A little camera in hand or SLR left at home?
I recently read an article on EyeVoyage, that stirred a question inside me – which is better: a little camera in hand or a SLR that is left at home?
This question has crossed my mind on several occasions particularly in the past few months of travelling – feeling the extra strain on my shoulders while tackling trails, or the fatigue in my forearm for holding my SLR to my face for far too long, or being afraid to photograph candid shots head-on for fear of being indiscreet. This meant that I would not always have my SLR on me, and there were moments I wish I had a decent photography tool at hand to capture those spontaneous, fleeting moments. Whilst there is no doubt SLR’s remain the gold-standard for photo quality and creative control, there are currently plenty of high end offerings in the small camera spectrum with impressive specs rivaling those found on SLR’s.
Do you have an SLR and a smaller camera on hand? Which do you prefer?
Below are a few snapshots from my first experience with a quality small camera late last year at a photography session with Ewan Bell and Fujifilm‘s XM1 at Crown Conservatory. Whilst I am yet to own one for myself, it is something I have begun to take interest in (opens webpage and begins trawling through reviews…).
Photo tips from Ewen Bell to consider when next taking photos of food: consider framing the dish rather than excess zooming, aim for natural window lighting where possible, vary the standard angle you have gotten used to, and obviously one should play around with the aperture.
Camera: Fujifilm XM1.
Lenses: XR18mmF2 R and XF35mmF1.4 R.
A short blurb on the Fujifilm XM1: mirrorless, 16 MP, 3 inch tilting display with built in wireless sharing. The pictures are DSLR sharp, but it weighs only 330g. The price tag is comparable to mid-range DSLR’s.