Digital point and shoot cameras ( DSLR Camera ) have brought leisurely picture taking to a whole new level of acceptance never before witnessed. Recreational image capture is not a new thing, however. It started in the post-war years via Kodak Brownie film cameras and continued to hold sway via 1960s rangefinders, and through the late 1990s via the Canon SureShot cam series. All the while, all these point and shoot cameras were known as “instamatics.” If you were the leisurely snapshot buff in those days, such cameras were your weapons of choice. Fast-forward into the new millennium at the behest of digital technology, we find leisurely picture taking and “photography” to be widely democratized by point and shoot cameras and their users.
Point and shoot cameras are idiot-proof image capturing gadgets. Operating one requires no serious technical or artistic photography skills owing to its functional simplicity. Settings are so mechanical and the microchip technology built into all digital point and shoot cams allow such cameras to even do the image capture “thinking” and focusing for you. All you do is point the lens towards your subject and click away to shoot. You can even download resultant images to your computer and send it to recipients as attachments when you send an Internet fax or email.
The user not the camera
The ongoing contention among point and shoot cam users is this:
The debate goes on, however. We can only stand back a few steps and amuse ourselves even further as film camera buffs and purists get into the fray. The contention these film cam purists posit is an altogether different story we may delve into next time. What will better serve us now are some facts that can prove useful to point and shoot camera users and potential digital photography buffs. Take a quick look at some of these below and free yourself from all the marketing gobbledygook going around: