Travel photography- DSLR or Point and shoot camera.

Camera is not used only to capture when something is happening. Take a picture, whenever you like. Play with your camera and its mode and sees which would be best for taking the picture in dark and light.

The perfect portraits with strong vibrant colours and your picture in the middle of somewhere wonderful. The difference between a good picture and a perfect picture is the camera which is a simple point-and-shoot camera and DSLR. DSLR is often used by professionals and point shoot cameras can be used by anyone.

Travel Photography – Travel or Photography

Travel Photography means not mere pictures of yourself travelling but it means that the sole purpose of travelling is photography. Travel comes before blogging and photography. When you travel it is necessary to take some time to explore and practice photography.

Not the best time for Photography

There are some conditions where light is not proper and hence, cannot take good pictures.

Documentation Pictures

Pictures can be taken for documentation purposes, like boards explaining things, minute architectural details and small things. This means a number of pictures takes extra space in DSLR. 

No Photographs

In most of the places you travel to, the authorities do not allow photography.

Weight Issues

Of course, DSLR is heavy than Point & Shoot Camera that only weighs around 500 grams and easily slips into any bag. DSLR alone weighs 4-5 kgs along with its senses.

Zoom in

Point shoot cameras allow you to zoom off 60X. In DSLR, at least 3-4 lenses have to get changed to get a better range.


DSLR is a digital single-lens reflex camera.  It is a digital single-lens reflex camera and allows interchangeable lenses on the same camera body.

Pros and cons of DSLR:


Image Quality:

  • The image quality of DSLR is better than point-and-shoot.
  • The difference can be seen while shooting in low light along with proper lenses and settings.
  • Deliveries outstanding results.
  • Option of saving the image in the RAW format which enables better control after processing

Battery life:

The DSLRs have a battery life of about 500 shots on a single charge while the point-and-shoot cameras usually allow 200 shots on a single charge. It is not required to carry a battery charger with a DSLR.

More control:

A DSLR is accompanied by various settings for best performance. You have an option of altering the ISO, shutter, aperture, white balance, etc., for each shot. That will improve the result. A point shoot offers fewer flexible features.

Cons of DSLR:

Baggage size:

You will need a bag to carry the DSLR because it is bulky and requires special care and if you want to carry multiple lenses for the shoot you will have to take a whole heavy bag throughout the day.


Lenses are the most expensive than the camera. Most DSLRs comes with a basic 18-55 mm lens kit and if you want lenses for extra zooms, wide-angle or macro performance then you will have to invest more in lenses.

Environmental damage:

The DSLR sensor can easily get dirty or even damaged by dust and moisture. Thus, you need to buy a DSLR along with weather seals that come at a premium price.

You have to be cautious while using DSLR in locations like beaches and mountains.

The Point-and-Shoot Camera

The camera is compact camera and designed for simple primary operations. They are the bestselling types of cameras and are distinct from camera phones.

Pros of Point and Shoot Camera:

Low price tag:

Point-and-shoot cameras come for a minimum price of about Rs 5,000 and promise to deliver good performance. Cameras with a 10-15X optical zoom are available for price of Rs 10,000.

Simple operation:

Point shoot cameras have also simple controls just like DSLRs. The camera takes care of all the settings automatically for a major type of scenarios.


Point shoot camera comes in a compact size, you can carry one with a 20 MP resolution and 20x optical zoom that comes comfortably in the pocket.

Cons of Point and shoot camera:

No upgrades:

You don’t have the option to upgrade to a better lens, flash or an add-on battery option. With a point shoot camera, you have only an option of default zoom, wide-angle and macro range that the camera offers.

No depth of field:

The camera keeps everything in focus Unless you go for an advanced point-and-shoot with a fast aperture. The option of blurring the background to highlight a subject is not possible in point shoot cameras. This feature is possible with a DSLR.

Visible noise in images :

The camera has small sensor size that results from a point-and-shoot suffer from grainy images at a 100% crop. The images taken in daylight are also prone to noise in most cases.

The Shoot modes of Camera:

P or program mode:

The mode offers more control and it is just like the auto mode. The mode handles advanced stuff like aperture and shutter speed automatically, but lets you control some settings like ISO, flash, white balance, focus points.

TV/S or shutter priority:

This mode allows you to set the shutter speed while the aperture is set automatically. A high shutter speed lets you freeze moving objects and a slow one lets you click the picture in low light.

AV/A or aperture priority:

This mode allows you to set the aperture and the shutter speed is set automatically. A smaller aperture helps you to bring everything in focus, while a larger one lets you do so selectively.


The manual mode provides with all the exposure controls on the camera at your fingertips. You can play around with shutter speeds, aperture, ISO and other settings to get the perfect shot.


This mode helps for taking close up pictures or the detailed pictures of the objects. With a DSLR, you’ll need a lens that supports macro and a tripod to get a sharp image. There can be a mode where Macro can also be enabled with lens adapters.


The sports mode is used to capture fast-moving objects. It increases the shutter speed and ISO I.e., light sensitivity, which minimize any blurs caused due to the movement of the subject.


This mode is the perfect mode to shoot natural landscapes and events. It automatically selects a small aperture to keep minimal depth of field and takes every element in the foreground and background is in focus.


The mode is best for clicking people. It enhances depth of field by putting the background out of focus, which automatically brings the person in focus.


From the above discussion, it will be easy for you to buy a camera either a DSLR or Point and shoot camera. Taking pictures involves not only the type of camera but also angles, light, frame, backgrounds.

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