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Analog Compact Cameras

Buying Guide
'Analog Compact Camera' is just a fancy name for a small camera that uses...
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Buying Guide

'Analog Compact Camera' is just a fancy name for a small camera that uses film, with the popularity of digital cameras so prevalent today we have to find a way to differentiate between them, and calling them a 'camera' just won't do anymore as at this point in time when you say camera you most likely mean a digital one.

And yes believe it or not there are people that still use film cameras, those who prefer to hold a tangible picture in their hands and there is something to be said about that really, considering it feels more real than a digital picture. You can hold a picture in your hands, you can put it in a scrapbook, you can take it with you and share with friends and family. Sure some of those things you can do with a digital pictures but it's really not the same. I like both styles of cameras really, even though I don't own a film camera personally, but my wife does, and she takes more than enough pictures for both of us. I take many pictures with my digital cameras, but it's not quite the same as using an analog camera and having the results in your hands or in a photo album that you can take out anytime to view at your leisure.

When it comes to cameras that use film, especially the compact types you're kind of limited to what you can buy anymore as digital cameras are quickly rendering these types of cameras obsolete, but there is still a demand for them and companies are still producing them, after all if there is a profit to be made they'll make it.

These are the traditional style of cameras and can trace their history all the way back the first camera, they work virtually the same way as the first camera did by capturing light on a photographic medium or film. Most of the analog cameras on the market today use 35mm film, at one point there were a few different types of film out there that cameras used including 110, and disc styles, these were popular because they were easy for the average person to work with.

As time passed of course technology advanced and electronic cameras came along that made using 35mm film much more easier for the regular person, so it has become the most common type of film in use today.

Most compact cameras are just that, compact, and don't have all of the features or bells and whistles of their larger, full-sized counterparts, but you'd be surprised that come of them can be just as powerful and have quite a lot of features built into such a small body.

The type that you'll be looking to purchase will depend solely on your own needs.

The most basic compact analog cameras are the point and shoot type with no focus or such features, some won't even have a flash, but most will most likely have a flash and possibly red-eye reduction.

The next level or style up would be the basic camera with just more features included with it, like an auto focus lens, or possibly even zoom capabilities. Of course these will include a flash, and most most likely a red-eye reduction feature also.

Some compact analog cameras look and act just like their full-sized counterparts, but they're only smaller. These types are much more advanced with sometimes auto and manual focus features, ability to change many more settings and even the possibility of interchangeable lenses. These types cvan have a built in flash or possibly a hot shoe to attach an external flash or maybe even both so you can choose what's right for your particular photo's situation.

The majority of analog cameras require film to be loaded into them and then sent away for processing, but some of these cameras are rather special in that they develop the film instantly for you, these have the brand name Polaroid usually, or the most popular brand name, but other companies did produce them. These use a film cartridge with the 'pictures' already in them, when you take a picture a few seconds later your picture slides out of a slot usually located on the front of the camera, but with some styles the slot if located on the sides or the bottom. Polaroids were great for their time and are pretty much obsolete now, but there is word that Polaroid might be developing a new camera based of the same type of technology for the future.

When looking to purchase an analog compact camera I would suggest looking for some nice features like auto focus, red-eye reduction and specifically find ones that are easy to use. Yes you can get those 'disposable' cameras but honestly they usually don't take good pictures, there are some exceptions to the rule with some of them actually doing a decent job at picture taking, but generally they don't work well.

If you're looking for a compact camera then obviously you want something small, and there are some that are small enough to easily fit in your pocket that do a good job at taking photographs, and some even have a few of the more advanced features built in.

There are many choices out there still available to purchase and you're going to have to wade though all of them, but sites like TestFreaks and many others out there that offer honest reviews, ratings and user opinions that can greatly help you to figure out what's best for you. They'll tell you how well the camera does it's job and just how well the features actually work.

Though anymore these types of cameras are seldom reviewed, but of course there is still the hobbyist, niche or enthusiast market or them where they are still commonly discussed and used. Seeking out these places is your best bet really to find real opinions and get a feel of how the camera you want is going to work for you.

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