Cameras are something that many of us use when we go on vacation and then never touch it again until the following year. Or perhaps one grabs a camera to take pictures at a child’s graduation or a wedding or some other special event.
Whatever the case, if a person is basically a beginner or an infrequent photographer, it’s not a good idea to spend a lot of money to get a professional style camera with all the bells and whistles and lenses. What they should by is an average, middle of the road point and shoot camera.
Who Should Use One?
The best candidates for using a point and shoot camera are the beginner to photography, the infrequent photographer and children who are learning photography. Here are a few reasons why this is so:
Easier to Use
The reason why a typical point and shoot camera is best for the beginner is that usually you can just pick one up, turn it on and it’s ready to go. It might require that one stick in a memory card, but otherwise there isn’t much of a learning curve.
Point and shoot cameras are lighter than professional models, usually have a built in flash, and take good quality photos. You don’t have to focus or worry about settings, just look through the viewer, aim and shoot. It’s so simple that even a child can do it. In fact, there are point and shoot cameras made especially for even young children, which shows just how simple they are to operate.
Point and shoot cameras are also less expensive for the inexperience or infrequent photographer to use. You can get a great point and shoot for less than $200, although you can find them cheaper and also costlier, depending on the quality of the camera.
You can also buy smaller SD or other memory cards, as these usually can’t use the more expensive faster or larger cards like the professional SLR cameras do. Plus, you normally can’t buy other lenses, which could be seen as a bad thing, but if you are just starting out, you don’t need to be buying lots of kinds of lenses to use anyway and are better off spending that money on a slightly higher cost or better point and shoot model if you so desire.
All in all, the best candidates for users of point and shoot cameras are inexperienced or beginner photographers, people who take pictures very infrequently and so don’t really need a fancier camera, and they are a great choice for children who are just starting to learn how to take photos.