When viewing digital camera listings for sale, why are some cameras listed as body only?
When comparing digital cameras and looking through sales ads, you may notice some cameras are listed with the phrase “body only”.
A “body only” camera means that the camera is most likely not a compact or prosumer camera but a higher-end digital SLR (single lens reflex) camera. Unlike other digital cameras, digital SLRs allow you to replace the lens, allowing for different degrees of wide-angle and telephoto shots (think skyline photos versus close-ups of birds high in trees). Plus, some lenses are ‘faster’ than others (ones with a larger aperture), allowing you to shoot even clearer photos in low-light conditions without necessarily using a stabilizing device such as a tripod (although these are always recommended when they can be used)….