Even though I shoot full frame digital slr cameras I have come to the realisation that professional compact cameras and top end point and shoot cameras are useful bits of equipment. There we go, I said it…….
Since I bought my dslr camera many years ago I have never used a point and shoot or compact camera, because I didn’t have the need up until very recently. Long story short I had to invest in a small and discreet camera for a European city vacation, and because of what I want in a camera a professional compact camera was the only tool I would even bother looking at.
Image quality is important to me, and since I like total control over the exposure I also want to have the freedom to choose the ISO, aperture and shutter speed I want.
If you shoot a dslr and don’t think a professional compact camera would be of any use to you or suit your shooting style perhaps the article “WHY YOU NEED A PROFESSIONAL POINT AND SHOOT CAMERA” will make you think otherwise.
Ultra-wide angle photography is great for seascapes and cityscapes and you no longer need an interchangeable camera to capture these types of photos. With a modern day professional compact camera you can, with a couple of affordable and readily accessible accessories, capture top quality ultra-wide photographs. For more information and details on this you may want to take a look at this article “WIDE ANGLE PHOTOGRAPHY WITH A POINT AND SHOOT CAMERA”.
Long exposure photography is very popular, and when you consider the type of photos this technique yields it is easy to see why. Long exposures are cool and you can even capture them with a professional compact camera. The key to long exposure photography is slowing down the shutter speed to several seconds and the only way to do this is to use a powerful neutral density filter, such as a 10 stop ND filter. For more information on how to take long exposures with a professional compact camera the article “LONG EXPOSURE PHOTOGRAPHY USING A COMPACT CAMERA” may be something you want to take a look at.
Macro and close up photography is another interest of mine and capturing a level detail it is not possible to see with the human eye is awesome. With professional compact cameras it is possible to capture top quality close up and macro photos although you do need some accessories to do this. The accessories you need, i.e. close up filters, don’t give the same results as using a dedicated macro lens but the image quality is still high with good levels of detail. Besides, close up filters are a fraction of the cost of a macro lens. The other thing to remember is that you can use close up filters with a professional compact camera, but you cannot use a macro lens. For more info on close up and macro photography with a professional compact camera the article “USING A POINT AND SHOOT CAMERA FOR MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY” may be of some use.
Landscape photography is another passion of mine, and there is nothing better than getting out and about in the countryside with a camera to take a few photos. Arguably, you can use a lens of any focal length for landscape photography however wide angle lenses are used way more than tele-lenses. You can use a professional compact camera without any other accessories to capture wide angle landscape shots (i.e. those taken at 28mm wide or 24mm wide (if that’s how wide your camera goes)) or you can get a wide angle converter and shoot ultra-wide angle landscapes. For more using a compact camera for landscape shots the article “LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY WITH A PROFESSIONAL COMPACT CAMERA” may be worth a look.
Professional compact cameras are great for all different types of photography however there is one genre where they struggle, and that is for sports/action photography, as explored in this article “CAN YOU USE A TOP END POINT AND SHOOT CAMERA FOR FAST ACTION PHOTOGRAPHY?”
A cool, but specialised genre of photography is fisheye photography, and this is something you can also do with professional compact cameras. To get the full fish eye effect you need a very wide angle lens with a massive field of view, and the standard 28mm (or 24mm) focal length of most professional compact cameras simply won’t cut it. In order to get the field of view to get full fisheye shots you need a fish eye lens converter. Fish eye lens converters are not only readily available but they are also very cheap and an affordable way to capture fisheye shots. For more info on this you may want to have a look at the article “USING A POINT AND SHOOT CAMERA FOR FISHEYE PHOTOGRAPHY”.
Compact cameras have come a long way and the top end point and shoot cameras are a tool that photographers of all levels can make use of. From the happy snappers through to professional photographers, all will find a use for a top end compact camera, and it is a camera I recommend everyone owns. Even if it is only used as a backup camera everyone should have a top end compact camera.
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