There are a couple of big plus points to having a DSLR camera. The bigger sensor allows for better creative control over depth of field, and also produces cleaner images at higher ISO’s in low light. I bought a Micro Four Thirds camera, the Olympus E-PL1 largely because of it’s bigger sensor, in comparison to the compacts I had owned before.
And I do get cleaner images at higher ISO’s. Which I’m very pleased with. Results regarding depth of field have been less successful. The bigger sensor is only part of it. Having a good lens with a higher aperture rating (preferably f2.0, although f2.8 would do) is also important. Sadly, I’ve been stuck with the standard f3.5 kit lens. Micro Four Thirds lenses are expensive.
But happy days. Sigma have decided to throw their hat into the MFT arena and produced a couple of very affordable lenses, which are now on my shopping list. But then, I always have something on my shopping list. The new Panasonic Lumix GF5, their most ‘pocketable’ MFT camera looks mighty fine. I like Panasonic. A lot. Their cameras seem to produce great images effortlessly. For a lazy photographer like me, that’s a huge plus.
Mrs P uses my old Panasonic TZ5, and gets great shots from it. I’m still very fond of that camera. I still keep an eye out for its successors. The TZ20 has just been released, and to be honest, if a dozen people asked me to recommend them a camera, that’s the one I’d point at least eleven of them to. It is a significant improvement on the previous model by all accounts, which was itself a great camera.
Thing is, at least 10 of those eleven people will go and unnecessarily buy themselves an expensive DSLR, which won’t fit in their pocket and thus won’t get to be taken out as often, nor shoot as many photos as they might otherwise have taken. Nor will they likely have the telephoto range of the TZ20. And because most of them will largely view the results on monitors or max A4 prints, they’d rarely be able to tell the difference between the TZ20 and their super duper DSLR.
The TZ20 won’t it must be said, produce low light shots of the same quality. But you can get some depth of field. You just have to go macro and get close to your subject. That works with almost any camera. My Olympus included. See below.