What is the difference between DSLR and Point and Shoot Cameras?

What is the difference between DSLR and Point and Shoot Cameras?

Vinod Bindal asked July 7, 2016

1 answer

Nikita Rawat July 7, 2016

There are several differences between DSLR and Point and Shoot cameras
Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) is a professional level camera that has a mirror behind the lens to enable the photographer to view the object and adjust the image according to what he wants to capture and then after composing the shot, click it to save it on a memory chip/card instead of film whereas Point and Shoot cameras are simple cameras that enable the photographer to just aim the camera with the automatic point part and press the button with the shoot part of the camera. 

  • DSLR have interchangeable lens to accommodate different shooting situations whereas Point and Shoot cameras have no such lenses.  


  • DSLR are heavy cameras and need accessories to capture an image whereas Point and Shoot cameras are very small and handy and can even be accommodated in your pocket.  


  • DSLR are professional level cameras thus have large sensors producing high quality image whereas the Point and Shoot cameras have small sensors making them unable to capture a large area. The quality of the image is also not very high.  


  1. I like photography and a beginner in it .I want to buy a good camera mainly for night shots(low light) like downtown or nature and casual use.Can you please suggest me which one should I buy DSLR or Point and Shoot?
  2. Hello Raminder,This is a question that I’m regularly asked.Look each one of it have its own advantages.

    For example if you talk about DSLR it is much better than Point and shoot in terms of Picture quality,Pixels,Speed and Adaptability.
    On the other hand if you talk about Point and Shoot cameras they are better in terms of Handiness , Price and LCD framing.

    But since you want good quality night shots you can prefer buying DSLR.Hope you find the information helpful.

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