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It is a proverbial minefield these days trying to buy a digital camera which suits everyones taste, reason for purchasing and use.

After my first digital I purchased from a bargain bucket in a now long gone Techno shop in Ipswich (Suffolk) - a Casio 640 x 480 pixel swivel lens camera (I can't recall the model) but because you could instantly see what you had taken, and even though the picture quality was crap, I was smitten - no more film cameras for me - this was it.

I have spent rather too much money (as my long suffering wife will confirm) trying to get something that will take a picture that reasonably resembles what you could get on film (even from a cheap 35mm compact) has been an impossible task (but is almost getting there).

These days whatever you buy is obsolete as soon as you take it out of the shop, will be lucky to outlast  the guarantee - and this ever increasing need for face detection, smile detection, blink detection, anti-shake etc is all so pointless to me!!  What did we do in the old days? We held the camera up to our eye, not hold it at arms length, that's why anti shake is so (apparently) necessary. 

I find that most compact cameras over about 16 megapixels suffer so much with noise as the pixels are so much smaller than say a 10 megapixel sensor - the smaller pixels pick up less light so they have to "wind up" the amplifiers to compensate which means noise, they then try and remove it with noise reduction so reducing the quality (much like the old cassette decks remember them ?) - pictures taken at anything over 400 ASA look like oll paintings.

You do need larger sensors to get low noise, like the Sony full frame mirrorless if you can afford such things but things have got better with the smaller ones like the 1" Nikon J or Sony RX100

Phone cameras have improved a bit now but still are no match for a "proper" camera!! Still waiting for a zoom lens on a phone, can't do it yet HA HA. Plus the ability to actually find the camera icon or app quick enough for a grab shot.

Remember when buying  a digital  camera in any shop, avoid anything less than £50.00  - its a waste of money,

High megapixel counts do not necessarily mean better pictures.

The make does not matter, they are probably all made in the same factory in China.

Don't buy the first thing you see it will be a mistake, think about what you want it for first.

Lastly its not the camera that takes the picture its the person behind it!!

My keeper camera at present is a Ricoh GRDIII compact enthusiasts camera, I have been through so many cameras in my quest for something that does what I want it to do and easily, I have plumped for this, a broken camera costing the princely sum of £29.00 on ebay, carefully soldering link wires on the corroded circuit board managed to get it back to life,
I find most modern cameras just don't seem to cut the mustard for me, the high megapixel counts don't seem to result in sharper pictures, just large files to clog up the hard drive, SLR's are unnecessary, they were only needed in film days as a means to view through the lens, digitals have a live view and did from the very why a prism, a flapping mirror, focussing screen and separate AF sensor  - all 3 have to be set up to agree with each other and frequently don't, no problem with mirrorless or compacts, the focussing is done on the image sensor itself so should always be right.
Rants over for now.
Keep on snapping you guys/gals.





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