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Let's look at different types of cameras, just for the fun of it.
First, it may interest you that the term camera comes from "camera obscura" which is Latin for "dark chamber".
That said the earliest cameras were called Plate Cameras because they used plates instead of film and theflash was gun powder
The successor of the Plate Camera was the Large Format Camera which used sheets of film.
Then came the Medium Format Camera - these range from monorail systems to classics to rangefinders and compacts.
Some of the more widely known cameras today are SLR which is the single lens reflex where the photographer looks through the viewfinder to see the same image that will be exposed on the film or sensor.
Related to that would be the TLR, twin lens reflex.
Another popular camera for most people is the Point And Shoot, compact camera beloved because there is no need for extensive knowledge of photography to use these.
Lesser known cameras include Box Cameras, Folding Cameras, View Cmaeras, Subminiature Cameras and Pinhole Cameras.
Of course this article isn't meant to go into great depth on any of these.
All most people care about when shopping for a camera is price and quality.
For the right price you'll get the right quality.
Don't think more expensive is the way to go, think first about how much use you'll get from your camera.
Think about the type of photography you want to do, underwater photography is much different equipment than aerial or land equipment.
Will you prefer film or digital, still photos or video?
Will you be doing photography for a career, competing or just for vacation shots?
Cheaper is not always the worse way to go, plenty of people buy the disposable cameras for vacation shots and get photos that are quite pleasing to them. Photo processing shops can work wonders with film from cheaper cameras as they can with more expensive cameras, as can photo editing software if you'd like to do it yourself.
At the end of the day, it's not as much the camera as it is the photographer.
Though good quality camera are really attractive tools to those who use them alot.
Before you buy give a lot of thought to what you'll use your camera for and how often in what kinds of environments and weather conditions, the go ahead and buy what you need to meet your conditions.
Then enjoy every time you use your camera.