That's precisely why some mojos (mobile journalists) embrace svelte point-and-shoots and smile upon the latest cellphones which feature an ever-increasing megapixel count on the microscopic cameras included.
My 7-megapixel Casio Exilim is a perfectly capable little machine when it comes to average coverage. The quality is good, focus excellent and speed efficient in addition to the comfortable fact that it easily slips into my pocket.
So why am I moving on? Well, it's easier to cave to the pressures of fitting in with the crowd. I've never been hired to serve as a dedicated photographer, although I always end up taking pictures for my stories.
The problem emerges when you're covering presidential candidates at conventions or assigned to liveblog press conferences in the Capitol building. All around you photographers are embedded into the setting with massive, dark contraptions clinging to the edge of their necks, lenses protruding like old-style telescopes.
Pointing out Associated Press photographers from the rest of the crowd is a rookie game, as it's easy to watch their ongoing competition for the longest, most obnoxious lens, the one that will eventually extend so close that unshaven subjects will find their stubble brushing the edge of the lens.
Even while interviewing figures in the news one-on-one it's hard not to feel sheepish when you pull out a camera the size of a credit card and ask to snap a few. Where's the credibility in that? "Hi, I'm from the Washington Times, let me take your picture with my toy camera because all of the good ones were already taken."
There are a million reasons to have a better (bulky) camera other than to compete with the big boys. Picture quality goes from "pretty good" to "out of this world", shutter speed improves dramatically, the feeling of control in the eye, not the hand is intoxicating, not to mention the wide variety of exotic sights interchangeable lenses offer.
But cameras scream at people. Some scream Walgreens, others shout amateur, a few blast old-school, but the impression of professionalism is and always will be priceless.