What's the best camera?
This is a question asked many times on various photography Facebook pages. The question is so vague that it really is impossible to provide a good answer.
What do you hope to achieve with that camera?
Are you going professional, semi-professional, staying amateur?
Do you intend to do enlargements of your prints? If so, how big do you want them to be?
Do you want a camera that is quick and easy to use or one where you can futz with the settings, lenses, accessories, and such?
Who is going to use the camera? (Different people have different needs, hand-sizes, etc.)
Are you okay with carrying around ten or more pounds of camera(s) and equipment? Or do you want the convenience of sticking your camera in a pocket or purse?
How much are you willing to spend on a camera and any additional equipment?
Pretty overwhelming right? People ask the question over and over - what is the best camera to buy - and then not provide any details about such things as expressed above. Remember, having high-end and expensive photographic equipment won't make you a better photographer. Yes, it may help, but if you're a causal photographer, one who is not intending to make money from your photos, then why spend hundreds and even thousands of dollars on high-end equipment. There is so much more to photography than the equipment! What? You need a camera to take pictures - what am I talking about? True, you need a camera, but what about your environment, composition, angles, post-processing, and more? Having the latest and greatest computer and word processing software does not create a best-selling novel. It's the author who has the vision of content, then uses the tools to share that vision. Having all the best paints, brushes, easels and more does not create a beautiful painting - it's the artist with a vision who does that.
Having thousands of dollars in photographic equipment probably is not going to get your photo on the cover of a magazine. Your vision, using whatever equipment you have on hand, can create memories for you that all who you share those photos with will enjoy.
Do you know there are books published where professional photographers have written about how to take very good pictures with only the camera in their phone? In those books are the many pictures taken from those cameras in phones. They are the artist using the tool in hand, a camera in a phone, and have now published books on that. For those books, they didn't use high-end and expensive equipment and the pictures are awesome.
I'm not down-playing the very nice photography equipment that is available, but before you spend hundreds, maybe thousands of dollars - please ask yourself what you hope to achieve with your camera and how much you are willing to spend on that equipment.
So, in conclusion - what's the best camera?
It's the one in your hands!
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