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Why do compact cameras keep using 4:3 and not 3:2 like DSLRs?

4:3 (1.33) is a very good ratio. It's aesthetic and easy to get a nice composition in both horizontal and vertical orientation. It's also closer to square, which makes best use of optics (larger ...
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In 2016 are optical viewfinders on Point and Shoot now dead?

What you're missing is that most compact cameras will use an electronic viewfinder, rather than an optical one, if they have a viewfinder at all. Apparently a lot of folks don't mind composing and ...
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Are scene modes on compact camera much useful?

Scene modes are particularly important on small cameras. In fact high end DSLRs do not have any scene modes because they give complete control over the camera. Scene modes basically abstract the ...
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Why do compact cameras keep using 4:3 and not 3:2 like DSLRs?

A 3:2 sensor ratio would be using a smaller share of the circular picture produced by the lens optics. That means - compared to 4:3 - either you get less pixels/quality, need a smaller sensor (with ...
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In 2016 are optical viewfinders on Point and Shoot now dead?

Are optical viewfinders on point and shoot cameras now dead? Probably, yeah. I notice that in the 2011 answer to the other question you link, Itai suggests that they were then a "dying breed", and ...
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Canon G12 vs 2022 phones

Aside from @xenoid's points, there're a lot of great features with the PowerShot G series that you're in no way gonna get from a phone, if you're into the technical side of photography: Hot shoe for ...
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Canon G12 vs 2022 phones

Let me add few point (for G12) to previous excellent answers: you can take pictures in RAW. And G12 support 12 bits per pixel (can't find definitive information). On most of phones is real challenge ...
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Why does point and shoot cameras STILL exist?

Some of what is currently being sold might be old stock. Some models have special capabilities, eg superzoom or great lowlight performance. But even ignoring these cases, there are some niche uses, ...
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Canon G12 vs 2022 phones

Are there things it can do that a recent high-end phone cannot? Yes, take natively good pictures. Even if phone cameras have made progress over the last 10 years, the pictures they take may look good ...
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Why do compact cameras keep using 4:3 and not 3:2 like DSLRs?

I think it's useful to look at a few questions like Why has no one invented a 4:5 aspect ratio APS-C/35mm-sized DSLR? Why don't sensors have a wider aspect ratio? What are the advantages of ...
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Are scene modes on compact camera much useful?

Scene modes as they are typically referred to are very useful in basic compact cameras. They allow the user to hint to the camera what type of image settings to use. For example a common scene mode ...
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What are the advantages of a low-cost compact camera vs. a high-end smartphone for photography?

Here are just some examples. Low light photography You say that your main concern is low light photography. This is actually an area which will show a significant difference. On a continuum ...
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High end smartphone camera vs. high end compact camera for beginner?

Buying someone a big expensive toy is always fun. But this isn't a toy - it's a tool. People use cameras for so many different things that this tool has been customized into hundreds of configurations ...
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What is this compact 35mm camera from the 1990s?

It looks to be one of the Hanimex Vision series of cameras, possibly a Vision III. Hanimex was a company that imported cameras to Australia and New Zealand. They were founded shortly after WWII and ...
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Samsung Digimax S700 won't work with not fully charged batteries

NiMH batteries have a fully charged voltage that is lower than a standard alkaline AA. A partially discharged NiMH battery (or an NiMH battery that's been stored for a while) will have an even lower ...
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How does an iPhone 7 take 4K and slow motion videos?

'4K' is a resolution, and doesn't say anything about quality or noise. 4K is 3840 pixels × 2160 lines = 8.3 megapixels; this is also nothing special in nowadays cameras. The feat is to take 30 frames ...
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What do I need to consider to choose between dSLR, mirrorless, or a compact as my first "serious" camera?

Here's a different opinion: forget about the technical capabilities, optimize for carry convenience. For someone just starting out, the most important thing is practice. Get a camera that you can ...
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How much does the spectral response curve vary from model to model for modern day compact digital cameras?

There isn't any such thing unless you have a camera which outputs RAW images. For all cameras the internal preprocessing (which generates the JPGs) applies responsivity corrections before you ever ...
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Are scene modes on compact camera much useful?

I suspect the "seller"¹ told you what they did to entice you to buy the camera. What the seller told you isn't exactly true and correct. ¹ Which, as it turns out, is not a seller of this camera at ...
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Image size trade-off with exposure

So it appears that there is a 1:1 correspondence between the sensor pixels and the image pixels. Is this the same with all cameras? Pretty much, yes. The image pipeline in the camera will always ...
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What are the advantages of a low-cost compact camera vs. a high-end smartphone for photography?

Setting aside ergonomics, the differences are mainly in the depth of field (DOF) and low light photography. The smaller the sensor, the greater the DOF and the more noise in low light photography. ...
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Is there an EASY way to get geotagging with a compact camera without GPS?

There are several options, but all of the take time. There is no such thing as a free lunch (or free beer): Add geolocation in your photomanagement software: this is the manual way. This procedures ...
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Is there an EASY way to get geotagging with a compact camera without GPS?

The way I have done it in the past is this: Carry a handheld GPS, which records a GPS track Take your pictures, while carrying the GPS For best results, take a picture of your GPS displaying the ...
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How do I get sharp focus of insects and animals with a camera that doesn't have manual focus control?

With thanks to Roflo for finding the relevant page in the CHDK documentation, I'll state here as an answer that you can with an Alpha version of CHDK firmware extensions for SX410, do manual focus on ...
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How do I get sharp focus of insects and animals with a camera that doesn't have manual focus control?

As far as I know, there is no "hacked" or modified firmware available for your camera. The most popular firmware, Magic Lantern, is not supported for your camera. Therefore, your only options are to ...
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How can I remove a piece of dirt from inside the lens system of a compact camera?

If you ever do have something stuck inside a device that doesn't decide to leave on its own, your options for removal are pretty much the following: Shake the device and risk causing impact damage if ...
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Image size trade-off with exposure

In terms of exposure (light density/noise/etc) everything revolves around light/area, not light/pixel. If you have more pixels in an area it just means each gets less light, but the total remains the ...
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How can I remove a piece of dirt from inside the lens system of a compact camera?

If it doesn't change size or position when zooming then it isn't in the lens - it is on the front of the filter stack of your camera's sensor. Most digital cameras have a stack of filters directly in ...
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