When looking at cameras, what influences you the most?
Word of mouth - information from others?
What are your most important influences in choosing a camera?
Once you have invested in a few lenses then I guess that moving brands is a very big step to take and if you have bought lenses for a cropped sensor camera even upgrading to a full size is an expensive prospect. More pixels was top of my list when upgrading my Canon 350D body. Which model was then based on which features I was prepared to pay what for. Online reviews were a big part of the decision process.
Only had one lens, Tamron 28/200mm for Minolta film camera, so, purchased a Minolta, replaced with Sony, and found the lens was problematical, focus wise, motor slipping, it was 30 years old. So I bought another Tamron 18/200mm "Proper" digital, £150. Very happy, Went from 6M Pixels, to, 14M, really see no benefit. Law of diminishing Returns, must apply. Ed.
Yep I agree with above comments. Pixel size matter only when you go for printing billboards. But in my case I never get the chance to go there. Only in Wedding Albums. Now that I've invested a lot on my lens getting a new DsLR is not an option UNLESS its ISO setting can get me go higher without too suffering from noise. A review in it gets my attention. Also customer service support for that brand I also look into.
Shoot in best quality jpg, can open these in RAW, and do as I require. Ed.
Sorry, bit slow, I do not shoot in RAW. Did not realize when I changed camera, that CS4, did not support new camera, RAW wise. Sony's own version, did not appeal to me. Thanks. Ed.
I strongly believe that today there is almost no camera that is bad enough so you can't make quality photos with it. When I'm looking at cameras, I'm checking the features that I find important. That narrows a choice a bit. The next important thing for me is to take the camera in my hands - if it doesn't fit nicely and I don't feel it like something natural in my hands, it isn't for me. At the point when I'll be deciding between two or three cameras, I'll go through reviews just to check if I've missed something important - that is the lesson I've learned with my HX1.
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It seems that we all agree on reading camera reviews is important to us and since I was looking at moving up from a bridge camera I did the same,tended to get confused went into shop after shop -tried cameras -listened to the sales people and went back to the drawing board.So for me
1 reviews were important
2 the latest technology
4 did it fit into my price structure
I ended up with fixing a price I could afford and getting the best I could get,I also wanted the latest technology ,why buy old technology for all cameras move forward,As for the features they are there if you are stuck or struggling ,as for the build quality external ,this was not to much of an issue for I gave myself a price limit and worked to it.So that's little imput and as Kiethb knows I bought a Sony A58.