Don't understand consumers purchasing professional cameras

Started Apr 13, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Don't understand consumers purchasing professional cameras
Apr 13, 2012

I'll never get this.

What exactly do consumers get out of a camera like the D800? Is it that much better than a D5100 for them?

Really, leave the high-resolution to situations that demand it, using supplemental things like controlled lighting, makeup, set design, etc..

High resolution cameras in the hands of non-professionals just means 36 megapixels of blur instead of 12 megapixels of blur. Then there's the people complaining about 4k video when they can't produce any more useful information out of it than a 720p video. They'll take the exact same shot they would have taken in both situations!

In case you pixel peepers haven't noticed, REDUCING information in your images makes them better. What do you think all the filters in Instagram do? They smooth out flaws in your images by selectively reducing the useless information contained in it, to isolate much more important information. (you don't need to see pores in the face, when you want to see the smile, etc..)

The main difference between the consumer and professional is their audience. Your personal audience isn't going to give a crap about seeing pores on people's faces, or every leaf in the tree. Meanwhile, a professional will have the specific needs of the audience in mind, and choose the appropriate tool.

Nikon really means it when they classify cameras into professional and consumer classes.

Nikon D5100 Nikon D800
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