Every once in awhile I get the pro gear out to shoot something that is best done with a point and shoot camera. After building my A-37 Super Tweet and posting it after a lenghty W.I.P. I decided to shoot a shot of it for a Gallery entry. First I shot it with the trusty Nikon P330 point and shoot. Not bad. Time for the pro Nikon 85mm PC Shift/Tilt Micro lens and a Nikon 24MP D7100 camera. Hmm, fixed lens and I can't get it all in there with the ladder I have. Let's try the equally expensive 24mm PC Shift/Tilt on the D7100 DX format which makes it equivalent to a 36mm lens, about right distance wise. A bit of manual focusing and tilting the lens for increased DOF and stopping down to f16 for even more DOF and whew, I think I have it! Not. It's no better than the P330 point and shoot due to the small sensor and exceptional DOF. All this work with exceptional equipment and 10x the time only to be equaled by a somewhat inexpensive point and shoot. Bah. Don't get me wrong, these expensive specialty lenses blow everthing else away when it comes to architectual and other professional work but not necessarily in the niche of model photography. The proper point and shoot meets all of the requirements for the medium on which it's viewed. Quite acceptable. The point and shoot will never equal a DSLR with it's hi-tech telephotos and extreme wide angles (at least not at this point in time) plus it's extreme resolution and low light capability but it does meet the requirements for close-up model photography viewed on our screens. I hate to admit it.
Of course I'm talking about somewhat advanced Point and Shoots, not cheap ones. They should have adjustable settings and maybe even RAW files for better options in post processing. You get what you pay for.
So I'm just letting off steam for all the time I spent yet again today proving myself wrong. I can get a good picture with either a point and shoot or expensive pro equipment by spending more time at least in this type of photography. Easy choice.
I have generalized about Point and Shoot cameras vs DSLRs. There's much more to discuss for sure. Which model, brand, price range and features are some of the subjects. Small sensors require small focal length lenses which have greater depth of field with adequate resolution which solves some of the problems of close-up photography.
PS--Hi Res phones are next with their even smaller sensors and greater DOF. Eek!