Point and Shoot or compact cameras are now less famous with the advent of superior cams in smartphones and affordable DSLRs. But we discussed with professional baby photographer Sarah Milton from Newborn Photography Melbourne on how compact cameras could still be quite handy on travel and better than smartphone or DSLR. Vacations involve carrying plenty of stuff and big camera and lenses could easily add weight to it. On top of it activities like hiking, snorkeling, diving etc could damage your DSLR.
But you still have that want to be able to take good pictures, even if photography isn’t the point of the journey. And smartphone camera won’t get the job done, especially in a location with lots of water, sand, snow, or adverse temperatures.
Save the Day with Point and Shoot Cameras
While point and shoot cameras have fallen out of general use because of smartphones, these cameras still suit some specialized niches like travelling. Compact cameras are best for travelling light and at the same time built to resist shocks, cold, and water – among other things – and they still deliver high quality pictures that can easily be shared online with family and friends. Here are some of the compact camera features that give them edge over smartphone camera.
The term waterproof is somewhat variable. Many cameras that are available cheap are good up to 14 feet. This is more than enough to survive the hotel, a pool, surfing and snorkeling. After usage, just run the camera under some clean water and then dry it off before cracking it open to get to the card, connection port, or battery. These kinds of cameras typically come with a flash built in that make them suitable for underwater photography where the lights are typically low.
Most of the compact cameras are made with bright materials so they can be easy to find. It can also be attached to a cheaply-available float that helps in keeping your camera afloat in the water.
Smartphones are hardly a smart choice near the water hence waterproof compact cameras are here to take some stunning shots of your beach vacations.
2. Works in Extreme Cold
What if you were taking a trip to somewhere really cold? It’s great to go snowboarding and skiing, but you end up getting pretty cold when out all day, no matter how insulated you are. Try leaving your smartphone in a cold climate for just 20 minutes and you’ll be staring at a dead battery screen. Compact cameras are tough enough to keep working through the bitter cold weather. Play in the snow and capture your moments with the compact camera.
While being shockproof is another variable term, most cameras pull off being shockproof well. Shocks can be a camera being knocked off of a table in a hotel room or restaurant, being dropped and hitting the ground in the bustle of a crowd, and dropping it when hiking, snowboarding, and skiing. All of those scenarios could destroy a smartphone, but that’s the environment in which a tough camera thrives.
4. Superior Shooting Modes and Effects
Something else that make compact cameras so great is they can use lots of different picture styles, scene modes, and effects. There are literally myriads of shooting modes that can be applied to the photos and make them so unique. So you choose the right mode according to your activity like skiing, snorkelling, windsurfing etc. Apply some extra effects to a photo like making it look older or apply Instagram filters directly from the camera.
5. Wi-Fi, GPS, and Optical Zoom
Point and Shoot cameras are more than just tough. They’ve got no extra parts that can collect dirt, water, ice, or girt. Their optical zooms can give you a solid 5x magnification without any blur. They’re leagues above the digital zoom on a smartphone. Let’s be honest, those digital zooms look awful. Optical zoom uses glass meaning that they always have the same contrast and sharpness no matter how far they are zoomed in. Compact cameras also generally come with the GPS to geotag your photos. They also generally have Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity to allow you to connect to the smartphone and upload pictures ready to be shared on social media or attached to emails.
Not to mention these cameras can shoot video, often in 1080p HD. So, you’ve got a BluRay level of resolution from a pocket sized camera which is ideal for any traveller.
The best point and shoot cameras are made by companies that also manufacture interchangeable lens and DSLRs. In short compact cameras come with better optics, superior sensors and more usability than a smartphone camera.