I have foilowed Richard's photo blogs for quite some time and he shares some very valid points in this particular blog. One feature and benefit of using a quality DSLR is that you have much wider angle lens options available than you will find on any point and shoot camera. Wider angle lenses can make a huge difference when shooting interior photos especially of kitchens, bedrooms, foyers and especially baths.
It’s better to buy a digital single lens reflex camera than a high end point and shoot camera because it takes better photo. Right?
Just as in the days of 35mm film, the two families of camera use the same image medium. In many cases, the digital image sensors a manufacturer uses are identical in both kinds of cameras.
Many of the point and shoot cameras have very sophisticated programs that make taking excellent photos very easy and nearly automatic.
SLR’s on the other hand, are bulky and require more setup. My camera case weighs over 20 pounds and I “lug” it everywhere.
So why do I choose to use an SLR camera? With an SLR, most of the attributes that I apply when taking a photo are optical and composed at the time of the shot. I select a lens and filter, and then set an aperture opening and shutter speed to control the composition of the photo at the time the shot is taken.
I am simply taking the computer out of the formula and replacing it with my own instincts and experience.
Is the process more inconvenient?
Does it take more time?
Does it always take a better photo than a point and shoot?
Does spending more money result in better photos?
I would base my purchase choice on my desired level of photographic intervention. If you want to seriously control every nuance of the shot, buy a DSLR.
If you want great photos, buy either one.
If you want ease of use and convenience, buy a high end point and shoot camera.
I’m a Nikon man myself. My 1984 lenses work just fine on my D80, thank you very much!
Note: Thanks to Mike Jaquish for asking the question!
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