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(Please take note that it is a Google english translation from the original french text) 
 
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Many of us want the freedom that comes with the lightness and small footprint of using a smartphone. But many of us who are even more passionate about photography prefer to use a more traditional and versatile device, often equipped with a real dedicated viewfinder, than a simple mobile phone. And nowadays, this species seems to be endangered, especially when we frequent more touristy or popular places. 

We will not advocate why choose a “real” camera versus these moving blocks whose main function seems to be the self-promotion of the individual. This will not be necessary since most of the regulars of this blog use the traditional design cameras that the more serious photographic act requires 😉.

 

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If we have this photo-passion, it must nevertheless be nourished by iconic subjects to study, capture and share. And the problem is often the effort required to transport, handle and take precedence over these cameras, which are by definition bulkier. With the almost total disappearance of compact cameras with fixed and affordable lenses, the alternatives are becoming more limited to the category of system cameras whose optics are interchangeable (ILC, Interchangeable Lens Camera) and whose dimensions and weight are all equally more important.

 

From this perspective, the format of the image sensor will often determine the physical importance of the device and its associated lens. For example, the Micro Four Third (MFT) image sensor format is often the one that will best correspond to this definition, although there are notable exceptions in the other most competitive format in this vein, APS-C. . In these two cases, the possibility of offering a compact camera-lens combination is interesting and diversified. Of course this remains up to the choice of its potential users. 

 

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For the photo-walker at heart, choosing an accompanying lens remains a colossal challenge that is almost impossible to overcome definitively. Because it must be admitted that any shooting lens has a direct influence on the creative style of the photographer. This also conditions the physical approach of the latter towards his subject and the context which surrounds it. There are therefore no miracle solutions to offer but rather a multitude of positions to explore before finding your preferred optic. 

 

What we see when using a compact camera beyond its comfort of use and transport remains its discretion with regard to the subjects photographed. This quality of being less "intrusive" provides the photographer with excellent opportunities for more authentic images, closer to a reality less altered by their physical presence. In short, the compact is less serious, more amateurish, but much more competent and more relevant in its use and in its photographic results. 

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Photography is a form of visual, social and environmental anthropology at the same time. It testifies to a way of looking at those around us, of course with the filters that inhabit us but also with all the originality of our observation. A compact camera is certainly one of the best iconographic tools for achieving this very personal visual expression.

 

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I’m hoping we have not seen the last of Fujis X-E line.  They have a body which many would call compact, but an APS-C sensor and processor which matches many much larger cameras in performance and quality.

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4 hours ago, crowecg said:

I’m hoping we have not seen the last of Fujis X-E line.  They have a body which many would call compact, but an APS-C sensor and processor which matches many much larger cameras in performance and quality.

 

I hope the same. Lets not forget the fact that Fujifilm have introduced the X-Mount series by rangefinder style models such as the X-Pro 1 and the X-E 1 and have produced several others wither X-A and X-M series. There is certainly a strong and specific demand to fulfill for their more compact APS-C sensor cameras especially in Asia.

A trace of light that survive a little further than the actual moment of flash.

photodanielm.blogspot.com

Daniel M on Flickr

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