Photography is a great hobby to engage in especially when you have the right equipment to capture your subject. But with the different types of camera out there, how would you know which one is for you? This article should be able to help you by exploring the 3 different types of cameras: Box, Folding-Roll, and Viewfinder.

For several decades the box camera was the gadget of choice for the amateur photographer. It is cheap and simple, yet still capable of excellent results under most conditions. Box cameras were usually fitted with a single-element lens, a limited range opening control, and a single-speed shutter.

The Folding-Roll Film Camera, which was also very popular but not as much as the box camera came in several types of formats. Basically, it was a box camera whose lens was included into a movable disk that could slide back and forth on a rail, allowing the lens to change focus from close to long range.

There were other complicated models available, but they were more expensive and considered very high quality. The most important benefit they had over the box camera was their compact design when folded made them easier to pack and transport. There has been a minor renaissance in folding-roll film cameras in recent years, with appearance of several new professional instruments. They are appreciated for their large negative size and compact design.

The Viewfinder type camera does not use a lens to view the subject but instead relies on a separate viewing system in the camera for aiming and for focus. The range finder camera allows for accurate focus by using two views of the same subject to adjust focus.

There are two images in the viewfinder. One is usually only a portion of the viewer area and is usually slightly yellowish in color. The photographer adjusts the focus ring on the lens and as they do the two images move. When both on directly on top of each other they blend together and almost disappear which signifies that the camera is in focus. The rangefinder is accurate and very quiet as well as light weight. It is also useful for taking pictures in low light conditions or for candid photographs. These cameras can easily be spotted because of their double view windows in the front.

Well, these are just 3 types of cameras. Enjoy photography with any of these cameras and don’t be afraid to get creative!