The earlier post of the dragonfly may not reflect what a shivering photographer can do with a compact in a swimming pool. In this very short posting, I decided to take 2 close-up shots using a DSLR and a compact.
Dragonfly with Canon IXUS 75
Note that this is not a good comparison but it gives an idea of a mid-end compact (Canon IXUS 75) versus a low end DSLR (Sony Alpha 200). Firstly, they are both of different mega pixels in size and these shots are taken handheld. The compact is without any add-ons, just using Macro mode whilst the DSLR has a cheap +4 close-up filter attached to the lens.
Sony Alpha 200 DSLR
Canon IXUS 75
These are not 100% crops as they are of different sizes but it gives an idea of the sharpness that’s missing from the compact. Of course, a high-end compact with larger sensors would probably do a lot better.
However, as evident in the dragonfly picture above, some level of sharpness can be achieved with a compact. New generation compact, although with smaller sensors are actually quite good.