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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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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 ...
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Is there anything good in the cheapest point and shoot cameras besides high megapixel count?

I'm still using an old DSC-P72 I picked up 5+ years ago for about $110, and aside from the low ISO, I've found its image quality a lot better than any of the low-end cameras I've seen and tried in ...
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Confused between 2 “pro” point & shoot cameras [closed]

I want to buy a pro point and shoot camera, but I can't decide between the Nikon Coolpix p340($285) and the Sony rx100($385). I love night photography and also nature scenery photography during the ...
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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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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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Good compact camera with a good burst mode and a low shutter lag

Can anybody recommend a good compact camera that has a Good burst mode. Low shutter lag. I know the DSLRs have these features and so do the micro four thirds. But the DSLRs are too bulky and ...
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How can I best use a (high end) point and shoot camera to take great photos in bars and clubs?

I own a DSLR, but consider myself a total amateur in the technical terms of being a photographer. Although I do believe I have quite creative composition skills. I have recently purchased a Canon G7 X,...
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What is the purpose of pre-focusing on a Canon AF35m ii?

I am HIGHLY confused as to what this means. The camera says to press the shutter once to prefocus & another time to take the actual shot . Why do i have to move after ive pressed the shutter ...
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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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Are there any options for a very cheap, small, and reasonably fast camera? [closed]

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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What could have caused this splotch to appear?

amature photographer here. I recently took some photos of the area nearby where I am staying, and one of them caught my attention when going through them afterwards: Notice that gray splotch at the ...
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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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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 kind of lens protector can I add to my Canon SX30

Is there any lens protector that fits the Canon SX30? Where can I buy it? I need to order it via Internet and be sent to Argentina. Thank you!
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Fish-eye effect utility [duplicate]

In which situations should I use fish-eye effect? I own a Canon Power sx510hs which is an advanced point and shoot camera. It has fish eye effect which distorts an image spherically. Other than having ...
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How do I improve the quality of lowlight back-lit bottle photographs with a point and shoot camera?

I'm a complete novice at photography, but I want to learn to take pictures of "bottle lights". I have included an image which I took with my Samsung ST60, but as you can see, it looks terrible and ...
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Wide-angle lens 'point and shoot' — Does it exist? [duplicate]

Not very good with photography terminology so please bear with me. I've been looking at replacing my aging point and shoot (a Lumix FX500) and one specific characteristic I am looking for at the new ...
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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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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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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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How can I tell which compact super-zoom camera is better for me? [closed]

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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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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Photography concepts using SX20

I've bought a Powershot sx20 half a year ago and I'm quite happy with it although I know it doesn't compare to a DSLR. I've learning photography on my own: bought a 58mm ring and some filters (cpl, ...
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Best point and shoot under $150? [closed]

Whenever I purchase point and shoots I go in expecting them to be heavily used and abused, since we usually use them while going out to places where the likelihood of them getting damaged is high (...
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How long can Contax T2 work with a brand new CR123 battery?

New to Contax T2, I'm going to Europe for about 20 days and I'm wondering if I should bring extra batteries (CR123) with me. Any suggestions?
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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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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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rule of thirds difficulty to focus

I don't get it why camera manufacturers don't put an af point where the intersection of the "rule of thirds" lie? Shooting would be a lot better
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Replace existing 2006 Canon Rebel XT or repair it?

I have an 2006 Canon Rebel XT with the default (16-18mm???) lens. In all these years I haven't cleaned the lens or camera and I have got a little scratch (visible on pictures only when noticed keenly)....
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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 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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Can I fix a point and shoot camera where the lens makes a grinding sound on startup?

My Canon sx110 IS makes a slight grinding sound when I start it up (which means lens comes forward). Also, the picture quality hasn't bee very sharp of late . Can anyone advise if this needs a lens ...
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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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Fast-focusing point and shoot camera?

I mainly take pictures of my grandkids playing, some scenery and birds. I am looking for an autofocus type camera that has a good zoom, one that will shoot quickly in low light situations. I miss a ...
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Lens Adapters For Point and Shoot Cameras?

I have an old Kodak DX7590 and I was wondering if there were any lens adapters that would work with it to turn it into a mediocre DSLR
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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 to get maximum shutter speed in NIKON L820?

I have a NIKON L820 camera which is a Point and shoot. It does not have a manual mode. But in its specification it is mentioned that it has a max shutter speed of 1/4000. I want to use atleast 1/1500. ...
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How to Get a Whiter Background when Taking Photos Against An Off White Wall? [duplicate]

I am trying to take a photo of a banner against an off white wall. Is there a way to get a pure white background and the banner colors not be overexposed? I am using a point a point and shoot camera ...
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I have acquired an old Minolta Freedom Dual point-and-shoot. What ISO does it shoot at?

I have acquired an old Minolta Freedom Dual point-and-shoot camera. It's a straightforward enough device, and pretty automatic: no user set aperture or shutter-speed settings. But obviously it's ...
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Compact camera for every-day-carry

I'm looking for a every-day-carry kind of camera, that would easily fit into the pocket of my tactical pants. Right now I'm using the camera on my phone (iPhone 4), but - honestly - it lacks just 3 ...
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What is the problem with my point and shoot camera? [duplicate]

I have a Nikon coolpix s6300 ,Every time I took some photos ,some photos must be destroyed , It looks like this: I use a class 4 sony 4 GB memory card . My camera is new . I remove the memory card ,...
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Comparing PowerShot SX160 and EOS 1100-D [duplicate]

It may sound weird – we are trying to compare a point-and-shoot with a dSLR. Why? I already have a low priced auto-focus camera with 4x zoom. Now, my aim is to take decent shallow DoF photos. The ...
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Standard Lens Digital Cameras

Are there any non-SLR digital cameras that come with a Standard or Telephoto lens?
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How can I best take low-light action shots with a Canon PowerShot SX520 HS?

I have a Canon PowerShot SX520 HS. I'd like to photograph a dance performance that will take place on a stage with stage lighting and/or spotlights. This will be a low-light action photography ...
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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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How can I use a polarizing filter with my Canon Powershot G15?

I am about to be in Utah for about 3 months for work, and rather than lugging my full DSLR kit I am only going to take my Canon G15. However with the landscapes and skies I expect to see, I know that ...
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Even exposure for portrait photos [duplicate]

I'm using a Canon Powershot sx510hs which is an advanced point and shoot camera with 30x optical zoom. It has only one focus point at the center. Whenever I am trying to take portraits, having sky as ...
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external power source for canon s120 or software solution

I am an owner of an amateur point and shoot camera (a Canon S120) that has a 'Star' mode (time-lapse with a minimum interval between shots of 60s). It's a nice thing and I enjoy using it, but I have a ...