Digital Point-and-Shoot Cameras: Pros and Cons

Sales of digital point-and-shoot cameras are tanking. Nikon recently announced it is closing a factory in China. So why be interested in digital point-and-shoot cameras? Here are some Pros and Cons:

Pros

  • They are relatively cheap compared to DSLRs.
  • They are relatively small.
  • Most have zoom capabilities (that your iPhone does not have)!
  • They allow you to set exposure to some degree.

Cons

  • Most do not fit into your pocket as easily as your smartphone does.
  • The lenses are not very fast. You need the flash in low light (and you often end up with red eyes).
  • They aren’t as good as “real” DSLR cameras as far as ability to make adjustments and the quality of images.

The biggest advantages of point-and-shoot camera are their ability to zoom in and adjust exposure. When smartphones can zoom and adjust exposure point-and-shoot cameras will go into photographic history like the Instamatics have.

Speakers: 3 Reasons To Use Your Own Photos!

I hate to see questions on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn asking for the best places to find photos for a presentation. The obvious, at least to me, answer is to look through your own photos. Here are 3 reasons:

  1. You should be the expert at what you are talking about. If you can find photos online, maybe you are not the one who should be speaking about a topic. I guess I can speak about vacationing in Rome…even though I’ve never been there…just by getting a bunch of photos that others have taken! I don’t do that. I only speak about topics I really know about based upon first hand experience.
  2. It’s also silly to project an image that others may have seen before. Smiling faces around a office table look phony and usually silly. How many meeting have you ever attended where everybody is good looking, smiling, and seem to be intense…at the same time?
  3. Assuming you are not a professional photographer, the audience does not expect perfect pictures. They come to hear you, not necessarily admire your photographic skill.

Take pictures whenever you can, you never know when you can use them for an upcoming speech.

Incidentally, I took the photo of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden several years ago. I was in the perfect place at the perfect time. So when I speak about garden photography I know that nobody has has this shot exactly the way I got it. It isn’t the best photo ever taken at the BBG, but it’s pretty good. 🙂

One photo IS worth a thousand images!

My iPhone says it has 23,333 images stored in it. They take up a lot of space. I don’t really care about most of them. I don’t have any prints of any of them!

However, I do have a picture (of me) taken about 65 years ago. My parents saved it. I save it. It’s real. You can hold it in your hand.

How many memories have you actually printed out. All it takes is a 4″x6″ print. It will be much more important in years and decades to come than your last image, in my case, IMG_5659.jpg.

Sometimes your iPhone isn’t enough!

Most photos I take are taken with my iPhone. However, a smartphone is not always adequate. I could not have taken a photo of this bird if I didn’t have a point-and-shoot camera handy…with a long telephoto setting. You don’t necessarily need an expensive DSLR if you have a good point-and-shoot that can fit in your pocket.

A Splash of Color

Sometimes, you want one element of your photo to stand out. One way to accomplish this is to make the rest of the photo black and white. Color Splash (an iPhone app) lets you do this easily. Here’s an experiment I made with it when Color Splash originally came out. The pumpkin’s orange color jumps out at you with the black and white background.