SLR vs Point and Shoot | Which One is Better

What’s up guys welcome back to another post of shoots. I am Mehmood from Camlense and today we are going to discuss SLR and Point and Shoot cameras. We will discuss the differences between both of them and will also discuss which one is better for you.

So, I thought about making this review because there are a lot of new people out there that are getting into film photography, and they do look at point-and-shoot cameras as a viable option compared to a standard SLR because it’s a lot more automation you know, and things like that which can make it easier for first-time film shooters.

I decided to talk about SLR vs point-and-shoot and not include rangefinders like my m7 because if you’re just getting into photography, most probably you’re not going to be buying the rangefinder and you won’t be able to afford the Leica system, so, this is off the table.

Should I buy a Point and Shoot or an SLR camera

So, let’s break this post down into three sections, size, lenses, and functions. So straight off the bat if you want a smaller camera the point-and-shoot is for you. These things will generally fit in the back of your pocket or in a small jacket like my Fuji class s does here.

They are considerably smaller and lighter than a standard SLR and they take fantastic pictures if they’ve got good lenses on them but if you’re looking for small and compact, point-and-shoot is the way to go.

If you don’t care about size, then you should think about SLR cameras. Most SLRs aren’t much bigger but the traditional SLRs and a lot of the newer ones from the late nineties did get considerably bigger but the standard SLR that you probably getting into it for a hundred bucks, it’s going to be roughly the size of Nikon F3.

You can take the lens off, you got a manual advanced lever if you press the shutter and which obviously the point shoot cameras don’t. So, if you want something heftier with a bit more weight to it and you want that classic film SLR that you’ve probably seen with a lot of people shooting then the SLR is a better choice.

Next is lenses. Now obviously with an SLR the biggest advantage I have of you choosing an SLR is the fact that we can change lenses. I have a 15mm that I put on my f3 now but again you can change lenses. You can have 35, 28, 50, and even zoom lenses.

You can pretty much have whatever you want. The options are endless and then with most point-and-shoot cameras, they have just one fixed lens into the camera. You can’t change it. You can’t take it off.

You will be lucky if you got to zoom in on your point and shoot. And still, you will have a standard kind of zoom on a point-and-shoot probably like twenty-eight to 70.  Mine has a fixed 38 2.8 lens and generally, you’re going to find that point and shoots that have a fixed lens are obviously going to have a much you know better quality lens than the zooms.

The zoom lenses that were coming out on point and shoots previously had a variable aperture that wasn’t very sharp and did color fringing things like that whereas if you go for a point-and-shoot with a fixed lens, it’s going to be a lot sharper image. If you get around the fact that you’re only going to have one focal length to work with and that doesn’t bother you, then point-and-shoot is better.

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