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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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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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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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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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Why do compact digital cameras not have the aperture range of DSLRs?

Why is it that on compact digital cameras the aperture never seems to go any smaller than about F8 ? Even on high-end compacts such as the Cannon G10 or Panasonic LX5. Is there some practical or ...
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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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Digital camera for someone without a computer?

My (rural living) mother-in-law has recently been told by her local camera shop that they will soon stop offering processing and prints from film based cameras. I'm wondering if it is practical to ...
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What advanced cameras are the size of a point and shoot?

My wife is starting to get in to photography more and more. She likes her point and shoot camera because it is small so it can go with her most ever where. She is interested in some of the nicer ...
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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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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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How can I make a very sharp photograph with a point & shoot camera?

I've taken a picture with my Canon PowerShot SX210 IS and the following settings: Aperture: F8 (Maximum I have) Shutter speed: 1/400 ISO: 80 Focal length: 21.1 mm (118mm 35mm-e) I did increase the ...
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Why do some DSLRs have fewer megapixels than some pocket cameras?

Some point and shoot cameras like the Olympus mju range have more megapixel capabilities than many DSLRs. Why is this? Is this because they have larger sensors or more dense ones? What are the ...
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Is an SLR camera a must when learning?

I'm starting to learn how to shoot. Up until now I've only used point-and-shoot cameras mostly on automatic settings. My view is there are basically three classes of cameras sold by the major ...
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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 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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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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How do I compensate for a bright sun with a point and shoot?

So I'm in the bright sun with no shade around. What can I do to minimize over exposure and shadows with just a regular point and shoot? Should I go into "manual" mode? If so, which mode and what do ...
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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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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 is the difference between point-and-shoot and SLR cameras?

I have a very good (I assume) point and shoot high end camera with me. Model is Panasonic Fz35. I think it has very nice features and using the camera in manual mode is nice too. However, with all ...
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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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What is the dynamic range comparison between SLR, DSLR, and point & shoot?

I'm a little curious on how different is the dynamic range in each kind of camera. I know the DR of the human eyes is quit high. But, how different is the DR in SLR, DSLR and P&S cameras? Or is ...
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Which small point-and-shoot cameras support RAW images?

What small point-and-shoot cameras are available that support RAW images? I'm looking for something to use when I don't want to lug my SLR around, so I want something that is small and convenient. 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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Will point-and-shoot cameras be able to compete with camera phones? [closed]

As camera phones become more and more sophisticated, will they ultimately replace point-and-shoot cameras?
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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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Why does a linear polarizer work as well as a circular one on a P&S camera?

I have just purchased a Canon SX30 IS and though extremely happy with it I will need to use a polarizing filter due to the fact that I am travelling to Indonesia to do volcano photography/landscape ...
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Why are my photos taken at f/11 less sharp than those taken at a wider aperture?

I am new to photography. I have Fujifilm FinePix HS10 camera. Lately I was trying my hands on landscape photography. I learnt from different tutorials that setting high aperture value gets most of ...
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What are the depth-of-field capabilities of point & shoot cameras?

Is it possible to show following by using a point-and-shoot camera? shallow depth of field deep depth of field
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Advice on an inexpensive but very hardy/tough point-and-shoot camera

I'm looking for a reasonably cheap point-and-shoot camera that can take a lot of abuse. Think rain, mud, occasional falls from head height, etc. To make it easier, I really don't care too much about ...
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Why are macros from my new DSLR no better than those from my P&S?

I have been using a 14mp point and shoot for a couple of years. I like to take macros of flowers, frost and bugs. I want to keep zooming in on my PC to see deeper into the flower, so I bought a 18mp ...
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How do I find a point-and-shoot camera with an optical viewfinder?

These days it seems that all point-and-shoot cameras do not have optical viewfinders. Do any exist in the lower end of the price range? With so many cameras on the market, how can I identify the ones ...
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What are some common gotchas and missed capabilities migrating from compacts to DSLRs

It has been just a couple weeks since I bought an old Nikon D40X after using a Canon SX120IS for a year. The only things I miss so far are the ability to fine adjust the exposure using the back ...
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How can I get sharp images using optical zoom function on a point-and-shoot?

We’ve got a point-and-shoot (Canon A590 IS), and it seems that the zoom function is completely useless because it is always blurry, even in broad daylight. For example, I tried to take a picture of a ...
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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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Can any point-and-shoot camera take RAW images?

Which point and shoot cameras support RAW images? Is there any way to take RAW images on unsupported cameras?
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Does a compact camera that zooms and performs well exist?

I just bought a casio exilim h-10 camera and quite frankly I am disappointed. The picture quality is very poor and the video (even if it is HD 720 P) is even worse. I am really looking for a camera ...
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I dropped my P&S, can I fix the zoom by myself?

I dropped my P&S, and now the zoom barrel is like this: It's out of warranty, what's the best way to fix it? Take it apart? Hit the barrel with something? Push it?
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How do I get crisp indoor or low light images from my point and shoot?

I have a digital camera Canon PowerShot. I notice when I try to take any pictures other than a non-zoom, outdoor picture in good lighting the picture comes out blurry and grainy. I have tried a ...
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How do I choose between an SLR or an expensive P&S?

I am planning to buy a new camera and am all confused. I am an amateur photographer who likes to click good photographs. I try to make the most of my Nikon CoolPix camera and have some decent ...
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Good point and shoot for jewelry photography?

I have a friend/client (a jeweler) who needs to purchase a new camera. He has a nice lightbox setup (I think something specifically intended for jewelry use - he mentioned "full spectrum lights", ...
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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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What does the 'macro' mode on my camera actually do?

Background I have a Panasonic DMC-FZ20, however I would imagine this question applies to most point-and-shoot cameras with a built-in macro mode. I accidentally left my camera in macro mode while ...
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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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Is there any way to stop down the aperture of a Canon PowerShot SD780 IS?

I have a Canon PowerShot SD780 IS point-and-shoot which I use as my carry-around-everywhere camera when I don't want to drag my SLR about. This tiny little camera works great and takes fabulous ...
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How can I find a point & shoot camera which will not be dust-cursed?

All my "point and shoot" cameras always end with noticeable dust in the lens (usually just after the warranty expiration), and although they otherwise work fine, I'm forced to buy another one. I ...
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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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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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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 ...