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A term for a compact camera that is designed for use without needing to alter various settings, hence it's as simple as pointing and shooting.

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What features should I be looking for a budget (under $300) camera for real estate?

My wife is in real estate, and I'm purchasing a camera for her. I have a couple of features in mind, but what else should I be looking for? Budget: $300 small form factor wide angle lens capability ...
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Is there a point and shoot that offers “on-camera” creative photography features as in cellphone apps?

Generally I enjoy using cellphone apps such as kitcam or hipstematic. But I want a better camera. I would like to be able to control DoF, aperture and iso, but I would like to see the result with the ...
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How to shoot circus acts with a point-and-shoot?

I have a point and shoot and need to know what are the best settings to shoot circus acts. I tried to shoot everything in AUTO or SCN mode on the OLYMPUS SPZ 800, but the results are not clean. Here ...
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What (presumably mid-range) phone cameras compete with $100 Point & Shoot cameras?

I heard on another board that the Lumia Pureview can easily compete with the most serious Point & Shoots in the $5-600 range. My interest is different. Let's take a decent recent Point & ...
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Good books or web sites to learn (basic, $100) Point & Shoot and phone photography for a beginner? [closed]

Most similar topics deal with how to learn SLR photography or at least how to make photos with a similarly priced, more expensive enthusiast compact. But I especially want to learn how to make photos ...
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Optimal JPGs resolution out of a Point & Shoot camera for storage size and quality? [duplicate]

Simple point & shoots don't produce RAWs, they produce JPGs. Let's assume you have a modern P&S which shoots 16 megapixels maximum in Super Fine, Fine and Normal JPGs. First side question is ...
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Compact vs Mirrorless - why pick one over another?

What would be a reason for one to pick the compact (whatever it'd be P&S or something more advanced) over mirrorless compact system camera ? Right now market is quite confusing — we have huge ...
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How can I reduce blur with a point and shoot camera, without flash?

I'm a beginner photographer and I was wondering how to freeze moments of time without having to resort to using flash or tripods. I use a Sony HX200V and it basically only renders jpeg images. I have ...
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How do I choose a point and shoot camera under $400?

I need a P&S camera for my family. They would probably use it for family functions,trips etc. I want a camera with flash for taking good night photos with a decent quality. They are not ...
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Is there a good quality pocket camera with wide aperture? [closed]

I'm looking for a pocket camera which performs well in low light conditions. I need a wide aperture such as f/2.4 or wider and I don't need to have zoom. What would you recommend?
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Is it normal for live view to freeze when focusing with a point & shoot camera?

I went to a Best Buy recently and tried a few point-and-shoot cameras, among which the Canon G15, Canon SX260, and Canon SX50. With all of them, I noticed that the live view freezes for a short time ...
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How long until a point-and-shoot becomes obsolete?

The general rule of thumb with computers is that if you've owned one for more than a few years, it's likely obsolete and nearly any new model will vastly outperform it. Does the same hold true for ...
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Why am I getting a “Memory Full” error with plenty of space left?

I have an old Casio Exilim EX-Z75 digital point-and-shoot with a 32gb SDHC card. The camera has worked fine with this SD card for a couple years, but I recently started getting a "Memory Full" error ...
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I dropped my P&S, can I fix the zoom by myself?

I dropped my P&S, and now the zoom barrel is like this: It's out of warranty, what's the best way to fix it? Take it apart? Hit the barrel with something? Push it?
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What P&S would rival Olympus E-PM1?

I plan to buy a secondary camera thats easier to carry around. I plan to spend around $350 to $400 on it. I am unable to decide if I should go for a low price Mirrorless camera like Olympus E-PM1 or a ...
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Why are macros from my new DSLR no better than those from my P&S?

I have been using a 14mp point and shoot for a couple of years. I like to take macros of flowers, frost and bugs. I want to keep zooming in on my PC to see deeper into the flower, so I bought a 18mp ...
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Are any ultra-wide angle digital point and shoot cameras made?

Are any ultra-wide angle digital point and shoot cameras made? By ulta-wide angle I mean anything under 24mm equivalent, although ideally I'd be after something around 12mm. I'd prefer something ...
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Why canon Powershot A4000 IS is priced higher than Powershot SX150 IS though its inferior?

See the comparison hereMostly in every aspect Powershot SX150 is superior to A4000, why is A4000 priced higher than SX150?Comparing the features its should be priced way lower than SX150 but its ...
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How do I photograph the moon with a compact camera?

I have a point and shoot digital camera, with a 26x optical zoom and 10 mega-pixel resolution. What are the adjustments that I should do to get a nice photograph of moon in the night? What are the ...
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Has anyone used a DiCAPac waterproof case? Looking for point and shoot dust protection

Trying to figure out a way to bring my new Canon S100 to Burning Man, but worried it won't stand up to the harsh dust of the desert like a sturdier SLR would. Has anyone tried one of these waterproof ...
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What is the difference between a point-and-shoot and a mirrorless?

Both point-and-shoot camera and mirrorless cameras seems to be mostly similar in the way they work. So, What are the differences between a point and shoot and a mirrorless camera? Is a mirrorless ...
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Do point and shoot cameras have a metering sensor?

I have a Pentax point and shot camera and I tried to convert it to Infrared. I was successful to remove the front IR filter from CCD and then I had a 760 nm IR filter to kick start with the infrared ...
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Cropping problem with Nixon Coolpix P510

Using Nikon Coolpix P510 camera. When I try to crop an image I receive a message "image cannot be modified" Help would be appreciated.
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Why are some of my photos coming out almost completely purple? [closed]

Some of photos that I took look like this one. Look at the purple picture, it is supposed to be exactly the same as the one on the right-wall, window, etc. Nothing purple in it at all. This happens ...
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What does the 'macro' mode on my camera actually do?

Background I have a Panasonic DMC-FZ20, however I would imagine this question applies to most point-and-shoot cameras with a built-in macro mode. I accidentally left my camera in macro mode while ...
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Is Dry Cabinet necessary for both a Point and Shoot Camera & a DSLR Camera?

Is Dry Cabinet better or a Dry Box? and is it necessary for (a) A Point and Shoot Camera (b) a DSLR Camera?
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What properties should I consider when purchasing a non professional camera for taking pictures of family [duplicate]

I would like to purchase a camera that takes great pictures of people. We are having a family reunion and I would like to take clear pictures of everything going on: from people eating, to dancing, to ...
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What happened to pocket remotes for non-SLR cameras?

Why not offer a remote on-less-than-SLR cameras, video or still? 10 years ago, we traveled Europe with my wife handling her pocket 35mm film Minolta Freedom zoom 125, about the size of a pack of ...
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How do I get crisp indoor or low light images from my point and shoot?

I have a digital camera Canon PowerShot. I notice when I try to take any pictures other than a non-zoom, outdoor picture in good lighting the picture comes out blurry and grainy. I have tried a ...
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Small-ish camera recommendations for a beginner on a safari

My friend is going on a safari in Africa this year. She wants to buy a new camera because she has an old point and shoot and doesn't feel like she'll get "quality" pictures. She doesn't have a ...
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Why are my photos taken at f/11 less sharp than those taken at a wider aperture?

I am new to photography. I have Fujifilm FinePix HS10 camera. Lately I was trying my hands on landscape photography. I learnt from different tutorials that setting high aperture value gets most of ...
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Do compact and DSLR cameras have the same sensor size if they have the same number of megapixels?

In the analog camera, I understood the impact of using a 35mm film vs using a 70 mm film. However in digital world, I dont know if the sensor size is the same for compact and DSLRs. In other words, ...
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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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Why is there too much noise in a fog photograph?

I have been told that this photo has terrible noise. I wasn't aware of this fact! :redface: Morning scene, F4.8, Shutter: 1/50, ISO 100, Focal 14.4mm. The fog was dense of course, but still it ...
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What is a Carl Zeiss lens in a camera?

I have a Sony CyberShot camera and I don't know why they use a lens in the camera. What is a Carl Zeiss lens?
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What is the cause of these round spots on my photograph? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Dust-like speck visible every few pictures — is it dust, or worse? Is this a finger print on the lens? I don't know. What can be the cause of the round spot on this ...
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Is there a resource showing Mechanical vs. Non-Mechanical shutter cameras?

I am looking for digital cameras to use for a webcam project. After learning first-hand about shutter-actuation limits I am now looking for some sort of reference that shows what cameras have ...
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Is there a Point and Shoot camera with a Macro function or ability?

I am looking for a simple point and shoot camera with a macro function to be able to take photographs for eBay auctions. Are there any P&S cameras with this function?
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Is it possible to get custom firmware for digital (point and shoot) cameras?

Is it possible to manually update a digital camera's firmware? Is there any organization or do individual people develop custom firmwares? I am using Samsung SL30 and that lacks allowing manual ...
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How important is optical zoom in snapshot cameras?

I want to buy a new snapshot camera. Because i want a new one with geo-tagging, I haven't such a great choice. So the following three cameras are my favorites: ...
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Can any point-and-shoot camera take RAW images?

Which point and shoot cameras support RAW images? Is there any way to take RAW images on unsupported cameras?
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Do digital cameras lose picture quality over time?

For some reasons when I look at my first pictures from my camera (DSLR), they look stunning. I know it could be just psychological. Another friend told me that her camera was really good when she ...
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How can I get nice, vivid colors in food photography without blown-out brightness from the flash?

Whenever I click pictures of people and food using flash, the whole picture becomes bright. When I click without flash, the camera takes in the light from the surroundings and gives me a monotonous ...
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Are there any other small cameras comparable to the Canon Powershot elph 310 HS?

My partner and I are looking for a small and light camera for her to carry everywhere. She needs it to take pictures of high enough quality for publication. (She is also getting a larger camera, ...
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What's the fastest memory card that can be used with a Canon S95 (P&S) digital camera?

The S95 can apparently accommodate any of the following: SD/SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard, MMCplus Card, HC MMCplus Card. Which one is going to be the fastest? I really want to ...
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What is an affordable but safe underwater housing for Canon PowerShot A3000 IS?

What is an affordable but safe housing for the Canon PowerShot A3000 IS? I want to use it in diving.
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How can I improve my food photography when limited to a point and shoot?

Previously I have used a Sony DSLR A580 camera along with its 50mm 1.8 lens to take pictures of food. Personally, I really liked that lens. At the moment, I am back to my old Samsung i8 Point and ...
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What features really matter in a point and shoot camera?

I am planning to buy my first new digital camera. Now I am too confused for more than 20 days about how I can choose a camera. I want to use the camera for domestic purpose. The Canon IXUS 220 HS ...
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What are the differences between an entry-level DSLR and an advanced compact P&S camera?

A Canon Powershot series camera has shutter priority, aperture priority and complete manual mode that lets the user control the shutter speed and aperture Even though an Entry-level DSLR has more ...
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How does Sunset Mode affect exposure on Canon A800?

I was puzzled recently when I did some test shots with my Canon A800 by shooting the same (landscape) scene with and without full optical zoom and with the camera program set to SCN - Sunset. (Sunset ...