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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 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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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 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 ...
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Canon Powershot SX20IS User error

I was completely surprised once regarding a question from a customer while working in a photographic store. The lady was under the impression that there is a fault with her Canon SX20 bridge camera ...
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Has Canon released any point and shoot cameras without optical low-pass filters?

Do either the Canon PowerShot SD880 IS or the S100 have anti-aliasing filters? If so, has Canon announced any P&S model(s) without OLPFs?
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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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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 ...