Don’t Buy Into the Hype!
There’s no limit to what you can spend in photography, and it’s in camera companies’ interest to make you think that more money means better pictures. You don’t have to buy into this hype.
What kind of camera do you think was used to capture the photo above? The photo is 25 megapixels, and it maintains plenty of sharp detail zoomed all the way in to the pixel level. Here’s the image at a 100% crop:
What if I told you it was shot on an old Canon Powershot point and shoot? The camera earned mixed reviews and is worth only about $60 today. The photo was edited entirely for free using downloadable GIMP and Hugin software.
So what does spending money do for you? Besides a lighter wallet, spending money can occasionally make it easier to take good pictures. Expensive cameras allow photographers to change between shooting modes more quickly, opening up photographic possibilities that weren’t previously available. Expensive cameras also maintain higher image quality in a wider range of shooting situations, particularly in low light.
I would never discourage someone who really wanted to drop the big bucks on photography, but it’s important to know exactly what you’re getting for your money. Always remember that you can take excellent pictures without spending your life’s savings on a camera. Here are just a couple more examples, all shot with an old Canon Rebel XTi, worth less than $200 today: