Photography Help Team A Point & Shoot Camera That Is Equal To A DSLR?

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Original Post

Melissa from MadeWithClayAndLove says
Edited on Jul 12, 2012

Hey all! :)

Right now, I use a DSLR (Canon Rebel). But, for various reasons, I would like to get a Point & Shoot camera.

I am satisfied with my photos that I get from my DSLR. I actually do not use any of the manual settings, and I use the standard lens that was included with it. I put the camera on the Macro setting, and shoot. So, wouldn't a Point & Shoot give basically the same photo quality if the Macro setting is used?

Do you have any recommendations for a Point & Shoot camera that will produce similar quality photos? Also, what specs should I look for in the camera? My items are very small, so that would be my main objective. I use a light box and edit the color, brightness, etc. in a photo editing program.

Any info is greatly appreciated!

Posted at 3:25pm Jul 12, 2012 EDT


P&S could give you the same quality, depending on the P&S. Today, there are Point and Shoot and Mini-DSLR that are a hybrid between the two. They have the fun features of the Point and Shoot with the ability to utilize the great quality that a specific lens can bring your shots. I have an Olympus Pen as my Point and Shoot, but I'm addicted to photography and WANT the option to control my image through aperture and still be able to put it in my purse or pocket. For a true P&S I've been very happy with the Panasonic Lumix. BUT this is sort of like asking what hair style to get. It is a very personal choice.
Some things to look for are sensor size NOT just mega pixels, very few cameras are below 10 in the m-pixel department. You want a bigger sensor size. The LCD resolution may be important to you as well. I want a fast camera. I hate a lag between pushing your shutter release and the shutter actually taking the picture, so that one would be at the top of MY list.

Here is an article I found that may be helpful...,2817,2351841,00.asp

Good Luck!

Posted at 6:28am Jul 14, 2012 EDT

I also have a Panasonic lumix and find it useful when I want a smaller fstop than my point and shoot compact but don't have my SLR with me.

Posted at 3:14pm Jul 14, 2012 EDT

Thanks for the replies, ladies! :)

Yesterday, I purchased a Canon PowerShot A2300 IS. I'm not thrilled with the photos, when compared to my DSLR photos. So, I think I may have to return it. :(

If you don't mind sharing, what model of Panasonic Lumix do you guys have?

Posted at 3:30pm Jul 15, 2012 EDT

I have a now old Lumix DMC FZ 18. I tend to use it mainly for landscape when not carrying my SLR

Posted at 5:19pm Jul 15, 2012 EDT

take a look at this one. I just found this for you that might be a good choice...

this is the one i have...

I like it but I only use it for family play shooting.

Posted at 8:57am Jul 16, 2012 EDT

Thanks, Susan & Heather!

And thank you, Heather, for finding that camera for me! I will have to take a detailed look at it! :)

Posted at 6:08pm Jul 16, 2012 EDT