The smartphone is the new entry-level camera. Nowadays, digital compact (also known as point-and-shoot) cameras have advanced features that are perfect for someone who has an interest in photography and wants to play around with manual settings.
Compact cameras are more affordable than ever and an inexpensive camera option for getting in the game. Compared to your smartphone, compact cameras’ battery life is made to last, allowing you to take up to 500 photographs per charge. Sure, you can use your phone, but you won’t necessarily have it charged for when you need to fire up your GPS location.
Compact cameras are still as easy to use as ever, but give you more creative control over smartphones with:
- optical (versus digital) zoom functions for true image quality
- larger (1/2.3″) sensor sizes for sharper, clearer photos
- larger aperture that utilises depth-of-field for smoother bokeh
- better low-light performance, useful at night
- motion tracking for great action shots
WHAT IS BOKEH?
Bokeh (pronounced bohkay) is the aesthetic quality of a blur in the out-of-focus part of an image produced by a lens. It makes photos more visually appealing, and allow photographers to focus on a particular area in an image.
If you’re a scuba diver interest in dabbling in underwater photography, here’s a life hack for you: Compact camera housings are much more affordable than intermediate- to pro-level DSLRs housings.