The latest point-and-shoot cameras are packed with advanced features that set them apart from the camera built into your smartphone.
In fact, Nikon’s new point-and-shoot range boasts many of the same features as a full DSLR camera, in a compact body that’s easy to carry around.
Do you need a point-and-shoot camera if you have a smartphone?
Your smartphone is probably equipped with pretty impressive cameras – so why carry another piece of equipment with you? Well, the tech powering point-and-shoots has come a long way in recent years – and they’re now a match for DSLRs in terms of picture quality.
The major advantages of using a point-and-shoot camera are sensor size and lens aperture – a bigger sensor and a larger aperture lens will let more light in.
This, together with a better quality lens, will give you more detail in your pictures and better pictures in low light. The small sensor and lens you get on a smartphone are no match for a point-and-shoot.
Here are some of the other ways point-and-shoot cameras have improved:
- Hybrid Autofocus – a combination of phase detection and contrast detection autofocus, giving you more accurate focusing – and therefore more consistently sharp pictures
- Frame rates – the number of frames per second you can shoot. Previously these cameras had low frame rates when shooting high quality images, but in many cases they are now faster than DSLRs
- Lenses – older point-and-shoots used to have ‘slow’ lenses which limited the maximum aperture. Now point-and-shoot lenses are much ‘faster’, giving you more latitude in low light and a more desirable shallow depth of field
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Meet the range
Nikon’s range of point-and-shoot cameras is one of the most advanced yet. It’s like having a DSLR that you can carry in your bag.
In a nutshell: a compact camera for everyday use
A good all-rounder, this camera is great for shooting a range of different images thanks to the 3.6 x zoom lens which provides a focal length range of 24-85mm (35mm equivalent).
It’s also built for macro photography – switch to Super Macro Mode to capture sharp detail in close-up objects.
In a nutshell: a camera that’s built for shooting outdoors
The DL18-50 has a wider lens than the DL24-85 – which makes it great for capturing landscapes.
You’ll also avoid ghosting and flare from the sun as the lens is covered with a special Nano Crystal coating.
In a nutshell: a pro camera with a stack of enhanced features
This camera has the largest lens of the 3 – allowing you to get up close to the image you want to frame, with Nikon’s signature Superzoom 21x lens and 24-500mm focal length.
With the OLED electronic viewfinder you can frame more accurately – giving you a through the lens experience normally only found on a DSLR.
As well as this, all 3 cameras have other features that help you get the best from your photos. With them, you’ll be able to:
- shoot 4K or slow motion videos
- navigate using the slick controls on the OLED touchscreen
- attach an electronic viewfinder – so you’ll see exactly what the lens can capture
- use built-in Wi-Fi to share your photos online with Nikon’s SnapBridge sharing app
The DL range isn’t available to buy right now – but it’ll be out this summer.
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