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|Entry level DSLR
|High end P&S (G11/LX3)|
|Image Quality||Far better on DSLR, you will notice the difference. See sensor size||Adequate if you are not pixel peeking|
|Size||Small enough to give a decent grip of the camera, but it is not something to carry to everywhere||Much smaller, possible to store in jacket pocket or purse|
|High ISO||Noticeable noise @ ISO1600||Noticeable noise @ ISO400|
|AF Response||Noticeably much faster||Adequate for those snapshots, anything more will be frustrating|
|Functionality||Has all the main functions, access to these function usually through the menu system. Has less customise features than the D700||Has all the main functions, but usually require to fiddle with the menu system using the small camera buttons|
|Flash||The onboard flash is much more powerful and with the possibility to add a proper flash such as SB-600, the combination should get you through a lot of places.||Onboard lash power is limited ,until you add a specific design external flash|
|Lens||The 18-55mm kit lens has an aperture of f/3.5-5.6 and an equivalent focal length of 27mm on the wide side. Even though it is 1.5 stop slower, DSLR offers much less noise on higher ISO. Not to mention it has a dedicated zoom ring.||Usually equip with a fast wide angle lens, eg: 24mm f/2 on a LX3|
|Build Quality||Solidly build but probably won’t pass a drop test||Solidly build but probably won’t pass a drop test|
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