Point-and-shoot cameras are specially designed for amateur and holiday photographers who want to capture incredible pictures, but don’t want to get into the technical details. With a compact size, easy-to-use interface and incredible performance, these digital cameras perfectly fit the bill.
Point-and-shoot cameras are available in both basic and advanced modes. The basic ones are almost completely automated, so all you have to do is just point and shoot. On the other hand, advanced ones have a few controls such as shutter speed, ISO and aperture that you can easily adjust.
The 5 important features you should check out for before buying a digital camera are:
Point and shoots are small and compactly designed and neatly fit into the palm of your hand. If you want to choose a lighter one, then you may have to give up on some features. So, cross check the features available with the size as well as your comfort level before you choose a particular model.
2. Battery Backup
If you’re going to be doing most of your photographing when you’re on a trip or on a holiday, then you definitely have to check out how much backup the batteries will provide. Digital cameras may come with either AA lithium-ion batteries or the rechargeable ones.
3. LCD Display
The LCD display is the screen you see at the back of the camera. It is on this screen that you will be composing images and viewing the photographs you click. The screen should be relatively large enough (minimum 2.5″) for comfortable viewing. The higher the screen resolution, the better will be the image clarity.
4. Technical Features
There are some basic “camera” terms such as ISO, shutter, zoom and resolution you should know to get the most from your digital camera. An optical zoom is a better option than a digital one, especially if you are going for higher-end zooms. Optical-zoom cameras generally come equipped with optical image stabilizer to ensure blur-free shots. The focal length of the lens is another factor you should consider. A minimum of 28mm focal length gives a reasonable performance. Point and shoots also come with many preset modes to help you choose the correct settings to match the lighting conditions. Some cameras have features such as face recognition and red eye reduction to help you click the perfect portrait each time.
Most models of digital cameras have a video option. Though the video quality may not be up to par, it’s quite reasonable for a compact camera. Most point and shoots let you capture videos at 320-by-240 and/or 640-by-480 resolutions.
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