Lets get the obvious out of the way. My camera wish list includes the upcoming Leica M and a 28mm elmarit. And I would never recommend this to anyone. It lacks any modern features and is unreasonably price. Avoid it like the plague lest you get sucked in too.
Back to the question at hand, what camera should I buy? This is the wrong question to ask. What are you going to take pictures of? It is the same for any other kind of tool; the right pan for cooking, the right knife, the right car, the right socket wrench – simply the right tool.
I want to learn photography!
This is a hobbyist. You can barely spell aperture, much less understand what it means. However, you are inclined to learn. In the meantime, you carry your camera proudly on your neck on holidays and family gatherings. And one day, when you become a bit older and wiser, you’ll know exactly what you want and won’t need someone like me to tell you want camera to get.
You want a basic entry level DSLR. Anything too advance will have too many features to make sense of and they lack any of the easy modes (camera companies remove these features so the professionals can work quickly and easily without being impeded by the automatic modes. )
I still want good pictures but I will never learn how to spell aperture. And I hate math!!!
To calculate the relationship if the variables for proper exposure; requires basic math and a few basic principles. But if these seem too much for you, there are plenty of cameras to choose from.
This is currently the biggest market right now and there are a lot of choices. You can also save a lot of money by choosing the previous generation. The affluent are constantly upgrading leaving these small fun fashionable cameras lying around.
They are small and still offer great quality. In the most situations, anything the DSLRS can do, these little guys can do. The biggest difference is the accessibility particular controls that I have come to rely and depend on. This is not to say these cameras don’t have those options, it’s just that these controls are buried behind complex menus. They might as well as be behind a firewall to someone like myself.
And as eluded above, they make cool fashion statements as long as they are the newest version. And by extension, the older versions can be had for very cheap. I’ve personally seen a 60% drop in price for the same camera that is about 18 months old.
I have no idea what you’re talking about. I just want clear pictures.
These fellas just want to take some nice memorable pictures at their family gatherings, recitals, concerts, clubs.
I personally believe that these people should be content with their camera phone. It is already an amazing camera that can accomplish everything that bigger heavier and more expensive cameras can do.
An expensive camera on automatic mode will take the same picture as your phone with the automatic mode built in.
The biggest problem with this category is the unrealistic expectations that often arises.
- I want to take pictures of a band at a concert
- the flash on the camera makes me look weird
- I’m going to a club with my friend.
The solution is always a complex one that requires expensive equipment, the technical experience and access to do it correctly. Giving their cameras an unrealistic expectation what they can and cannot do.
I want a fashion statement to look cool
Then go back above and get one of the Sony’s or Olympus’ already mentioned. They look great!
However it should be strongly noted that the majority of these people might already be content with an updated iphone. iPhones and other smartphones have fantastic cameras these days. I firmly believe these phones can easily replace any one of the traditional compact camera