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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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Beginner photography - Low end DSLR vs mid/high end Point and Shoot/POS?

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 do I tell which point-and-shoot cameras take good low light photos?

I have a Canon Powershot A710 and I previously had a previous Powershot A-series model. I love them due to the high amount of control they offer. Sadly, they both suck in low light conditions, their ...
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Should I turn off optical image stabilisation when shooting long-exposure photos?

I have a Canon SX210 IS. With CHDK, I usually take photos of more than 10 minutes at night (using tripod of course). I read somewhere it is recommended to turn off the mechanical image stabilization ...
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Capable point and shoot for travelling? [closed]

I am going to try to keep this as open minded as I can. I use Canon bodies and lenses. The lady friend is going to Cuba soon with her friend. Neither of them have a proper camera. (That is not ...
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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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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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How could film compact cameras set exposure?

I once had a film compact camera, but I was too young to understand anything else than "click". I'm much more familiar with digital photography, and setting exposure has always been a possibility in ...
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What should I do about Canon PowerShot “Lens error, restart camera”?

I've had a Canon PowerShot A1100 IS camera for almost a year now. About a week ago, I went on a trip, took pictures the whole trip, everything was ok. When I got home, and tried to turn the camera ...
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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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I want a point and shoot to take pictures inside an auditorium without a flash? [duplicate]

Is there a point and shoot camera that will allow me to take pictures in an auditorium without using flash?
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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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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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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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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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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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How can I take shallow depth of field photos with a point-and-shoot camera?

I have a compact digital camera, and in macro mode I can manage to achieve a blurred background, if the background is far enough away. Can this be done when taking non-macro pictures, and if not, is ...
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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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What non-toy camera would be good for a child?

Looking for a camera for my six year old. We have one of the V-Tech child cameras, which he loves, but the pictures it takes are amazingly awful. Basically I am looking for a rugged point-and-shoot.
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Cheapest and best point-and-shoot digital camera [closed]

Which is the best and the cheapest point-and-shoot, digital camera that has at least 12 mega-pixels? I want to use the camera for: 1) Taking pictures that I can then use in Power Point presentations ...
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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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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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Why does my point-and-shoot take hazy photos?

My point-and-shoot (Canon SD 1100 IS, bought in 2008) has for the past couple of years (that I've noticed) been taking hazy photos, as if I'm shooting through fog. I cleaned the lens using an air ...
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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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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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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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Point and shoot camera processes my picture badly

I have a point and shoot camera that has a very nice zoom, and has the usual image stabilization etc. When I press the button to take a picture at, say, a concert (low light, moving people, pretty ...
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Should I buy a DSLR to get started?

I'm really interested in getting into serious or even professional photography. I've read some articles about fundamental concepts like aperture, exposure, ISO sensitivity, etc., and I want to get the ...
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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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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 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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Do point and shoots exist which can get close to what DSLRs can produce? (And where could I find one?)

I've recently been borrowing my grandmother's Nikon D40, in order to take pictures at Microsoft's Imagine Cup US Finals. I'm not really a big photography guy, and I don't anticipate using most of the ...
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Compare magnification of point and shoot cameras with dSLR telephoto lenses [duplicate]

I just want to know how much magnification there is... if I have a point and shoot camera and it has 10X zoom, I'm seeing that the subject is "brought" 10x closer. So, what does a dSLR telephoto lens ...
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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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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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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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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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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 makes a DSLR better than a Point & Shoot?

Why should I put up with the inconvenience of lugging around a DSLR? They look cool, but is there more substance to it?
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 ...