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There are quite a few types of still cameras on the market.   It can be a bit daunting when looking to purchase a camera. Which one is right for you?  I’ll break down the basics and let you decide.  These digital cameras are listed in order of cheapest to most expensive.

**This post has been updated on November 10, 2011**


Digital Cameras


Point & Shoot / Compact Digital

Price: $100-$500

Popular Models: Nikon Coolpix, Canon Elph

Pros: Cheap, small, convenient

Cons: Generally lower quality, limited features


Advanced Digital Camera

Price: $350-$1000

Varieties: ACIL (Advanced Camera with Interchangeable Lenses)

Popular Models: Nikon 1, Canon G12

Pros: Small, moderate price, near pro features

Cons: Better quality, but not as good as a DSLR, fairly expensive


DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex)

Price: $600-$6000

Varieties: APS size sensor, Full Frame sensor

Popular Models: Canon 7D, Canon 5D Mark III

Pros: Best quality image, manual controls

Cons: Large size, cumbersome, more expensive


Other Interesting Models


Lomography Cameras (All Plastic Cameras)

Price: $30-$60, plus optional accessories

Popular Models: Holga or Dianne

Growing in popularity, this film camera is simple and can be a lot of

fun or very frustrating, depending on who you ask.


Light Field Camera

Price: $399/$499

Model: Lytro

This new camera uses a new concept in photography.  All focus is determined

after the image has been captured through it's proprietary software.


There are lots of cameras.  You can begin your search here:


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