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?

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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.

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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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July 25, 2011

Bradcalkins

Just a thought that came to me. Do any of you think some stock agencies first look at the exif information to see what camera shot the image? I think I know of at least one agency who automatically rejects images shot with cameras they dont approve of!

They certainly seem to pay attention to it, at least. I've seen blogs here from the reviewers talking about images submitted with specific cameras (i.e. the article on using good lenses with the Canon 7D).

July 18, 2011

smartview27

Interesting. Thanks for sharing.

July 16, 2011

Sophieso

The worst photo I ever took with my p&s is ten times better than the photo I didn't take with my dSLR because it was still at home:-) My little G9 is a terrific all around camera, and it takes better macros than my big Canon with a very expensive macro lens. Besides that, so much of photography has now become about our creative use of equipment, the subject matter, and post processing. With all of the nik filters now available as an app for the iPad2 for just five USD, I wonder how long before cameras simply disappear in favor of smart phones and tablets.

July 16, 2011

Titania1980

@Babar760 I don't know what other stock agencies do, but DT has allowed me to build my portfolio with 2 cameras: a Canon Powershot A700 and a Canon Powershot G9

I know what agency are you refering to, but that one is more a macro stock agency that also sells microstock. I have read that macro works different than micro (prices are also diferent :)

July 16, 2011

Titania1980

Never ditch! My canon powershot G9 has help me to build the most of my portfolio!! Now I have just upgraded to a 550D but I will keep the G9, specially for the macro feature :)

July 15, 2011

Goldfries

nice. Even as a DSLR user, I still intend to get a decent P&S shooter. They're totally usable under capable hands, and even those EVIL cameras are worth consideration. :D

Many of my photos were taken with EOS 350D - so old, I believe many of the new generation Compact / EVILs beat it any time in terms of IQ and noise control. :D

July 15, 2011

Pmartel

I am just getting in to digital photography at 53 years old. My first digital camera was a Jazz DV 109 and under the best of circumstances got some stunning results.

Now I have a Nikon Coolpix L110 to supplement my Nikon EM film cameras as I like to shoot b&w and prefer film for that.

The Nikon is a real gem and has an incredibly natural look about it for a digital camera.

It's a new learning curve

July 15, 2011

Onime

Thanks for sharing.. Great photos. :)

July 15, 2011

Babar760

Just a thought that came to me. Do any of you think some stock agencies first look at the exif information to see what camera shot the image? I think I know of at least one agency who automatically rejects images shot with cameras they don't approve of!

July 15, 2011

Vogonify

Thank you all for the comments!

@Digikmer: I guess it also comes down to some P&Ss being better than others, but I've noticed that if I shoot in the camera's comfort zone, it results in generally acceptable pictures.

July 15, 2011

Nero67

Very true and beautiful images!!!

July 14, 2011

Junpinzon

amen and amen! photographers make photographs, not the equipment. =)

July 14, 2011

Bevanward

Too true and well said ... thanks Bevan

July 14, 2011

Digikhmer

The good thing that P&S camera is that there is no DOF. So the risk to have your picture rejected because the reviewer estimate that the DOF is wrong or not justified according to his/her perception is less. For me, all my P&S are 100% rejected so I gave up in the matter ;)

July 14, 2011

Shauna77

Two things to add. The great thing about DSLRs over P&S is you stand out in a crowd. On the downside, you stand out in a crowd.

July 14, 2011

Cafebeanzphoto

Nice blog, I can relate. But one thing I like about the "big" dslrs .... you will always look so cool!

July 14, 2011

FabioConcetta

Nice images, congrats!

July 14, 2011

Laurasinelle

Great photos and very true!

July 14, 2011

Egomezta

True... Thanks for sharing your experience.

July 14, 2011

Bradcalkins

I agree - in a slightly more limited set of conditions, P&S camera are more than adequate for many subjects... The advantage of being the camera you have with you can't be beat!

July 14, 2011

Grafvision

Great works!

July 14, 2011

Mariaam

Great photos!

July 14, 2011

Joezachs

Very true. . . . . . in fact all my uploaded pictures are with point & shoot !!!!!!!

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