Know your camera model

Choosing a camera, or even finding a bag for the camera which you own, can be tricky. Knowing your DSLR from your compact camera and your mirrorless camera from your point-and-shoot camera is the first step you should take on your way to finding the perfect bag for you.

In this article I’m going to go through some of the main differences so you can find the perfect camera to suit your needs but also so you know which type of camera you should be trying to find protection for. I’m going to go through 3 main camera types – DSLR, Bridge and Compact, and hopefully this will give you more of an insight.


DSLR Camera

DSLR Camera

DSLR (or Digital Single-lens Reflex Camera if you’re being technical) Is a digital camera which combines the optics and the mechanisms of an SLR with a digital imaging sensor (as opposed to photographic film). The design allows light to travel through the lens to a mirror which alternates to send the image to the view finder or the image sensor.

The main feature of a DSLR is the interchangeable lens. The design of the changeable lens is to give you an array of different options when taking your photos. For example you could replace the standard lens for one with a more powerful zoom and this gives you more of a range of what images you’re able to take.

Focusing on these cameras can be manual or automatic and can be changed by the flick of a button, which is usually activated by pressing half-way on the shutter release button or the dedicated AF button. They generally have a mode dial which enables you to access standard camera settings and automatic scene-mode settings.

You can see our range of DSLR camera cases here.

Bridge Camera System

Bridge Camera

Bridge Camera

Bridge cameras fill the void between DSLR cameras and point-and-shoot cameras. They are often similar in size and weight to their DSLR counterparts. You can get DSLR shaped super-zoom bridge cameras which feature a retractable lens to make it more compact. The main difference between a bridge camera and a DSLR camera is the lack of interchangeable lens and all most all bridge cameras lack an optical view finder.

Bridge cameras typically have smaller image sensors which allow the lenses to be smaller than 35mm or APS-C  SLR lens which covers the same zoom range. As a result of this, larger zoom ranges are available with just one lens.

Like most other cameras, modern Bridge cameras are digital. These typically feature manual controls over shutter speed, aperture, ISO sensitivity metering and colour balance.

You can see our range of Bridge camera cases here.

Compact Camera System

Compact Camera

Compact Camera

A compact camera (or point-and-shoot camera as it’s also known) is a camera which is designed for simple operation. Most of them use focus free lenses or autofocus for focusing as well as automatic settings for exposure. They generally have a flash built in.

The compact cameras are popular amongst people who don’t consider themselves to be photographers as they are mainly automatic and don’t allow much in the way of changing settings. They are easy to use and are the popular choice during parties, holidays and other events where you want something to take quick and easy pictures.

They differ not just in size but you’ll find that most compact cameras feature a view-finder.

You can view our compact camera cases here.


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