Compact Camera)
Since before the era of digital cameras, pocket cameras have accompanied the analog Single Lens Reflex (SLR) as an alternative to taking photos that are easily carried everywhere. After the era of digital cameras, pocket cameras remained popular. Although the ability still can not compete with SLR cameras.
Naturally, pocket cameras are designed to be easy to use by anyone. No exception for children who are unfamiliar with the camera. So that the features that complement the majority of pocket cameras have been set automatically, just called the point and shoot camera, you aim for the photo object then click the button and finish.
# Bridge Camera (Prosumer)
Judging from its shape, the Prosumer camera is only slightly bigger than a pocket camera. This type of digital camera has better capabilities than a pocket camera.
The most noticeable difference is the manual and auto modes that are already found on Prosumer cameras. The lens zoom capability is also far more qualified than a pocket camera.
You could say the Prosumer camera tried to combine the flexibility of a pocket camera with the sophistication of the features possessed by DSLRs. But still, its ability is under DLSR.
One factor is the size of the Prosumer camera sensor, which is smaller than the DLSR. However, Prosumer cameras are often used as a backup for DSLRs because of their more durable battery ability and practicality.
# Mirrorless Camera
As the name suggests, mirrorless cameras do not use mirrors as DSLRs do. Without the presence of a mirror, this camera has a smaller and more compact size than a DSLR. But its capabilities can be compared to middle-end level DLSR.
One of the advantages is a removable lens, like a DSLR. So that it can adjust to the needs when shooting. Also, mirrorless sensors are generally in the 4/3 category. It is qualified to approach the quality of photos from DSLRs.
# Action Camera
This is the type of digital camera that many young people love lately. Whether it’s hooked on extreme sports or vloggers. Action cameras are usually used more for video recording than for photos. With a shape smaller than a pocket camera, this camera can be mounted on a vehicle or a helmet.
The quality of action cameras is already very qualified. Can produce 1080p video at speeds of 30 frames per second (fps) or 720p at 60 fps. This means that the resulting image quality is included in the sharp High Definition level.
With the Image Stabilization feature, an action camera can produce images with almost no shaking even though it is mounted on a speeding vehicle.
# Medium Format Camera
The advantage of a medium format camera is the sharpness of the detail of the object being photographed. In the digital age, the benefits that DSLRs don’t have are continuing. Medium format cameras are usually used for commercial purposes of a product because it can produce very detailed images.
With its advantages, not just anyone can have this type of camera. Understandably the price is still very expensive. Equivalent to pro DSLR cameras whose body only alone can be more than the figure of 50 million rupiahs. If you are a professional photographer may invest funds by buying a medium format as long as you can make money back.
# Single Lens Reflex Digital Camera (DSLR)
This is the most capable digital camera among all types of digital cameras that exist today. Like its predecessors in the analog era, DSLR cameras also have many useful features to be able to produce exciting photographs.
Including having DLSR categories from entry-level, semipro, and pro. The higher the level, the more sophisticated the features it has and the price is more expensive.
When compared with other cameras, DSLRs have many lens variants from fisheye lenses to zoom lenses that can be adjusted to more than 500 mm.
The latest generation of DLSR cameras is not even just used to take photos. It can be used as a video camera with high definition image quality. Many vloggers use DLSR to produce their works.
# Video camera
Video cameras are also a development from the previous generation in the analog era. If previously recorded using a cassette or CD, now all the results of the recording have been stored on a memory card.
However, this camera can only be used to take videos or moving shadows. Can’t take photos like a DSLR. For television contributors, this digital video camera is very helpful when sending data from a range. Also, editing can be done directly on a computer and can be sent via the internet. Including also makes it easier for filmmakers to work.
# Smartphone Camera
Do not also forget the camera that is on your cellphone. If your smartphone is a production of five years back, the quality of the resulting photo is quite good.
Lately, many smartphone manufacturers are increasingly aggressively releasing their products that are reinforced with cameras above 13 mp. When you take a selfie, a smartphone is an ideal choice. Its slim and lightweight shape will greatly facilitate us in taking selfies. Even with the help of a stick, selfies can be taken from various angles that were not previously reached by the hand.
# Boutique Camera
At a glance, Boutique Camera is no bigger than a pocket camera. If examined more in-depth, it was not wrong if this type of digital camera was emblazoned with the word boutique in front of it. Despite its compact form, boutique cameras have full-frame sensors that even exceed DSLR capabilities. The disadvantage of this camera is in terms of expensive prices.
Whatever type of digital camera you have and use, it’s best to fully understand the features and how to use them so that the results can be maximized.