Do you really see THAT much difference in images?

Started Jul 28, 2013 | Discussions thread
Marty4650
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Russell... it's the Diminishing Returns Curve
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Without a doubt, better cameras and lenses can be measured and proven to be "better." Whether the difference is visible just depends on your particular needs.

If you just need images for facebook or for email attachments, then any camera will do fine. Even a camera phone will do quite well. If you want to make large prints, then you probably need a decent compact camera, DSLR, or MILC camera. If you are a commercial photographer shooting for demanding clients who need billboard sized prints, then you probably need some pretty expensive gear.

And as you move up the chain, the size, weight and cost of this gear isn't linear. It grows geometrically. Something called "diminishing returns" sets in. You pay very dearly for even slight improvements in image quality. For each incremental increase in spending you get a smaller and smaller improvement in quality.

This essentially means that a $1000 camera is not ten times better than a $100 camera. It might only be three times as good. And a $10,000 camera is not even three times as good as a $1,000 camera. It might be 1.5 times as good. And it really all depends on how you define "good"... because that camera phone might very well be "good enough" for your needs.

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