Of course, if you go into niche segment like long exposures, or high ISO photography, the DSLR wins hands down, but for run of the mill daytime landscape photography, a P&S will give the DSLR a run for its money
Well,sir, I really am not intending to contradict any of the facts.I value the words of an experienced hand at photography such as yours. Your himalayan pics are just awesome,(I wanted to tell this long back )
The suggestions about dSLR vs Prosumer that I gave are from my own experience . I went for an advanced p&s ,about an year back, thinking that it would suffice most of my requirements.It costed about 13K then. Not even a full year turned around , now I had spent almost thrice to get a SLR. That much amount is not something I can easily afford but , I just don't want to be looking for an upgrade in another 2-3 years ,atleast. So, I managed to strech my budget to get an SLR.
A few months back ,one of my friends was very keen on getting a prosumer. I urged him to get an SLR. He gave the same reasons as every other aspiring prosumer user.Eventually , he bought an SX10.
But with all the zoom and everything he had wished for , he only rarely used them fully. That too not to take pics of birds or people but to have fun shots of long distant objects. The only practical use he put his 20x SX10 for is to try a moon shot.
On the other hand, most of the shots are limited to capturing people,buildings,landscapes.
Even I use camera mostly for portraits,functions,landscapes etc. Here, except for landscapes my A720IS left a lot to be desired in all other scenarios.
That makes me think that if I had gone for DSLR earlier itself(even if it was d40), I could now spend that 13K to get a decent long zoom(if I really need).
What I mean is , with a DSLR one spends on body only once(say,for a 4 yr period) and can invest in lens as when needed.
Whereas in p&s type digicams, one actually have to buy a full camera if an upgrade is needed.
That's why I suggested DSLR(ofcourse,if somehow the vitamin M could be met only ) to a similar priced prosumer.
I understand money is not something that comes easily these days.So, when spending it ,spend for something which will serve one for long enough.
Great, exactly what I imagined. Now, let me ask you one more question. Gadgets bought from US has no warranty in India (specially cameras that has US warranty), although you save 7k to 10k model to model. Dont you get the same saving when you buy it from the grey market here ? I bought my canon IXY800 IS from grey (original with a note- 'not to be sold outside Japan') for 13k including 1 GB card and a pouch ( beginning of 2007 ) which was selling at the dealer for 23k without card nor pouch. This month I got my Nikon D60 + 18-55 VR lens with Lowepro bag, LCD protector, 4 GB card all for 29700. Same thing is sold at the dealer for 38k+ (Pixetra price with 12.5% vat) but a kit of 2 GB card and cheap Nikon bag.
Well, call me naive, but I have no idea where and how to find "grey market" dealers. I visited at least 5 camera shops in Pune [not showrooms], and not one of them was willing to reduce the price by more than 1.5K - 2K over the MRP [for all brands].
Anyway, to each his own - even if I were aware of how to buy a camera from the grey market, I'd have still bought it from the US. I'd rather have a brand new camera from a reputed online store, even if it comes without warranty [as it is, the warranty is only for 1 year - I've used my Kodak P & S for over 7 years now, without a single trip to the service centre], than one purchased from the grey market :-)
P.S: Olympus has a worldwide warranty for all their imaging equipment. You can buy their cameras from any country in the world, and their warranty will still be honoured in India.
Hi, Wanted to buy a new pint and shoot for around 10k (without warranty). I know the guys pretty well as far as shops are concerned, but am confused as to what to buy. They mainly have cannon and sony, with no mention of panasonic anywhere.
So which one makes sense. My requirements are a good macro mode and around 8-10 mp should be more than enough for the size of pictures I need. Need some manual functions once in a way. HELP?????????
All DSLRs have a point and shoot mode GTO. In Nikon cameras you just turn the mode dial to the green camera icon and it does everything for you. The only thing you have to do is fidget with the zoom ring on the lens to get the composition right - but then you do that in a P&S as well with buttons.
You can use a DSLR exactly as you would a P&S - the camera will focus, meter, expose and even automatically pop up and fire the flash if needed.
Is there anything like a point & shoot DSLR? Or should I vamoose from this thread? Purpose : Only to shoot cars. I am not the type who will make even one manual adjustment for a picture, but know what to shoot (in terms of angle). Best point & shoot?
Look at Nikon P90 as well. Does from 26mm to 624mm.
If you don't plan to photograph in low light condition, you can do with a P&S for most of the cases