A Farewell to Compact Cameras John C Dvorak PCMagcom

But this trend toward using smartphone cameras appears to be unstoppable. It will eventually decimate the market for compact cameras, leaving only the DSLRs and mirror-less versions of the DSLR.

Everyone should assemble a small collection of interesting cameras. If you want to be a serious collector, though, youll have to probably hunt down some of the older seminal cameras from a decade or so ago. Ive tried to put aside some of the older cameras Ive used before they got too beat up. This includes a bunch of the now-clunky but still amusing 3MP cameras that were once state of the art, like the Nikon Coolpix 910 that had a unique swivel body. While the sensor produced a decent photo, the flash was perfectly placed to guarantee red eye in every shot!

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As a collector, Id also keep an eye out for some of the Ag digital cameras. Sheer clunkers by todays standards, you could actually get an interesting .7-1.2MP shot with a unique color balance.

VIEW ALL PHOTOS IN GALLERY

VIEW ALL PHOTOS IN GALLERY No matter what anyone says, phone cameras are still pinhole cameras. They should be used only in an emergency,new york asian escorts when you dont have a real camera handy. These cameras are also fit for people who wouldnt normally own a real camera and probably will take very few pictures with the phone anyway.

If you want to up the ante to a near-perfect compact 18X zoom camera, try to dig up a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35. This camera is one of the highest-rated cameras ever and is remarkable by any standards. Originally released in 2009 for $500, this cameras still sells for around $200 but a smart shopper can snag one for as low as $150. Good cameras do retain some value.

I have lost of few of the sub-1MP cameras and regret it. Dig those up and put them in a safe place. One camera that is fun to own is the old Olympus rocket ship-lA Farewell to Compact Cameras John C Dvorak PCMagcomooking 1.4MP D600L with the Progressive CCD. Ill go shoot with this thing every once in a while and people give me weird looks.

Some of these can be found at garage sales. Few of these ultimately collectible cameras have yet to appear at photo swap meets, but someday they will. And remember that with collectibles, condition is 90 percent of the value, so do not abuse them. Have fun.

My advice is to collect a few of the better ones while they are still available and lling in price. Im a n of the Kodak M1033, which is as small as they come. Its a 10MP workhorse with the ability to shoot a 16-by-9 720P HD video. You can find one for $65 brand new or as low as $35 if used or refurbished. I still shoot with this camera.

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Its crazy not to buy your next camera at a discount. The top compact cameras from a few years ago have seen only incremental changes. The standard pixel count has increased but it is still on a small die, which may affect the contrast adversely, although Photoshop has tools to fix the problem somewhat. These sorts of cameras are fun to play with and the oldest models that can shoot 8MP or more will beat any phone camera out there.

Compact cameras are amazing products, but in the next few years, they will be considered collectibles, going the way of those old bellows cameras that people once used religiously.

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