Good Point and Shoot as a Back Up Camera

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  1. Would a Canon G16 be a good back up camera to use?
  2. William Michael

    William Michael Moderator Staff Member

    Back up for:
    1. what camera system
    2. for what photographic outputs
  3. 1. I currently have a Canon 1D Mark III

    2. I photograph landscapes, wildlife, culture, and people.

    3. I would like to have someone small as a back up in case the pro camera fails.
  4. I suppose you might be happier with a Rebel and maybe even a pancake on it
  5. Since it appears you are photographing for yourself, you can choose any backup camera that satisfies you in its handling and image quality. If you were shooting for others, you would need backup equipment (camera, flash, etc.) that would allow you to produce the same quality of work as you can with your primary equipment.
    That said, there are point and shoot cameras (from Canon, Panasonic, Sony, and possibly others) that are about as compact as the Canon G16 but have much larger sensors and can produce better quality photos.
  6. William Michael

    William Michael Moderator Staff Member

    I use Canon DSLR's and I have a Powershot and have carried that when on holiday in case my DSLR fails: I chose a Powershot mainly because it has Canon Flash compatibility. That said, if you only have one DSLR, then as a back up, an APS-C Canon DSLR allows you access to your lenses and a body only would not be much bigger than a G16.
  7. I have the G15 and use it rather than my Nikon DSLRs when I don't want to carry a bag full of gear. Great for vacations, etc. Very good camera capable of making excellent pictures within its limits, but it's not as easy to use as a DSLR and can't do everything a DSLR can do. It's OK for things that are sitting still but less so for moving objects and people -- looking through the optical viewfinder you don't get any exposure or focus information, and while the LCD does give you that info, it's not easy to make adjustments on the fly the way you can with a DSLR and a normal viewfinder. Haven't measured the shutter lag but there seems to be some -- smile -and-look-at-the-camera is no problem but catching expressions and gestures is challenging.

    If you want a real backup for your Mark III I would get another Canon DSLR, even the Rebel as suggested. It doesn't cost much if any more than a G16, and you can just throw a lens from the Mark III on it and keep on shooting. It's not just a backup but a full second camera for times when you're switching lenses, etc.
  8. I picked up a Canon G1X a couple of years ago to supplement my D 7000. Something easier to carry around. The image quality is outstanding. Obviously there are situations where it will not do as well as the D7000, but for landscape and nature photography it does a superb job.
  9. Unfortunately, neither the G16 nor the G1X have what i would consider to be an acceptable level of shutter lag, but they are good travel/walkaround cameras. A true backup to a Canon pro DSLR would be a crop sensor Canon; a high-end point and shoot might make a decent second body for more casual use, but i think you have to have realistic expectations about capabilities, particularly as far as AF is concerned, as well as high-ISO. a 1 1/7" sensor is going to be challenged at above ISO 400, for instance. So i have the same reservations about the G16 as i do about the Fuji X30, namely that at or around their price points, there are equally- or more-capable bodies with bigger sensors. if you're mainly shooting at base ISO or no higher than 400, you can produce good results. There are good deals available on older DSLRs as well as discontinued large-sensor compacts like the Coolpix A; and a refurb G1X is quite affordable (less expensive than a new G16 btw and much more reasonable than a new model G1X). IMO, APS-C is really the minimum sensor size to be a true backup to a full frame DSLR, and with all the options available, my question to the OP would be, to you want a backup to your main camera or just a second body for casual use?
  10. I use many point and shoot film cameras. Olympus stylus are good cameras as well as the Evoca series of cameras. You can get them at the thrift store for a song.
  11. My primary body is a 6D, which I use for weddings, portraits, marathons, etc. I use an older digital rebel as a backup
    body. They are small, inexpensive, use all of my lenses, and if it gets damaged, it's not a huge money loss. I'll use when I
    need to have a diferent focal length in a hurry, for sports, weddings, etc.
  12. I have had a Panasonic Lumix LX-5 since new. I have actually sought reasons to let it go but I can't find any! I've grown to love this camera. It backs up, Nikon film,, Pentax 67II, and my latest affair with Fuji's XT-1, soon to be XT-2.
  13. As others have said, a P&S would be an OK backup, in the right situation.
    I would carry my Cannon A series P&S to take when the DSLR is a hassle to use or carry. Or as backup if the DSLR failed, which happened once. But NOT as a backup in a commercial gig. For a commercial gig, I would carry a 2nd DSLR body, so that I can use my kit of lenses and other gear. IOW, near seamless replacement.

    But for any action, the shutter lag in the P&S that I've tried drives me NUTS. As far as I am concerned, because of the shutter lag, the Cannon A3300 P&S that I have is useless for action photography. And this is not sports, just "trying" to shoot the young kids at a family party exposes this problem. Is the G series much better? Better, but not by a lot, from what I've read.
  14. fok 1r smaller camera, I choose the G1X mI, and for even smaller than that, I choose the S100

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