Types of Cameras

Here's some of the different kinds of cameras.


A photo of a Nikon D3500 DSLR Camera.

These cameras are what most people think of a "serious" camera. They deliver incredibly sharp images.
Their lenses can be removed and interchanged as well.
They're suitable for most people of all levels.

The photo to the left is of a Nikon D3500, which is a starter-level DSLR that still takes beautiful images.


These allow people to capture beautiful images just by pointing and clicking the shutter.
It's very easy and simple to use, and automatically changes settings for you. While you're restricted on settings, an artistic eye should get you far enough.


Mirrorless cameras are the latest kinds of cameras hitting the professional scene.
They're basically DSLR cameras without the internal mirrior that reflects light on the sensor.
They can capture high-res images at faster shutter speeds. However, the lack of lenses out for these cameras are limited, so many people are still sticking to DSLR cameras.


They might be outdated compared to DSLR and Mirrorless, but their aesthetic is what keeps them relevant.
They allow for huge prints without losing image quality, but they're harder to work with for achieving what you want. However, the result is unmatched.


Nowadays, phone cameras are becoming very relevant.
While they don't have the same effect as other cameras, they're still very good for taking good quality photos.

Take a peek at this table to see which cameras might be relevant to you. Note: This doesn't mean you can't buy the "professional" cameras as a beginner.
Click here to learn more about different cameras.

Type Level
DSLR Beginner-Professional
Mirrorless Enthusiast-Professional
Compact Beginner
Film Enthusiast-Professional
Phone Everyone