Most of the newer standard digital cameras only have a screen view finder. I know I had to look through a lot of point and shoot cameras to find one that offered an optical lens viewer but It does have it and it is not showing me what is seen through the cameras lens even though it is very close.
I can't change lenses and although I do have more manual settings than I will ever understand, they are not as wide ranging as even an entry level SLR.
Check your manual. If you can set your f-stop manually to higher than 8.0 your camera is almost certain to be an SLR or DSLR and no doubt cost more than a point and shoot because of the better quality. 8.0 f-stop seems to be pretty much the max for non-SLR cameras.
When I found my point and shoot I gave my daughter the Olympus DSLR I never learned to use. She understood it and was delighted
I just looked it up and there are some Point and Shot cameras that have changeable lens. It is getting to confusing on which camera is which.
here is something Zany posted on another thread that explains the differences I think
SLR refers to Single Lens Reflex, or a camera that has one single lens to both view a scene and capture an image. What this means, to the casual photographer, is the picture you take will be the same as the image you view through the lens. It also means you can change the lens to take telephoto or wide angle photos. The most appealing aspect of an SLR camera is the ability to adjust the camera's settings manually, so that a seasoned photographer generally knows what the finished picture will look like before it is ever viewed.
2. What is Point-and-Shoot?
A point-and-shoot camera uses one lens to view the scene, and a separate lens to capture the desired image. This means the image captured will not be the actual image viewed by the photographer, but only a close approximation. For most casual photographers, the image is so close you won't recognize the difference. Point-and-Shoot cameras require very little manual adjustment (if any), and operate like the name describes. Focus is usually automatic.
I am going to bed lets think about this and then come up with a better plan in the morning.
And as this one is not working as we envisioned it, it will be the last divided one.
There are 2 many types of cameras to fit into to types.
I wanted to show that you can get good pictures from any kind of camera but it is to confusing.
OK AS THERE IS SO MUCH CONFUSION ON WHAT KIND OF CAMERA IS WHAT, WOULD Y'ALL MIND IF WE JUST COMBINED BOTH CONTEST INTO 1????
What I wanted to show was the fact that you did not need a SLR camera to get great pictures but it looks like I am behind times and there are many hybrid cameras out there that are in-between the old Point and Shot and the SLR's as I know them.
If you all agree Zany or I will move the pictures that are already posted into a new thread that you can just add new pictures to
I am so sorry for the confusion
We are trying to make this a fun experiences(?)
But I think the old brain cells skipped a few beats on this one.
This is a evolving contest planning. So we will be glad to have people make suggestions on the kind of photo contest we can have.
Next month we will have 3 subject contest(everyone in a group) and one Scavenger hunt contest(it this one works we will try for 2 a month)
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