Cameras are not created equal, but in today’s advanced technological world the differences are nuanced: size of the camera body, size of the JPG files, Wi-fi upload, ISO functionality. While you decide what camera to purchase, I suggest you first establish your budget then understand the geek speak before going camera shopping.
But what are you shopping for? A point-and-shoot? a DSLR? an iPhone? If we were sitting down at Starbucks with a latte trying to make this decision, this is how our conversation would go. I’ll ask you a question in a slight southern drawl and you’ll pick your accent of choice to answer back.
An iPhone is, in this situation, any advanced smart phone that has enhanced camera functions. I use the Droid Nexus 4 for most of my instagram photos.
A Point-and-Shoot is defined as any camera that is only a camera (not part of a cell phone) which does not have an interchangeable lens. Slim and transportable, it’s the camera for traveling, for easy shooting, for better-quality-than-a-cellphone.
A DSLR is a camera that allows you to physically change the lens attachment. Often bulkier than a point and shoot, it does have increased capabilities and allows for accessorizing and advanced shooting.