I only use P&S 35mm
film cameras with fix focal lens.
The picture quality of APS cameras is
insufficient; the concept is turned and I always considered
it as a take-in. The medium size cameras are bigger and heavier,
and I'm satisfied with an excellent 35mm film camera.
- The zoom lenses are not necessary.
On P&S cameras, their quality is often insufficient.
Criteria for choice
of the lens to enlarge pictures up to 30x45cm
to connect or install an electric shutter release plug.
the delay to
release the shutter ( less than 0,4s)
the focal distance
of the lens, in preference wide angle, ranging from 28 to
Some more criteria:
- the focus setting,
- interesting when this setting is reducing the shutter
- the choice of diaphragm or of shutter speed
- which let shot with assurance to a sufficient speed.
- the possibility to mount a filter
- seldom seen on P&S cameras. The most interesting
filter is the polarizing screen which vanishes the fog and
intensify the color saturation. With this filter, the exposure
must be modified.
is not usually
a critical criteria as 1/250s is sufficient. Only really
cheap cameras have shutter speeds not exceeding 1/125 or
- The quality criteria of the lens
excludes almost all zoom lenses of P&S cameras.
The awards go to the Konica Hexar and
to the Olympus Epic.
The Leica Minilux conforms
to the three first criteria. Alas, it needs between 0.6 to 0.8
seconds to shot, at least twice as much as the konica hexar:
0.3s. This lead to more missed pictures, fuzzy to badly framed.
Furthermore, it has an important vignetting in some conditions
The Pentax PC 550
with a good lens 28mm has a shutter mechanically released, for
which an electric release cannot be installed.