The best street photography camera of 2013 will depend on your style of street shooting. There is a saying that the best camera for street photography is “the one that you have with you”. Which would imply that smaller is always better. But that doesn’t mean that a smaller camera is automatically better, just that you need to decide your priorities.
Henri Cartier Bresson shot in three distinct styles. Which one you identify with might help you choose the best street photography camera for you.
Street photography is a passion, a hobby and an artform so you’ll need to move on from your basic point and shoot into something more timeless. Sure, go out and experiment with your iPhone or your Point-and-Shoot, but once you’ve tested out whether you enjoy street shooting, then you’ll need a craftsman’s tool.
This week’s guest photographer is Simon Cross. He’s been exploring the Street Photography routes from the London Street Photo Photowalk Routes. Here’s Simon…
Exploring East London with Simon Cross
I recently came across Peter Thomson’s London Street Photo blog and read about the East End Market walks. I printed out a Google map of the walk and set off on a Sunday morning to Liverpool Street Tube Station. The route includes Petticoat Lane, Brick Lane and Columbia Road Flower Markets.
The Olympus OMD EM5 makes a surprisingly good walk around street photography camera.
This was a new adventure for me; in the past I have not gone out with the sole purpose of “shooting the street”. I recently bought an Olympus OM-D camera along with two beautiful little lenses, the Olympus M Zuiko 45mm f1.8 and the Olympus M Zuiko 12mm f2.
The new Olympus E-M5 is an interesting camera for street photographers. It’s smaller than an normal DSLR but larger than a candy-bar style micro four thirds such as the GX1. So it might be the best of both worlds for you, or the worst of both worlds.
The E-M5 is splash resistant which is excellent news for London street photographers
The E-M5 is launching against tough competition from the GH2, GX1 and even the E-P3 because the sensor size is the same as these other cameras. This means that the fundamental physics behind shallow depth of field, low light performance and image quality are all the same across the competition. To address this Olympus have tweaked the sensor, but don’t expect images that are of a fundamentally different charachter than the other micro four thirds.