Point and Shoot cameras are great tools for taking great shots, but they have been pushed aside by the so called professional photographers. I bumped into the following article from Digital Camera Review which recognizes the value of this category of cameras.
“When we see professional photographers on the news and in the movies it often appears that only the dSLR cameras and super-fast lenses they carry are capable of making great images. Most amateur shooters want to take good pictures too, but they don’t want to spend a lot of money on esoteric photographic gear or learn anything about f-stops. Consequently, many amateur/casual photographers believe that only complex and expensive gear can produce truly beautiful photographs. Socket wrenches and screwdrivers don’t fix cars–good mechanics do! Cast iron skillets and French saut–pans don’t create delicious meals–good cooks do! The camera (like a cast iron skillet or a socket wrench) is simply a tool. And learning how to use that tool is how you can create amazing images.
…it isn’t the camera that creates great images, it is the person behind the camera. So, if you believe that you can’t shoot professional quality portraits with your compact P&S digital camera, you are mistaken. P&S digicams are cheaper, smaller, lighter, and generally easier to use than dSLR cameras and, up to 8×10 inch prints, good P&S enlargements are essentially indistinguishable from dSLR prints of the same size.
You don’t have to buy the latest (or most expensive) camera model to capture fantastic people photos. All it takes is a little bit of patience, adhering to a few simple rules, and some practice. Good luck and good shooting.
If you have an inexpensive P&S camera, don’t feel ashamed of going out into the neighborhood and take some pictures. With practice and persistence your friends will notice that it’s not the camera, but the person behind the camera taking those great shots. Be bold, go ahead and start pressing the shutter button. Remember: Persistence Makes Perfection. Good Day.
Credit: How To: Take Great Photos With Your Point and Shoot by Howard Creech, Digital Review Staff