The Difference between a Digital and the Film Camera

Posted by Erika Widayanti Lestari


Still clueless about digital cameras? For starters, they are basically the same device as the film camera which captures images and stores them in a medium.

But aside from that, there are differences on how they approach the concept. We will discuss them in this article.


1. Size

- digital cameras are unlike film cameras which have totake into account the large slot for the film into it overall design.

Since there are already slim storage media for digital cameras, they have become slimmer and smaller than the film cameras of old.

2. Image storage

- film cameras store their captured images in, well, films. But unlike its older counterpart, digital cameras store images in media such as compact flash cards, memory sticks, secure digital cards and the likes.

The good thing about them is that you don’t risk destroying the images if you put them out in the sun unlike films which are photosensitive which means that there will be a chemical reaction when the film is exposed to light.

Also, digital storage media can store larger capacities of images unlike the typical 35mm roll of film which can hold only around 36 pictures.

3. Time to see the image

- when using film in shooting pictures, one has to wait a long time before seeing the images since they still have to be processed.

However, with digital cameras, one can see the captured image immediately after it has been taken. It helps photographers a lot in weeding out bad shots from good ones in no time at all.