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  1. Hans
    Jan 26 - 6:58 am

    Totally agree.

  2. K W B
    Jan 26 - 7:48 am

    Written like a true amateur that hasn’t quite got it figured out.

  3. Federico
    Jan 26 - 8:14 am

    I couldn’t agree more with you! This post is absolute genius! I could add “face detection” to the list, maybe…

  4. Aaron Brown
    Jan 26 - 8:33 am

    I wholeheartedly agree with every point you’ve made. My last point and shoot was 5mp and I have plenty of 8x10s printed on my wall made by it – unless you want to do some serious cropping, 5-6mp is really about the right size for 90% of people out there.

  5. jwylie
    Jan 26 - 8:41 am

    neon pink and other vomit inducing colors should go too

  6. jwylie
    Jan 26 - 8:42 am

    …oh and image stabilization that is nothing more than increased ISO…

  7. Fabula
    Jan 26 - 10:10 am

    1. Agreed, but slightly moot now as it is vanishing from the descriptions on most cameras.

    2. I would put this as 1. Completely agree. When people ask me for advice, I have been telling them for a while that 6mp is more than sufficient for normal use.

    3. Yup, but for normal people, high iso is less of an issue. Yes it would be fantastic to have, but most people take photos outside on sunny days, and don’t notice the noise too much when they try photos indoors.
    Also, with points 2 and 3, the manufacturers may not want to cannibalise their DSLR sales with cheap point and shoots that actually do perform well in low light or fast shot situations.

    4. Never encountered.

    5. Not noticed any problem with sounds.

    6. Lag. Point and shoots just seem too unresponsive, when changing from my relatively old 350D. Get them working faster!

  8. Eric
    Jan 26 - 11:10 am

    Don’t underestimate 6 mega pixels. I once blew up a 6mp image from a D40 to 16×20″ and it looked fine. The New York Times ran a good test comparing prints from various mega pixel cameras and the simple fact is most of people can’t distinguish between a 4 megapixel image as a 13 megapixel image printed at 16×24″.

  9. Kim Bentsen
    Jan 26 - 4:32 pm

    You have basically specified my Coolpix 5000 from 2001. It is a quality build of magnesium matching the quality of some DSLR’s of today. I like that camera and it has 28-85mm equivalent optical zoom and 5 megapixels – AND compact flash card. How perfect is that!

    That being said, I love my 1Ds mark III a little bit more ;-)

  10. [...] basis, but point and shoots are full of useless and/or legacy features that really ought to go. This list over at Photography Bay gets it right, and I’ve got a couple of my [...]

  11. Ken Morrill
    Jan 26 - 7:09 pm

    I would like to add any kind of effect that could just as well be applied afterward. Sepia comes to mind. Such things should be done later.

  12. Marcin k
    Jan 27 - 9:31 am

    When it comes to sounds, at least in EU, I think this is enforced by law. This is also why camera phones make a sound. It is not possible do disable it on my phone.

  13. Candy N
    Jan 28 - 1:59 pm

    Not exactly a “feature” but… time for proprietary memory like xD and Memory Sticks to go…

  14. william
    Jan 29 - 4:53 am

    ” Eric
    January 26th, 2009 at 11:10 am
    Don’t underestimate 6 mega pixels. I once blew up a 6mp image from a D40 to 16×20″ and it looked fine. The New York Times ran a good test comparing prints from various mega pixel cameras and the simple fact is most of people can’t distinguish between a 4 megapixel image as a 13 megapixel image printed at 16×24″. ”

    Sensor on a D40 and sensor on a 6MP P&S is on different playing fields… read up on it before making comparisons…

  15. Bill
    Jan 29 - 2:51 pm

    How about crummy video capability? The quality is of no real use, so why bother?

  16. Phist
    Feb 26 - 8:00 pm

    The lag on point and shoot cameras is my biggest beef with them. The rest of the features are all optional, for example my camera has digital zoom but I never use it. But I think a point and shoot digital camera should be like that, not point, hold button for several seconds, take crappy picture of missed opportunity.

  17. Ken
    Feb 26 - 10:10 pm

    I was just reviewing some of my konica digital pictures from 2003 (5 mp) and they look better than most of my current day shots (8-10 mp)

  18. Javier
    Apr 30 - 9:51 pm

    Totally Agree!… Please Big Ones, Will be a real like dream to see a 6mp sensor with a clean 1600iso with the tech improvements of today sensors…and if from this point the big ones want to hype the iso to 12000 or so, ok bt at least it starts with a more rational sensor/pixel ratio. Thanks for such funny article. Best regards

  19. Quazi Ahmed Hussain
    May 11 - 3:38 am

    Good reading. I’ve made about 13,000 shots with P&S cameras which probably gives me some opportunity to comment.

    All the five features mentioned above for discarding are correct. However, make no mistake that P&S digicams turn out good images under sufficient lighting conditions. They also perform pretty well at night using the built-in flash for short distances. It meets all the needs of a pure amateur photographer who “just” casually shoots whenever he/she feels like. They are never serious about it.

    But the serious hobbyist will have to resort to prosumer DSLR as this equipment, with bigger sensors, does have the capability to respond to their calls that I’m experiencing now. P&Ss with their tiny sensors can never do that. Certainly the gimmicks should be abandoned as these only mislead the customer to lose some extra bucks for nothing.

  20. r0cks7ar
    Oct 15 - 4:07 pm

    Well Said, A feature that i would love to see stop before it goes to far is Video which is now being stuck on DSLR’s, if I wanted a camera with video then I’d by camcorder its completley pointless most of them can only manage around 20mins, not to mention the additional circuitry, buttons and menus that are obviously cheapening the rest of the camera.

    I’ve actually just heard that the next Hasselblad H is going to have HD video, Satnav, DD 5.1 Surround Sound, MP3 player, games and with there new range of revolutionary lenses the camemera can also be used as a night vision Monocular. and if you think I’m over exadurating there just look at mobile phones you can’t by one those these days with out all the pointless gimmicks of Cameras, torches, games/programs, internet, mp3 players, video, blah blah blah….

  21. T,Ghosh
    Aug 07 - 2:28 am

    Couldn’t agree more but what’s the use of moaning?
    D’ya think Bill Gates’ minders are going to stop shovelling out bloated Win versions, stuffed with apps very many, if not most, will never use, just ‘cos the users whinge? Get real!

  22. itlog
    Nov 18 - 8:45 pm

    the worst thing to happen to cameras for me is that right now people can take as many pictures as they want that they never think about positioning composition and lighting of the shots. but then again thats just me.

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