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.
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).
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.
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!
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 ;)
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