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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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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 ...
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What should a beginner look at in comparing two point & shoot cameras?

My interest in photography grew over the last few days, and I finally decided get into this thing. My goal is to become a Nature/Wildlife & Fashion photographer some day. Since I am total ...
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How to photograph panning with a point and shoot camera?

I have recently learnt about panning photography on the internet and I was curious about capturing one myself, But as an amateur I just own a Point and shoot camera (Samsung SL30), I have ...
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Why do some DSLRs have fewer megapixels than some pocket cameras?

Some point and shoot cameras like the Olympus mju range have more megapixel capabilities than many DSLRs. Why is this? Is this because they have larger sensors or more dense ones? What are the ...
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How can I find a point & shoot camera which will not be dust-cursed?

All my "point and shoot" cameras always end with noticeable dust in the lens (usually just after the warranty expiration), and although they otherwise work fine, I'm forced to buy another one. I ...
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How do I choose between an SLR or an expensive P&S?

I am planning to buy a new camera and am all confused. I am an amateur photographer who likes to click good photographs. I try to make the most of my Nikon CoolPix camera and have some decent ...
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What point and shoot can be used with an external trigger (for timelapse)?

I'm looking for a PS camera that has an external trigger. Lowest priced I know of with a physical trigger is the G12 from Canon. But any PS with IR is good enough for my use (time-lapse triggering). ...
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How to shoot sharp “landscapes” with a point and shoot camera?

So, I have been told in a thread here previously that the minimum aperture (F8) on my point and shoot camera can cause diffraction and result in losing details of the subject if too many things are in ...
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Recommendations for a compact/simple/inexpensive “point and shoot” camera?

I am looking to purchase a secondary camera that meets the following criteria: 1) Compact enough to be inconspicuous for street photography. 2) Simple enough that I can hand it to a friend/family ...
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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 features would you focus on in a point and shoot camera for sports photography?

I know that "point and shoot" does not belong in the same sentence as "sports photography". But if you only have $200-300 in your pocket and a need to photograph indoors martial arts competition, e.g. ...
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What camera qualities should one look for in a digital camera for family pictures?

My friend is buying a digital point-and-shoot camera, which he wants to use to click family pictures including a lot of pictures of their newborn son. What camera qualities should he be looking for ...
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How do I find a point-and-shoot camera with an optical viewfinder?

These days it seems that all point-and-shoot cameras do not have optical viewfinders. Do any exist in the lower end of the price range? With so many cameras on the market, how can I identify the ones ...
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Why is my Canon Powershot A1100 focusing only on the bottom part of scenes?

I've been using a Canon PowerShot A1100 IS camera for the past year and it had been working just fine until I decided to change its settings. After I had serious trouble with it, I reset the settings ...
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How can I make a very sharp photograph with a point & shoot camera?

I've taken a picture with my Canon PowerShot SX210 IS and the following settings: Aperture: F8 (Maximum I have) Shutter speed: 1/400 ISO: 80 Focal length: 21.1 mm (118mm 35mm-e) I did increase the ...
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How can I improve this picture of a crumb on my keyboard using the CHDK firmware?

I started learning about photography earlier in the week by reading some online tutorials and lessons. I've also installed the CHDK alternative firmware to my camera. I took this picture earlier ...
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How can I tell which compact super-zoom camera is better for me?

I am planning to buy a compact super zoom camera and am not able to decide between Sony DSC HX9V and Nikon Coolpix S9100. Both have comparable specs and I am not proficient enough to tell which one is ...
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Does a Point and Shoot camera with great Auto mode exist?

I'm canon 7D shooter and I feel completely uncertain when buying a camera for my dad. Tech specs are not a good indicator of how user friendly a camera is. Does a point and shoot camera exist that ...
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Olympus XZ-1 or Lumix LX5?

I wonder which one of the two cameras should I get. Here is one comparison. I've seen good photos on flickr using both cameras, so I'm not sure. People say that the Lumix's aperture is slower than the ...
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How do I take forced perspective photographs with a point & shoot camera?

My teenage son needs to take some forced perspective shots this weekend as part of a camping/hiking trip. He has a Panasonic DMC-FX01 point and shoot camera. He wants to be able to hold up something ...
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How do I find a point-and-shoot camera specifically for bokeh / a very shallow depth of field?

I will be getting a point-and-shoot camera for taking portraits and only portraits. Specifically portraits with a shallow depth of field. Groups portraits sometimes. It's just too much work to add ...
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Are there any options for a very cheap, small, and reasonably fast camera?

I'm a happy DSLR owner, but I'm looking in the opposite direction here: I want a really small (smaller than the regular P&S) and cheap (ideally below $50) digital camera. Given those two ...
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How to shoot good night photos with Nikon S8000?

Some time ago, I bought a Nikon Coolpix S8000, with big satisfaction for daylight shoots, but in using it I realized that my night shoots were more frequent than I expected. I tried to use it by ...
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What compact cameras don't allow turning off shutter sound? [closed]

Do all compact cameras now allow turning-off any unnecessary noise, like shutter sounds and startup sounds? I mean cameras like Panasonic Lumix, Canon IXUS, Canon Powershot, Nikon Coolpix, etc, and ...
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What are some common gotchas and missed capabilities migrating from compacts to DSLRs

It has been just a couple weeks since I bought an old Nikon D40X after using a Canon SX120IS for a year. The only things I miss so far are the ability to fine adjust the exposure using the back ...
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Is there any system or software that will allow a non-technical user to print pictures simply?

My wife broke her point-and-shoot camera, so we're in the market for a replacement. One of her friends has an older Kodak, and I believe it has a dock that is directly attached to a printer — ...