As promised, I’m going to discuss a bit about what your hard earned cash will get you in cameras. I will be talking about Canon’s line of digital cameras because I know them the best, but if you have a different brand preference (e.g. Nikon, Sony, Kodak, Fuji) you’ll find similar levels, capabilities and prices. I’ll also only be talking about latest model new cameras. If you can find last year’s model online, or at your favorite retailer, you can get a pretty good deal for pretty similar capabilities. If price is your main object, you might be able to step up a bit in class for the same price if you get the previous model.
So the first question I ask somebody who’s looking for camera advice is: “How much do you want to spend?” Most people have a general idea where they think they’ll be comfortable, and I’ve found that lately, most are pleasantly surprised by what they can get for their money.
For what it’s worth, it is possible to spend more on a digital camera than on some fine automobiles. Hasselblad, made famous for most of us in relation to images taken by the Apollo astronauts, has a 39 megapixel digital camera called the H3D-II. Its regular retail price is 26500â‚¬ (~$37600). This is just slightly more than the rather nice all-wheel-drive BMW 328xi 2-door coupe. Needless to say, I don’t recommend one of these to any of my readers. I’m sure it’s a fine camera… but lets just say that if you’re reading this blog and you can actually afford to buy that camera, then please consider a small donation to the author of this site to support further camera testing.
Back to business:
I group digital cameras into basically 4 categories by size:
- Ridiculously miniature (RM)
- Normal (N)
- Got-glass-will-travel (GG)
- single-lens reflex (SLR)
The power curve for cost vs. performance is somewhere in the fuzzy margin between N and GG. You pay more for more capabilities (upper GG and SLR) and for miniaturization (smaller N and RM). Highly miniature, highly featured cameras can cost as much as the upper GG categories. So what does this mean in dead presidents?
Here’s a summary table:
|Feature||Ridiculously Miniature||Normal||Got-Glass||Single-Lens Reflex|
In order from most to least expensive… (more…)