About to Buy -- What do you think ?

Started Apr 13, 2013 | Discussions thread
bugzie Senior Member • Posts: 1,601
Re: Sony provides so much more!

123Mike wrote:

  • 10 fps burst rate, no compromises
  • 12 fps burst rate, cropped
  • Faster AF
  • 1080/60p/30p/24p video
  • Fast continuous AF during video
  • Stereo Mic
  • HDR
  • In camera panoramas stitching
  • Access to AF lenses from 80s (Minolta mostly)
  • Live view always available with no compromises
  • Excellent low light abilities
  • Camera body based stabilization
  • Focus peaking
  • Kelvin WB Adjustment
  • Lens Correction for CAs, Distortion, Vignetting
  • 15 Point AF
  • Wireles Flash Commander
  • High Speed Flash Snyc
  • 100%/1.04x EVF

Mike, I'm sure your camera is lots of fun. And you really enjoy it. But some people are going to look at your list of features and see it is a list of features. A list that is sure to attract some beginners. It's designed to be impressive. More seasoned photographers are going to look at some of those features and say, "meh". My iPhone 5 does those sweep panoramas with a vertical orientation for increased depth. Fun? Yes. Serious. No! It's up to the more experienced of us to advise inexperienced photographers that some of these features are dinky. Or that EVFs are controversial in the sense that some photographers prefer the traditional OVF. They don't consider an EVF a "feature". We're here to translate this stuff to beginners. That's the whole point of this forum. To get beyond the sales pitch. That's why beginners are advised to go to a store and have a look at any prospective camera. For some people, an EVF will be a deal breaker. Yes, some people absolutely love them. But it's misleading for a camera manufacturer to list it as a "feature" when some people won't like it. You can argue the merits until the cows come home (and you do!). The fact is some people won't want an EVF. Wireless flash commander? To use this feature, you need to buy some flash guns. It may be a rather pointless feature for most beginners. Only mid-range cameras have this feature. Pro-level cameras don't have built-in flashes so they don't have built-in flash commanders. If you want to trigger flashes remotely, and you don't have a built-in flash commander, you either invest in a dedicated system with a dedicated commander (expensive!) or go the much cheaper route and go for generic triggers and guns. Having the internal flash act as a built-in flash commander is not a deal maker. For many beginners, it's going to end up a pointless feature they never get around to using. Features like in-body stabilisation and articulated LCDs… some of us actually avoid that stuff. We know they weaken the camera in the sense that these are things that are prone to break and break down. For some of us, the priority is a good sturdy camera. Some of us aren't interested in video functions at all.

Manufacturers whack these features in to impress. Bombard beginners with a hefty feature list most of which they don't understand. People come to this forum for advice because they get confused. If the OP said he wants a Canon 60D well, that's good enough. He has made a decision. Hooray! He actually knows what he wants. And it's a good camera. We're not going to confuse him now by offering him a whole lot of other options. If we're Nikon shooters, as some of us are, we're not going to try to talk him into a Nikon. 'Cos in the end, a camera is a camera is a camera. Forget all the fancy features and functions and the exhaustive tests and arguments and the petty rivalries. It's just a camera. And those of us who are more experienced are a little more sceptical of the sales pitches these days. First get a camera… and in the end it doesn't really matter what you get and then get down to the real work of learning how to take photographs because that's what it's really all about.

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