Five Reasons Why Compact Cameras Rule
I own a Leica DLux 4, although there’s a Panasonic equivalent, the Lumix DMC-LX3, which is considerably cheaper and has the same body and lens. This camera does quite well in low light situations for a compact camera. There’s also four thirds and interchangeable lens cameras, other high quality compacts, such as the Canon G11 or G12, and iPhones or other phone cameras which can take quality photos. I always prefer to bring a compact camera when i travel. And a lot of professional photographers will bring a compact camera with them when they are on assignment. Here’s five reasons why:
1. It Ain’t a Great Photo If You Don’t Take It. If you don’t have your camera with you, you’re not going to get the shot. But with a small camera that can fit in your pocket, you can always have it with you for those unexpected fantastic opportunities.
2. Mobile and Spontaneous. Clubs? Hiking? Street Photography? Concerts? It’s always with you. Take it out, start shooting instantly, and even upload it to your Facebook page if your camera allows you to do so.
3. Make People At Ease With Portraits. People are often more at ease with smaller cameras than large SLRs. They’ll relax more, perceiving the smaller camera as less “formal”. And with most cameras being smaller than DSLRs, that can help quite a bit in getting your subject comfortable with your photography.
4. “Macro” Photography. A lot of smaller cameras can also focus on objects much closer. This can be a lot of fun when doing quick photos of…well, just about anything, whether it’s flowers, animals, or every day objects, bringing a new perspective that your SLR may not be able to do unless it has macro lens.
5. Safety. With a small pocket camera, you are far less likely to attract attention. You’re far less of a target for theft. This quite possibly can save your life.
Equipment: Nikon D90, 18-200mm VR Nikkor lens