Camera shake or higher ISO
6 months ago
Is it me or the camera manufactures refuse to evolve? My latest creative P&S is the Olympus XZ-1 and after in-depth analysis there are still basic features left out. No ISO listed when metering in any Auto ISO mode and no program shift. WHY???? In ALL auto modes with low light, the camera will go way too slow to hand hold, yet could easily increase ISO sooner so the picture is sharp with a bit more noise. Panasonic LX7 allows the user to limit SS and ISO for all the auto modes, but this alone is not enough. The SS limit should be based on a multiplier of Effective Lens Length (EFL). For example, the user can select from values 1 through 8 over EFL based on how steady they can hold the camera. Some of us are better than others. ie: you select 5, for 5/EFL as the slowest SS. At 112mm, slowest shutter speed is 5/112 or 1/25 second (rounded faster), and at 30mm it is 5/30 or 1/6. In the age of computers, this is just too simple. A sharp picture with more noise is ALWAYS better than camera shake and no noise.
To say something nice about the camera, overall the IQ is good (my NEX5N blows it away with a f1.7 old Minolta lens with cheap adapter, but manual focus only.), however it should have more logic so every picture is not required to analyze the situation. After all, it is a point and shoot and not an SLR.
I could go on and on with lots of no-cost simple improvements, but this one seems to be for ALL cameras, and I just wanted to get the idea out there. I am certain I am not the first to think of it.