My favorite is DSLR but I also use a Digital point and shoot
My DSLR is a Nikon D200 and my point an shoot is a Nikon S8000. Both can produce excellent pictures. The largest issue in photography is the skill of the photographer. My cameras are both over 10 Mega-pixels which is more than adequate for most things. Would I like a 50 Mega-pixel Hassleblad -- sure -- but not enough to buy it. With it, someone that is good enough could rival the photography of Ansel Adams in color. I like the DSLR when I can use it. It gives me control -- in basic terms it suggests a lens and shutter speed and then allows me to easily adjust either one if I choose. It also allows automatic bracketing and many other thngs. It is also fast -- its response when I push the shutter is so quick that is seems instantaneous. It and the lenses are also big in size. It will not fit in yoiur shirt pocket. If I am going to someplace expressly to take pictures, like a trip to the Arboretum, it is the camera of choice. If I have no particular photography plans and am just going for a stroll, I drop the S8000 in my pocket or fasten its small case on my belt. If I am lucky enough to get a goood view, I can get some excellent pictures with it. It does not do bracketing, or allow much adjustment of its exposure. It is not as fast as the DSLR -- neither in time to take a picture (but the lag time is not really noticable) nor in low light abilty, but it can take some very nice pictures. I took a vacation last year and deliberately took it as my only camera. The freedom from bulk was nice and I got some some terrific pictures -- I was not disappointed at all. This year, my wife suggested that I may want to take both cameras on our vacation (and I will). As I said earlier, there are some things the DSLR does better. The real key to taking good pictures is the photographer. Recognition of a photo-op and composition is everything. If you have an adequate tool (camera) you can get excellent pictures. The message is adequate, not necessarily the best. Very few people could improve their photography with a 50MP Hassleblad, and conversely most people would be unhappy with a 0.3 MP camera which was the norm only a few years ago.
Good luck everyone with your photographic endeavors.
. . . . T.
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