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The perfect camera

kodachrome 6 703
19 Dec 2012 4:39PM
Just a bit of light hearted chat on the run up to Christmas.

I don't think the perfect camera exists, but can any members suggest what they think comes close in the various catigories for picture quality, ergonomics and ease of use Etc. The most expensive in each catigory may not be the best!


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Andy_Cundell 7 1.1k 5 England
19 Dec 2012 4:44PM
DSLR: A Nikon

SLT: A Nikon

CSC: A Nikon

Bridge: A Nikon

Compact: A Nikon

kodachrome 6 703
19 Dec 2012 4:54PM
Love it, but which Nikon models.
thewilliam 9 6.1k
19 Dec 2012 4:59PM
Unfortunately, the perfect camera is useless if it isn't wielded by a perfect photographer!
JackAllTog Plus
9 5.0k 58 United Kingdom
19 Dec 2012 5:09PM
'Just a bit of light hearted chat on the run up to Christmas'

DSLR - surely if must be something around the Mamiya Leaf type of category if portability is not an issue
SLT - Hasn't Sony got this sewn up - so the latest release of theirs
CSC - no Idea but Id look at what Paul shoots. Or an EOSm Mk2 when it comes out?
Bridge - Fuji - maybe the fujifilm sl245 a college here just bought ?
Compact. - Well i like panasonic lumix TZ10

Just some initial idea's
Paul Morgan 17 19.1k 6 England
19 Dec 2012 5:19PM
There`s no such thing Smile

DSLR, None
SLT, None
Bridge, none
Compact, fuji x10

Other, Olympus Trip, only has one button and it dosn`t take batteries, you can`t get much more perfect than that Smile
pulsar69 14 1.6k 6 United Kingdom
19 Dec 2012 5:29PM
The perfect camera is the thing i stick a lump of plastic and glass against when i am taking a photo Wink
Graysta 13 1.1k England
19 Dec 2012 6:57PM
OM2 only the media lets it down
19 Dec 2012 10:50PM
DSLR: Any of my current Nikon bodies really. Cant see the need to change them so they are 'perfect' for me
SLT: Never used a sony, so no idea
CSC: Love my Nikon 1, but would like to try some others
Bridge: Not tried any that meet my needs. Dying breed IMO
Compact. Fuji XF1 on looks alone
Other: Love the Mamiya 645, but throw me a Leaf or Blad and i'd be a happy boy

Or, since i collect vintage optical equipment, i could write a list of a few classics missing from my collection!
GX20PAB 8 28 United Kingdom
19 Dec 2012 10:52PM
It's funny how people get wrapped up in Brand names, it makes me smile.
My first camera was a Chinon CE4s, then a Nikon FE2 (I needed thr 1/250s flash sync speed). I switched to autofocus and went with a Canon EOS 100 as the AF was far superior to the other brands at the time. I sold that as I needed some cash at the time and later got a Nikon F50 for quick pics of the kids as they grew up. I aquired an Olympus OM2n with 50mm F1.4 (nice) and have now ended up with a Samsung GX20 DSLR (bargain for 250 with both 18-55 & 50-200 kit lenses a couple of years ago). I love the Samsung it does everything I need and takes older Pentax lenses "with metering" and I would never let my Nikon FE2 go. After saying all this some of the best shots I took many years ago were using the Chinon.

I think for most of us, unless you specialise in certain areas of photography the cameras are all the same - it's down to the photographers creativity.

So I would go with Nikon FE2 as my favourite
19 Dec 2012 11:07PM
Its just what you get used to. I used Olympus and Nikon film SLR before going digital, and have since used Canon (briefly), Fuji and Nikon dSLRs. They all do pretty much the same, but the feel, menus and layout are different between brand
kodachrome 6 703
20 Dec 2012 9:00AM
Stick to digital for the moment.
The near perfect camera does not necessarily have to be the most expensive. Its more about the cameras performance than the button pusher.
High end Bridge cameras seem to be gaining in popularity and quite a few DSLR users are moving over to them.

DSLR-Don't know

SLT-A37/57/65, possibly

CSC-Don't know

Bridge-Fujifilm X-S1, possibly

Compact-Fujifilm-X10, possibly

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