Digital cameras fall into one of four categories. Each is designed with a specific type of use in mind, with specific advantages and disadvantages. Let's focus on each in turn...
These are smaller, lighter, thinner and fit into your pocket! You can operate them one-handed and easily shoot from a range of different angles. They are well suited to family snaps and indoor scenes with good lighting.
Bridge cameras, as the name suggests, "bridge" the gap between compact cameras, generally the preserve of beginners, and SLRs, which are generally aimed at serious hobbyists and professionals. They are suitable for most scenarios, but limited in the case of sports pictures and action shots.
For keen hobbyists and professionals looking for better image quality, sturdiness, reliability and optimum handling. SLRs are heavier and bulkier, but offer a host of features...
A number of accessories can be connected to the camera: extra grip for vertical shots, remote controls, cobra flashes, Wi-Fi modules, audio or optical shutter controls, etc.
These have a viewfinder system next to the lens, meaning that two superimposed images are visible in the viewfinder. The image is focused in the area where the two images coincide. These models offer a superior build and lens quality, with a price to match. Perfect for professional photographers shooting urban scenes, landscapes and portraits.