I was asked this question so many times and I have seen it being asked in all photography forums and on Quora that I realized I need to write an article about it. But first some numbers.
Thanks to quesabesde.com we know which cameras were used to capture winning World Press Photo 2015 pictures. Here it goes:
Canon EOS 5D Mark III – 11
Canon EOS 1D X – 6
Canon EOS 5D Mark II – 4
Rest of the cameras below had only 1 winning picture:
Canon EOS 50D
Canon 1Ds Mark II
Phase One P45+
Hasselblad 500 C/M
Wait… did you noticed? APPLE IPHONE?? And Leica M9 had the same “score”? And medium format film camera – Mamiya 7? And digital medium format cameras like Phase One and Hasselblad? Seriously?
OK, you probably got my point – it doesn’t matter as much as most people think. Key is that you will not get any amazing results from medium format (like Phase One) or full frame (like the “winner” – Canon EOS 5d Mark III) if you can’t take a good shot with your iPhone or any other camera. You will just have more possibilities. So many in fact, that you may be overwhelmed.
“But really, what IS the best camera” you may ask… And again I cannot answer this question as the answer does not exist. It is like asking “what is the best car”. I may say it’s Ferrari 458 Italia but someone else can argue that it can’t go offroad as his Toyota. Plus how many people you can squeeze there? Now compare it to SUV’s…
You want to shoot sports? You may like Canon 1Dx. Travel photography? You may want to check Fujifilm X-T1. Street photographer? Check Leica M9 or Fujifilm X100T if on a budget. Commercial shoots that are going to be printed on huge billboards? You want megapixels and huge sensor – check Phase One or Hasselbad offerings. You need to zoom in to your birds? You may like Nikon D810. And these are just examples that we can count endlessly. In fact the best camera is the one you have with you but the most important things to give you great results are located between your ears.
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