Retired agricultural research scientist
Most small cameras still use the format conceived for cassette-based 35 mm film cameras in the 1930s, with the lens axis at right angles to the film track. To fit longer lenses needed for larger sensors, they may have to adopt a 'pistol' format, such as the five-year-old Canon TX1, where the body is aligned to the lens axis. That would restrict the size along the other two axes, allowing a more compact form.
GaryJP: Interesting case.
To me the idea of making the rest of the image monochrome but the London bus red is kind of obvious, even banal. So is the use of a well known landmark.
But I guess the clincher might be the fact that he was familiar with the original image.
I googled london red bus black white as suggested above.Result:dozens of similar postersBritish legal decisions are not based on a search for the truth: only on what is presented in court (excluding what is struck out from the record). Justice is not the aim.
I already have a robust, Minox-like Canon TX1 with a 39-390 mm equivalent zoom which will focus down to zero mm, and retracts behind a solid metal shutter when not in use. Its smaller than the Pentax Q. It is a very useful on-hand-at-all-times model which cost me a third the price of the Q, and I won't be tempted to buy other lenses and carry them with me.
Perhaps we should consider the end uses of photos. The situation currently appears to be in transition. Print media are being replaced by digital media, which currently use far lower resolutions than the present crop of p&s cameras. Are 14 or 15 MP cameras really needed if the pictures are being displayed on devices that only show 2 or 3 MP?
Sure, bokah, posters and billboards require larger sensors and longer focal length formats, but do ALL our photos need them? If not, aren't we just accepting the unnecessary overhead of dealing with - and storing - a lot of redudant extra pixels?
If small cameras can have pop-up flash units, why not pop-up OVFs?
I don't bother to read many articles about Maseratis and Lamborghinis because I am never going to buy one. My Honda hatch goes where, and carries what, I need it to.
Same with tripods. I travel light. My cameras are small. They suit my needs, and would look silly on the top of a 1500 mm tripod - which wouldn't fit in my pocket anyhow.
There are other ways to steady a camera in low light or at long tele settings. A small (rigid - not bendy) tabletop tripod with a swivel head can be held with one hand firmly against any rigid surface (fence, wall, tree, post, etc) and operated with the other hand. At a pinch, it can be held against the sternum and upper rib cage. Or if several shots are needed from the same point, it can be tied with string or velcro to a post or other firm object (fence, tree, post, etc.).
But if you need to carefully pan, or have a heavy camera, or rely for a living on getting a shot right the first time, your needs may dictate something more robust and complex.