Is digital photography better

- The digital camera is practically an instant camera (no film development).
- There are no operating costs (no film, no development, no paper images required).
- Today's digital cameras are perfectly compatible with the current technical possibilities of the Internet.
- The digital camera invites you to experiment, because the result can be examined immediately.
- All pictures automatically have the date and time. Comments and sound can also be attached to each picture ...! This makes the image documentation much easier.
- The image resolution and compression can be changed for each shot.
- The step from digital camera to video camera is minimal.
- A very small and compact camera design is possible because the LCD chip is much smaller than the area of ​​the 35mm film (24 x 36 mm).
- The monitor is equivalent to the reflex principle and can do more: success control and camera control
- As in the old black and white times, the 'photos' can finally be edited again. With conventional photography, the user is limited to paper formats and the developing machine. Not even 'enlargements' are possible.
- Digital images can be manipulated, copied and sent over the Internet or published immediately on any computer.
- Digital images are much easier to archive than films and paper images.
- All features of previous cameras can be adopted by digital cameras.

- The image quality of paper images today cannot compete with conventional photos. (The resolution is too low, the color printers are not fully developed)
- Today, the quality of digital photos is not sufficient for high-quality print templates.
- The automatic exposure systems of conventional cameras work better than those of digital cameras. (Too little experience in the optimal control of the LCD's and in the internal image processing)
- The user must have a computer.
- The user must have a basic command of digital image processing.
- Mechanical cameras are in principle impossible, you always need electrical energy.


Development tendencies
- Today, digital cameras are superior to conventional photo technology wherever images for the Internet in the broadest sense are involved.
- In all other areas, a conventional camera combined with a scanner is still the better alternative today.
- The greatest advantage of digital photography lies in the fundamental difference between the digital image and the conventional photo: The digital image is much easier to manipulate, handle and archive.
- Due to the principal advantages, digital photography in combination with the computer has the potential to become an everyday cultural technique. It will push chemical photography into a niche position.
- The resolution of digital cameras must be in the order of 7,000 x 10,000 pixels in order to be able to safely compete with conventional photography in the professional field.
- In the consumer sector, a resolution of approx. 3,500 x 5,000 pixels is sufficient, and it can probably even be 50% lower.
- Because a higher resolution also requires exponentially larger memories and faster processing times, such digital cameras will only be available in 3 to 5 years.
- The development tendencies of digital cameras are clearly mapped out: higher resolution, a better exposure system, larger image storage, smaller but more powerful batteries, a simpler interface to the PC, fluid boundaries to video cameras and all the features of conventional cameras.
- The prices will always be higher than for conventional cameras, because obviously customers are willing to pay a lot of money for good digital cameras.