My friend Chris Gampat, a professional photographer, has lifted a great burden off my shoulders. He’s answering a question I’m asked all the time: What camera should I buy? Instead of giving specific models Chris has run through the checklist you should run through: “How to Choose a Point and Shoot.”
The problem with giving actual model numbers is the game is constantly changing. Something new is coming out all the time while older models are retired. It’s impossible for me or Chris to keep up with lines of cameras we won’t ever use.
The biggest problem is most people take their camera out of the box and never touch or change anything! The camera makes decisions while in “AUTO” based on generalizations and assumptions–but they’re not always right.
“AUTO” often produces blurry photos in situations where the same camera could have produced something sharper!