: having or using preset or automatically adjusted controls (as for focus or shutter speed)
a point-and-shoot camera

Examples of point-and-shoot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Others covered the lenses of point-and-shoot cameras with solar glasses. K.c. Alfred, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Apr. 2024 There’s a special solar safe filter included to capture stunning still photos and video of the eclipse with your smartphone, DSLR, or point-and-shoot camera without damaging its photo sensor. Sage Anderson, Rolling Stone, 3 Apr. 2024 The latest cameras have write speeds at a minimum of 10 MB/s, while older DSLRs and point-and-shoot cameras are slower. Michael E. Bakich, Discover Magazine, 24 Feb. 2024 Emptying the vacuum is easy and hands-free, thanks to a point-and-shoot hygienic bin feature. Nor'adila Hepburn, Better Homes & Gardens, 24 Jan. 2024 As for what camera will work great for beginners, go for a point-and-shoot, which takes a lot of the guesswork out of photography. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 15 Dec. 2023 This reusable film camera comes in two colors and boasts a sleek yet retro design for point-and-shoot photos. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 1 Dec. 2023 In a shocking turn of events, today’s teens are ditching their iPhones and turning back time by using classic products like flip phones, an alarm clock, and even digital point-and-shoot cameras. Maura Jenkins, Glamour, 15 Nov. 2023 But surely there’s a more imaginative strategy to bring her to us than point-and-shoot. Wesley Morris, New York Times, 13 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1964, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of point-and-shoot was in 1964

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“Point-and-shoot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/point-and-shoot. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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