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Point and Shoot - P&S cameras are small compact cameras that are good for general "snapshot" type pictures. A big drawback of a digital P&S camera is the delay in the shutter. That is the time between when you press the shutter button and when the camera actually takes the picture. If you are shooting anything that is moving, that means anything besides a piece of fruit, the "moment" has passed before the camera takes the picture. Another drawback is the inability to change lenses. With P&S cameras the image that the viewer or photographer sees through the lens is not the same image that the camera sees. The photographer is looking through a viewfinder rather then the actual lens of the camera.

DSLR - Digital Single Lens Reflex camera
This means that it only has one lens instead of the two lenses on the P&S. There are a series of mirrors inside the DSLR camera that allow the photographer to see exactly what the camera is seeing through the lens via the viewfinder. This is one of the biggest differences between the P&S and the DSLR camera. The other big difference is the ability to change lenses, so now you can change from the wide angle to the telephoto when the need arises. DSLR cameras have much more control over settings too.


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