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Any idea why my point and shoot camera photos turn out blurry?

Motion. You moved the camera when shooting. The entire image is blurred. You can tell from the yellow 'things' that the motion was up-down, not left-right. You possibly pushed the entire camera ...
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What were long, flat point and shoot film cameras called?

That's an old point and shoot camera that took 110-format film. For that reason, they're usually called 110 cameras. You can even see that term, "110 CAMERA," on the label on the camera in your photo.
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iPhone vs DSLR for point and shoot

The sensors and lenses of even the most humble DSLR or mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras (ILCs) currently on the market are far better than those found in the best phone cameras. Sensors and ...
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What were long, flat point and shoot film cameras called?

What were long, flat point and shoot film cameras called? You don't want to know what I called the cheap 110 Instamatic I was forced to use when I was young and couldn't afford anything better! The ...
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Could I have taken this landscape shot better with my P&S, or do I need a better camera?

I gather from the aspect ratios (top one is 3:2, bottom one is 4:3), that the top image is the dSLR one, and the bottom image is the one from your TZ40. And at web sizes, while there's some ...
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Any idea why my point and shoot camera photos turn out blurry?

As mentioned in ErinH's answer, this is motion blur, due to moving the camera for the duration of the shutter capture time. However, I disagree with the conclusion that the motion blur as up-down and ...
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Could I have taken this landscape shot better with my P&S, or do I need a better camera?

Like the other answerers have noted, it's not at all obvious which picture is taken with a DSLR — both have some pretty obvious issues, like blown highlights and poor contrast. Rather than ...
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How can I get non-blurry photos of a wriggly baby with a point-and-shoot camera?

Fundamentally, what you need is a faster shutter speed. On more advanced cameras, you'd be able to put your camera into "shutter priority" mode and directly set the shutter speed, but that won't be ...
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Does anyone know what kind of camera Gunner Stahl is using here?

There is higher res image From which you can gather that it is most likely Contax T2 Compact 35mm Camera. You can find it's image here and here.
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How can I get non-blurry photos of a wriggly baby with a point-and-shoot camera?

Try outdoors in daylight. Small cameras struggle at low light, and normal indoor room lighting is lower than you realize. For better camera, the bigger the sensor the better. You might also get one ...
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How can I get non-blurry photos of a wriggly baby with a point-and-shoot camera?

With a more sophisticated camera, I'd say: get a faster lens, or a bounce flash. (See Prime lens or flash: which upgrade will most improve baby photos? for thoughts from me and others on this topic.) ...
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Could I have taken this landscape shot better with my P&S, or do I need a better camera?

To be honest, I couldn't easily guess which is which when viewed at the default 600-pixel-wide size above. Both handle the dynamic range of the clouds pretty poorly, with the lower image being a ...
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DSLR Lenses Closest to a Point and Shoot

I'm going to focus on this: Alternative Question: Which is the most popular DSLR Lens focal length for family pictures and vacations? A typical compact camera with a 10× zoom lens might have a ...
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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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Replace existing 2006 Canon Rebel XT or repair it?

There have been a lot of technological advances in the past eight years, the most visible of which will be noise performance in low light, overall speed, and convenience features like live view with a ...
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Can dirt on a camera's lens cause graininess, without causing large-scale blurring of the picture as a whole?

Yes, it's possible — but it's more likely that that's just how it is. You can't expect miracles from a point and shoot camera, and fine detail with no noise when "pixel peeping" would be a miracle. ...
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Can dirt on a camera's lens cause graininess, without causing large-scale blurring of the picture as a whole?

Dirt can never cause grain. It's more likely you are seeing digital noise. Switching to lower ISO should help.
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How to determine the resale value of used lenses and camera bodies?

The best method to price a lens is by seeing what the market value of the same used lens are. There are many different ways to determine the value across different platform. For each of these compare ...
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Why does my film camera not use entire roll of film?

Had the same problem once with 135 film and a Canon EOS 300v. Turns out, that: the battery was quite low (and old) it was winter-time outside with -5 °C and some idiot (me) had the habit of ...
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Why professional photographers use DSLR?

To start, saying that "professional photographers use DSLR[s]" is a bit of an over-generalization. It is not too far from the truth, though, to say that professionals rarely use fixed-lens compact ...
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What could have caused this splotch to appear?

This is something on or near the front of the lens. It is NOT dirt on the sensor. Normally I'd guess a water drop, but since it went away by itself in susbsequent photographs, it was probably a ...
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How can I best utilize a point-and-shoot for concert photography?

Shoot festival concerts during daylight hours. Honestly, that's about it. Theatrical/concert photography is about the most challenging there is, both in terms of pushing the equipment you use to the ...
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Non-DSLR Beginner Camera choices

A smartphone is the most obvious solution to me. You don't need a fancy camera(i.e. DSLR) to be a photographer. Explore the smartphone tag on this site for great examples of why many are choosing ...
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Difference between LG-1 and FD-1 ring light accessories for Olympus TG-4

Some comparisons: FD-1 is compatible with only TG-4 (Firmware update is required) and the TG-5. The shooting distance is 2 - 30 cm and is usable underwater. LG-1 is compatible TG-5, TG-4, TG-3, TG-2, ...
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What lens can I use on my Samsung wb1100f 35mm camera?

Your camera does not have an interchangeable lens. The current lens is permanently fixed to the camera, and you can't change it to use another one. If you want to be able to swap lenses, you need to ...
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DSLR Lenses Closest to a Point and Shoot

Based on what you just said, stick with a "point and shoot" type of camera and just buy a more expensive model that includes the features you need. Those usually give you a better image quality and ...
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Yashica T4/Superia X-Tra 400 vs Contax T2/Portra 400

All four of the sample images were shot under four different lighting scenarios. Even the two shot under daylight will be different due to the influence of all of the green vegetation in the first ...
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iPhone vs DSLR for point and shoot

The fact that you appreciate the advantages of a 'big sensor' answers your question. But also remember, the best camera in the world is no use if you're not carrying it. You WILL have your phone in ...
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How can I operate a modern camera when I must do so left-handed?

I am unaware of any "left-handed" digital cameras. However, some old film cameras, such as Exakta cameras, were produced with the shutter release on the left side. Also, Nikon considered, and produced ...
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What are the odds of breaking a camera by opening it?

Digital cameras are not made to be end-user reparable. It is likely that there are tiny ribbon cables and other small connectors, pieces fit into place just so, and even things glued together in a way ...
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