Currently, no compact digital camera (‘digicam’) can match the performance of even an entry-level DSLR. Although photo enthusiasts have long preferred an SLR-type camera, the latest DSLRs have much more appeal to mainstream picture-takers than earlier models.
Digital cameras are seldom supplied with memory cards these days, partly because the cards that were once supplied are woefully inadequate for today’s camera resolution levels and partly because many digicams come with built-in memories where pictures can be stored.
Don’t be seduced by the megapixel counts touted in advertising materials and on camera packaging. It’s no longer true that the higher a camera’s megapixel count the better.
Much of the fun of digital photography comes from editing images on a computer so choosing the right monitor is important.