The Perfect Camera

Everyone is looking for the perfect camera that can do everything and anything that you ask it to do. It should have blazing fast auto focus, superb high ISO performance, extremely wide dynamic range, somewhere around 36 to 50 megapixel would be great, extra long battery life, well built, weather sealed and comfortable ergonomics will be a plus point too. It doesn’t sounds much… right?

After shooting for couple of years, changing system from Canon to Fujifilm and then to Leica, I can surely say that there is no such thing as “perfect camera” out there in the wild. There simply just isn’t any. Period. As a matter of fact, I can even argue that all cameras available now in the market are the “best camera” money can buy, so just go and grab one that you enjoy using and start shooting.

It always puzzled me when people starts to debate about which gear is the best, or which gear is better than which gear by breaking down all the specs, lab test result and so on. Every camera will have their pros and cons, hence there will be no perfect camera. If a perfect camera was made, there will be no more camera to be released thereafter because there simply isn’t anything that can surpass the “perfect camera”, right?

To be honest, most of the cameras out there now are capable enough to produce image with reasonably good quality. So in the end it really boils down to the user, whether he or she can make the most out of the camera he or she is using. So there’s no need, as example, for Fujifilm X-T2 users to be overly defensive about people who says the Sony A9 is a better camera, or for Nikon user to engage in a debate whether Canon or Nikon is better.

I’m not asking you to totally ignore the technology advancement in camera system, it’s good to keep yourself up to date on what’s being offered out there by various manufacturer. At the end of the day, what’s important is the image you produce, not the gear you used. So, just use anything that you are comfortable with, don’t bother if people look down on your gear, just keep shooting. The camera that you can use to take a shot that you are proud of is the “perfect camera” for you. So don’t worry and keep shooting. Till then.

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