Owning a digital camera today is very convenient. Many people prefer the small and compact units because of their light weight and the fact that they’re simple and easy to operate.
However, there may be some of you who wish you could use extra lenses on your small and compact digital cameras to enhance your experience in photography whether it’s just a hobby or something you’re taking seriously. If you think that changing lenses is not possible, the truth is it’s now possible these days. A common perception is that only the digital sensory lens reflex (DSLR) type can accommodate add-on lenses but these days, even the point and shoot can use them.
Several camera manufacturers have already released interchangeable lens models. These include Olympus, Panasonic, Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony and Minolta.
Compared to the DSLR units, the lens mount for compact cameras is smaller but can be used with adapters from the larger mount. They may also lack the so called mirror boxes and through-the-lens viewfinders but nevertheless, they can provide you with top quality images and even videos although in smaller sizes.
The downside is the weight of these additional viewfinder accessories which can even be heavier than the compact camera itself. Ordinary users may not go for this but those serious in photography would not mind this at all.
There are some brands worth considering if you’re looking to buy this camera. They may be a bit pricey but they can be at par with the real DSLR camera.
The Sony Alpha NEX-5 is the first interchangeable lens compact camera of Sony with the capabilities of a DSLR unit but at a more affordable price. Although it lacks a built-in flash, it can give you top quality photos and videos. It can also accept both SD and Memory Stick cards.
The Olympus Pen E-P2 boasts of a unique and sturdy design, an eye-level electronic viewfinder (EVF) and some fun features you can experiment with. But it is quite expensive than a regular DSLR unit especially when you buy the kit that comes with zoom or prime lens and does not have a built-in flash.
The Samsung NX10 is very easy to use although not that at par with its close competitors in terms of capturing quality images. It boasts of a user friendly interface with a great menu system. Some features you may like are its 3-inch LCD screen, solid body and built in flash. The price is also something worth considering.
Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-GF2 camera is now considered the smallest camera that features interchangeable lens and a built-in flash strobe that is a pop-up type. This single-lens direct view model, which is yet to be released in January next year, accommodates additional lens that can also be used with other digital cameras of the same brand.
Panasonic’s predecessor, the Lumix DMC-GF1, remains to be a good choice as well. With its high definition video quality, simple controls, pop-up flash and interchangeable lens, having this camera unit can satisfy new and even experienced photographers who want to avoid the real DSLR type of camera.