Camera Guidelines

What is the best kind of camera to use?

I recommend staff use compact point and shoot cameras as there are plenty on the market fit for purpose, they are discreet, they are less likely to scare off the 'camera shy' and are easier and more familiar to most people.

The key thing to look for in a compact camera is its ability to shoot in low light settings without flash - as this is the approach I recommend. So you're looking for a camera with a low f stop number F2 or F1.8 is best and a high light sensitivity (one that has high ISO) These cameras come in at the higher end of the price range market for compact cameras but the results are worth it if it's feasible.

Amazon is a good starting point for price - you can get a base line from there and then look around on-line to see if you can find anything cheaper. It’s worth checking when you purchase a camera whether you have to pay extra for a case, recharger etc. - you may get a better deal on another site if you include accessories. The main accessory is obviously the recharger.

Cameras that score high on ratings, produce the results I mentioned re low light and can be handled both by a novice (auto settings) and someone with more experience (use of manual settings) are the following:

  • Canon Powershot S110 or S120
  • Sony Cybershot DSC - RX100
  • Panasonic Lumix LX7
  • Nikon Coolpix P7100
  • Fujifilm x10
  • Olympus XZ1