DSLR vs Point and Shoot

Mar 4, 2020 5:05AM PST

Hello all! I am heading to Africa on Safari and have a Canon Rebel SL1 and was thinking I would rent a telephoto lens. I am a beginner and haven't used my Canon much so I feel kind of clunky with it. It is also a lot of camera as the lens is pretty big. Are there any point and shoot cameras that I could get similar quality and distance with that would be easier to use and obviously a lot smaller to carry around? Thanks for any help from this newbie!

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This reminds me of a few things.
Mar 4, 2020 10:27AM PST

1. The best camera is the one you have with you.
2. David Pogue's articles about a very nice Sony. I'm sure there are newer models and reviews but I'll give you a start here:

As to any this versus that, I defer to reviews as there will always be cases where one will be better than the other but if you don't bring a nice camera then you won't have a chance to get the shots.

3. And then we have our new camera phones. These work so well that why weren't these on your list?

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Mar 5, 2020 1:05AM PST

What happened to the "ask for clarification" option? Anywho…

"Similar quality" is subjective, but given that the SL1 is on the older side and cameras (in particular, the image sensor and processor) are digital devices (i.e. subject to a loose version of Moore's Law -- they improve over time), it's certainly possible. But that leads into the first point that needs clarification: what's your budget?

Secondly, re: "the [telephoto] lens is pretty big" -- which telephoto lens, specifically? i.e. a 70-200mm would probably be doable; a 150-600mm is a lot harder, although not impossible, depending, again, on your budget.

Lastly, "easier to use" is also subjective. And just because a camera is a point-and-shoot doesn't necessarily mean it's easier to use, much less that everyone would find it easier to use in all situations. Especially since you say you're thinking of renting *a* telephoto lens (singular), which implies you'll be using the SL1 essentially as a point-and-shoot. i.e. you won't be changing lenses.

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DSLR cameras
Mar 12, 2020 11:02AM PDT

One of the biggest differences is in creative control. DSLR cameras allow you to manually control certain aspects of a shot, while most point-and-shoot cameras work best when shooting in fully automatic mode. A point and shoot camera is sometimes called a fixed-lens camera because it cannot swap lenses

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