Pablo shares his thoughts on why X100F is a great large sensor compact for street photographers.
(Notice how awesome the image quality is.)
Answers To The Questions (You Might Have)
Q: What’s so special about its viewfinder?
As mentioned earlier, Fujifilm X100F offers a unique hybrid viewfinder. What it means is that it can work both inOVF and EVF.
And it’s made easy:
Basically you have a switch and you turn the Hybrid OVF into a full fledged EVF.
The electronic viewfinder (EVF):
Displays the image with the same brightness and color that you’ll see on the photo, though in low light conditions it might show a bit of digital noise.
The optical viewfinder (OVF):
Provides a bright and clear picture in any shooting conditions, but it’s impossible to track the correct exposure and white balance on it.
Q: What can you say about the lens?
X100F features a 35mm equiv. f/2 fixed lens.
This means that you can rely on its confident work in low-light situations and you’ll have a nice background blur.
This fixed 35mm lens can be seen as a restriction in a sense that you can’t zoom in, for example, toshoot some sports events, but this focal length is sort of a benchmark for street and documentary photography.
Because 35mm focal length most closely resemble the perspective of the human eye.
And that’s why Fujifilm X100F is considered to be one of the best street/travel photography cameras available on the market.
Q: What photography styles is it for?
Like I said earlier, X100F is great for high quality street photography.
Its fast f/1.7-2.8, 24-75mm, Leica DC zoom lens and a M43 sensor are a steal.
For comparison purposes, the price of Canon 24-70 mm f/2.8 lens ALONE is twice as much as the whole LX100 compact.
Keep in mind:
It has a challenging menu system and it might take you some time to figure out how to set it up. While this Lumix is very customizable, it’s something that beginner photographers might have a hard time with.
But if you’re familiar with manual controls, LX100 is a AWESOME.
need higher ISO performance (better photos in low-light),
can spend a bit more.
The choice is yours.
Budget Compact for Street Photography 2021
Ricoh GR II is arguably the best pocket-sized camera for travel and street photography.
It sure is a great DSLR alternative.
Now, if you consider:
… you’ll see how it’s probably the best value for money that you can get as a street photographer.
In any case, I am sure you’ll love it.
Large Sensor Compacts (FAQ)
Q: Is it worthy to buy compact cameras?
Honest answer: It depends on what your purpose for buying one (and of course your personal preference).
Compacts are very easy to use (compared to professional bodies). It offers a lot of features not normally seen on an average smartphone. It allows you to do more and explore photography in a whole new perspective.
If you plan to learn photography, then it’s totally worth buying your very own compact to start with. There’s so much you can learn from using it and practicing your skills in taking photos.
Note: Even if you just want to have a camera to capture family events and travels (or even just everyday life), a compact is a good choice. There are a lot of things a point-and-shooter can achieve as compared to phone cameras. Plus, some compacts are even cheaper than high-end phones!
Q: Do professional photographers still use compacts?
Many are wondering whether professional photographers still use compacts today. Most of the time, this kind of gear is seen as inferior compared to high-grade DSLRs and mirrorless ones.
So, are point-and-shoot still relevant in the lives of professional photographers?
Quick answer: Of course.
Most pro photographers have one premium compact in their collection. It’s likely they started practicing with it and was their first ever serious camera, or that they use it for purposes other than official photoshoot sessions.
Point-and-shoot offers convenience over heavy DSLRs, one reason why even pro photographers prefer bringing it during personal travels or during intimate family gatherings. Plus, it’s relatively easy to use making it a constant go-to gear for everyone.
Q: Are point-and-shooters better than phone camera?
Compact cameras have strengths and features that may not be found in mobile phones. It generally has bigger sensors than most smartphones, so you can expect it to produce clearer and sharper images.
On the other hand, some very high-end smartphones can outdo the average point-and-shooters in terms of convenience and quality. Some phone cameras even have as much as 64MP image resolution and full HD video recording at 1080p. The only downside about phones with amazing specs is that they normally have expensive price tags.
Bottom line is:
If quality is what you are looking for, then you certainly would want to invest your money in a good compact. But if you prefer convenience, then by all means just go with your phone and be more comfortable in taking pictures everywhere.
Q: Do compact cameras have viewfinders?
Optical and electronic viewfinders are very common in mirrorless and DSLRs.
But do point-and-shoot gears have one of those, too?
In the past, it would be hard to find even one compact camera with a viewfinder. But in 2021, several models from popular brands like Sony and Fujifilm already include viewfinders.
One of the advantages of having this feature in a compact is that it allows you to shoot images even under the bright sun. If you are shooting outdoors and the sun is glaring, the LCD will be of no use (you can barely see anything as the sun’s light turns the screen almost black regardless of brightness settings).
And while most non-photographers rely on the rear LCD to see what the lens is capturing, photographers prefer seeing it through a viewfinder. The reason is that viewfinders allow you to see proper subject framing and it also lets you see various settings before pressing the shutter button. This way, you can adjust the settings to your preference and liking.
Q: Large sensor compacts vs DSLRs?
With the recent advancement of compact cameras, many are asking whether it has the potential to replace the big and bulky DSLRs today.
As the specs of most point-and-shoot gears upgrades, those of professional cameras are also being upgraded regularly. So personally, I think compacts (even those with large sensors) still cannot match the quality of images taken through a DSLR.
Of course, there are so many things to consider aside from sensor size, but it still has the most significant impact on any type of camera. The larger the sensor is, the better the image quality. And as you may have already known, compacts really do have smaller sensors (hence the lighter they are, by the way) than their pro-grade rivals.
So even if you compare a compact and a DSLR both with 20MP photo resolution, you would see the difference between photo quality with one look.
5 Top Rated Digital Compact Cameras for 2021
As you can see, there are a lot of advantages to large sensor digital compacts.
are pocket-sized and therefore are great for travel,
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