Daniel Browning wrote in post #13135792
That's definitely correct. But if someone upgrades thinking the DSLR will always do at least as good, if not better, than the P&S, that may not turn out to be the case. There are many circumstances, specifically with depth of field, where the P&S turns out a better result. For example, the green box will often pick something like ISO 100 + f/3.5, throwing a lot of the photo out of focus and disappointing the user. The P&S would have also picked f/3.5 and ISO 100, but the whole photo would have been in focus.
Yeah, I shot for a number of years with P&S-type cameras. And, because I was out to actually practice my photography, I did manage to get some great images, even in low light! In fact to this day I have framed prints from 4,5 and 6 mp digicams adorning my walls, some actual favorite of mine and those who see them (and some who walk away with one)!
And, when I say framed, I'm talking about 12x16 prints that you can actually look at, kindof gallery-style.
But I should say that prior to me buying my first digicam (in '02) I was intently doing my "homework", reading as much as I could about photography and the rising digital camera technology. So, for my first digicam, I got one of the "advanced" compact digicams -- ones that are bigger than a pocket P&S, that had "super-zooms", and that had controls that you could actually use in modes like Manual, Av, Tv, maybe even the super-duper "P" mode! So, as I said, I was out to Practice Photography. But, occasionally the Auto mode seemed to fit, and I used it without complaint.
But, during all that time I kept my eye on the advance of DSLR technology, especially when the Canon 10D came out. Many people maybe weren't paying attention at the time, but I was very active in an online, well, this was before the Web became widely available, so it was caused a "Newsgroup", similar to a forum but non-web. This was an active group which, like POTN, was comprised of a wide variety of photogs, amateurs and pros. Early on, the "serious" photogs, including most of the pros, stayed away from digital, or at least cosidered P&S/digital cameras in the same way many or most people here consider P&S cameras, pretty much a "toy"/snapshot camera but useless for "serious" photography.
But, before my "eyes", all that began to change with the arrival of the 10D! A DSLR with a decent resolution that was reported to have Image Quality that actually, possibly for the first time, matched that of 35mm film!
And, it was that camera that probably did more than any other DSLR to launch the DSLR into the realm that we see today, pretty much the standard for pro and serious amateur/entustiast photographers around the world.
But, closer to the topic, I was tired of the slow performance and the lossy jpegs and the noisy high ISOs of the compact/P&S digicams, and so I bided my time so that when the 30D came out and stabilized I jumped on it. And, since I prepared my self over the years, I was committed to no Auto and Raw only, and have been ever since, for better or for worse!
But, as I said before, all my compact/P&S digicams died, so I can't even run a test! And actually, two of my DSLRs have a Green Box mode, so I could test things! But I ain't about to rush out and buy a P&S, no siree!
But manufacturers can't really fix it, either. If they set the DSLR to always have the same DOF as a digicam, that means setting it to f/11 and high ISO. That will cause the noise level to go up to about the same as a digicam. But, at least it's not *worse*. [EDIT: I forgot to mention that if the greenbox flash is powerful enough, they wont have to worry about noise. It's only those shots from the bleachers, where the flash is doing nothing, that greenbox will have to up the ISO.]
One option would be if they had a "Digicam" mode next to the "green box" mode. Instead of giving you things like thin DOF, low noise, it would give you deep DOF and digicam-like noise (in low light).
Hmm...well, along the lines of the flash, they really should make the Canon built-in flash actually usable for a decent portrat fill-flash instead of a redeye monster, but oh well, I guess it's a bit much to ask for what could be a bit of a re-design!