Attachments for Digital Point and Shoot Cameras - dummies

Attachments for Digital Point and Shoot Cameras

By Thomas Clark

Find out what accessories, if any, are available for your digital point and shoot in order to improve the overall quality of your macro and close-up images.

Some point and shoot digital cameras enable you to attach close-up filters and lens adapters that increase magnification in your images, or macro specific lighting accessories. These can come in very handy in most macro and close-up shooting scenarios.

Typically you’ll find more accessories for compact digital cameras than you will for point and shoot digital cameras. This is mainly because point and shoots are marketed to mainstream consumers, and compacts are marketed to those who want the convenience of a smaller camera but still want more shooting options and higher quality.

Items to look for include the following:

  • Tele-converters (or tele-converter lenses) are available for most highend compact digital cameras (such as the canon G12 or the Nikon Coolpix line). You place a tele-converter in front of or behind the lens on a compact digital camera in order to increase magnification.

  • Macro lenses (or macro lens filters) increase magnification. You position them in front of the lens on your compact digital camera or point and shoot digital camera.

  • Mini-focusing rails can be used in conjunction with your digital point and shoot (or compact digital camera) and your tripod to make focusing and composing macro and close-up shots easier. Because mini-focusing rails are small and lightweight, they are great to travel with.

  • Ring lights are great for creating even lighting in macro and close-up situations — especially when using digital point and shoot and compact digital cameras, as these tend to have an extremely close effective focusing distance in macro mode.

  • Battery-powered flash units can light your subject from off-camera, assuming your digital point and shoot or compact digital camera has the ability to sync with the flash. Look for a hot shoe (a space on top of the camera that enables you to fix a flash or flash accessory to the camera) to see whether your camera is compatible with off-camera flash.