Fishography: Camera Types

Types of cameras

Whether it’s your cellphone’s built-in camera, your trusty point-and-shoot or your professional DSLR, you shouldn’t leave home without at least one of them. There is nothing worse than catching a monster without something on hand to grab the moment. Fishermen's tales are called that for a reason – when there’s no hard evidence, it just becomes that – a story!

If you are in the market for a new camera or would just like to learn a bit more, here are the four basic types of cameras to help narrow down your search:

Smartphone Cameras:

In the past smartphone cameras were plagued by poor light sensitivity and optics, amongst numerous other problems. These days, the latest smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S5, iPhone 6 and the Nokia Lumia 1020 (41MP!) can match many compact point-and-shoot cameras. Smartphone manufacturers have invested heavily in image processing technology research and development. The result: crisp, sharp images and HD video recording even in low light. Considering the always-connected status of our lives, for many the go-to camera is the one we always have on us.

Compact Point-and-Shoot Cameras:

Compact point-and-shoot cameras are lightweight and fit easily into a backpack or pocket, and are therefore ideal for traveling. Great for beginners, they take away the pain of having to remember the technical jargon – just point and shoot! With some knowledge of the basic principles of photography even small compacts can deliver stunning imagery. Facing stiff competition from the high-end smartphone cameras in recent years, compacts have been losing their foothold in the market and, we dare say, won't be around for long!

Bridge Cameras:

As the name suggests, models in this category fulfill a vital role. They fill the gap between the compact digital camera (or smartphones for that matter) and DSLR cameras – a great medium for enthusiast to express their creativity. It has a fixed but versatile lens, which can deliver optical and digital zoom over significant distances. These cameras are also extremely flexible – one can easily switch between automatic mode, or dive into adjusting a large range of manual exposure controls.

Digital Single Lens Reflex Cameras (DSLR):

DSLR cameras allow one to change the type of lenses that one has on your camera. Suited to amateurs and professionals alike, the results are only limited by the knowledge and skill of the photographer. With a full array of settings and functions available for manual manipulation, far beyond those of the "bridge" variety, the results can be truly breathtaking. High-end DSLRs are regularly used to film studio pieces in HD. Besides interchangeable lenses, they can be matched to a plethora of accessories, from flashes to battery packs, remote units and more!

Final thoughts:

The choice of camera for capturing your fishing moments will likely be decided by several factors, including budget, level of expertise and common usage scenarios. Opt for a point-and-shoot (or decent smartphone – there are many resources that provide in-depth smartphone reviews) if you prefer the ease-of-use factor and holding onto your hard-earned cash. If you feel like you're ready to experiment then spending the extra money on an entry level DSLR (often available at prices below that of ‘bridge’ models) is well worth the investment. CarpFever recommends a DSLR over a ‘bridge’ model as they deliver more bang-for-your-buck.

Whatever your choice, do your homework. When purchasing a DSLR the chief investment should be in the lenses, not the body. There are many different types of lenses for different applications, and this is where the bulk of the costs lie.

Stay tuned as we update you with some basic photography knowledge to ensure you capture your beaming grin and shimmering scales moments before the big release.

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Author: CarpFever

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