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1. What Is It?A Tour of Your Digital Cam... > 1.1. Overview of Camera Categories

Overview of Camera Categories

In many ways, cameras are as varied and unique as the people who use them (Figure 1-1).

Today’s digital cameras are as varied as the people who use them
Figure 1-1. Today’s digital cameras are as varied as the people who use them

But in order to help you decide which models are potentially a good fit for you, I’ve grouped them into four basic categories. Here’s a quick summary of each one:

Compact Compact cameras are perfect companions for vacationers, parents, and photographers constantly on the go. Because compacts fit easily into purses, backpacks, diaper bags, briefcases, and even shirt pockets, the odds are good that you’ll have a camera on hand as life unfolds before you. That’s why I recommend that all photographers should pack a compact, regardless of any other cameras they have in their arsenals.


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