Many people who shoot and slr camera think they don’t need a professional point and shoot camera. Similarly, many people who used to use a point shoot camera and have since upgraded to a compact system camera or a slr camera think the same. I admit that I too used to think like this, however things have changed.
For reasons I won’t bore you with I was forced in to buying a professional point and shoot camera for a European city vacation, and I have to say that whilst I wasn’t overly impressed at the time things are now different. Since I returned from my vacation I now appreciate that a professional point and shoot camera was the best choice of camera to take, and I don’t regret it one bit.
When I bought the point and shoot camera I was concerned about the amount of control I would have over the exposure. I was also concerned about the image quality, something which is very important to me. After using the professional point and shoot camera I now realise I needn’t have been worried about either.
The professional point and shoot camera I bought was a top end compact camera, a Canon G1X, and I was immediately impressed. It had been many years since I last used a point and shoot camera, and technology has come a long way since then. Where my old compact camera was just a point and shoot camera (with no control over the exposure at all) the Canon G1X offers full manual control over the aperture, shutter speed and ISO. In addition to this I can also apply exposure compensation, flash exposure compensation, set a custom white balance…… the list goes on. This Canon compact camera is like an entry level slr camera in a small fixed lens body, and it has the image quality to match.
The Canon G1X uses a sensor larger than in most compact system cameras, which means images are sharp from the centre of the frame to the edges, the colours are bright and vivid without being over-saturated and the quality is superb. This Canon compact camera is a top performer, and I know that professional point and shoot cameras from other camera manufacturers are just as impressive.
You have to get a professional point and shoot camera
A top end compact camera is small enough to carry everywhere. Okay, you are going to struggle to fit it in the pocket of your Levi jeans, but it is plenty small enough to fit in a jacket pocket or the pocket in a pair of cargo pants.
Since you will always have decent camera to hand you won’t miss and photo opportunity again and you will no longer need to snap poor quality images with you smart phone. With a top end compact camera you will have the right tool to capture photos that are good enough quality to sell and make some money with.
A professional point and shoot camera makes an excellent back up camera should your slr camera fail. I have used my Canon G1X for landscapes, seascapes, portraits and even boudoir photography and managed to capture some awesome images, some of which I have even managed to sell. Whilst a top end point and shoot camera is ideal for still subjects and slow moving subjects it is not good enough for fast action or sports photography. If you need a backup camera for fast action photography don’t rely on a professional point and shoot camera because the auto focus simply isn’t fast enough.
I always carry my Canon G1X and since I have been doing so not once have I ever been in the position where I thought I wish I had a camera with me. My little top end compact camera has enabled me to capture images that I would never have been able to had I not bought it, since these are situations when I would not have my slr camera with me.
A professional point and shoot is by no mean a substitute for a slr camera and I would always use my slr camera over and above my Canon G1X. Where the Canon G1X wins is that I have it on me all the time, and you would be able to do this with any make and brand of top end compact camera.
If you don’t have a top end point shoot camera I have to ask the question “Why not?” If the answer to this is because you take you slr camera everywhere with you and never have the need for a camera, because it is with you then you don’t need a top end compact camera. If, however you are like me and can’t have your slr camera with you at all times I highly recommend you take a look at a professional point shoot camera and get one. I can guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
Professional point and shoot cameras
There are several professional point and shoot cameras out there, many of which have all the same features as my Canon G1X. The reason I chose the G1X is not because of the excellent image quality, not because of the full manual controls and not because it is tough and well built. I bought the Canon G1X because I shoot Canon slr cameras (and always have done), I trust the Canon brand and I like the Canon menu (it is so user friendly).
There are other makes and brands of top end point and shoot camera out there, most of which I researched and had a play with before buying the Canon G1X, so you do have a choice. All of the top end point shoot cameras offer full manual control and excellent image quality so what to buy at the end of the day comes down to personal preference. One thing I can guarantee is that whatever top end compact camera you decide to buy you will not be disappointed and it will open up a whole new world of photography to you.
Professional point and shoot cameras that are worth a closer look:-
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.
“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.
“CAN YOU USE A TOP END POINT AND SHOOT CAMERA FOR FAST ACTION PHOTOGRAPHY?” So you want a camera for some fast action images and want to know if a top end point and shoot is going to suit your needs. This article should be of use.
“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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