Compact System Cameras
Compact system cameras (CSC's), also known as mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras (MILC's), are one of the fastest growing camera segments. Their appeal is that they typically have a large sensor in a small camera, so that it offers both a step up for point and shoot users and a viable backup or travel camera for DSLR users. These cameras include the Panasonic G series, Olympus E series, the Sony NEX's and Samsung's NX's. Most recently, Nikon has introduced their 1 series.
These camera systems each have their particular strengths, but they all share the following features:
- Large sensors, in some cases as large as a DSLR. The equates to vastly superior image quality vs. the typical point and shoot camera and camera phones.
- Lens interchangeability, allowing for the use of a broad range of lenses.
- Compact dimensions. Although not as pocketable as a point and shoot, CSC's allow the photographer to carry a very capable camera in a coat pocket, or a complete system in a shoulder bag of minimal dimensions.
They are ideal for travel because their smaller size allows the photographer to travel with a complete system without having to carry a backbreaking amount of equipment.