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Reasons to Love Point and Shoot Cameras

I started my film journey using a Canon AE-1 Program SLR camera and it wasn't until I started running this shop that I realised how great point and shoot cameras really are.

Illustration of hand holding point and shoot camera in front of mountain range

1. They're compact. 

This is the main reason a lot of people opt for a point and shoot over a different kind of camera.

Has your arm ever gone dead from carrying around your SLR all day? No, just me? Okay, maybe I have weak arms. But either way, point and shoots are so compact you can put them in your pocket or bag wherever you go.

This makes them perfect for using everyday and even better for travelling. They fit so easily into your hand luggage for flights and your pocket for when you're exploring a new place.

I took my Yashica T5 to Edinburgh on a recent trip, and it was so refreshing to have such a small camera tucked easily into my bag.

Person holding Yashica T5 camera in the mirror.

2. They're quick and easy. 

We've all missed shots that we wanted to take because we couldn't get our camera there fast enough or the settings right quick enough.

With a point and shoot, you can get it from your pocket and ready to shoot in a matter of seconds. (Unless you put your headphones and camera in the same pocket, in which case, have fun untangling that mess.)

3. Focus on your framing. 

Being fully automatic or mostly automatic, point and shoots leave you with all your focus on just framing the shot. They allow you to forget everything else and focus on the one important thing: what is in your photograph. 

This seems like an obvious one, but sometimes when I am on the move, I get so mixed up with the settings on the camera, I forget to take the time to make sure everything is in the right place in the frame.

View of Edinburgh

4. They're inconspicuous. 

Trying to get candid shots of people around you with a big SLR is like eating Crunchy Nut on a movie set; they're going to notice. Smaller and more compact cameras that don't make a lot of noise, like a point and shoot (did you know that's what we are talking about?), means you can preserve those moments when people don't realise you're taking a photo. That sounds way creepier now I've written it down...

5. Last, but not least: your friends can use them to take pictures of you! 

This is by far the best perk and maybe the only way you will ever get photos of yourself. Have you ever handed your SLR to your friend and then had to spend 5 minutes explaining how to take the shot and how to focus the camera?

They can't mess up with a point and shoot. Or maybe they can. It depends what kind of company you keep. Maybe just spend time with other photographers...

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