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Also called "Point and Shoot" cameras, they mostly have automatic controls with a builtin flash

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Is the iPhone 4S camera good enough to serve as one's “everyday-carry”?

I'd like to have a camera with me at all times, but my DSLR is often too bulky. For some time now, I have tried cell phones as a compact camera substitutes, but with limited success. Often, the ...
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What do I need to consider to choose between dSLR, mirrorless, or a compact as my first “serious” camera?

I am thinking of buying a camera to learn photography. Most of the time I'll be shooting portraits and landscapes. But I am not sure where I should start. Most of my friends tell me that I should get ...
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Will a dSLR and compact camera produce the same bokeh output at f/2.0?

Will a Nikon D80 + 50mm f/1.8D and a Lumix LX5 set both at an aperture of f/2.0 (50mm @ f/2.0 for D80 and 24mm @ f/2.0 for LX5) have the same bokeh ouput? I plan to get the LX5 as a second camera, and ...
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What “Top Tips” should I give compact camera users in a short talk?

I am putting together a short talk which I'm going to give to some non-photographers. I'm going to talk about things they can do with their compact cameras to make their images nicer. I have a ...
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Why are high-end compacts still shipping without GPS?

All the major high-end[*] compact point-and-shoots have been refreshed recently: Panasonic DMC-LX7 / Leica D-Lux 6 Sony DSC-RX100 Olympus XZ-2 Nikon P7700 Canon G15 None of them have GPS built in. ...
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What to look for in a compact camera to take picture of black dog?

I like to take snapshots of my black dog during hikes and have grown annoyed at my camera. The changing light conditions and his movements force me to use the automatic sport mode, which often ...
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In 2016 are optical viewfinders on Point and Shoot now dead?

My beloved Canon G151 is in a sorry state and I want to replace it with something of a similar size with an optical eye-level viewfinder. In 2011 a question was asked about point and shoot's with ...
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Why do compact cameras keep using 4:3 and not 3:2 like DSLRs? [duplicate]

3:2 feels more suited for the modern way of watching photos, like on a laptop or any form och wider screen model. Why do they keep making the 4:3 ratio? What historic reasons are there for common ...
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Are there compact cameras with large sensors?

Is there any compact camera (for example about the size of the Olympus xz-1) having ASP-C (or similar size) sensor? If not, is there any technical reason? Because I think it would be a really nice ...
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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 does the face detection feature actually do?

As "Face detection" really a catchy word in Compact camera market, What do face detection perform in a digital camera? what more does this feature do in addition to auto focus system?And why there is ...
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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 are neutral density filters in compact cameras implemented?

I've read here on this very site that some compact cameras don't use aperture blades to stop down the lens and limit the amount of light hitting the sensor. Stopping down increases diffraction. ...
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Are scene modes on compact camera much useful?

The scene mode selecting dial on my old compact camera is highly sensitive now, it could easily switch the mode even I don't touch it. Unfortunately there is no spare part left on this model, so I ...
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What are the advantages of a low-cost compact camera vs. a high-end smartphone for photography?

I know that there are some expensive ($300 and up) compact camera that can take nice photos. My question is about compact cameras in the $150-200 range vs. high-end Android phones (Galaxy s7, Huawei ...
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Could I get decent underwater photos from a waterproof compact camera or is it worth buying a housing?

I'm going travel next month and been told that it's going to be great snorkeling waters where I'm going. So I thought it would be fun to take some underwater photos, which I have never done before. I ...
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Is small sensor always a bad thing?

I own a DSLR. I want to buy some not-too-expensive compact, and there are a lot of compacts in the range 100-250$ with 1/2.3" sensors. Can such a sensor/camera set give a quality somewhat comparable ...
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What should I look for in a ultra compact camera?

I found it is time to step it up from my 2MP Nikon Coolpix I bought in 2002. In my situation size does matter — I am very active and would like to have this camera with me when I can. I know very ...
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High-end compact camera with swivel screen and running on AA batteries [closed]

I'm looking for a new compact camera that: has a swivel screen is small enough to be mountable on a small tripod and, runs on AA batteries. good flexibility Requirement (3) stems from the fact that ...
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What's the history of neutral density filters instead of aperture diaphragms in compact cameras?

Some compact cameras use neutral density filters to control light rather than aperture blades, to avoid the effects of diffraction in tiny sizes. I first heard of this as a feature of the Nokia N8 ...
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What are some smaller digital cameras with remote shutter releases? [closed]

I am looking for a digital camera, other than the DSLR types, that has a remote shutter release. My wife has rheumatoid arthritis and can't use a larger style camera. What are some smaller type ...
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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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Is it possible to combine compact camera portability with professional SLR quality?

I am not an expert in photography, so please don't be too harsh on me if I am making absurd statements. My question is: Is it really possible to combine compact camera portability with professional ...
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Can this cheap tilt-shift compact camera produce good results?

I've just seen this tilt-shift compact camera on the web and I was wondering if it was any good. I'm interested in experimenting with this style of photography, but I don't have £1,000 to spend on a ...
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Why is zoom avoided in large sensor compacts?

Why don't large sensor compacts (for low light shooting in moderate distances) with, let's say, 10x zoom exist? I'm primarily thinking about models such as Sony RX100 or Canon G1X that come in a ...
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Could my camera been damaged if it was shipped without packing materials?

Amazon shipped me a camera like this: just in the manufacture's box with no extra padding in the shipping box. Should I be concerned that it may have been damaged in shipping? Cosmetically it looks ...
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How can I remove a piece of dirt from inside the lens system of a compact camera?

Background I have a Panasonic Lumix compact camera, which, out of nowhere caught some piece of dirt between the lenses or on the sensor. I ensured that it was not on the outside of the lens. When ...
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How to calculate Hugin lens data

I shot a bunch of pictures in order to create a panorama on my computer using Hugin. My camera is a Sony PowerShot DSC T-100. When loading images in Hugin, it asks me to provide some "Lens data" (...
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Wedding cameras - disposable or ebay compacts + film

For a wedding I was thinking of trying to get some better quality disposable cameras. The highest ISO disposables seem to be 800 colour or 400 B&W (I would like to get a mix of colour and B&W)....
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Which compact camera to shoot stars, moon and hopefully planets and sun?

I need a new camera! My Canon IXUS is now very old. What I want to be able to do is take photos of the night sky (stars, moon, planets) and the sun. Well, ideally! I have been looking at a bridge ...
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Giving compact digital camera a Brain

I read this article Give your DSLR a brain by connecting an android phone and was amazed by how a DSLR camera can become a much smarter device after connecting with an Android phone (with the help of ...
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Is there at least one reason why I should buy an entry-level/prosumer APS-C DSLR versus a compact/four-thirds/bridge camera? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do Micro 4/3s cameras compare with DSLR cameras? I'm considering a Nikon D3100 as it is a DSLR and therefore provides flexibility of lenses, exposure and focal ...
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Is there any reasons a slim compact camera can't have a fast lens?

While there are compact cameras with fast lenses (like Lumix DMC-LX7, F1.4) they seem to be rather thick. The lumix is quite thick, at 46mm, largely due to the lens protrusion. Is it possible to make ...
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Should I buy a compact, SLR, or DSLR camera? [closed]

I am a StackOverflow user and new to this forum. So, I'm sorry if I'm asking unrelated, ultra amateur question :) OK, my only camera at the moment is my iPhone4's! And I don't think seriously of the ...
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Samsung Digimax S700 won't work with not fully charged batteries

I am in a possession of a Samsung Digimax S 700, typically peacefully residing in the glove compartment of my car. I need the camera very occasionally (say, once a month) for everyday-type of photos ...
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Why don't most compacts have manual controls?

Can anyone please explain to me, why most recent compact-cameras (even by professional manufacturers like Nikon or Canon) don't have options for manual shutter/aperture-control? All they have are ...
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How do I get sharp focus of insects and animals with a camera that doesn't have manual focus control?

I have a Canon Powershot SX410 IS. I like this camera, but sometimes it doesn't focus on the object that I want to shoot. This situation occurs when a small object (such as an insect) is close to the ...
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How To Fix Badly Functioning Shutter Release-Button?

I have a compact Pentax OptionM10 which I bought in 2006 and sometimes shutter-release button works only when pressing it on edge and under specific angle, but mostly as I apply little pressure which ...
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What are the best methods you have found for attaching filters to unthreaded lens tubes?

This one is for the resident mad scientists. I think the MagFilter is a pretty neat concept. Being more interested in other filters, though, I'd like to hear about methods other people have used to ...
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How to test the autofocus system before asking for support?

For outdoor usage I got an Olympus TG-2 compact camera. Various tests claimed autofocus: 'quick and mostly accurate' - at least I could not find any that described problems. Now, I know that I cannot ...
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How important are in-depth reviews when selecting a compact camera?

I'm going to buy a super-zoom compact camera for my travels and I'm reading a lot of reviews to find which one best suites my needs. I though that a good camera should result good in all reviews, but ...
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Which neck strap would be comfortable to use with a compact camera (Canon S90)?

After many near-misses with the supplied wrist strap I've decided I have to use a neck strap with my S90. I want something light, unobtrusive and comfortable. Currently I'm using thin elastic cord but ...
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What is this compact 35mm camera from the 1990s?

My now passed away father took this photo of me in the 1990s. My guess is that it's a Nikon. He owned a number of Nikon SLRs. Is anyone able to identify the camera? (Sorry about the shaky photo).
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Compact 35mm film camera with decent 50mm-ish lens [closed]

I am looking for a non-wide angle compact 35mm film camera, preferably with aperture priority and exposure bias. The Fuji Klasse S seems like a good option but is still quite expensive, even second ...
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Looking for a recommendation for a ultra compact/compact with zoom

that runs on either AAA or AA batteries! I need something for a somewhat longer trip to an area in which electricity is not so readily available. I was looking at Panasonic's FS, FX and TZ series ...
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Would any high-end, large sensor compact (eg RX100 II) be a better investment than a small interchangable camera (eg Lumix GM1)? [duplicate]

I want to buy a new "compact" (in terms of size) camera to replace my ageing Canon S90. I have a Canon 6D which I use for travel and dedicated "photo walks", but I also use my S90 quite often when I'...
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Are compact cameras with a zoom lens safe from dust?

The only relevant "dust" references in my holiday camera manual are: Do not store or use the camera in locations that are: ... very humid or extremely dusty and Build up of dust in your ...
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How can I clean the sensor on a Panasonic LX5 compact camera?

I've noticed there appear to be some specs of dirt on the sensor of my panasonic LX5 and was wondering if anyone had any tips on how to clean the sensor on this camera? I found this link which has ...
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Are there significant image quality differences between similar small sensor cameras?

My now old compact camera died of a lens failure, so I'm in the market for a replacement. What I'd do if I were looking for a new SLR/mirrorless-esque camera would be to go and read the thorough ...
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Can I take macro photo with a mirrorless camera as easily as with a compact camera (even without a macro lens)?

I wish to change my Canon G15 camera for an M2 or M3 (when available) mirrorless one. With G15 it is rather easy to shoot macro photos — this is included in the features of the camera and lens. Will ...