|Last raw image off my 3-year old camera. Easy to point out the flaws in point and shoot cameras from this image alone!|
Last month, my 3-year old Canon Powershot SX120 fell victim to the granite boulders in this picture. Right after taking it, I fell, and the camera bounced on a couple of rocks. It ain't been right ever since. I am begging for a replacement - a Powershot SX160 - but fundraising (i.e. Christmas Begging) is going slow so far this season. Which brings up the standard question:
"You take thousands of pictures a year. Why don't you use a DSLR?"
Well, the advantages to a DSLR are unmistakable 300% greater image sizes. 400% faster shutter speeds. Settings up the wazoo that account for some of the quality that comes out in images from other high quality blogs with amazing pictures. I won't name them, for fear that they'll think I'm claiming that it's only their camera, not them, that makes the pictures. Not claiming that at all. Y'all are wonderful, and you make me jealous of your talent and your access to beautiful places, much more than I'm jealous of your gear. But to wit, please visit "You Are Not a Photographer," a hilarious blog about untalented photographers who think they have talent because they have a $1200 platform and the newest version of Light Room.
The disadvantages of a DSLR are that they are gigantic, expensive, not receptive to exposure to water, mud, dust, insects, or blood, or....oh, nevermind. Those are plenty of reasons. Expensive reasons.
Honestly, the thing I miss most about having an expensive camera setup is the lack of UV and polarized filters for point-and-shoot cameras. Arguably, quite important for photography on or near water. Then again, for those of you who have seen me fall in the woods or the water, can you imagine me taking a $2000 camera setup down with me? I offer just one example as proof:
So, budget and pragmatism honestly require that I purchase another high-end ($200) point-and-shoot setup. It will fit into my hunting pack, fishing pack, and honestly, fits into the front pockets of most of my pants (though it's not quite comfortable). The Canon SX160 offers a shutter speed roughly double of my old SX120, a 60% increase in zoom, 40% increase in maximum image size, a 15% decrease in minimal focal length (for macro shots) and HD video. Whether I can hold it still is another question, but I guess we'll see.
Anyone have any alternate suggestions for a higher end P&S?