The Camera Lowdown: Digital SLR vs. Point and Shoot

Posted 14/03/2016 by BrightHouse Team

With an overwhelming amount of camera ranges, buying a new digital camera is a big and sometimes expensive decision. Brighthouse has compared two of the most popular cameras on the market at the moment; the Nikon D5 SLR and the Sony A6000 point-and-shoot.

SLR vs. Point and Shoot: Which camera is right for you?

The new Nikon D5 single-lens reflex (SLR) has got professional photographers in a flurry because of its extensive technology, high-photo quality, speed and flexibility. But what about those happy snapper’s that enjoy taking pictures in their spare time, or just want to capture their family holiday and document memories of their experience?

Point-and-shoot cameras are the go-to option for amateur photographers or just as a personal camera for couples, individuals or families that want to make the most of their memories and experiences.

Investing in good quality equipment

With costs for the D5 SLR around £5,000, the advanced camera is for serious photography professionals - especially those that need to capture multiple high-quality images during a short space of time. The Nikon D5 is ideal for match-day and sporting events, capturing wedding photography or for taking ultra-high definition shots of outdoor scenery or nature photography.

Sony offers a fantastically competitive range of compact point-and-shoot cameras,  Available on the BrightHouse website, the Sony A600 is a favourite amongst non-professional photographers and costs just over £500. Also Included in the price is the BrightHouse 5 Star Service package which means the product is covered in the long run, should anything happen to it,

Nikon D5 Details and Specification

For capturing those moments such as a goal being scored, the 20.8 megapixel sensor captures every detail and the fast shooting facility can take up to 14 separate frames a second or 12 frames when it’s in autofocus mode. The innovative DSLR camera can also take up to 200 images in each high speed burst.

Another great development over previous Nikon professional cameras is the image quality in dark conditions. The D5 is the most sensitive camera that Nikon has ever produced, with an incredible potential ISO figure (sensitivity level) of 3,280,000 when you use its special Hi5 setting– so even in twilight conditions there’s no need for flash.

To cope with such high volume shooting the D5 needs an internal memory to match, so the camera comes with twin slots for the XQD memory cards offering up to 256GB of storage or the slower Compact Flash memory cards. As far as video goes, the Nikon D5 also takes high-quality definition video in 4K resolution. The 8cm LCD touchscreen lets you flick through the shots you’ve taken.

Sony A6000 Details and Specification

The Sony A6000 sets itself apart from its competitors, boasting one of the world’s fastest autofocus at 0.06 seconds. This makes the camera ideal for capturing macro shots such as insects or extreme close-ups of flowers and raindrops.

With the Sony A6000’s audience targeted towards amateur and non-professional photographers, the 4.3 MP Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor with BIONZ X™ engine is designed to capture fantastic shots even in low and poor lighting conditions. The point-and-shoot camera takes up to 11 frames per second, helpful for those trying to capture the perfect shot as it unfolds.

Similar to the Nikon D5 SLR, there’s a high-contrast, high-resolution OLED electronic viewfinder, and to stay up-to-date with new innovations in the technology world, you can share photos instantly using a built-in Wi-Fi and NFC functionality.

Reviews to write home about

If you’re still not convinced which camera suits your needs, Brighthouse has scouted out some trustworthy online reviews that might help make the decision a bit easier.  Click to find out more about the Nikon D5 SLR and the Sony A6000.


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