Comparing the Benefits of Film and Digital Cameras

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Before you think about whether to go digital or not, let’s compare film and digital cameras side by side for you:

Digital Film
Images can be controlled using photo editing software Restricted to processing chemicals in darkroom
Photos can be viewed immediately and re-shoot Processing time needed to develop photos
Internet-ready digital images Requires scanning to convert the photos into digital images
Relatively lower resolution due to technology constraint now Offered better resolution
Different ISO settings available User needs to prepare different ISO film type
Images would not be affected by X-rays at security but be cautious about magnetic materials Film could get damaged by multiple x-rays but not magnetic materials
Drain batteries faster Does not consume as much power as digital cameras
Comparable film cameras is cheaper Comparable digital cameras is more expensive

One point to note is that, although digital cameras offer lower resolution, it does not pose a problem if you print most of your photos in 4”x6” or 5”x7”. Most compact point-and-shoot digital cameras would meet your needs. In fact, many professional photographers have abandoned film and use digital cameras instead.
Comparing the Benefits of Film and Digital Cameras

However, as digital cameras consume more battery power, you would need to carry a large supply of re-chargeable batteries.

For those who are comfortable with computers, you would have gained more controls on the photos. Once the photos are downloaded, images can be enhanced, retouched, or emailed almost instantly.