Compact cameras are the ideal way of taking photographs on holiday, or as a hobby, when size and weight are an issue. Small and lightweight, the modern compact camera, is filled with technology that makes taking photos an absolute joy. Slip your point and shoot camera in your pocket as you leave the house and be ready for any amazing opportunities that come your way. Held in the palm of the hand, the compact digital camera allows superb images to be captured with the press of a button. All the shutter speeds and apertures are instantly set, as is the pin sharp focusing. However if you fancy taking control, the compact digital camera can be used as a fully manual camera, with all the normal over-rides of a much larger camera, allowing for amazingly creative images. No camera knowledge required, the compact camera is a great way to get into proper photography and beats the mobile phone hands down for quality and versitility.