What one thing will motivate you to buy a new camera?

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Marty4650
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What one thing will motivate you to buy a new camera?
3 months ago

There are LOTS of reasons we buy new cameras, but since these polls only permit one answer, please select the single thing that will most motivate you to upgrade or to buy your next camera.

It might be interesting to see what the camera enthusiasts who use this website might want.

Naturally, if I haven't listed the thing you want next, then select "something else" and explain what you want in your reply.

Thanks!

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More resolution (more megapixels).
6.6% 8  votes
Better overall image quality than what you are using now.
19.8% 24  votes
Better low light/high ISO performance.
10.7% 13  votes
Better value for money spent. I want a real bargain.
3.3% 4  votes
Smaller and lighter. Easier to take with you. Perhaps even a pocket camera.
6.6% 8  votes
Better AF speed, tracking, and accuracy. Faster burst mode. A camera that would do an better job at sports and action photography.
14.9% 18  votes
Better build quality. Weather sealing. A camera that can take a beating.
4.1% 5  votes
Better controls and better ergonomics. My current cameras sucks in this regard.
1.7% 2  votes
4K video feature, or anything else strictly related to video performance and not to still photography.
1.7% 2  votes
Touch screen, WIFI or anything else that makes my camera more like a smartphone. Maybe... even text messaging ability!
0.8% 1  vote
Better brand reputation, more status, more prestige.
0.0% 0  votes
IBIS or OIS, GPS, built in flash or EVF, or some other feature I don't have now but that I want on my next camera.
2.5% 3  votes
More zoom range. The more the better. I need a 100X superzoom camera!
0.0% 0  votes
Something else you forgot to ask me about. (Please explain in reply)
27.3% 33  votes
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Re: What one thing will motivate you to buy a new camera?
In reply to Marty4650, 3 months ago

Marty4650 wrote:

There are LOTS of reasons we buy new cameras, but since these polls only permit one answer, please select the single thing that will most motivate you to upgrade or to buy your next camera.

It might be interesting to see what the camera enthusiasts who use this website might want.

Naturally, if I haven't listed the thing you want next, then select "something else" and explain what you want in your reply.

Thanks!

You forgot, 'because my old one stopped working or broke'.

That's my reason.

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Re: What one thing will motivate you to buy a new camera?
In reply to Marty4650, 3 months ago

Marty4650 wrote:

There are LOTS of reasons we buy new cameras, but since these polls only permit one answer, please select the single thing that will most motivate you to upgrade or to buy your next camera.

It might be interesting to see what the camera enthusiasts who use this website might want.

Naturally, if I haven't listed the thing you want next, then select "something else" and explain what you want in your reply.

Thanks!

I checked the "better AF..." option, even though technically the camera that I want already exists - the 5D III. I just cannot afford it right now - should I have checked the "bargain" option istead?

That being said, I have now decided to wait for the 5D IV - that should fulfil both criteria and (so I hope) more!

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In reply to brianj, 3 months ago

brianj wrote:

You forgot, 'because my old one stopped working or broke'.

That's my reason.

And... it is probably the BEST reason of all.

I knew I would forget something important.

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Re: What one thing will motivate you to buy a new camera?
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quadrox wrote:

I checked the "better AF..." option, even though technically the camera that I want already exists - the 5D III. I just cannot afford it right now - should I have checked the "bargain" option istead?

That being said, I have now decided to wait for the 5D IV - that should fulfil both criteria and (so I hope) more!

The way I see it, a very expensive camera can still be a bargain if it does everything you want and is cheaper than the alternatives are.

Cost is always relative to performance and needs.

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Darn it, that's difficult!
In reply to Marty4650, 3 months ago

I answered "Better AF speed, tracking, and accuracy. Faster burst mode. A camera that would do an better job at sports and action photography," but I really debated for a good long time.

I wanted to answer with "More resolution (more megapixels)." The 16MP Four Thirds sensor limits me a bit for large prints, but whenever I know there's a photograph I want to print very large, I shoot for a panorama. I wish to stay in the Micro Four Thirds system, as it works very well for me apart from this minor inconvenience, so once technology permits a sizable resolution increase (by at least 25%) without compromising dynamic range and roughly keeping the same noise levels at high ISOs as the current crop of 16MP Four Thirds sensors, I may consider upgrading.

That being said, I think focus tracking reliability is the weakest link of my OM-D E-M5, and many seem to agree. While I don't regularly shoot action, having a camera that can track a moving subject reliably is always a good trait. It would also help in my lazy days, when I just want to focus and recompose.

But that just isn't enough reasoning for me to dump my E-M5, at least while I'm still rounding out my lens kit and in need of a better computer (which would be even more important, if/when higher resolution Four Thirds sensors come).

Thanks for bringing out my GAS though. (Cynical, of course.) I believe that I've managed to restrain it for the time being.

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Re: Darn it, that's difficult!
In reply to Ido S, 3 months ago

I completely agree.

In fact, we seem to have almost the exact same gear list!

I think my EM5 will be in my camera bag for many more years.

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An integrated espresso maker would seal the deal
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Think how badass that would be.

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But then people would complain about the weight and switch back to the 70-200mm f/4 IS.

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Re: What one thing will motivate you to buy a new camera?
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My Nikon D3200 serves me well for nearly 2 years until one day I missed some better osprey shots.

I got these instead

http://www.flickr.com/photos/35513150@N00/9753245441/in/set-72157629659569728/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/35513150@N00/9753444425/in/set-72157629659569728/

Act out of angry of D3200's only 9 AF focal points, I bought D7100.

Guess what? The osprey has not returned to the pond!

Instead the camera's new feature (time lapse) make me capture this:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/35513150@N00/14387694545/

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To catch osprey, see above msg
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Very, very impressive
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yfan wrote:

My Nikon D3200 serves me well for nearly 2 years until one day I missed some better osprey shots.

I got these instead

http://www.flickr.com/photos/35513150@N00/9753245441/in/set-72157629659569728/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/35513150@N00/9753444425/in/set-72157629659569728/

Act out of angry of D3200's only 9 AF focal points, I bought D7100.

Guess what? The osprey has not returned to the pond!

Instead the camera's new feature (time lapse) make me capture this:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/35513150@N00/14387694545/

Yfan... those two shots, your video clip, and by just glancing at your photostream shows me that you are an extremely talented photographer.

Once again proving... "it's not the camera, it's the photographer."

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In reply to Marty4650, 3 months ago

Thank you, Marty, for your encouraging words.

After 2 years, I find that my photo's quality are stagnated. I am struggling to improve to next level. The main area to improve is the art element, not image sharpness.

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I put 'something else' as , having recently upgraded from the *istD to the K-3 for  a number of reasons , the only thing that will prompt another upgrade will be when they release a 35mm FF DSLR I can use my existing 35mm K mount lenses with

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Those days are ending!
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The days where image quality would significantly improve, or where one feature would make someone upgrade are gone. Camera makers are blaming everything except the possibility that the camera sales were inflated because there was a marked improvement.

Having used digital cameras since 1989 I've seen a lot of improvement, but the last camera I bought was the one to say I'm going to stop buying for a while because this camera is (almost) perfect. Anything new I tried since hasn't been a noticeable improvement.

OK, occasionally a manufacturer will invent a new feature that the market would go crazy for (like Olympus E-M5's Live Bulb mode), but how often does that happen?

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I haven't checked anything. I would have checked "Something smaller and lighter" because I love my D800E, but it is a tad on the heavy/bulky side. However, what I want is asmaller high quality SLR, so "Perhaps a pocket camera" does not apply.

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I checked other.  For better JPEG color / AWB / lighting setting options.  I don't know if it exists though.

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I checked Other.  My next purchase will be a Panasonic GM-1  because "It's Cute"  I do not need another camera, but its so cute, I can't resist.

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No single thing would motivate me to upgrade, as I did recently.

It takes a combination of important improvements plus the desire to buy a fine new toy.

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