Questions tagged [compact-cameras]

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

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Tricking compact's camera autofocus

I'm trying to get some bokeh using a compact (almost premium) camera, a Nikon Coolpix p300 (although the question is general). Since the camera hasn't got a manual focus option, I'm trying to use the ...
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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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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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Will a tough camera still be waterproof if I take it apart?

I have a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT10 "tough" camera. I got it as a backup camera and to use for underwater and in bad weather, etc. Plus it's easier to carry around all the time than the dslr. On ...
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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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what would the most effective metrics to compare the quality of photos taken from a smartphone/iPhone and a digital still camera?

Essentially, are there any criteria/metrics that would allow the viewer to tell whether a digital photo has been taken using a smartphone or iPhone compared to that of a DSC? Or is it a case that ...
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What is the resolution of a good compact camera in lines resolved?

After doing some internet research myself to answer this question, I finally wind up asking here. Compact cameras have similar "megapixels" than decent dSLRs, but way lower sensor sizes and certainly ...
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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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How can you take long exposure shots with the Sony HX 20V?

Is that possible? If so, appreciate if you can explain how it is done.
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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 use a GoPro as a small camera for taking pictures in and outside? [duplicate]

I just want to buy a small camera for taking some indoor and outdoor pictures.
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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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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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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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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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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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Super zoom vs. moderate zoom in compacts

My supposition is that at the same price (in the 150-250$ price range) a lens with 10x or more zoom has worst image quality than a 4-5x. Is it correct? Is usually quality of superzoom acceptable or ...
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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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How can I take natural looking photos of my kids, etc. with a compact camera indoors?

I have a Panasonic lumix fz47 and when taking photos inside, unless I have a lot of window light, the photos are always a slightly funny colour or a bit grainy. When I use the flash it is way too ...
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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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Why color and saturation is less on compact than on DSLR?

So basically I compare Nikon d5100 and Canon Powershoot and image contrast is mach lower on second camera. Is it because of compact sensor quality, or it is theoretically impossible to have great ...
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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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What's the difference between the Canon PowerShot S100 and the PowerShot SX260 HS?

I rather like the Canon PowerShot S100, it has received great reviews. But I now see that the PowerShot SX260 HS has been launched at a similar price and wondered what the difference is. The onsite ...
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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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Does image quality on compact cameras degrade when zooming in?

I have a Panasonic Lumix LX5 which I find generally produces good photos. However I have noticed on numerous occasions that the image quality when at the limit of the optical zoom (not using the ...
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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 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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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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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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Are compact camera forced to be missing something?

A quote from dcresource.com comparing compact cameras: This comparison felt kind of like an auto race where all the cars were missing a wheel That is, one camera takes good pictures but no other ...
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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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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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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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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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Canon PowerShot S95 vs. Nikon Coolpix s9100 [closed]

Which one is better buy? Canon: pros: auto and manual settings, better picture quality cons: high price (330€), low zoom Nikon: pros: much lower price (230€), huge zoom cons: no manual settings, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...