Thanks to the advancement of technology, not only have it become a regular thing to capture images, unlike during the earlier years when only film cameras were the only ones available.
However, more and more kinds of cameras are being developed to suit every photography enthusiast and aspiring photographer’s artistic needs and style.
Here are some of the most common types of professional photography cameras available today.
- DSLR Cameras
When talking about professional cameras, most people would instantly think about the Digital Single Lens Reflex cameras. While companies such as Nikon and Canon are busy trying to reduce the overall size and weight of their models, DSLR cameras are still quite chunky.
Unlike film cameras, DSLRs offer digital sensor technology and many more other sophisticated features. They deliver professional and exceptional sharpness with high-resolution videos thanks to its advanced sensors, interchangeable lenses and manual camera settings.
The mechanics of DSLR is fairly simple— light enters a single lens =, hitting a mirror that reflects that light up to the viewfinder.
- Mirrorless Cameras
This kind of camera is lighter and the more compact alternative to the DSLR, providing incredible quality images and videos.
The camera body has no mirror, as its name implies, which reflects light to the sensor. Instead, light goes straight to the sensor. The very mechanics of a mirrorless camera is to limit camera shake automatically as compared to the DSLR.
They are also quieter than DSLRs thanks to their less moving parts. But, in terms of lens options, mirrorless cameras have limited options.
- Compact Cameras
These are the smallest digital cameras on the market today. Before smartphones with high-end cameras hit the market, compact cameras were popular with consumers.
However, in the last decade, compact cameras have decreased in popularity with high-end lenses at the back and front of smartphones like iPhone and Samsung.
Thus, the industry adjusted to the new reality, introducing new kinds of professional compact cameras. Manufactures managed to squeeze the functionality of DSLR cameras to the tiny bodies of compacts. They are not exactly point-and-shoot kinds and are far from affordable. They’re highly sophisticated, feature-rich advanced cameras.
- Bridge Cameras
Its original definition comes from the bridge between a full-blown DSLR and a compact point-and-shoot camera. It had some features of the entry-level DSLR including the manual controls, however, it still had a small sensor like the compact cameras without interchangeable lenses.
The new bridge cameras available today even bypass high-end mirrorless or DSLR cameras. This is due to the advances of camera sensor technologies which allow you to achieve astonishing image quality even with their small sensors.