A compact, well as the name suggests is that the camera is compact.
To many others, they are simply called digital cameras.
One may find these nearly everywhere, especially in a girl's handbag.
These are the cameras which has the biggest market in the camera industry.
They are easy to use, and usually set to auto modes.
Thus, they have been named point-and-shoots by many professional photographers.
They have low-powered flash, and rely on live view to capture images.
In the Point-And-Shoot world, Live View has been an old technology,
but in the DSLR world, it seemed new with the introduction from the D3 and D300 onwards.
Compacts, usually have lens that are very wide, say 6.1mm.
This enables that a greater angle of view.
However, they are unable to create a shallow depth of field,
meaning everything in the screen is usually in focus.
This is one of the main reasons why people choose SLR or TLR, or RF over compact.
They wish to have more control of their cameras.
I am writing this more of a small guide as to why people buy compacts and to let you guys know more about compact cameras.
This is by no means proffessional, but my views and perspective.
If you see any mistakes, please do state and i'll correct them.
Let us go into the few main points why people want a point-and-shoot.