Lesson 2: Point And Shoot digital cameras

3Here I will present the major advantages and disadvantages of these cameras.

Point and Shoot Advantages

Size and Weight – to be able to slip a camera in a pocket is a wonderful thing. These days point and shoot cameras are in general slim and light – to the point of not even knowing you’ve got them with you. This is wonderful for parties, travel and all manner of situations.
Auto Mode – the quality of images varies greatly, but in general they shoot quite well in auto mode. Manufacturers presume that this style of camera will be generally used in auto mode (or one of the preset modes) and as a result they come pretty well optimized for this type of shooting.
Quiet Operation – with the new cameras there are frequently situations when you don’t even notice you’ve took the shot.
Price – in general point and shoot digital cameras are cheaper.
LCD Framing – many digital camera users prefer to frame their shots using LCDs. Point and Shoots always come with this ability and some even come with movable screens that enable users to take shots from different angles and still see what they’re shooting.

Point and Shoot Disadvantages

Image Quality – point and shoots digital cameras generally have small image sensors which means that the quality that they produce is lower. If you’re not planning on using your images for major enlargements or in professional applications, the quality of point and shoot cameras is more than enough for the average user.
Reliance upon LCD – most point and shoot digital camera rely upon their LCD for framing. While some enjoy this others don’t. Most point and shoot cameras have view finders but they are generally small that they are useless.
Smaller ISO range – this is changing slowly, but in general ISO ranges are more limited in point and shoot cameras.
– Speed – point and shoot digital cameras are notorious for their slowness, particularly their time between pressing the shutter and when the image is taken.
Manual Controls Limited – many point and shoot cameras do have the ability to play with a full array of manual settings, but quite often the manual controls are hidden in menu systems and are not as accessible as on a DSLR.
Less Adaptable – point and shoot cameras are generally not very adaptable. What you buy when you get them is what you are stuck with. Some do have lens adapters but generally people don’t go for these accessories.

In the next lesson we will talk about DSLR cameras.

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