Being a camera junkie for a long time, gives me a perspective based on buying, trying and then selling an obscene amount of them. I am an avid reader of reviews and sexy advertisements that, more than I’d like to admit, often seduce me into getting yet another technological marvel that I end up not really liking.
What I am finally beginning to realize is, what a camera can do as a piece of gear, can be light years away from how you the photographer want to use it.
For example. Reviews of cameras and lenses put a ton of emphasis on image sharpness. Tack sharp images are great to be sure but how one goes about getting them may not be worth it. A Nikon D800 with its big sensor and a huge Leica Otis lens may gather more detail by far than a Sony RX-10 or Lumix FZ-1000, but if you are traveling and don’t want to lug all that weight around, does sharp detail still trump convenience and ease of use?
Also, what about fixed lens vs interchangeable lens cameras? Fixed ones generally require more deliberation and care about what and how to shoot a subject. On the other hand with a bag full of prime lenses or a few zooms, recording the subject is much easier. Again at the expense of more weight and maybe even sufficient forethought about the desired final image.
Finally, how much you actually enjoy using your camera counts for a hell of a lot. The newest the greatest gear may look terrific on paper but if it feels awkward in your hand and you have a hard time getting to the controls you like to use, forget it!
Love your camera. You’ll take better photographs with a friend.