point-and-shoot camera


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point-and-shoot camera

A film or digital camera in which the focus and exposure is entirely automatic. You aim and press the button; the camera does the rest. Point-and-shoot cameras can range from cheap throw-aways to pocket-sized digitals. Even high-end cameras have a point-and-shoot option, in which the camera makes all settings automatically. Although there may be settings for different lighting conditions such as bright sun vs. dusk, point-and-shoot cameras have no options to manually set the aperture, shutter speed and focus. See PhD mode and viewfinder.
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Be careful: many point-and-shoot cameras have both optical and digital zoom.
While small digital point-and-shoot cameras may not have as many features as their high-end DSLR cousins, such as 16-bit RAW format capacity, noise reduction, and long-exposure modes, they enjoy some highly desirable features unavailable in DSLRs.
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The buttons are placed exactly the same way they are in almost every single Canon point-and-shoot camera, so if you've ever used one of Canon's cameras, you'd know almost immediately where everything is.
I'm not sure whether the Samsung Galaxy Camera will be a best seller - it's a lot of expensive tech for a point-and-shoot camera category where people are used to prices under $300.