A dirty little secret about “Pro” DSLRs vs. point-n-shoots

Here is the thing. I have been touting the virtues of smartphone cameras and point-n-shoot cameras but whenever I’ve really liked one of my images, they have been from one of my Canon DSLRs. Unbeknownst to me, there has been a revolution going on in the digital photography world. While at times, I diverted my attention to smartphone cameras, p-n-s cameras surged forward till one fine day, my wife’s humble Sony Cyber-Shot DSC RX100 p-n-s just amazed me with it’s capabilities. These little shirt-pocket cameras now come with larger sensors (less noise), better lenses (can hand-hold without blurring) and a faster processor (can take >10 shots/sec). So much so, that they can do most of the heavy lifting that you’d need a DLSR for. In addition, they do other things like connect to my smartphone, my home Wifi, push images to my computer, upload them to any other site I care to use, and do a lot of in-camera processing. Whereas, when I use my DSLR, I still have to do the same old workflow of taking the card out of the camera, inserting it into my computer’s slot, importing images and cataloging them.

Just for fun, I tried to do some photo-shoots of my son with my wife’s RX100 the other day, and the results blew me away.

Here is one where I turned the fill flash on. Notice how rich yet even the tones are. Yes, I did play with the settings, but only on the camera. Not post-processing at home.

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Ah! you say, but what about low-light conditions? Surely a DLSR with a fast lens will blow the p-n-s out of the water. Yes and no. Here is an image Login to read more [Why login?]

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