24th Apr 2005

Digital Photography Models

While digital photography models vary in size, shape, color, price, and purpose — they all have one thing in common: Instant photography without film.

Entry Level Cameras

The low end, or entry-level cameras have street prices as low as $199. These are the “point and shoot” class with resolutions of 3 to 4 million pixels, are fully automatic, and targeted toward the beginner or very casual photographer. Point and shoot cameras
have been around for years. The Kodak Instamatic is an example of a very popular 35mm model. They are favored by people who just want to grab a snapshot when the opportunity arises and don’t care to be bothered figuring out settings or making other technical decisions. Yes, they just want to “point and shoot”. It’s no wonder that digital versions are so plentiful in stores today.

Prosumer Class

Stepping up a level we find the ” Prosumer” class of digital photography models. Capable of taking PROfessional-quality images, but still geared towards the conSUMER, these cameras check in with the ability to produce images containing 4 to 5 million pixels and have a street price of between $300 and $1000.

Although not likely to be used by Sports Illustrated or National Geographic photographers, these cameras offer a host of creative picture control options. The higher resolutions, combined with more advanced features such as through-the-lens (TTL) focusing and creative controls, make this category popular with serious amateur photographers who want creative control of the camera’s settings.

Top of the Line Models

At the top of the line we find the models that command a street price of $1000 and up. While these models do appeal to higher income amateurs, they are mostly snatched up by professional photographers. These cameras support 6 to 12 million pixels and are mostly based upon 35mm designs. Many of them have interchangeable lenses and can mount traditional 35mm lenses from film-based cameras. They also offer nearly all of the image control settings that are available on top-end film cameras.

In Summary

Digital photography models are quickly edging out traditional cameras in almost every market segment. Lighter, more versatile, and no film costs are just three reasons why you should get with the digital image revolution.

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