Digital cameras have been around a long time now, but there are still some diehard 35mm fans out there who have resisted the switch. While 35mm is still perfectly acceptable, it is hard to argue with some of the advantages of digital. Digital cameras allow you to immediately review the pictures you capture, and with the software programs available on most computers, the possibilities for correction and digital manipulation of photographs is practically limitless. There is a lot of confounding information, however, about which digitals are best.
When thinking about a digital camera, you have to be up front with yourself about how you will be using the camera. If you are a professional or a keen photographer, you definitely want to go with Digital Single Lens Reflexes (DSLR). If you currently own a 35mm SLR you will be able to make the switch quite smoothly, and you will probably even be able to use your current lenses with a digital camera body.
The advantages of DSLR include lens interchangeability, high speed facility to photograph sports and other fast action, and a viewfinder that is through the lens. If, however, none of these things matter very much to you, and you just want a simple camera to carry around in your pocket on vacation or at family get-togethers, then what is normally called a “point-and-shoot” will probably satisfy your needs. Be warned. though, that a point and shoot camera with an electronic viewfinder is your best bet. Those with optical viewfinders are frustrating at times in that it is hard to tell exactly what you are photographing, and if you are in bright light the glare will make it hard to see the viewfinder at all!
No matter which kind you choose, going digital is smart. You can take all the pictures you want, dumping any rejects to make room for more, and you can see that same instant what kind of shots you are getting!