DSLR and CSC Camera Differences
Besides the traditional point and shoot camera are the DSLR and CSC cameras. Both come with their own sets of advantages and disadvantages. Originally, the DSLR camera was the go-to camera for super-quality photos thanks to the ability of the photographer having control over the camera’s settings. The CSC camera however is the latest entry in cameras that provide high quality photos. They are not as bulky as DSLR cameras; they smaller and lighter in comparison.
What makes the cameras different?
Unlike the DSLR cameras, the CSC camera comes with no reflex mirror system. This is why it is much lighter than the DSLR camera. With the lack of a reflex mirror system, the CSC camera is also left with no optical viewfinder. However, some CSC cameras do come with an electronic viewfinder as part of their design or it is possible to add one as an accessory.
With the lack of the optical viewfinder, photographers that used and loved the point and shoot camera are able to use the LCD screen as a frame for their shots.
Besides the lack of the reflex mirror system, as already mentioned earlier, the CSC camera is much smaller and lighter. This means that you no longer have to carry around a bulky camera. Instead, it is possible to conveniently carry the CSC camera in your pocket as long as it is not having a large zoom lens (which adds to its bulkiness).
Compared to DSLR cameras, CSC cameras tend to have less direct control dials or buttons. This means that control of the camera’s settings is done on the lcd screen as opposed to making use of dials or buttons.
Comparing image quality
Since both the CSC cameras and the DSLR cameras make use of APS-C sized sensor, their image qualities are quite similar. It is possible for smaller sensors to be used however, the combination of the small body on the CSC camera and the large image sensor is what makes it unique both in terms of the images produced and its overall outlook. With the larger sensor being used, an enhanced performance in capturing shallow depth of field and taking beautiful photos in low light is made possible. In addition, less digital noise is possible.
Advantages and disadvantages of both types of cameras
- The CSC cameras are smaller and lighter compared to DSLR cameras
- CSC cameras make use of smaller lenses compared to DSLR cameras
- Using CSC cameras is relatively easier than using DSLR cameras
- DSLR cameras have an optical viewfinder unlike a number of CSC cameras
- There is a limited number of direct access controls in CSC cameras
Having compared the two types of cameras, when it comes down to choosing one for yourself, the way you view each should play a big role. Both cameras have their advantages and disadvantages even with both being able to take quality images. As such, your needs as a photographer will determine which camera to get.
Special thanks to Marcus from Celebrity Photo Booth. His business revolves around providing photo booth rental services in the Greater Toronto Area. However, in his spare time, Marcus enjoys his hobby of photography and taking pictures of the great outdoors.