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Brooke Shaden’s DSLR vs Point and Shoot Showdown

By Anthony Thurston on October 1st 2013

I have said it before, and I will say it again. I absolutely love Brooke Shaden and her work, which is why when I came across this post her hers I absolutely had to share it with you all.

Brooke is always preaching about how the gear you have should not limit you, the only thing that is truly limiting you is yourself. To demonstrate this in epic fashion Brook recently pitted a simple point and shoot camera against her DSLR, and the results are quite surprising.

Brook pitted her Canon 5D Mark II with a Sigma 24mm lens (worth $3,548) against a Canon PowerShot s95 (worth $614), the price difference between the two cameras is an astounding $2,933.50. But if you take a look at the resulting images you can see that the results are not nearly that far apart in quality.

In her post Brooke talks about “Having a great camera can be a huge asset. I know that I couldn’t print my images as large as I do and with such clarity for exhibitions if I didn’t have a higher end camera; however, the concept is the message of the image. I would rather share images that have little to do with the camera they were shot with. And whenever someone asks what the best camera is to shoot with, I will simply answer that it is the one you can afford.”

Take a look at the image below and tell me if you can guess which one was shot with each camera.

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The shot on the left is the PowerShot and the right is the 5D Mark III. The 5D shot looks a little sharper, and brighter highlights but if I am honest I actually think that I like the PowerShot image a little better.

You can read about the full test, as well as see larger images of the two shots on Brooke’s blog.

What do you think? Which final image do you prefer? Let us know in a comment below. 

via Brooke Shaden

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

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  1. Paul

    It depends on the scenario. For this example, the softness of the PowerShot suits the spooky, fairytale mood of the shoot.

    Try this comparison in a studio, or capturing sports, or in low light, and the difference will be more apparent. I agree with Brooke’s message, but the example scenario is way more favourable to a point-and-shoot than 90% of what photographers face day-to-day.

    (Or is that kind of the whole point? To work to the advantages of what you have? Hmm.)

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  3. theo

    the one on the left is clearly more blurry. it was really easy to tell the difference.

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