I have already decided to buy a Sigma DP2 Merrill for my recreational photography, but it occurred to me that the Sigma may not be good for product photography. I sell beads on the internet, so my product photography is all macro (I generally taken the photos from 10" to 12" away). Also, since the beads come in a zillion colors, I need a camera that reproduces colors well, and the Sigma isn't known for that.
My thinking is that what I need is a good compact camera with a smallish sensor (not necessarily the smallest, but smaller than 4/3rds). Please tell me if I am wrong, but my impression is that smaller sensors can take macro photographs with a larger focus area and less barrel distortion -- is that right? Since all my images for the web are reduced, any pixel-level imperfections would disappear during resizing.
If it's true that a smaller sensor is what I need, then my concern is color accuracy. I'm guessing that an enthusiast compact or a DSLR will have better color accuracy than a run-of-the-mill compact. Or do manufacturers try to put the same color accuracy into all their cameras?
My reasoning is leading me to cameras like the Canon S95 and S100, the Panasonic LX5 and LX7, and the Nikon 1 series. Do you agree with me that that's the kind of camera I need?
If anyone wants to see the kind of photos I take, my shopping cart is www.purebeads.com/catalogue/