Do you need a DSLR to shoot good photos? Well, looking at Mervyn’s photos, I have to say you definitely do not. Of course there are shots that can only be done with a DSLR and not with a small digicam, like shots with shallow depth of field and buttery bokeh. However, if your technique is good, then even with a small card size digicam, it is still possible to take surprisingly good photos.
A disclaimer, Mervyn is my brother, but I am posting his work because I think he is truly good, not because he is my brother.
Mervyn has moved on to using a DSLR now. However, there are situations where a small digicam is more suitable or easier to shoot than with a DSLR. This is a quote of Mervyn when he was talking about shooting on a skiing locations in Canada, “ The Casio Exilim was easy to carry inside my jacket (in order to keep it warm enough for the battery to work). Some of the places we would go were very steep and we could be skiing very fast; it was just too dangerous to carry anything other than the Exilim.”