Image stabilisation on modern cameras can allow the photographer to be creative with long exposure, without the need for a cumbersome tri-pod to keep the camera still. Even some new entry level cameras now come with five-axis stabilisation to counteract hand movement in every direction.
These photos were taken on the corner of Swanston and Little Bourke Streets, Melbourne, using an Olympus OMD E-M 10 Mk2 (hand held) with 1/4 second exposure to blur the passing tram (top) or pedestrians (below). Just a few years ago these shots would have required a much more expensive DSLR camera and tri-pod.
The Olympus mirror-less camera is also much smaller and lighter than traditional DSLR cameras, ideal for the discrete street photography you often see here on Vic Pics.