When it comes to getting the best quality pictures from a camera, there are some situations where many people will have to compromise between quality of the photo and the practicality of the camera. The SLR camera is great when it comes to taking pictures, capturing the vivid colours and details wherever you are. However, they tend to be on the bulky side, which is why there is a new range of cameras on the market trying to bridge the gap between the pocket camera and the full SLR.
These crossover cameras are ideal for those people who want to get out and about and want a camera that can take high quality pictures that really get the detail, whether it is on a rugged cliff face or in the heart of the jungle. The key features will vary among these cameras, but the important aspect with each one is that they will fit in your pocket rather than fill your rucksack. Here are a couple of the most popular options in the field.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7
This is the forerunner of the group and the camera that really began the trend for high performance compact cameras. With a 10.1 megapixel Leica lens, the LX7 has many features that would put an SLR to shame with ultra fast focus and a crisp three-inch screen. The ability to adjust the camera using the aperture ring is an amazing feature in such a small package.
This is another compact camera that is also getting great reviews, with a Schneider lens that can deliver 12.4 megapixels, and a fast shutter speed to reduce blurring. Wireless capability means that the EX2F is great for those who take their tablet computer with them to work on the go, and transferring pictures and sharing them online is almost instantaneous.
Canon Powershot S110
Although the S110 isn’t on the market yet (it is due for release in December), it has a few features that are very interesting. The first is that the S110 will have a touch screen interface on the back of the camera that promises to make it very intuitive to use. Integrated GPS compatibility means the S110 can connect with your smartphone through WiFi, and keep a track of the location where photos were taken.
Picking up a new camera might be a simple choice for those looking for a simple point and click machine, but these compact instruments really do push the larger SLR cameras when it comes to picture quality and detail. The small size also means that they are much more practical to pack away in a pocket for a day walk.
All of these cameras offer excellent picture taking potential, and features such as the ability to take HD video and image stabilization are featured as standard. They do also bridge the gap between SLR and point and click cameras in terms of price, but these fully featured cameras really do offer a genuine alternative to carrying that large Nikon in the rucksack.