Professional photographers use their DSLRs when shooting assignments. For everyday photography, however, they use point-and-shoots.
Unlike the ordinary person who simply takes photos for sharing or keeping, professional photographers are quite particular with the point-and-shoot they use. What follows is a list of the point-and-shoot cameras that most professionals prefer. (This is not arranged in any specific order.)
Nikon Coolpix P7000
This 10.1 megapixel resolution point-and-shoot has a 1/1.7-inch CCD sensor. Some photographers love the camera’s video capabilities. Since it has a small sensor size, most professional photographers use a high ISO – just a slight adjustment, though. Product details here.
Nikon Coolpix P7100
The predecessor to the P7000, this point-and-shoot is favored by many professional photographers because of the impressive quality of the image it produces. Moreover, its advanced options for customization are a big plus. There are a lot of buttons, but this only means photographers have more control of the photos they take. It has a 10.1 megapixel CCD sensor.
It’s not as light as other point-and-shoots, but it’s comfortable enough to carry around in your bag or pocket. Product details here.
Sony Cybershot RX1
With a 24.3 megapixel sensor, the Sony Cybershot RX1 point-and-shoot camera is definitely built for professional photographers who want a compact everyday cam. And its sensor is full-frame, which means it basically gives off the same image quality as DSLRs.
It’s a little heavy for a point-and-shoot, but its size is just right. Professional photographers won’t mind, though, especially when they find out that this compact camera has a Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* f/2.0 35mm lens with 9-blade aperture. It’s a point-and-shoot that can be used for shooting low light scenes. Product details here.
Sony Cybershot RX100
This is the perfect point-and-shoot for professional photographers who value image quality more than anything else. Among its features are a 20.2 megapixel back-illuminated sensor, a 3.6 f/1.8 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* zoom lens, a 3-inch LCD screen that can easily tilt and Wi-Fi (with NFC or near-field communication).
This small, easy-to-carry point-and-shoot is a good choice for bokeh photography. Product details here.
Made especially for photographers who prefer point-and-shoots with large sensors and prime lens, the Fujifilm X100S is a 16.3 megapixel digital wonder. It doesn’t look exactly like any of the modern-day compact cameras because it has a classic rangefinder camera look and feel. But don’t be fooled by its looks; the X100S has a myriad of features that professional photographers will love to feast on. In addition to this, the camera has a porthole viewfinder that combines the classic and the modern. Its Fujinon f/2.0 35mm equivalent lens also makes this compact cam a good catch. It also has a feature that allows photographers to easily adjust shutter speed. Product details here.
Yes, a lot of professional photographers use the iPhone for their regular day-to-day shooting activities. Most of them use the 4s and 5 versions, with the HDR function enabled. A number of them use Hipstamatic, Pano, Instagram and other free apps to get the effect/s they desire, but basically, their iPhones give them the shots they want.
The best advantages of the iPhone are portability and ease of use. Many professional photographers who used to have objections with iPhonography now recognize the convenience the iPhone offers. Capturing interesting moments becomes easier as you only need to pull your iPhone out of your pocket or bag and then take the shots you want. Product details here.
These are just some of the point-and-shoot cameras that professional photographers use. Which one interests you the most?