Most people have successfully entered the world of digital imaging at this point in time. Whether via a mobile phone camera or digital SLR, the majority of photographers today are recording their images on digital sensors. Unfortunately, the world of digital camera reviews can be quite confusing for anyone who has not been extensively reading them day after day for more than a decade. Here is a brief overview of digital cameras today for those that may feel lost in the whirlwind of advertisements and megapixels.
The majority of camera-centric articles seem to be focused on interchangeable-lens camera bodies. At the forefront of the discussion are the Micro Four Thirds cameras and digital SLRs. The Micro Four Thirds camera style is a very slim version of the DSLR, which is created by removing the internal mirror found in the latter. The Panasonic Lumix G series popularized this style of camera approximately five years ago. The advantage is that it offers similar resolution and the manual-control capabilities that most avid photographers desire in a DSLR but at a fraction of the weight and size.
Despite the rise in popularity of mirror-less cameras, the digital SLR continues to advance through the prosumer market. Olympus, Nikon and Canon continue to dominate this market with both advanced amateurs and professional photographers, but they are not the only manufacturers producing this style of camera. At the time of this article, most major camera makers offer some form of a DSLR with compatible lens mounts to one of the a fore mentioned name brands. There are significant differences from model to model, which is why the market is still in a steady growth period. The continuously changing competitive edge seems to be held by those manufacturers able to advance in one of the following areas:
- Increased megapixel resolution
- Greater progress toward affordable “full-frame” technology
- Higher quality video recording
Despite all the glory these amazing machines garner, they are not the cameras typically purchased by those desiring to merely take pictures for memory’s sake. In that category, the Canon Powershot is still heavily favored in the market for its dependability as a pocket-compact camera. The Sony Cybershot is also quite popular as it was the first pocket digital to incorporate touchscreen technology into its display LCD.
With most people relying on their mobile phones to record their memories, many are left wondering if the standalone pocket camera is becoming a thing of the past. However, Pentax is quietly leading the market in a new niche of cameras: the indestructible. The Pentax Optio WG-2 does not only keep pace with other mobile phone and underwater cameras, it can also resist most situations they cannot. Resistance to cold, collisions, abrasions and shocks are just some of its features. Additionally, action cameras, like the GoPro, follow this trend of indestructibility by specializing in similar resistance capability for pocket sized video cameras.
The world of digital cameras is truly more vast and accommodating than ever before.