For many years Madison Avenue was telling us that pixel crammed digital cameras was the way to go if you wanted attractive pictures. This created the myth that cameras with the most pixels would take better pictures. This myth has been debunked. Now we know that pixel packed cameras are only needed if you plan to print large pictures. For normal postcards and web images a 5 MB pixel digital camera will do just fine.
Currently the trend is to cough out cameras with redesigned sensors that are specially designed for low-light photography. These new cameras mark an important step forward in personal photography.
Recently (at long last), camera companies have begun diverting their research efforts from “how to get more megapixels” to “how to get better photos.” They’re working on things that really do matter in a consumer camera, like sensor size, stabilization — and fixing low-light photography. This is the case of the the Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR and the Sony DSC-WX1 ($320 and $350, respectively, before discounting). With these state of the art cameras you can practically say good bye to the ubiquitous tripod.
Both cameras can choose the correct mode (close-up, twilight, portrait, landscape and so on) automatically. Both have only a screen—no eyepiece viewfinder—which makes them tricky to use in bright sunlight. Then again, both cameras are tiny enough to rattle around in a shirt pocket. Both offer excellent face recognition, meaning that portraits are almost always focused and properly exposed. Neither offers manual focusing.
For my blogging activities my Canon A720 IS is just fine, since most, if not all my photographs are taken in broad daylight. Even though I have taken some photographs in dim light, the results have been satisfactory. However, I know persons that like to take pictures at night and are having problems with their Canon digital compact cameras. If this is your case, then this new option could be helpful to you.
I’m glad that camera manufacturers are now looking at other improvement areas besides more mega pixels. Good Day.
Source: Low Light Becomes a Highlight - The New York Times