Photography Tips: 5 Reasons To Own a PAS

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When the smartphone camera become more powerful and the DSLR become cheaper, why do you still bother to get a Point-And-Shoot (P&S) camera? Well, that’s go through this post today together.

1. Convenience and Easy to Use

Point and Shoot (P&S) Camera
Point and Shoot (P&S) Camera

P&S is lightweight, small and compact in size. It is easy to fit into your pocket and carrying around. P&S only provides auto mode to you, no fine focus-adjustment, no aperture adjustment, what you need to do is really “point” the camera to your subject and “shoot” it, then the P&S will give you the best result as it could.

When compare to the smartphone camera, most of the modern P&S come with optical zoom and even the super optical zoom (20x~50x). That is the field that the P&S win over the smartphone camera, yet more convenience, lighter and smaller than a high zoom DSLR. Besides, a good P&S costs much lesser than a capable smartphone camera too.

2. Make Yourself “Invisible”

If you are thinking that hold a P&S will make you invisible and you can slap your friend like nothing happened, then go ahead (I’m not responsible for that =P). The invisible here does not mean that invisible. It means that a P&S is small enough so that it won’t draw too much attention from your subject (if you are shooting a human being). Not everywhere is common to see a “pro” DSLR, so you might shocked others when you lift up your “pro gear” and that might result in some unpleasant cases.

3. Waterproof

Waterproof P&S
Waterproof P&S

Both P&S and DSLR have very few waterproof-models,  but when they come to the price then the waterproof P&S will definitely be your first choice. Yea, there are some cheap waterproof accessories to equip your DSLR too but they might not as convenience and comfortable to use as waterproof P&S. So if you are going to take some pictures when you are diving then please do consider the waterproof P&S.

4. As a Backup Camera

It is always good to have a backup for what you have, like your data, computer, plan, and so on. That applies to your camera too. A good P&S cost much less than a smartphone camera nowadays yet provide better image quality than the smartphone camera. Unless you are running business or doing event shots, otherwise a P&S will be enough as a backup camera.

5. Keep Your Money Safe in Your Wallet


P&S is not lens-interchangeable so you don’t even bother about which lens to buy. You can use a small light weight tripod for few ten dollars instead of buying a professional heavy bulky tripod for few hundreds/thousand dollar. No expensive camera bag is needed, the pouch which comes with your camera purchased will do the job well. You can use some simple free software to edit your photos instead of using any specific RAW post-processing software which requires you to purchase the license from few tens to hundreds dollar in order to use it. When you take those costs into account then you will realize they cost you another hundreds/thousand dollar “unexpectedly”.

Bottom Line

The current technology has made the camera phone become more popular and the image quality is getting better than ever before. However, a dedicated P&S still manage to produce much better image quality at a cheaper price than a good camera phone. If you are travelling or attending any event, please do consider at least bring a P&S along. It is lightweight, portable

Well, are you still confused which camera system you should look into? You may read my 5 Reasons to Own a Mirrorless and 5 Reasons to Own a DSLR. Welcome to leave your thoughts and comments here.


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