This blog is my attempt to keep track of some of the things I learn along the way, with my Canon 7D, G12 and accessories. All images copyright Brad Calkins, not to be used without permission (or purchase). I do not attempt to monetize my blog, other than to promote my stock photo portfolio on Dreamstime.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Why you want an articulated screen

For reasons I'll get into in a future post, I've finally decided to go back to the Canon G series in the form of a Canon G12.  There were a couple of deal breakers with the G10 that made me move away from the G series down the micro 4/3rds road, and now that they've been solved I'm back ;)  Those deal breakers were the lack of HD video of any kind (I'm happy with 720P), and the other was just a bit too many megapixels on the sensor.  One key feature I missed with 4/3rds is the compatibility with my Canon flashes.  

My main criticism of the Micro 4/3rds was that it really meant I would have needed to start duplicating equipment with my Canon gear to really embrace it.  In the end, I think it could be very well suited for many applications - but not if you also maintain the dSLR system.  

But back to the point of the blog, here is an example of the difference that having an articulated screen makes.  The first shot is about as good as I would normally get without a screen that flips out.  With my dSLR I would have been even higher up, not being able to hold the camera at arms length.  The 2nd shot is the result after flipping out the screen and holding the camera closer to the ground!  Forget pixel peeping for a second, this is a real difference in the image that makes it in my opinion!  Wish I hadn't clipped her foot, though :)

1 comment:

Phat Baby Photographer said...

Totally agree. I used to have a G4 with an articulated screen, granted it was less than an inch in size, or so it felt. We got a G10 but missed the articulated screen for down low shots and for self portraits. That being said, I've gotten pretty good at putting the camera low, setting it wide, guessing and cropping.