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Midrange DSLR vs High MP Point & Shoot

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Midrange DSLR vs High MP Point & Shoot

Just a random question that popped into my head as i was headed out of my photography class.

We're shooting the whole school's photos (yearbook and what not) tomorrow :D


I was thinking to myself, which is better.
Mid range DSLR, or High MP Point and Shoot cam?

My school has 6MP DSLR Nikons w/ 300mm lenses.

Would that be even comparable to a average point & shoot digi cam from bestbuy/futureshop, etc?

I might be crazy enough to steal my dad's [rfdlink=38]Canon[/rfdlink] EOS Rebel XTI. :lol:
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no contest, DSLR wins
shoot in raw, every last bit of detail will be on screen
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The problem with p&s cameras (except the dp1) is that they have very tiny sensors compared to even the cheapest dslrs.
Dslrs also have interchangeable lenses and allow you to have a small depth of field.

This doesn't mean you can take great pictures with a p&s, but dslrs are vastly superior.

Things may change, however, with cameras like the dp1 and micro four thirds.
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SLRs should look better: bigger sensors, more light, shallower DOF
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Without even knowing what model it is, I will lay money that the DSLR will blow the best P&S out of the water.
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dp1 is nice but performance is very slow according to reviews..

You probably can get very nice shots from the panny lx3
but a low end dslr with kit lens can still own it easily
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vincent-poon wrote:
Sep 12th, 2008 12:00 am
no contest, DSLR wins
shoot in raw, every last bit of detail will be on screen

I agree that "DSLR = win". But really no need to ALWAYS shoot in RAWs. I only shoot in RAW when the shoot is serious, as many times JPEGS are enough. RAWs take up a lot more space on your memory card as well as your computer, and require much more editing to get them to look just right.
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vincent-poon wrote:
Sep 12th, 2008 12:00 am
no contest, DSLR wins
For all uses? Want to use a big DSLR in a club? Sure, image quality is better (for the most part), but you can't write off point&shoots just because they're not DSLRs. Don't be an elitist.
Deal with it.
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KorruptioN wrote:
Sep 12th, 2008 5:03 pm
For all uses? Want to use a big DSLR in a club? Sure, image quality is better (for the most part), but you can't write off point&shoots just because they're not DSLRs. Don't be an elitist.
The context is:
"We're shooting the whole school's photos (yearbook and what not) tomorrow"

Chances are size, nor weight is a problem. I see nothing elitist in his/her post, he/she is simply answering the question.
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P&S cameras usually win on convenience, but DSLRs win on quality every time. The 6-MP Nikon DSLRs you have access to (D70s? D50?) will produce fantastic results and the image quality the provide should be significantly better than a P&S.

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