Are the lines between point and shoot and DSLR’s blurring?
Up until less than a few years ago, digital cameras could be safely categorised between two distinct categories – professional DSLR cameras and point and shoot cameras. Common knowledge was that a DSLR would be something professionals would buy for the utmost photo quality and unmatched control over the image. And any point and shoot would be an inferior product that would only suit the most casual users who don’t want to carry a bulky camera around and don’t know much about photography, letting the auto modes do all the undemanding work they require.
But recently, the lines have been blurring. Even the compact digital cameras have their own subcategories and have a lot more variety to offer than they used to. Camera manufacturers have been stepping up their game and packing the kind of features into their little cameras that even the DSLR’s lack. Even as far as pricing goes, the most high end compact cameras can now end up costing just as much if not more than an entry level DSLR. So does the common knowledge still hold up?
We were invited to a press trip by Canon Middle East to spend a day in Al Ain and get a chance to try out their latest offerings in the compact camera segment live at none other than the famed Al Ain Zoo. But rather than providing our readers with a generic quick look at the cameras at hand, we decided to take things a little further and decided to have a shoot-out between those and the Canon 600D DSLR that we carried along with us. Keep in mind that the images here have been resized for internet usage, but the quality remains.
So here are the cameras that we pit against each other:
First up is the Canon IXUS 125 HS, Canon’s most compact and sleek looking offering that promises to offer the right blend of design and performance in a small package.
Second was their higher end Canon PowerShot SX240, which was a robust and mean looking camera that promised to offer exceptional image quality and manual control without the bulk of a DSLR.
And third, of course, was our trusty Canon EOS 600D, which is the company’s entry level DSLR and has done us proud with its unmatched image quality and control at every event we’ve been to.
Now if you don’t want to sit through the entire article and want a quick rundown of our test, watch this video summary that we prepared which will give you a good overall of our results: