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Also called "Point and Shoot" cameras, they mostly have automatic controls with a builtin flash

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Will a dSLR and compact camera produce the same bokeh output at f/2.0?

Will a Nikon D80 + 50mm f/1.8D and a Lumix LX5 set both at an aperture of f/2.0 (50mm @ f/2.0 for D80 and 24mm @ f/2.0 for LX5) have the same bokeh ouput? I plan to get the LX5 as a second camera, and ...
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What should I look for in a ultra compact camera?

I found it is time to step it up from my 2MP Nikon Coolpix I bought in 2002. In my situation size does matter — I am very active and would like to have this camera with me when I can. I know very ...
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Could I get decent underwater photos from a waterproof compact camera or is it worth buying a housing?

I'm going travel next month and been told that it's going to be great snorkeling waters where I'm going. So I thought it would be fun to take some underwater photos, which I have never done before. I ...
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Can this cheap tilt-shift compact camera produce good results?

I've just seen this tilt-shift compact camera on the web and I was wondering if it was any good. I'm interested in experimenting with this style of photography, but I don't have £1,000 to spend on a ...
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Are compact camera forced to be missing something?

A quote from dcresource.com comparing compact cameras: This comparison felt kind of like an auto race where all the cars were missing a wheel That is, one camera takes good pictures but no other ...
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How important are in-depth reviews when selecting a compact camera?

I'm going to buy a super-zoom compact camera for my travels and I'm reading a lot of reviews to find which one best suites my needs. I though that a good camera should result good in all reviews, but ...
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Why don't most compacts have manual controls?

Can anyone please explain to me, why most recent compact-cameras (even by professional manufacturers like Nikon or Canon) don't have options for manual shutter/aperture-control? All they have are ...
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Is the iPhone 4S camera good enough to serve as one's “everyday-carry”?

I'd like to have a camera with me at all times, but my DSLR is often too bulky. For some time now, I have tried cell phones as a compact camera substitutes, but with limited success. Often, the ...
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Which neck strap would be comfortable to use with a compact camera (Canon S90)?

After many near-misses with the supplied wrist strap I've decided I have to use a neck strap with my S90. I want something light, unobtrusive and comfortable. Currently I'm using thin elastic cord but ...
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Canon PowerShot S95 vs. Nikon Coolpix s9100 [closed]

Which one is better buy? Canon: pros: auto and manual settings, better picture quality cons: high price (330€), low zoom Nikon: pros: much lower price (230€), huge zoom cons: no manual settings, ...
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What's the history of neutral density filters instead of aperture diaphragms in compact cameras?

Some compact cameras use neutral density filters to control light rather than aperture blades, to avoid the effects of diffraction in tiny sizes. I first heard of this as a feature of the Nokia N8 ...
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How are neutral density filters in compact cameras implemented?

I've read here on this very site that some compact cameras don't use aperture blades to stop down the lens and limit the amount of light hitting the sensor. Stopping down increases diffraction. ...
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Is there at least one reason why I should buy an entry-level/prosumer APS-C DSLR versus a compact/four-thirds/bridge camera? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do Micro 4/3s cameras compare with DSLR cameras? I'm considering a Nikon D3100 as it is a DSLR and therefore provides flexibility of lenses, exposure and focal ...
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What “Top Tips” should I give compact camera users in a short talk?

I am putting together a short talk which I'm going to give to some non-photographers. I'm going to talk about things they can do with their compact cameras to make their images nicer. I have a ...
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Looking for a recommendation for a ultra compact/compact with zoom

that runs on either AAA or AA batteries! I need something for a somewhat longer trip to an area in which electricity is not so readily available. I was looking at Panasonic's FS, FX and TZ series ...
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What are some smaller digital cameras with remote shutter releases?

I am looking for a digital camera, other than the DSLR types, that has a remote shutter release. My wife has rheumatoid arthritis and can't use a larger style camera. What are some smaller type ...