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What Point and Shoot Suits You?

When shopping the digital marketplace for a Point and Shoot camera, you certainly won’t have a lack of options. Manufacturers produce numbers of cameras that fall into various price ranges, each with their own features designed to meet the needs of you, the consumer.

It’s important to take a moment and asses what your needs and wants are.

Camera for the Vacationer/ Adventurer

Taking a vacation? Are you going to be sitting pool side or spending time on the beach? Plan on going hiking? Skiing or snowboarding? Then you need a camera that is compact, tough, and resistant against the elements.

The Pentax Optio W90 is fit for vacationers and adventurers alike. It’s water proof, cold proof, and capable of taking great underwater pictures. With an outer shell of reinforced polycarbonate (a fancy plastic), the W90 is shockproof can take a fall.

First Camera

Buying your first digital camera? Looking for a gift for a friend or family member? Then you need a small camera that delivers performance.

The Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS is a 14.1 megapixel camera, which is astounding for its price. Its slim rounded edges let the camera slip into your pocket. It has multiple in camera effects, face detection, and is accessible to all users.

A Little Bit More

Sometimes going through a camera’s menu and interface can be frustrating. Point and Shoots are designed to do exactly what their handle states, point and shoot. But a camera with great presets and in-camera tips will promote easy use and provide a good user experience.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V is a bit pricier than your typical entry-level Point and Shoot, but its start up is quick and its easy to navigate. The HX5V also has features that the experienced photographer will be looking for, like HDR, a 10x optical zoom, a wide aperture range, 1080p HD video, and a full manual mode. This leaves room for a beginner to grow and learn more about photography as time progresses.

Also, take a look at the Canon PowerShot S95. You can quickly adjust camera settings with the S95’s control ring. It takes great shots in lowlight and its, almost endless, in camera shooting modes gives you great options.

Advanced user

Already own a Point and Shoot? Are you looking for a camera that offers more control, but aren’t ready to make the financial commitment and delve into the world of DSLRs? Maybe you already have a great DSLR, but are looking for another option in your camera bag.

If either of these cases are true, then be sure to look at these fixed lens “companion cameras”.

Canon PowerShot G12

The Canon G12 has a button layout that is very similar to a DSLR’s. Its Macro mode and close range focusing are great and it provides a fast shutter speed.

Nikon Coolpix P7000

The P7000’s jog dials and button configuration are also close to what is on a DSLR camera. It has a massive ISO and aperture range, a clear LCD screen, and 7.1x optical zoom.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

The Lumix DMC-LX5 is also very comparable. It’s a great option for users looking to enter into advanced photography. It’s slim, has a pop-up flash, and a great video mode.

Zoom cameras

Plan on shooting landscapes? How about some portraits or great candids at a special event? Sometimes, there is no feeling worse than framing your shot and running out of zoom. Check out these fixed lens zoom cameras.

Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

With 14.1 megapixels, 35x optical zoom lens, an optical view finder, and a 2.7 inch vari-angle LCD screen, the SX30 IS will serve you well!

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

The FZ100 has a 24x optical zoom lens, a viewfinder, a 3.0 inch free-angle LCD, and great continuous shooting with continue auto focus.

These are just some of the great Point and Shoot cameras we sell at Abe’s of Maine. Click here to check out all of the great deals we have this holiday season.

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