I took this close-up using the macro setting of my Canon PowerShot G3 mounted on a tripod.
Although sophisticated enough in its own right, this camera is now a couple of years old, and no match for my Nikon D70 dSLR (“digital Single Lens Reflex”).
I have a couple of points to make here:
- You don’t need to have hugely expensive camera equipment to take good photos. It’s the eye and feeling, and understanding of the craft of digital photography that really count.
- In some ways, less expensive cameras can be better than fancy digital SLRs.
Besides being, well, less expensive, a camera like the PowerShot is also much lighter to carry. This means that you are more likely to have it with you when you need it.
The fact that a camera is not an SLR means that you can’t change lenses, or view directly through the lens. But special modes, like macro modes, can actually be better. In addition, the LCD screen is bigger than on SLRs, and can be used for composition, not just for reviewing photos (as with a dSLR).
So think carefully about how you intend to use your camera before springing for that expensive and heavy digital SLR. Something more portable, and, well, less like a digital recreation of a film camera, might just serve you better!