Understanding Point-and-Shoot Cameras
Point-and-shoot cameras are designed to be easy to use and practical. Taking a photo is as easy as pointing the camera at your subject and clicking the shutter. This type of camera has most of its functions, such as focusing, setting exposures, and flash, set to automatic so you can use it with great ease. They are also lighter and handier compared to the DSLR cameras often used by professional photographers.
How Point-and-Shoot Digital Cameras Work
The best point-and-shoot cameras usually have large LCD screens that you can use for framing your subject. If you prefer a more traditional way of shooting, there are options with viewfinders instead of, or in addition to, LCD screens. Activating the autofocus lens by pushing down the shutter button halfway prepares your shot. This also automatically adjusts all the settings for your photo, such as brightness and color contrast. If necessary, the digital camera also fires up the flash to give your subject better lighting. Once you're ready, just push down the shutter button until you hear the "click." You can then preview the shots you took and discard those you don't like.
Point-and-Shoot Cameras vs. DSLRs
Point-and-shoot digital cameras are smaller compared to the large frames of DSLRs. They have fixed lenses, while DSLRs let you select which lens works best for your style or your subject matter. In terms of image quality, DSLRs are generally superior because of their larger sensors. However, the sensors in today's point-and-shoot cameras can produce incredible images while not adding excessive weight to your camera. A DSLR lets you have more control and adaptability, while using a point-and-shoot camera offers you a quick and fuzz-free way to take pictures in a snap.
Other Features of Point-and-Shoot Cameras
If you love sharing photos on social media, a point-and-shoot camera with Wi-Fi lets you share your images online directly from the device. When you're traveling or shooting pictures in different locations around your neighborhood or the globe, cameras with GPS help you remember where you took particular pictures.
How to Protect Your Camera
When your camera is not in use, whether during travel or stowed away in a closet, it's important to safeguard it from indoor and outdoor elements. Choose from a variety of photography bags and cases to protect your equipment. Padded cases provide additional protection and waterproof bags give you even more piece of mind when in wet-weather conditions or a humid apartment.
If you are a beginner photographer or just prefer a no-hassle style of photography, B&H's point-and-shoot cameras could be just what you're looking for.