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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How can I get non-blurry photos of a wriggly baby with a point-and-shoot camera?

I've got a baby and a Canon Powershot A1000 IS, which consistently takes blurry photos of the baby unless the baby is very still — which doesn't happen. I am looking for some advice on which settings ...
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How could some old film cameras without electronics 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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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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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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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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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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Could I have taken this landscape shot better with my P&S, or do I need a better camera?

So I recently came back from Australia, I took my Panasonic TZ40 P&S camera, supposedly one of the best all-round compact cameras. I took quite a few photos at the Blue Mountains, and I compared ...
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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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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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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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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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Why professional photographers use DSLR? [duplicate]

I just wonder that point and shoot cameras are great, but why professional photographers use DSLR.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 long until a point-and-shoot becomes obsolete?

The general rule of thumb with computers is that if you've owned one for more than a few years, it's likely obsolete and nearly any new model will vastly outperform it. Does the same hold true for ...
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Switch from T3i to Fuji X20? [duplicate]

I've had a Canon T3i for about a year now, getting it as an upgrade to a small Canon point-and-shoot. I mainly got the T3i for the additional shooting setting controls and the ability to change ...
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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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What differences between point and shoot zoom versus DSLR zoom cause the price disparity?

I'm just getting into the world of photography, stepping up from a point-and-shoot. I've just purchased a Nikon D3100 and it should be here in a couple of days. I've done lots of research, but ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...