Compact Digital Camera are becoming very popular due to their less cost bracket and very handy and easy to carry pocket-able size. It is matter of fact that most of the camera and photography specific blogs write about certain model specific Compact Digital Camera, they often do not get into the tit bits of a Compact Digital Camera from technical point view. If an new user is not made easy with the terminologies of any new gadget he / she is going to buy, today or tomorrow, they will do the mistake of picking up a wrong model.
Just like our articles on Virtualization, Cloud Computing or Web Hosting, we do not try to push any Brand or Model from any manufacturer. We already wrote about digital photography, you might want to read it before reading this article on Compact Digital Camera.
Why buyers are interested about Compact Digital Camera
First of all, Compact Digital Camera comes within a handy price range, when compared to a DSLR. It is matter of fact Compact Digital Camera are point and shoot camera, that means, switch it on, keep everything on automatic click the shutter and done. This is the way most common users like. Today, any top level Compact Digital Camera has lot of advanced manual override settings, but how many users actually use these features of a Compact Digital Camera, that can be a question.
Size of a Compact Digital Camera is generally small. So, a Compact Digital Camera can actually offer ‘I am getting what I want’ kind of offerings to a general user.
What makes a Compact Digital Camera
First thing is that, the difference between a traditional automatic point and shoot camera, and a Compact Digital Camera are very small from the point of optics. The differences are pointed out here –
The user of a Compact Digital Camera does not need film, instead a ‘permanent digital film’, that is what captures the image. As you can understand, a traditional film camera can run nicely for decades as simply the film part is always changed. The lens of both Compact Digital Camera and film camera can get dirts and fungus, those can be cleaned by a pro, but cleaning part for this digital sensor might not work when a Compact Digital Camera gets aged. The reason is simply it is getting aged with increasing number of usages.
Second point is, for any film camera, the size of film is always 35 mm. They were more bigger ago, as you might recall. This 35 mm has been a landmark for digital photography – it is taken as full frame. For most Compact Digital Camera, you will never get a full frame sensor, that is the size of the sensor is usually smaller proportionally to the price of the Compact Digital Camera. Only the high end DSLR has the full frame sensors, like Canon 1D series cameras. This reduced size of the sensor is responsible for the less spatial resolution of any Compact Digital Camera.
The wrong concept of megapixels with Compact Digital Camera
High megapixel is definitely a plus point for any Compact Digital Camera, but it is not the main point of judgment before buying a Compact Digital Camera. The sensor size, the quality of lens those matters more.
What features you might want to have in a Compact Digital Camera
Image Stabilizer is a good feature for any Compact Digital Camera, simply because most Compact Digital Camera does not have the way to use a tripod to rest, it is too small to hold properly creating the situation tough to hold the Compact Digital Camera in a non-shaky way. Optical zoom should be within an acceptable minimum range.
Always look whether the Compact Digital Camera has both an optical viewfinder and the LCD. The reason is, under the sun, the LCD might now be easily readable.
Other points you need to look before buying a Compact Digital Camera are just like buying other computer related things – number and option of ports, type of battery (standard battery is always better over the proprietary) etc.
Choosing the brand of Compact Digital Camera
For Compact Digital Camera or a DSLR, I personally think it is not wise to go beyond the brands who are manufacturing only optical devices and camera for more than past two decades. Leica, Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony, Kodak, Olympus, Fujifilm and Panasonic would be my brands of suggestion for shortlisting your Compact Digital Camera.