Whether you have it for some artistic purpose or to collect memories or both, you most probably have a camera at your home. But is it a DSLR or a digital camera? What’s the difference? They both are digital. Well, not entirely. The “D” in DSLR does stand for digital, but everything else between the two types of camera is worlds apart.
For this article, we have gathered the major differences between a DSLR and Digital Camera and all the other relevant information regarding the topic to help you out on having a clearer concept between the two instruments. Without delaying much of your time, let’s get on with the list.
Understanding the Difference Between a DSLR and Digital Camera
Difference 1: The Price
For starters, a DSLR is much more expensive than your digital camera. There is no multiplier to how much more does a DSLR cost than a digital camera. You can get all that a digital camera offers at a price of 7 grand to 10 grand Indian rupees. You can get the Canon IXUS 185 20MP Digital Camera with just Rs.8000, and it’s one of the best digital cameras out there in the market. The price can go up a few grand, but that’s it.
On the other hand, a DSLR like Nikon D3500 has a market price of about 31 thousand (Indian rupees). That’s almost four times the price of your top-tier digital cameras against your beginner level or cheap tier DSLR. Yes, that’s right, it is one of the cheapest DSLRs available in the market—the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR camera costs over two lakhs Indian rupees. I am pretty sure you can compare the price between a top tier DSLR and a top tier Digital Camera.
Difference 2: The Viewfinder
The next major difference between the two camera types lies in the viewfinder. We’ve already pointed out that the ‘D’ in DSLR stands for ‘Digital.’ The remaining part, ‘SLR,’ stands for ‘Single Lens Reflex.’ There’s a good chance that you’ve built a periscope for your school science project or have seen your mates do it.
Nevertheless, you most probably know the basics of how it works. The same principle is used to build a DSLR but in a more complex yet compact manner. The DSLR is a mirror camera that allows it to function similarly with the periscope. This means that you get the very same image captured in the DSLR that you are viewing through the viewfinder.
For Digital Cameras, as in your normal cameras that cost around 8 thousand Indian rupees like the Canon IXUS 185 20MP, they use an electronic viewfinder, which is often LCDs. The positioning of the lens with respect to the position of the viewfinder is offset. It’s not using the principle in which the periscope works. So yes, you’re not going to get the accurate image captured. The image is not going to match with that of the real object in the real world.
Difference 3: The Lens
The financial story of the DSLR doesn’t end upon its purchase. You probably got a complimentary lens upon buying your DSLR, but you can only go so far with that one lens what; this means that the lens of the DSLR is removable, and they’re a great number of lenses available that you can equip with your camera.
Of course, these lenses don’t come free besides the first lens. They almost always cost more than your normal digital cameras. Forget about the price of the digital camera; there are many lenses that cost more than the body of the mounted DSLR. There’s the Canon EOS 77D, which costs around 48 thousand Indian rupees, and then there are lenses like the Canon Ef24 – 105Mm F/4L, which costs almost 70 thousand Indian rupees.
Although quality comes at a price and with these instruments and there’s a good chance that you miss the perfect moment to capture the image because you were too busy changing into the proper lens. But then again, you are only limited by however far you want to be limited.
While on the other hand, the digital camera only has one built-in lens that cannot be removed or changed. They are just convenient cameras that are cheap and get the job done by capturing images that you would like to keep as a memory. It won’t get you that clear starry sky image, which the DSLRs with the powerful lenses can capture, but it sure can capture a perfect family photo together on a beach or somewhere caught in time.
Difference 4: The Body
A difference that you can find out for yourself just by looking at the two camera types is the bodies. The DSLR cameras are quite heavy. There’s a good chance of you tripping and damaging the expensive instrument if you have it equipped with a long lens like the Canon 100-400mm.
The visual and physical aspect of the digital camera is its main selling point, to be honest. Everyone loves to handle a slim gadget. Even the phones have evolved into being slimmer in design. You can fit them in your pocket and don’t need a separate bag for it. They are super convenient and are cheap, for they have no extra lens.
Although this means they lack quality image but if you’re not out for the hunt for excellent quality images and just want to have some moments with your friends and family without having to be bothered about changing them or having your hands tied up just to hold the camera properly, the digital camera is the way to go.
Are These the Only Differences?
While these are more of the major differences between the two camera types, but honestly, a book can be written about this topic. We’ve done the best from our point of view, along with the relevant information, to keep it precise enough to give you a clear understanding of the topic.
We hope this article has clarified the confusion in you about the differences between the two instrument types and that you go out into the world more informed than you were just 10 minutes ago.