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Model - GoPro Hero9, Resolution (MP) - 20 Mega Pixels, Display (Inch) - 2.27 Inch Touch Display, Front Display - Yes, Interface - WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, USB-C, Face Detection - Yes, Video (Res.) - 5K (30, 24 fps), 4K (60, 30, 24 fps), 2.7K (120, 60, 30, 24 fps), 1440p (120, 60, 30, 24 fps), 1080p (240, 120, 60, 30, 24 fps), Memory Type - microSD (Class 10 or UHS-I), Battery - 1720mAH lithium-ion Removable Rechargeable Battery, Weight (gm) - 158gm, Specialty - 5K Ultra HD Action Camera, Built-In Mounting with Folding Fingers, HERO9 Black Mods Compatibility, HyperSmooth 3.0 Video Stabilization, TimeWarp 3.0 Video, SuperPhoto + Improved HDR, Night Lapse Video, Digital Lenses (SuperView, Wide, Linear + Horizon Leveling, Linear, Narrow), Live Streaming in 1080p, Webcam Mode, Power Tools (HindSight, LiveBurst, Scheduled Capture, Duration Capture), Voice Control with Wake on Voice, RAW in All Photo Modes, Presets + On-Screen Shortcuts, Intuitive Touch Screen, Touch Zoom, Portrait Orientation, Photo Timer, Rugged + Waterproof to 33ft (10m), 8x Slo-Mo, 100Mbps Bit Rate, Face, Smile, Blink, + Scene Detection, Exposure Control, GP1 Chip, Protune, Protective Housing (HERO9 Black) Compatible, RAW Audio Capture (.wav Format), Advanced Wind-Noise Reduction, Stereo Audio, AW Photo Capture (Time Lapse and Night Lapse Modes), Status Light, Warranty - 1 year, Color - Black, Others - Photo: 20MP + SuperPhoto with HDR, SuperPhoto: with HDR, Video: 5K30, Video Stabilization: HyperSmooth 3.0, Video File Format: MP4 (H.264/AVC), MP4 (H.265/HEVC), Max Video Bit Rate: 100Mbps (2.7K, 4K, 5K), Horizon Leveling: In-Camera, Digital Lenses / FOV: SuperView, Wide, Linear, Linear + Horizon-Leveling, Narrow, Front Screen: 1.4 Inch Color LCD with Live Preview and Status, Rear Touch Screen: Yes, Rugged + Waterproof: 33ft (10m), Frameless Mounting With Folding Fingers: Yes, TimeWarp Video: TimeWarp 3.0, Time Lapse Video: Yes, Night Lapse Video: Yes, Slo-Mo: 8x, HindSight: Yes, LiveBurst: Yes, Scheduled Capture: Yes, Voice Control: Yes, Wake on Voice: Yes, Advanced Wind-Noise Reduction: 3-Mic Processing, Stereo Audio: Yes, LEDs: 2, Replaceable Lens: Yes, Dimensions: 71.8 x 50.8 x 33.6mm
Point and Shoot or Compact Digital cameras make up a large segment of the camera market thanks to their ease of use and their affordable price. As opposed to digital SLR cameras, point and shoot cameras are compact, easy-to-use and provide great picture quality without much effort. In order to use these cameras, the user only needs to press the shutter button. The camera automatically adjusts the shutter speed, aperture, focus and light sensitivity. The pictures captured by these top rated point and shoots are sharp with exceptional color representation. Before buying a point and shoot camera, it is necessary to compare the different types in the market. This point and shoot buying guide will help you choose the best one to suit your needs.
Choosing the right camera for you can be confusing with all the options on the market. We've put together this guide to help you navigate the point and shoot camera options and to answer your questions.
When it comes to the best digital point and shoot cameras, there are many types to choose from. The major types to choose from are basic point and shoots, superzooms, super compact cameras, rugged/waterproof, and advanced compacts.
The basic point and shoot camera is best suited for people who are happy with auto features. This type comes with in-camera automation features so users don’t have to manually set controls to take pictures. These cameras are well-known for providing very good auto modes and scene selections for those perfect in-camera settings. The advanced point and shoot are compact cameras that provide the advantages of DSLR-like features with the bonus of portability. These offer manual control for setting the aperture, shutter and ISO, which makes it easy to capture images. They also provide better image quality in comparison to normal fixed-lens cameras. Super-Zoom cameras offer magnified focal lengths anywhere from 20x to 30x optical zoom, giving both impressive wide-angle shots and telephoto reach. These cameras also provide manual control for aperture and shutter, as well as image stabilization. There are also portable super-zooms that offer 10-15x zoom with even more portability. Lastly, Rugged-style point and shoot cameras are made to withstand extremes in just about any environment, making them ideal for the extreme-sport enthusiast, mountaineers, etc. These cameras are uniquely designed to be shockproof, waterproof and weatherproof. Extremely durable, but still providing great image quality.
When choosing a digital camera, it is essential to first understand the features which are most important in your future purchase.
Although the misconception is that more megapixels means better images, this isn’t necessarily the case. Sensor size has more impact on the clarity of your photos, especially in low-light situations. If shooting in low-light situations is a priority for you, consider a point and shoot with a larger image sensor. If a powerful zoom is more important, look for something with a smaller sensor.
When looking at different point and shoots, it’s important to differentiate those that utilize optical zoom vs. digital zoom. Although digital zoom can give a longer zoom range, image quality is compromised. Some cameras offer both optical zoom with extended digital zoom. If zoom lenses are an important feature to you, optical is the way to go even though it adds a little bulk.
Most point and shoots do not have viewfinders and instead have an LCD screen to help you line up a shot. Larger LCD screens are more expensive but offer you a better view of your framing. Some high end compacts still have optical viewfinders which are helpful for composing in bright light when it’s difficult to see an LCD screen because of glare.
Premium quality LCD screens are important when choosing your camera. A large 3 inch LCD is better for giving you a more accurate preview of your shot. Higher quality LCDs provide better color and have better visibility in bright light.
This feature is very helpful when taking pictures in low light. Since the camera will often choose a slower shutter speed to get a better exposure, an image can have a blurred effect even with a sturdy grip. Image stabilization, or IS as it is also known, can help with this. The two methods often used are optical image stabilization and sensor movement. Optical IS adjusts the lens to compensate for movement, while sensor movement adjusts the position of the sensor to compensate for any shake. Another method used is digital image stabilization, which attempts to correct the blurring after the image is shot.
Many point and shoot cameras come with different shooting modes that automatically help photographers get the most out of any scene. The camera will recognize a scene, saving you time from having to change settings.
Most digital cameras these days offer facial recognition features to help detect your subjects faces in a scene. The camera senses a face and locks focus and exposure suitable for the image. Like face recognition, some cameras provide smile recognition features which automatically detects a face and takes the picture when they smile.
Many modern point and shoot cameras now come with built-in Wi-Fi, offering a great way to share photos through social media sites by connecting to a Wi-Fi hotspot. NFC (Near Field Communication) is a feature on some cameras that help them connect directly to a mobile device for image preview and sharing.
Most point and shoots come with their own rechargeable lithium-ion batteries for extended use. Some still are powered by normal AA batteries for those who don’t always have access to an outlet.
Most digital cameras are compatible with Secure Digital (SD) or Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) format cards for faster read/write speeds offering storage capacities up to 32GB.
If you still have questions or if you are struggling to pick the right one for you, feel free to talk to our experts, we’ll certainly be able to help you make an informed purchase.