My view of digital point and shoots

Written by admin on April 28, 2010 – 6:01 pm -

When I was packing for my new assignment in Mumbai I left my D-SLR’s at home thinking to myself that I would not have the time or the inclination to get out of my house to shoot photos. Instead I brought my old but reliable Kodak v610 dual lens point and shoot with me. Incidentally I bought this Kodak camera in 2006 when I was in Mumbai. The camera had served me well shoot well over a thousand photos and a hella of a lot video’s. So when a colleague of mine was happily showing off his brand spankin’ new Canon S90 I didn’t even pay attention thinking to myself how different can it be from my Kodak.

A few weeks later we were out having dinner and again he was showing off photos on his S90 which he had taken in Goa (Goa is a beach on the southwest of India). I took a peek and immediately noticed the impressive low light capabilities of this little camera. After closer inspection I noticed it had an f2.0 lens all throughout its 24-105 zoom range. No wonder this little bugger shot so well in low light, plus it had image stabilization as well. To further things, we both shot underneath our dining table using my Kodak and his Canon S90. My Kodak V610 came out with nothing but black and noise, the Canon S90 was able to capture some detail in our shoes albeit it was a little noisy but still sharp thanks to its image stabilization.

This changed my perception that high end digital point and shoots have come closer to D-SLR’s in terms of performance and image quality. They shoot a lot faster, focus faster and have less shutter lag than models from 3 years ago.

Time to find a replacement.

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