What Upgrade path should I take?

A typical scenario through the upgrade path:

OK, I’m pretty happy with my trust-worthy Point & Shoot, but I have noticed as I learn more, and my skills are improving, I want to explore more photographic challenges. I am finding that my Point & Shoot is showing its limitation in some areas.

Main points why you may need to upgrade:

  • I’m starting to make larger prints for display and I am not getting the fine detail I want.
  • I want to be able to use a wider lens than 28mm equivalent that is available on most point and shoot..save a few.
  • I can’t shoot above ISO 200 without the noise level increasing to an unacceptable level in large prints.
  • I can’t focus in low light areas and get acceptable focus. Or my camera can’t focus at all in low light.
  • It takes too long to take a picture from the time I push on the shutter button, and the camera finally records the scene. (Shutter lag)
  • It takes too long from picture to picture as the memory card saves the image.

These are some of the most common reasons you may need to upgrade to a DSLR or a Mirror-less Interchangeable Lens Camera. Now, the “DSLR” is the most common upgrade path, but there are others too.

A Digital Rangefinder (Leica M8/M8.2/M9, Leica M Monochrome, Epson RD-1s),

Micro 4/3 that takes interchangeable lenses, but it does not have an “optical”  viewfinder like a “DSLR” as standard equipment. Panasonic and Olympus are the only makers at the moment, and Olympus have introduced a Pro level camera with a Built in EVF that is weather sealed with a 100k shutter Plus the looks from the famed OM film series. The OMD E-M5, it has a tested Dynamic Range of almost 13 EV Steps from ISO 200-1600, and a fast 9fps shutter. The IQ rivals many Med Level DSLR’s. This system has been busy adding some great lenses. for instance: 12mm f/2, 45mm f/1.8, 75mm f/1.8, 12-50mm f/3.5, 12-35mm f/2.8, 35-100mm f/2.8 to name a few enthusiast lenses.

Fuji is joining the APS-C mirrorless Camera with many offerings. FRom a fixed lens Fuji X100 series with a 23mm f/2 (35) and a hybrid EVF/true Optical VF option, The X-Pro series that has a similar EFV/OFV but takes interchangeable lenses. The X-T series which is a SLR style body, and the the X-E series, a RF style body with a built in EVF placed on the left/back part of the body.. as RF VF.

And Nikon is joining with a few small sensor camera’s, BUT with Interchangeable lenses.

Canon is offering a large sensor fixed lens P/S (4/3 sensor in all practical purposes)

So, there are now a good variety of alternatives to pick from to replace your Medium to High end Point and Shoot

In the preceding Chapters (Tabs), I will get in more detail with basic camera controls witch both types of cameras have…save a few on some Point & Shoots. And while I explain these, I will point out differences that may exist and the advantages or disadvantages of each type.

This is a an ongoing work…So, if some of the chapters are empty, please standby, I am typing as fast as I can 😉