Digital Camera Showdown: DSLRs vs. Point-and-Shoot Cameras
If a picture's worth a thousand words, you want to make sure your shots have something to say. If you're looking to purchase a camera, one of the first decisions you'll need to make is whether you want a digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) or a point-and-shoot. Point-and-shoot cameras come in a wide range of options with both basic and technologically advanced features. DSLRs are challenging to use, but yield better shots. Learn a few basic differences to help you decide whether a DSLR or point-and-shoot camera is right for you.
Professional Quality Shots
|Powerful image sensor and high megapixel count creates high-quality pictures||Some higher level point-and-shoot cameras yield high-quality images|
|10-24 MP||1-18 MP|
|More expensive||Less expensive|
*See the Camera Buying Guide for more information on prices.
Digital Single-Lens Reflex
Advantages of DSLRs
Limitations of DSLRs
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Advantages of Point-and-Shoots
Limitations of Point-and-Shoots
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