Point and shoot cameras can produce amazing results. The key is to learn your camera in much the same way you would learn the strings of a guitar if you were taking lessons. Different settings produce varied results, as do different brands and types of point and shoots.
My very first digital camera was a Sony Cybershot DSC-P72 with 3.2 megapixels. Compared to today’s point and shoots, it was clunky and the battery power didn’t last long. But it was a good little camera in which I got a lot of use out of for taking family photos and little pixelated videos. Looking back, the quality of the photos were pretty bad compared to the next camera I purchased, but for a “new” digital they were still considered not bad.
My next prize-winning point and shoot was a Sony Cybershot DSC-P200. At the time it sold for about $500, but it turned out to be a good investment. It had twice the amount of pixels than the previous camera, a longer lasting battery, and the result of my photos were pretty amazing (many of which sold).
Here, I took the same view with different settings:
Photo taken with SONY DSC-P200, f/2.8 @7.9 mm, 1/40, ISO 120, No Flash
Photo taken with SONY DSC-P200, f/7.1 @12.1 mm, 1/60, ISO 100, Flash
Photo taken with SONY DSC-P200, f/3.5 @12.1 mm, 1/250, ISO 100, No Flash
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