A couple of months ago I was following a discussion at “The Grid” about mobiles x point and shoot x dSLR’s.
The tonic was if the mobiles would kill the point and shoot cameras. My opinion is that the market evolves and so do the point and shoot, which some models offer full control over all the parameters and even shoot in raw format.
That discussion brought me into observing the tourists around this summer and realize the considerably large amount of people using dSLR cameras. Mostly the 4 and 3 digits Canon (entry and “one step up” levels) and equivalent Nikon and other brands. Basic cameras that today cost not much more than a top point and shoot. A sort of continuous transition.
Of course that doesn’t prevent from using the fully automatic mode that pops the built-in flash while photographing a monument several meters away, but in “case of interest” can open lots of possibility. It’s what I had myself.
A visit to the zoo in Munich was the best sample of that. There was everything. Mobiles, point and shoot, entry dSLR’s and people with really professional gear and very long lenses (to kill me with envy hehehehe). Not the fact that there was such a variety, but the numbers of each “category” was impressive. For that we should thank the price drop of technology.
Though I agree with Terry White on his comment that, for the price most dSLR cost they should already come with built-in wireless and GPS for geotagging.