The myth about DSLRs

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The myth about DSLRs
Aug 3, 2008

Any time someone releases a high quality compact camera, or in fact any P&S camera that costs over $500, someone else will say "for that price, you can buy an entry level DSLR."

Which is true....

But only if you buy one without a lens, or one with a dinky 3X zoom kit lens.
But only if you buy something too big to put in your pocket
But only if you buy something that won't take video clips
But only if you buy something without true live view, and histograms

So it all comes down to comparing apples and oranges.

For $500 you can buy the cheapest DSLR made, with a very cheap lens on it, or you can buy a very fine Superzoom camera. And in 95% of shooting situations the DSLR will not produce better pictures.

For $500 you can buy the cheapest DSLR made, with a very cheap lens on it, or you can buy a very fine compact P&S camera. And in 95% of shooting situations the DSLR will not produce better pictures, because you won't have it with you when a great opportunity presents itself.

So these really are different tools, for three different purposes.

And beause of that fact, some shooters will own all three (DSLR, Superzoom, and high end compact).

And that simple fact makes the statement "for that price you can get an entry level DSLR" totally meaningless.

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