Perhaps the best test of which your favourite cameras are, is to ask one simple question –
Q. “If this camera broke, would I buy another?”
Here are the current cameras on my shelf, and my thoughts on answering this question.
A. Yes, without hesitation, though I might try a Q7 or QS1 instead of another example of the original Q like I have now.
Either way, I definitely want a Pentax Q in my kit, it’s just an absolute joy, like a tiny baby DLSR, but more fun.
Ricoh GRD III
A. Yes, in a heartbeat. Best handling camera I’ve ever used, fantastic controls, wonderful lens. Plus it’s a fixed prime lens, so no choices of focal length to make. Probably as close to a single ideal camera as I’ve used.
Though I wouldn’t mind any of the others in the GR Digital range from the original 8MP GRD through to the GRD IV.
A. I’d have to think first. The GX100 is essentially the zoom version of the GRD. I use mine almost exclusively at 35mm, so in effect it’s like a 35mm prime GRD.
If the GX100 broke but I still had the GRD III, I probably wouldn’t rush out and replace it. If I had neither, it would be the more sensible option over a GRD, but the minimalist in me loves that the GRD has a prime lens, so that would be first choice.
Panasonic Lumix LX3
A. Glorious camera, wonderful lens, logical controls, fantastic in-camera dynamic mono mode, the LX3 is one of the very best I’ve had.
If it broke though and I had at least one of the others above, I probably wouldn’t instantly replace it, as they fill a similar niche. If/when I did, I might look first at the later LX7. That said, if the LX3 was my only camera, I’d happily use it day in day out.
Panasonic Lumix GF1
A. On paper, this stacked up as possibly my ultimate camera. But I just haven’t gelled with it, and despite excellent performance and a similarly satisfying dynamic mono mode to the LX3, it’s a bit weighty and block like, doesn’t handle very well, and I like it far less than than the Lumix LX3.
So if it broke, nope, I wouldn’t replace it.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-L1
A. This tiny little Sony jewel doesn’t see enough action, but it remains the smallest camera I have, whilst also retaining very good handling (easily superior to the both Lumix cameras above).
It also seems to produce images with wonderful character, b/w especially, and it’s the simplest, purest point and shoot type experience I have at my disposal. If it broke I would probably give its sibling a thorough outing or two though, the almost as small Cyber-shot DSC-T7 that’s currently sitting in a shoe box.
FujiFilm FinePix S7000
A. A relatively recent addition, this bridge camera from 2004 has impressed me far more than I expected. Although it’s almost the size of a small DSLR, I like that the lens is fixed so I don’t have to consider which lens to attach. I’ve really enjoyed the Electronic View Finder (EVF) which is far better than I thought it would be.
The lens combined with a 6MP Super CCD can conjure up some lovely black and whites too. If it broke, I would probably not replace it like for like, but look perhaps at a later model in the S range to see how they became even better.
Nikon Coolpix P300
A. My first “proper” camera after years of using phone cameras, the Coolpix has been my main family camera for about eight years. Although I use my Sony Xperia phone for snapshots, it’s still the Coolpix I pull out for special occasions, shows and so on, with its extra control and far superior images.
If it broke though (the zoom control has been a bit intermittent for a while) I would probably continue with my phone for spontaneous shots and use something like the Lumix LX3 or Pentax Q for the more important family events.
How about you? Which camera(s) would you replace in the blink of an eye if they broke, and why?
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