First off I would like to say that I am a big fan of top end point and shoot cameras, and f you have read some of my other blog posts you will know the reasons why. Modern day professional point and shoot cameras are exceptionally good cameras and whilst they can be used for most types of photography, I use my Canon G1X for landscapes, seascapes, wide angle city shots, close up shots and boudoir shots (to name just a few) however there is one type of photography where my Canon G1X struggles, and that is with taking photos of moving subjects, and also sports/action photography.
My Canon G1X can capture photos of moving subjects, like my little nephew running around, my bunny hopping around the house and my sister’s pug however it does sometimes struggle with these. We all know that increasing the shutter speed to freeze the action helps but even when using superfast shutter speeds the G1X struggles. The auto focus system on the Canon G1X simply isn’t quick enough to deal with fast moving subjects, and if it struggles with my nephew, my bunny and my sisters dog (none of which I consider particularly quick) there is no way the Canon G1X is suitable for sports and action photography.
The other problem with the Canon G1X is the focal range isn’t suitable for sports and fast action photography. At the long end the lens has a 112mm focal length which simply isn’t long enough for sports photography. You can buy a tele lens converter for the Canon G1X to get the extra reach, and whilst these do increase the focal length of the lens the image quality is reduced a bit, and it doesn’t solve the problem of the auto focus issue. The tele lens converters are not designed for sports photography, they are designed to increase the focal length of the lens so you can capture frame filling photos of still/stationery subjects further away.
The Canon G1X isn’t the only professional point and shoot camera that struggles with sports and action photography. All the professional point and shoot cameras struggle with this type of photography, as do CSC cameras (my Olympus EPL1 is terrible for sports photography – I tried when I first bought it and missed every shot) and some entry level dslr cameras. Getting decent sports and action photography requires specialist equipment.
So, is it worth buying a top end point and shoot camera?
If you need a camera for sports and action photography or for photographing moving subjects a top end point and shoot camera is not for you.
If you have no interest in sports/action photography and seldom take photos of moving subjects a top end point and shoot camera may be good for you however you will have to remember its limitations before getting it out to take photos of moving subjects.
If you have no interest in sports/action photography and don’t take photos of moving subjects either a top end point and shoot camera is definitely something you should consider.
Other compact camera articles you may find interesting
If you found the above useful/interesting below are some links to other related articles you may want to take a look at.
“WHY YOU NEED A PROFESSIONAL POINT AND SHOOT CAMERA” My camera of choice is my dslr however I also get great photos using my top end point and shoot camera, therefore I am of the opinion a top end is a camera all photographers should have in their kit bag. If you can’t see where I am coming from this article may shed some light on it.
“WIDE ANGLE PHOTOGRAPHY WITH A POINT AND SHOOT CAMERA” Many people think you need an interchangeable lens camera to take proper wide angle photos, however this is not the case. Yep, you can capture proper wide angle photos using a point and shoot camera, as explained in this article.
“LONG EXPOSURE PHOTOGRAPHY USING A COMPACT CAMERA” Long exposure photography results in some interesting and stunning photos, and it is something you can do with a compact camera. If you want to know how check out this article.
“USING A POINT AND SHOOT CAMERA FOR MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY” If you want to know how to capture stunning macro photos with your point and shoot camera this article is something you may wish to take a look at.
“USING A POINT AND SHOOT CAMERA FOR FISHEYE PHOTOGRAPHY” As well as wide angle photography you can also use a point and shoot camera for ultra-wide angle, i.e. fisheye photography, and all you need is an inexpensive converter as detailed in this article.
“LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY WITH A PROFESSIONAL COMPACT CAMERA” If you want some tips on how to capture stunning landscape shots with your professional compact camera this article may be of interest.
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