Reviews Digital Compact Cameras Best Compact Digital Cameras Reviews, Ratings and Price Comparison

August 28, 2013 – 22:30

Purchasing Guide

The compact cameras are very popular not only for their ability to take pictures of excellent quality and ease of use, but also for the prices, always down. These cameras, also called point-and-shoot, are made for the ordinary consumer who does not want to sweat too much with the settings. An enthusiast or a professional SLR models prefer instead. Some models can be as small as a credit card, others can be equipped with a touchscreen, and most have the ability to make movies even in good resolution.

The technical specifications for a compact camera

Resolution: Almost all the models available on the market today have a resolution of up to 10 megapixels (the number of pixels available to capture the image), which corresponds to a picture of excellent quality. However the resolution is not the only characteristic to be taken into account for the final quality.

Optical Zoom: A very important and useful is the optical magnification, for those times when we can not get closer to the subject. Usually the optical zoom ranges from 3 to 12 magnifications, and the higher the number of the zoom, the closer will be subject.

Digital Zoom: Digital zoom is a true zoom as simply crop and resize the pictures, and then reduce the image quality. This feature is of little importance since we can do the same changes quietly with a photo editing program such as Photoshop.

Battery: A few models use normal AA battery (AA) and almost all are powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. The battery life indicates how many pictures can be taken on a single charge. Turn on and off usually consume battery power, so you have to consider this aspect.

Shutterlag: The shutterlag indicates the interval between more or less long when we press the button to shoot, and the moment in which the image is actually captured. May vary depending on the model 0.22 seconds to 2 seconds. For shooting moving subjects, sporting events, children or animals is more useful a machine with less shutterlag.

Memory: internal memory of the camera is always short and need a card for additional memory. The larger, more photos can keep. E 'recommended a card of at least 2GB, but for a week's holiday could serve even bigger. If there is little memory left, reducing the size of the photos can be farcene more.


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  • Avatar princesspeach14 What digital camera would be best for my needs?
    Jul 15, 2009 by princesspeach14 | Posted in Cameras

    I am thinking of saving up to buy a digital camera nothing over about £300 I'm thinking. I would like to use it for :
    - photography in town etc.
    - photographing groups of friends with some nice effects
    - taking photos of myself (vain i know) so hopefully an auto-timer or something would be good
    - and hopefully one that can sit on a stand or a similair accessory

    Thanks ;)

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  • Avatar Mallory B What is a great digital camera that is around $200 or just a little more?
    Oct 24, 2006 by Mallory B | Posted in Cameras

    Hey guys. I've been looking at digital cameras, because I want a new one for Christmas. I've been looking at the Canon PowerShot SD600, and I like it and everything, but I just want to know if there is an even better one than that. Oh, and I want the camera to have a good flash (I'm not sure if its called that) that doesn't make people look really bright and white, which the old digital camera we have does. Please help! Thanks!!

    • The SD600 is a pretty nice camera. Check out this comparison, though, and read the owner opinions for each camera.

      the same money, you can have a Powershot A630 that gives not only a higher pixel count, b …ory card is a cute little token of thanks from Canon, but not much more. Buy a 1 GB Sandisk Ultra II or Extreme III card. You will NEED the increased capacity and write speed to fully realize the benefits of your camera.