SMALL SENSOR : BIG DEPTH-OF-FIELD & DYNAMIC RANGE
Following my ‘AR’-style post of a few days ago, this is in repsonse to a few requests for the ‘saturated’ version of this F200EXR image, without the posterisation effect from the DxO FilmPack Polachrome simulation.
One great advantage of small-sensor cameras – whether F200EXR, LX3,CX1 or a swathe of others – is that they always exhibit great depth-of-field, even at their largest aperture :
F200EXR : f3.3 at 28mm equivalent
LX3 : f2 at 24mm equivalent
CX1 : f3.3 at 28mm equivalent
This makes small-sensor cameras absolutely ideal for shooting subjects like architecture & landscapes, or for maintaining decent depth-of-field in night & low-light shots, where the camera’s maximum aperture is needed to let the light in.
Add to this the huge benefit these days of in-built image stabilisation – whether sensor-shift or optical IS – and the result is a very useful photographic tool that supplements an SLR very well. On some occasions, it’s definitely my preference – usually no need for a tripod – and in 2009, the results can be very impressive.
Certainly a far cry from my first Fuji 0.95 Mp (!) digital clunker that was pretty well only able to produce thumbnails through to 6×4 at a push !
The market is maturing well, and 2009 has seen some excellent & innovative compacts, SLRs that are more highly-specced with better high-ISO capabilities than ever before, and more recently, the new ‘Hybrids’ …Micro Four-Thirds cameras such as Panasonic G1/GH1/GF-1, and of course the Olympus E-P1.
So far, I own several compacts and SLRs ….But why no hybrid (yet)?
See my next post for why I’m holding off (for now!)