In the past decade the use of digital photography camera has overtaken the traditional film camera both in the amateur as well as in the professional field. The digital photography advantages are the main cause for this major shift in photographic technology.
In this section, we will take the time to compare the new technology with the old and in the process highlight the inherent advantages and disadvantages of the digital vs film photography.
If you still have not done the switch to digital photography, one of your most pressing concerns will be about image quality. But digital images are equal to, and often better than those taken with a film model. The real reason why you should consider switching to digital photography comes from the fact that once captured, digital photographs are already in a format that makes them incredibly easy to share and use.
For example, the digital camera allows you to take a photo and review it instantly to see if it has turned out the way you like. If it has not, you can adjust the camera settings and re-shoot the image to ensure you get the photograph you want. From, there you can transfer the image to a computer and easily resize it, adjust colour and brightness, and then print them at the size you want at a kiosk or even at home. Then you can take the same picture and e-mail to a friend or post it on the Web or store it in your organiser. It is this ability to instantly share photographs with anyone and anywhere that makes digital photography so attractive.
Here are a few more reasons to get even more serious about going digital .
The below table looks at the different aspects associated with photography and summarises the major advantages and disadvantages of digital vs film photography:
Digital: Much smaller and Portable
Digital: The LCD screen allows you to preview your images right away
You have to
wait for processing
less moving parts to wear out
Film: They resist bumps and drops better
|Film: They have more moving parts to wear out|
Film and Digital: SLRs can use a wide range of lenses, filters and flash accessories
|Digital: Non-DSLRs do not have as many lens options|
Film: They use much less battery power although flash units and motor drives can be battery intensive
|Digital: They have high battery consumption|
Digital: Removable storage media results in unlimited shots. You are only limited by the amount of memory you have. It can also be reused.
Limited by the
film roll size
Digital: Removable memory can be damaged or lost
You do not
have to pay for film and processing
Film: You have to spend money on films and film processing
store many images on a small amount of space, like a CD or DVD
Film: You do not need a computer
You need a
computer and software to edit images.
Film: Film and paper archiving takes space and care
|Lifespan||Digital: Images do not degrade like film and paper do||Digital:
become corrupt or lost if the storage device crashes
Film: Film and paper prints deteriorate over time
Digital: Images are easily edited and printed; can be easily e-mailed put on the Web
|Film: making printing tweaks is limited; moving from colour to black-and-white and vice versa is difficult|