12 Different Types Of Cameras

There are different types of cameras available in the market. Depending on your purpose, choosing the right type is a must.


DSLR stands for Digital Single Lens Reflex Camera. They have a single lens reflex and also a digital imaging sensor. These are the most popular at the moment and used by professionals. They have a detachable lens.

Smartphone camera

A built-in camera to your phone. They can be very good and usable. Some smartphones may have up to 5 cameras on the back while others have just one. They use a digital image sensor.


Mirrorless is similar to DSLR cameras, but they do not have an optical viewfinder. In general, this makes them lightweight and more compact. They also have a lens which can be detached easily.


They come between a DSLR and a point and shoot cameras. The lens is fixed and cannot be removed. They usually come with telephoto focal range.

Film Cameras

Film cameras have been with us for a long period of time. They use a film where the images will be stored and then transferred into a physical photo. They are rare these days and are replaced with digital options.

Point and Shoot

Point and Shoot are common cameras you can see on the street. They are used by ordinary people who want to capture a moment. These models have a fixed lens, and the focal length may be adjusted using the on-camera controls.

Polaroid Cameras

As the name suggests, these cameras can take a photo and then print it instantly. They are also rare these days, but they were extremely popular.

Medium Format

They are considered to be semi-professional or full professional devices which have replaced 120mm films. They offer high image quality and can be used for countless purposes.

Digital Cine Cameras

Digital Cine Cameras are professional devices that offer high video quality. We can see them used for filming the documentaries, movies and more. Their lenses can be easily replaced. These are expensive and big cameras.

Rugged Cameras

They can be any type of the cameras you saw above, but they come with strong construction, and they are immune to water and dust.


They record or take a photo of 360 degrees (all around you). Some smartphones may have similar or the same option as well. There are only digital images of this kind.

Action Cameras

Action Cameras are used to film action. They have a rubber or heavy-duty shell and can be controlled remotely. You can see them on helmets of athletes or stunts.

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