The internet is awash with camera reviews, either objectively trying to help us find the camera that might best suit us, or more subjectively trying to sell us the latest camera from a certain manufacturer, depending on the review’s source and motives.
Many articles are crammed with technical specifications, sample shots, graphs, charts and more to guide and influence our buying decisions.
Which means when choosing a camera we straddle a fine line between reviews that are informative and useful, and sheer information overload.
But over the last seven years, through trying hundreds of different cameras, I eventually found a much easier method to determine how well my camera fits my needs.
Quite simply, I ask, how often does this camera put a smile on my face?
Some cameras do this even just glancing at them, and certainly once I pick them up, before even switching them on.
This is a very positive sign.
Personal favourites I’ve settled on include the Ricoh GX100, Ricoh GRD III, Pentax Q and Panasonic Lumix LX3 compact cameras, and Pentax K100D and Pentax K-m DSLRs.
These special six all make me smile just looking at them, and smile even more once I start using them again.
By this measure, all of these cameras are some kind of wonderful in my opinion, regardless of their specification, age or cost.
How about you? How do you measure how good your camera is?
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