A point and shoot camera, sometimes called a mini-flexible camera and also sometimes abbreviated to P&S or PP, is an easy to use digital camera designed primarily for the casual user. It has a high optical image sensor that is equipped with an auto-focus motor. Most use standard electronic flashes or lens equipped models with self-contained controls for controlling exposure, focus, and white balance. Other models may include a video mode for use with digital cameras as an extra mode.
Many professional cameras have a macro mode, which allows for manual focusing while enabling the user to zoom in on special areas. The main advantages of this mode are that there is no need to focus the camera lenses when taking a picture which helps with timing and allowing for a better shot. This is different from traditional point and shoots where the lens needs to be focused when you switch the camera on and off.
Other important features for this type of camera are: shooting in the native 4K resolution which allows for high quality image sensors; a wide LCD screen for viewing images and providing live feedback when in motion; the ability to preview shots on the LCD screen that provides users with the ability to see how the image will look when they submit it for processing; and the ability to preview photos on the camera LCD, which displays the processed image in full glory. Other added extras include a self-timer, auto focus, and manual flash modes. Other and advanced functions like image stabilization and zooming may be available if the camera has an additional lens mount. Also, some models offer a full complement of accessories including an external flash, card readers, USB cards, and cases.
The majority of point and shoot cameras employ the auto mode. Auto mode simply means the camera will take a photo automatically and then save it in its internal memory for storage. The auto mode is great for taking pictures of moving objects without having to worry about focusing, etc. It also provides users with creative options since all of the settings can be changed manually. If one prefers manual controls over having an auto mode, then a manual mode should be selected.
There are many types of point and shoot digital cameras on the market today. In order to determine the best point and shoot camera for one’s needs, it is necessary to compare and contrast the different options that are available. These cameras differ in size, lens type, picture quality, price, megapixels, and battery type. Most of these cameras use a standard D-Lux model in high end professional grade digital cameras. Lux models refer to the camera lens; a model number followed by a Lux, where Lux is the name of the lens. D-Lux models are typically used on a professional level and are highly recommended for professional photographers.
Digital SLRs has many advantages over traditional film cameras. They offer fast shutter speeds, excellent picture quality, and greater creative control over the image and quality of the image. Some of the digital SLRs have focus motors which eliminate the need for mechanical lenses. Some newer DSLRs have image stabilization, which compensates for the lack of mechanical lenses in many of the current crop of professional DSLRs.