You are the new manager for a group of organic farmers who have a weekly market in season. The farmers’ market would like to purchase a digital camera options to present to the board of directors. First, you research the cost and quality differences between point-and-shoot cameras and SLR cameras. Use the web to find a recent model of both camera types and compare the reviews, as well as the costs, for each. Make a list of additional features, such as video capabilities, editing capabilities, lens, megapixels, GPS, flash, and zoom. Determine how each camera stores the images, the amount of storage available, and how to transfer images to a computer. Explore whether software is included with the camera that can be used to edit, store, or organize the images after they are transferred to a computer. Compare your findings with the camera capabilities of a recent model smartphone. Determine what type of camera would be best for the market’s needs and the capabilities that are most important. Compile your findings.

 

Introduction

For this assignment I have to research different options to buy a digital camera based on the prices and specifications of point-and-shoot cameras and SLR cameras. I have organized the comparison between the two types of cameras in a tabular form. At the end of the assignment, I have made a recommendation to select a camera.

Comparison between point-and-shoot and SLR cameras

The comparison is provided in the following table.

Feature Point-and-Shoot Cameras (“The Best Point-and-Shoot Cameras of 2016”, 2016) SLR Cameras (“The Best DSLR Cameras of 2016”, 2016)
Model Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II Nikon D5500
Reviews Based on customer’s reviews, it has a score of 4/5 Based on customer’s reviews, it has a score of 4/5
Cost $699 $988.99
Video Available (720p, 1080p, 480p) Available (720p, 1080p)
Editing In camera editing  not available In camera editing available
Lens 8.8 (W) – 36.8 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 24-100mm) Nikon 35mm f/1.8G, Standard Lens
Megapixels 20MP 24MP
GPS None None
Flash Yes Yes
LCD Size 3 inches 3.2 inches
Image Storage SD/SDHC/SDXC and UHS-I Memory Cards SD/SDHC/SDXC
Connectivity to a Computer Wifi, data cable Wifi, data cable
Editing Software None None

 

Comparison with iPhone 7

The new iPhone 7 is in the market. If we compare it to the two cameras, we can see that it cannot be a replacement for the cameras with its current specifications. We want a device that can be used for taking photos. iPhone camera is only 12MP which is no way near to any of our cameras (“iPhone 7 – Technical Specifications”, 2016). Does have a wider screen but this cannot be a standard to buy a camera. Also, for the cameras, we can buy extended lenses, which we cannot for an iPhone.

Recommendation

Based on my findings, I think that the farmers should opt for the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II. There are different reasons for this recommendation. First is the cost of the camera. Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II is around $300 cheaper than Nikon D5500. There are more video recording formats available on this camera. There are also more image storage options available on this camera. If we look at the lens type, both are 35mm. Nikon D5500 has better Megapixels but looking at the price, I believe this is not worth it.