Buying Advice: Compact Cameras

7/31/2012 9:14:45 AM

Compact cameras can be waterproof, have long zoom or record high-definition video. In this section, we will analyze specifications and features of each camera, as well as give a general summary about them.

Compact cameras are from 9MP to 14MP and more, all can easily create A4 prints. Beside the number of pixels, there are other worthy and considerable attributes that may affect image quality.

Description: Beside the number of pixels, there are other worthy and considerable attributes that may affect image quality of compact cameras.

Beside the number of pixels, there are other worthy and considerable attributes that may affect image quality of compact cameras.


Apart from few exceptions, all compact cameras have optical zoom. The larger zoom, the larger far object may appear that makes the camera more flexible. Long zoom puts more pressure on anti-vibration system and focus system, so the optics quality becomes very important.


The higher ISO makes the camera able to operate in lower light conditions. It does not mean that the picture quality can be better because the noise becomes more visible, creating green and red streaks across the image.

Anti-vibration system

It has three forms: optical, based on the sensor and ISO. The first form compensates for camera shake by changing elements in the lens, the second form works by changing the sensor, and the third form works by adjusting the ISO.

Point and shot

Most of us want a handheld camera which is easily put in our pocket and prepare the best settings itself. The cheap model with fewer features often has the lowest resolution, but it is still good enough for fine prints in normal size.


If the style is important to you, then you have lots of cameras. Camera body is made ​​of metal rather than plastic, and of course the price also reflects this. However, you will have the resolution from 8MP to 10MP, often with built-in zoom lens.

Waterproof/collision bearing

Another way by which manufacturers differentiate their compact camera is sealed waterproof camera body that some manufacturers advertise to withstand collisions. Therefore, if you like sports or usually drop your items, consider them.


They may have more knowledge for newbies, but they offer manual controls, though it’s not always great zoom capacity. In general, they have realistic capturing features and they can be as the ideal backup camera for those who already have DSLR.

Super zoom

Optical zoom capability provided for models which aim to attract photography addicts will be convenient for those who want a product in small size. The disadvantage is that super-zoom cameras are more bulky than others and they need good anti-vibration system while taking pictures from afar.

Description: Super zoom

Super zoom

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