What Makes a Good Camera
Following a great article by Ken Rockwell - What Makes a Great Camera?
I don't really care of huge number of mega pixels, size of sensor or IQ differences between the modern cameras. (this forum is full of such topics)
I mostly care about good usability and handling of a camera. I should be able to control it easily, intuitively. The camera should be predictable in its operation.
I'm a Canon DSLR guy, shooting with it over 5 years now. I can tell, from my experience, that Canon DSLR cameras fit the description above for me (I understand that its individual).
After a couple of years that I hardly used my DSLR camera ( and few kids born ), I understood that I don't take it with me because of relatively big size. Luckily for me, the market was responsive with all the small DSLR like cameras in the last couple of years.
I bought then Fuji X10, because of the size and because of the viewfinder. After DSLR I found it frustrating using a camera wich shutter lag and AF speed is noticeable and its viewfinder is not accurate. Although this camera provide PSAM mods, I could hardly control the output result. Although this camera has great Auto mode, its always work even in PASM mods.
I'm looking now for Fuji X10 replacement, but I want a camera that can be controlled. You can assume that I understand how Shutter, Aperture and ISO combine together.
I would like to get an advice for such camera.
My main requirements are (sorted by priority):
- Great control
- Fast and responsive
- Small size
- Viewfinder (Can a DSLR guy live without viewfinder?)
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