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For instance; ask yourself

*Am I a beginner, amateur, advanced amateur, semi professional, or what?

*What rank do I want/expect to achieve and how long do I expect it to take?

*Is there a possibility I will never pick up the camera after the first few times?

*How will I mostly use the camera? Action like animals, sports and children? Or are most of my subjects still, maybe slight movement.

*For the few times I will do more advanced shooting, should I invest in a larger, more expensive one?

*How much do I want to invest? What: cost vs. how often I’ll use it, will I be happy with?

*What is the most I can possibly invest should I so choose? Even if I have to work overtime!?

*Am I willing to carry around a huge camera and accompanying equipment to get the most advanced shots?

*Do I have a specific need? I.E. I have to carry it in my shirt pocket. I have to make poster size prints. I am shooting fast moving subjects like speed boats.

*And, anything else you can come up with to fit your circumstances.

Don’t worry if you cannot balance the answers right now. By the time we are finished with categories of camera comparison you will know how to choose.

Entry level cameras, do create beautiful memories.

If you shoot still or slightly moving subjects a point & shoot may be just right for you. For landscapes they are fine as long as you don’t plan to zoom in too much. I’ve noticed that they seem to be universally great for close up photography.

That is the ones that have macro capability. Check out this picture taken with a $100 digital point & shoot. You can even see the thickness of the filter paper where it connects to the body of the cigarette.

In camera comparison, those at the entry level are taxed in low light shots and action shots. When you combine low light with action, like volley ball at sunset, you’ll be hard pressed to crisply capture the instant you want.

I find that even many who are new to photography, after they have made their camera comparison, decide they are better off with a little more advanced camera. As an example, many parents love to take pictures of their active toddlers or their youngsters in sports.

There are some point & shoots that do a pretty good job at it. Yet in comparison to faster cameras they blur or miss the shot altogether because the camera itself is slow to focus and shoot. It is seldom one will snap that vivid, close up memory with a point and shoot.

Can you see yourself in later years, sitting in your rocking chair, tears streaming down your cheek remembering when he kicked his first goal? This kind of vivid memory, to me, is priceless and you can only expect a revisit by using certain Advanced Point & Shoot cameras or a DSLR. (lots of $)

I am the type who wants it all. This alone would make my decision. I would get the money to invest and learn what I have to in order to create these memories.

That’s me. Is it you? This is one of the things to keep in mind during your camera comparison.

Prosumer is a fairly new term. It refers to goods that are high end consumer, bordering on professional grade. It seems the term prosumer has various meanings. I plan to avoid the term.

Here we have it. The camera comparison of different categories and how they can fit into your life.

A) ULTRA COMPACT CAMERAS

As of this writing the Canon Powershot SD remains the most popular. There are over 25 cameras in this category that get top ratings. They start around $150.00. There's even more than one "Powershot" available.

These are the smallest but, as you can see, not necessarily the least expensive. Some have quite advanced capabilities. And many have great photo quality. They offer the convenience of being easily stowed. I always keep a small camera in my glove box.

If very small size is necessary many in this category will certainly do a great job.

B) POINT & SHOOT

These are a little bigger camera. This category has the greatest variety available. They range from very inexpensive, simple cameras to quite complex.

It seems the Sony Cybershot has been quite popular for a long time. It remains a very popular camera. I had a P200 Cybershot. There are different model numbers, but the Cybershot name remains the same.

Right now the Canon PowerShot S95 is most popular on Amazon.com in this category.

A couple things Point & Shoots have in common are;

1) They do not have interchangeable lenses.

2) Most are still fairly small and flat.

3) They will take pictures ranging from very nice to beautiful.

I love this water tower in Milwaukee Wis. With just a little bit of post editing this picture can look like it is 100 years old. It was taken with a little point & shoot.

Differences in Point & Shoots include;

* Some are very simple with few settings. Others, quite complex.

* Prices are all accross the board.

* Most go from fully automatic to fully manual settings allowing you to advance and to choose how to get your own best results.

There is an old saying that goes "You get what you pay for." That is very applicable in this category of camera. The very inexpensive ones give the lowest quailty of picture. The more expensive cameras in this category offer quailty comparable to many DSLR cameras.

Keep that in mind if you need a small camera. You can get very good quailty, quick shots and still carry your camera in your pocket.

If you choose a Point & Shoot you will have to decide where in this category you want to be. That is a full camera comparison in itself. Start by deciding how simple or complex is right for you and what your budget will allow.

Remember, if you choose a point & shoot, plan to shoot mostly slow or still subjects. You’ll have to improve your reflexes and learn how to anticipate both the camera and your subject in order to get great action shots.

I am not saying you cannot take great action shots with point & shoot cameras. I am saying, in comparison, the number of great action shots will be substantially greater with the larger, faster cameras.

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