Don't ditch those point-and-shoots
I have a Canon 60D. Expensive camera. 18 mega pixels. Super features. With a Canon 50mm f1.8, it is tack sharp. Worth every unit of currency. Yet, my last eight approvals on DT have come from images shot with my old, faithful Panasonic Lumix point-and-shoot. Why did that happen?
The one reason I can immediately think of is P&Ss are made for everyone and hence come with every feature in small doses. Sharpness, expense, resolution and zoom (how many times have you been asked about your prime lens' zoom capabilities?). But the most important factor is ease of use. You can carry them anywhere and go unnoticed.
So what is the problem with P&Ss? Many, as they turn out. I haven't shot a good low-light shot, ever. Rarely good results indoors. You are pushing your luck at ISO 400. Sharpness: never good 100% at full resolution. And no, it's not a DSLR by a long shot. "Under proper conditions" is an important phrase. Because of the technical deficiencies P&Ss suffer from, you must hope to have lighting conditions in your favour.
What you get from a P&S is an opportunity to take one where a DSLR can't be carried: like in a crowded place, or in a place where you might not want to risk taking an expensive camera along. Sacrifice some resolution off your images, add a bit of sharpness and contrast and you might just get a decent image.
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