Despite what might be suggested by camera manufacturers, reviewers and even photographers, every camera is a package of many compromises. Even money can't buy you a perfect camera (sorry Leica) because many of those compromises concern the laws of physics and the limitations of manufacturing processes. And let's not even start on the fact that your 'perfect' might not be the same as my 'perfect'.
Nevertheless, as photographers, many of us seem compelled to get as close to gear perfection as we possibly can. Perhaps, we think, it is our inferior gear that is holding our photography back? But what if it's not; what if it is our obsession with near-perfect gear that is distracting us from focusing on the very things that would improve our photography?
|Muria Falls: Sony RX100 m3: 1/640 sec @ f5.6 ISO 125|
|Nelson Cathedral organ pipes: Sony RX100 m3: 1/30 sec @ f1.8 ISO 320|
|Tui: Canon SX620 HS: 1/125 sec @ f6.3 ISO 125|
|Nelson Cathedral: Canon Elph 180: Infrared 720nm, 1/200 sec @ f3.2 ISO 100|
About the camerasThe Sony RX100 m3: I have had this camera for over four years and still can't see anything in the market which can replace it for my needs. It wasn't a cheap camera but the quality of output is excellent and it can be used in anything from manual mode right through to fully automatic. It shoots RAW but, in my view, Sony have really nailed it with the automated JPG modes on this camera - all these shots were from in-camera JPGs.
|World of WareableArts: Sony RX100 m3: 1/30 sec @ f2.8 ISO 800|
|Weka and chick: Canon SX620 HS: 1/500 sec @ f5.6 ISO 200|
|Kaiteriteri: Canon Elph 180: Infrared 720nm, 1/60 sec @ f3.5 ISO 100|
|Busker, Motueka market: Sony RX100 m3: 1/125 sec @ f4 ISO 125|