Different Types of Camera and Their Uses

broadcastOne might be forgiven for thinking that a camera is a camera, and that they all do more or less the same job. Obviously, we all know the difference between a stills camera and a video camera, but are there really that many variations besides? In this article, we look at some of the different types of camera and their uses. Though there are other types out there, we are looking at those used for professional photo shoots, video broadcasting, filming and more. In other words, ignoring things like security cameras.

“Point and Shoot” cameras – these are the simple, one lens cameras which can very simply be picked up and used on an automatic setting to grab quick snapshots. The camera that is on your phone is likely to be a ‘point and shoot’ style. Not the most professional, but a great way for us all to have a camera on us at all times.

DSLR – this stands for digital single lens reflex and what it means is that you can change the lenses. These tend to be stills cameras with video capability. They’re what a lot of professional wedding photographers, landscape photographers and portrait photographers use in order to have control over the lenses they’re using and therefore the style of photos taken.

Handheld video camera – aimed at the consumer electronics niche with a lot of people having one at home somewhere. The quality of theseĀ is getting a lot better but they’re still mainly for student projects, learning the basics of video and making your own holiday or family videos. They’re held in the hand and often have a strap which ties around the palm for a bit of added stability.

Broadcast and Cinematic video cameras – if you want to buy professional camera equipment then a cinematic or broadcast camera is the way to go. They can be bought both new and used and though these are among the more expensive types of camera, if you’re running a professional operation then these are probably the cameras you’re going to need. Everything from sports broadcasting to news channels and even music videos can be made with professional broadcast quality cameras.

Mirrorless Cameras – These have become very popular in recent years, and are very similar to DSLR cameras, with the difference of being smaller and more compact, more lightweight and even cheaper in many instances, making them a good option for a first ‘pro’ grade camera.


The amount of types of camera continues to grow. Whereas we used to have to use film, which made post production a lot more of a drawn out process, things have become a lot more hi tech and some cameras can even connect straight to the internet. As time goes on we expect camera technology to continue to grow and improve and the broadcasting, filming and photographic capabilities of cameras is surely only going to get better in years to come. For now, the above types of camera are the most popular and commonly used in 2017.

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