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    Default GDG DSLR VS Point & Shoot GDG

    In the last photo thread we had some discussion about the various attributes of DSLR cameras vs higher end Point and Shoots. I spent the morning Saturday in my wetland blind photographing Redheads (again) (I'm going to have more photos of redheads than Maureen O'Hara's personal photographer). I borrowed a Canon SX50HS to see what it could do. I didn't really get to shoot it as much as I would have liked and because of the way I was set up in my blind, I ended up shooting the P&S hand held using the LCD on the back of the body which is absolutely contrary to what I always advise. I am posting four images. Two from my DSLR (Canon 30D) with my 600mm F:4 canon lens. Two from the SX50HS. See what you think. Can you tell which is which? Would you be satisfied with all? (The SX50HS is around $430.00 new, the 600 F:4 is going to run around $5000.00-$6000.00 used, about $12,000.00 new for the current version, I think).













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    first and fourth are point and shoot?
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    Not telling yet. You didn't answer the other question. Don't forget, some of the differences in the images may be due to changing light and also to my pretty limited post processing abilities. I'll give all the exposure data and which is which after a few more opinions.

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    If I was able to get good quality PS then I would own one for times not being able to take a DSLR set up such as turkey hunting or limited space.

    I wish we had good light, gray skies seem to be the norm as of lately
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    From the DOF I'm guessing 1 and 4 are the P&S.

    I would have been satisfied with them before I looked at 2 & 3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Erik Nilsson View Post
    If I was able to get good quality PS then I would own one for times not being able to take a DSLR set up such as turkey hunting or limited space.

    I wish we had good light, gray skies seem to be the norm as of lately

    Well, I'm really considering picking one up for the times when it is too much hassle to take the DSLR set up with me. I'm sure not lugging the 600 AND the tripod with me when I'm hunting. The lens is huge and weighs about 12 lbs (tripod another 10 or 15). The point and shoots need better light, and may not get you into Nat Geo (although, as I have said before, Joel Sartore uses one on occasion), but they WILL allow you to shoot lots of very nice images that you would otherwise miss.
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    I agree ... 1 & 4 look like the P&S to me. The birds on 2&3 look just a little crisper and you've got just a little more dof on those. For the average user the SX50HS would probably be more than adequate. I'd be interested to see how it handles the motion of running dog. I have a Canon 40D and my go to lens is a 70-200 f2.8 and it has spent most of the last two years gathering dust in the camera bag. It's too big/bulky to carry in the field with me when I'm running and it's usually back at the truck when I have something I'd like to shoot. If I had a lighter more compact P&S that would give me decent quality images I'd probably use it more than my dslr.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elaine Mitchell View Post
    I agree ... 1 & 4 look like the P&S to me. The birds on 2&3 look just a little crisper and you've got just a little more dof on those. For the average user the SX50HS would probably be more than adequate. I'd be interested to see how it handles the motion of running dog. I have a Canon 40D and my go to lens is a 70-200 f2.8 and it has spent most of the last two years gathering dust in the camera bag. It's too big/bulky to carry in the field with me when I'm running and it's usually back at the truck when I have something I'd like to shoot. If I had a lighter more compact P&S that would give me decent quality images I'd probably use it more than my dslr.
    Eliane, I had intended to run that comparison also, but the light has just been too bad for the couple of days that I had the SX50HS. Am planning to re-acquire it in a few days when the weather is supposed to be a bit more cooperative. Will post those when I shoot them. Am interested myself to see how it will perform in good light. Shutter response seems very fast, as does focus acquisition. We'll see.

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    Depth of field is actually much shallower on the 2 & 3. Next time I'll be sure that I shoot the images with the cameras on the same settings.
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    I think they would all pass for decent photos. I too agree that it seems #1 and #4 may be the POS. I think the question becomes what happens if you want an 11X14. I know the megapixels influence this but I think it is something to consider.
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    I used to have and SX50 (several yrs ago model) & a Nikon D40 (still have this one). I was more than happy with the SX50 for it's price, but where I seen it's downfall was in action photo's.
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