Point and shoots are sometimes seen as the ‘poor man’s’ alternative to the dSLR. This isn’t always the case, on our Hampshire based workshops we have people with compact point and shoots that can pretty much match some of the less expensive dSLR’s shot for shot.
A point and shoot can fit into your pocket, has great flexibility and is quick and simple to use. A dSLR won’t fit into your pocket and requires a little more knowledge to get the most of out of it.
Let’s take the mystery out of your camera functions: [Click on each image for more details]
The Scene buttonThe most useful
Portrait modeCan also look like a woman in a hat
Sports/action modeGreat for capturing fast moving scenes
Continuous Shooting modeKeep your finger on the shutter
Landscape or scenery modeGives front to back sharpness
Snow scene modeKeeps your snow shots bright
Night time portraitAllows your flash to fire carefully!
Macro or close up modeHelps you to focus in closer
FlashControl your flash with this button.
Anti red-eye modeStops the dreaded red eye
Self-timerGreat for selfies!
There are more and more functions being added to the latest compact cameras and even phones. Panorama will enable you to take a very wide shot of your surroundings and the fireworks mode (you’ll need a stable surface or tripod) can you help you with any form of ‘light painting’ shots as the shutter is held open for longer periods of time.
I recommend flicking through your camera manual with the ‘modes’ section open and having a play to see what else your camera can do – you may be pleasantly surprised!