Sony S980 Street Photography Score
Sony S980 has a score of 36
for Street Photography which makes it a POOR
candidate for this type of photography. If Street Photography is important for you, we strongly recommend you to consider the Alternative cameras listed at the bottom of this page. Read our detailed Sony S980 Review
Sony S980 Street Photography Detailed Analysis
Live view lets you take photos without using the viewfinder which makes you less obstrusive and this works very well during street photography where you don't want to get people's attention. Small Body
Small body of Sony S980 will get less attention from the people in streets and give you an amateur look, which is indeed an advantage for street photography.
33 mm - Not so Good Wide Angle Coverage
Having a good wide angle coverage becomes very important in street photography.
No Built-in Viewfinder
In the lack of a a viewfinder, holding the camera away from the body while using live view is not very stable, especially with heavy camera bodies and lenses. Besides, LCD screens are very hard to read under bright sunlight. No Manual Focus Mode
In street photography, things changes very quickly and often you may not have enough time to frame and focus at the right time to catch the moment. Zone focusing is a popular technique amongst street photographers and it requires manual focus mode. No Image Stabilization
An articulated screen gives you the flexibility to shoot in non traditional positions such as waist level, which helps you to be more creative and unobtrusive in the streets. No RAW shooting capability
Lack of Image stabilization may result in blurry photos especially in long exposures and at long focal lengths Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
JPEG files are generally more attractive direct out of the camera but RAW files contains much more color information compared to JPEGs, and gives you more room for post processing without significant quality loss. They provide wider dynamic range and option to recover shadow and highlight clipping to some degree.
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