You may have come across the term macro photography and though this type of photography can be understood in a variety of ways, the most common notion associated with it is shooting close-up images of different objects. In this type of shooting, you can also expect to get the best amount of detail of the object in focus and a shallow depth of field of the background that can make some truly artistic shots. Shallow depth of field is not the only advantage of macro shots, in this mode, you will also find a lot of detail in the image which is basically the essence of any photograph.
Aperture is important for good macro shots and is denoted by F-stops that can be also categorised as focal ratio or F-number. For macro shots, most compact cameras come with a dedicated macro mode in which, the aperture value found on them is usually F/ 3.2. However, to achieve a better macro shot, you would require a camera with a wide aperture value of say F/ 3.0 or wider.Most point and shoot cameras with a wider aperture value are priced a lot more in comparison to standard digital compact cameras and allows you to shoot objects as close as up to 2cm. This close distance is essential for macro photography.
While DSLRs are the best option for macro photography, here’s a round-up of point and shoots that come very close to a DSLR in terms of quality and accuracy.
Samsung EX2F Rs30,000 Sensor - 12.4 megapixel 1/ 1.7-inch BSI CMOS Lens – F/ 1.4 Optical zoom – 3.3x Display – 3.3-inch Swivel AMOLED Display ISO – 80 - 3200 (Extendable up to 12800) Video – Full HD 1080p at 30fps
Canon PowerShot S100 Rs26,200 Sensor – 12.1 megapxel 1/ 1.7-inch CMOS Lens – F/ 2.0 Optical zoom – 5x Display – 3.0-inch LCD Display ISO – 80 - 6400 Video – Full HD 1080p at 24fps
Nikon Coolpix P7100 Rs19,980 Sensor – 10.1megapxel 1/ 1.7-inch CMOS Lens – F/ 2.8 Optical zoom – 7.1x Display – 3.0-inch Vari-Angle LCD Display ISO – 100 - 3200 Video – HD 720p at 24fps
Olympus XZ-1 Rs21,000 Sensor – 10 Megapixel 1/ 1.63-inch CCD Lens – F/ 1.8 Optical Zoom – 4x Display – 3.0-inch OLED Display ISO – 100 - 6400 Video – HD 720p at 30fps
Fujifilm X10 Rs38,399 Sensor – 12.0 Megapixel 2/3-inch EXR CMOS Lens – F/ 2.0 Optical zoom – 4x Display – 2.8-inch LCD monitor ISO – 100 – 3200 (Expandable up to 12800) Video – Full HD 1080p
Sony Cyber-shot RX100 Rs35,500 Sensor - 20.2 megapixel 1-inch Exmor CMOS Lens – F/1.8 Optical zoom – 3.6x Display – 3-inch LCD Display ISO – 125 – 6400 (Expandable up to 25600)Video – Full HD 1080p