You want to get a camera, but are not sure which kind to get? The two biggest choices are the Bridge camera and the Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR). You have to look at the pros and cons of each type before you can make that decision, because most of these cameras can cost hundreds, or even thousands, of pounds.
While there are many reasons, the biggest factor for most people to get a DSLR is the faster frame capture rate. Whether you are taking shots of people or animals there will be movement of some kinds. And the best way to capture movement without blur is to have fast frame capture.
The benefits of using a DSLR camera are that the viewfinder is more sensitive, there are many lenses you can use, and they have much better zoom and macro ability. The cons of using a DSLR camera are that they cost more than the bridge camera, you have to buy more lenses (which are expensive), there is more to carry around, and you have to learn a lot more than with a bridge camera.
The bridge camera however has many benefits as well, and the first one is the price. The average bridge camera is a couple hundred dollars, but the average DSLR costs a couple thousand dollars. That is a big difference, and for most people that reason alone is enough to make that decision for them.
But, there are many other benefits besides the price. You do not have to switch lenses on a bridge camera because the lens is able to switch from 55-200mm instantly without having to change anything. Many of the new bridge cameras have excellent quality zoom that can match the quality of a DSLR camera without even having to switch a lens or a setting. You can also just click on the “Easy” or “Auto” setting and shoot away with no problems.
But there are cons of using the bridge camera. The zoom and macro abilities cannot match the quality of a good zoom or macro DSLR lens. Also, the bridge camera does not take very good photographs in low light situations.
A bridge camera comes out of the box ready to shoot anything you want, and you can usually get great shots on the first try. The DSLR may take a while to get a good shot depending on your level of photography, but you have to keep at it. It can take a long, long time to learn how to use it correctly. Also, you will want to purchase more than the lens that came with your purchase.
If you find you want to try a camera that is more advanced than a point and shoot, you should probably try the bridge camera first. If you are comfortable shooting with the bridge camera you can try the DSLR camera to see which one you like best. There is no right or wrong answer; it is just a matter of personal preference.