What to Look for in a Point and Shoot Camera

point and shoot cameraEven with the popularity and high demand for DSLR cameras today, there are still some photo enthusiasts who chose to buy the old-fashioned point and shoot camera. A point and camera has no interchangeable lens like those you find in DSRLs and mirrorless cameras. DSLRs also obviously can produce more detailed and sharper images compared to point and shoot cameras.

But then, with the modern technology we have now, a lot of brand new point and shoot cameras have impressive fixed lens that can help a photographer get awesome pictures. This makes a point-and-shoot camera a good backup camera or even a primary camera for shooting that requires easy access to a camera like in street photography.

A point and shoot camera is also a good choice among amateur photographers because of its simplicity, ease of use and cheaper price compared to DSLR and mirrorless cameras.  It is also easier to learn photography if your first learn the basics and once you have enough knowledge you can advance to a higher level.

Now, if you are planning to buy your first ever point-and-shoot camera, you might get confused on which to buy. There are several factors to consider when choosing one to purchase. If in the past, the megapixels and zoom capacity are what we look for; today, the choice is based not only on these 2 factors.

  1. Sensor size

Consider point-and-shoot cameras that have large sensors. Sensors regulate the amount of light captured which has an effect on the output image. The larger the sensor, the sharper the picture. Sensors in Point and Shoot units is comparatively smaller that DLSR unit If you were to match the two, that is why DLSR is the top choice of many professional photographers. Mallorca wedding photographers are very particular when it comes to choosing cameras based on their sensors.

  1. Focal length of lens

Focal length refers to the distance lens up to its image sensor. It is usually measured in millimeters. Some point and shoot cameras have slightly longer focal length. Zooming in for a closer shot of a subject might not give you that high quality image. But then, if the camera has a longer focal length, then you can possible get sharper images.

  1. ISO feature

Look for cameras with High ISO feature (or ASA). This basically indicates its sensitivity to light. The higher the ISO, the more sensitive its sensors are to the light.

A camera with low ISO will require much longer exposure time so it can be very difficult for a photographer to shoot on a moving subject. The image will appear blurry. But with a higher ISO moving subjects can still appear clear when photographed. Light sensitivity or ISO ranges from 50, 100, 200, 400, 800 and 1,600. More modern point and shoot cameras now have between 800 to 1,600 ISO.

  1. Image stabilization

Today, not only DSLRs have image stabilization feature. There are also point and shoot cameras that can stabilize the captured image even when it’s moving. Thus, check if your choices have image stabilization feature. This feature can prevent blurry photos compensating for any unnecessary movements during a photo shoot. This Kent wedding photographer finds this feature important and worth noting when planning to buy a camera.