Don’t you hate it when you try to take a picture¬† and 2 seconds after you’ve pressed the shutter button it finally takes a picture?

Don’t you hate having to lug around a big camera all the time just because you want high quality pictures?

When choosing a camera that’s right for you, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons of each kind of camera. The most common types of consumer-level cameras on the market today are Point and Shoot cameras and Digital SLRs (AKA Single Lens Reflex). Read the chart below to figure out which camera is right for you. If you still can’t decide, just do what I do… buy them both!



  • Takes picture as soon as you push the shutter button
  • Faster picture rate
  • Looks impressive (if you’re in to that)
  • Higher quality images
  • Interchangeable Lenses
  • Higher Quality Lenses
  • Auto and Manual Controls
  • Live LCD view on some models
  • Video Capture on some models
  • Larger Sensor=higher image quality
  • Lower noise levels
  • Easier Manual Controls


  • Cost (although used ones are quite affordable)
  • Heavier
  • Bulkier (can’t fit just anywhere)
  • Video feature only available on newer models
  • Live LCD View only available on newer models

Point and Shoot Pros

  • Compact
  • Cheaper
  • Live LCD view on most models
  • Video capture on most models
  • Fully Automatic
  • Light weight
  • Easy to whip out for shooting

Point and Shoot Cons

  • Takes forever to take a picture after pushing the button
  • No interchangeable lenses
  • Lower quality lens
  • Slower picture-taking rate
  • Less manual control and versatility
  • Smaller sensor=lower image quality
  • higher noise levels

Of course, this information will probably be out of date in a matter of months, so do your research first. What it comes down to is balancing quality and convenience. An expensive DSLR won’t do you any good if you never have it with you, and a point and shoot will be worthless if you can never get it to perform the way you want it to. Whichever one you have, use it.

Above all else, the best camera you can have is the one you have with you.