In addition to being thin, ultra compact digital cameras usually are stylish and colorful. They're similar in size to a deck of playing cards. A newcomer to digital photography should be able to pick up an ultra compact model and immediately begin capturing digital images of a reasonable quality. Some ultra compact models allow the photographer to manually control a few settings, but the cameras are meant to be used mainly in automatic mode. Ultra compact models should have easy-to-use menus and should make sharing photographs easy.