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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 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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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 are the disadvantages of super-zoom cameras compared to binoculars?

Maybe it is clear from my question that I don't know much about lenses, both on binoculars and super-zoom cameras, for example I don't know how can I compare the light that enters a binocular with a ...
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Camera that transfers photos via Bluetooth

I'm looking for a point and shoot digital camera (or adapter card like Eye-Fi) that can transfer photos via Bluetooth. (I'm specifically interested in Bluetooth because the Wi-Fi adapter on my laptop ...
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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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Can I capture motion-trails with a point-and-shoot camera?

Is it possible to capture motion trails (like throwing a ball or running) using a camera like the Nikon Coolpix S70? If so, how do I do it?
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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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How can I select a simple camera?

For a casual photographer and non-technical person, who has some capacity and interest to learn but correctly recognizes she needs simplicity more than she needs a wealth of capabilities, for a person ...
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Benefit of having a point and shoot on the hot shoe of a DSLR

I have seen several instances of pro photographers who carry around a heavy-duty DSLR with a simple P&S mounted on the hot shoe of the DSLR. Any ideas why they are doing this? My first thought ...
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Are there still two classes of Canon IXUS/Powershot/IXY/ELPH around?

When I last time bought a Canon Digital IXUS compact camera, there were basically two series available: "Ultra-compact" Digital IXUS 65 ... 70 ... 75 ... 85 IS ... (Europe) Powershot ...
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What are practical advantages of Compact cameras over DSLR? [duplicate]

In the past there was huge difference between amateur and professional cameras, but due to the market demand, companies are producing cheap professional (DSLR) cameras, and more advanced compact ...
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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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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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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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Taking photos of computer screens - reducing glare with S95

I am using my S95 to take photographs of LCD computer screens which are used to display Microfilm images related to my research. Unfortunately they aren't running a normal OS, so it's not an option to ...
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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 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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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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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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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 — ...
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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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When Peterson says 'fixed-lens digital cameras have greater DoF', is he assuming a smaller sensor? [duplicate]

I'm reading Understanding Exposure and ran across some discussion of apertures in fixed-lens digital cameras as compared to SLRs (page 54 in the 3rd edition). The author says that fixed-length digital ...
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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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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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Beginner photography - Low end DSLR vs mid/high end Point and Shoot/P&S?

I am an beginner enthusiast and I don't want to become professional ever. However, I want to be able to shoot good quality photos that can be used for personal purposes or sold off to say people, ...
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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 to take a photo of defects on a mirror?

Taking a picture of a reflected image of object is depicted in this image. Camera focus is on the image of a piece of paper. Besides the depth of field (cheap Panasonic DMC-FX8 in makro mode, ...
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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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Can I get better results from my Panasonic Lumix DMC SZ1 in low light?

I made a very quick decision buying this camera. I was amazed due to its 10x zoom and its amazing image stabilizer. And of course, by its low price. But after getting it delivered and using it in ...
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What's the relation between sensors measured in inches and milimeters? [duplicate]

I'm a big fan of point and shoot cameras, but I'm having some issues talking with friends that have DSLR. My current camera is a Sony RX-100, that's marketed as having a 1" sensor. My friend has a ...
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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 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 to do a time lapse for a dying flower?

I am planning on doing a time lapse series for art to then pan it and develop it into a cyanotype and since my topic is coloured earth, I'm going to get a flower and document its death. Problem is ...
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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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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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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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How can I best utilize a point-and-shoot for concert photography?

I'd like to shoot live concert photos with my camera. Are there ideal settings that I should be looking for with a small-sensor point-and-shoot that enable me to have a better chance to get good ...
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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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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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Why is the Canon SX510 HS so inexpensive?

Some VERY beginner questions here, I apologize! My knowledge of cameras is limited to say the least. To give you an idea, I know things like: SLRs are good. I can take a lot of pictures in a ...
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How to capture sunset sky with a low-end point and shoot camera?

My camera is a Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1. I made a very quick decision buying this camera. I was amazed due to its 10x zoom and its amazing Image stabilizer. And of course by its low price. But after ...
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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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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 do I set exposure length for my Sony Cyber-Shot P&S camera?

I have a measly Sony Cybershot 7.2MP digital camera and I was wondering if it is possible to manually adjust the exposure length. My goal is to try and take a photo of lightning. It seems like the ...
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Remote Control for point and shoot digital camera

Is there a remote control trigger for Point and Shoot digital camera? I searched the internet and notice that there are only remote control for DSLR camera and phones but not Point and Shoot digital ...
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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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Which P&S camera has wide lens, power adapter socket, and PC control via USB?

I'm looking for a camera that has all of the following traits : Wide Lens (28mm) Socket for external power Controlled with software via the USB Cheap (older model ?) I want to do a time-lapse ...
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How can I take the best pictures at a nightclub with my compact camera?

Tomorrow I am going to a big event and I would like to know how to take the best pictures. It's an indoor event with lots of lasers and lights. I want to take pictures from far away where the entire ...
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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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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 ...