When buying a new camera, most people know what type they are after. Compacts for everyday carrying. DSLR’s for the professionals and Bridge cameras and compact systems for the enthusiasts and hobbyists. However, take your eye off the market for more than a few months and trying to find the right brand is one task, trawling through the brands model numbers and specs is a whole other challenge. Plus specs aren’t everything, its the feel of a camera, the ease of use and of course the final outcome, image quality.Whilst the internet cant help you with the feel of the camera, thats what the high street shops are for, you can check these comparison websites to see which camera’s have the best specs and favour well in the photographic community.
SnapSort.com – This brilliant website allows you to compare 2 camera’s in incredible detail. It will not only show you all the specs, but it will give a list of reasons to choose one camera over the other and vice versa. It will give ratings to each feature, as to how it compares against the rest of the market, and show you comparisons to their nearest rivals. It will also give you a gallery of product images, price comparison and user comments about the product. So if your stuck between two models this website will give you a good honest answer, allowing you to decide which pros and cons are most important to you.
Flickr Camera Finder – Flickr has been a long time favourite with photographers, and has a huge catalogue of uploaded images from its massive user base. These images are essentially “show off” galleries for hobbyists and professionals alike who share thoughts and creative ideas. A very subtle feature of Flickr, and one that’s over looked by many is its awesome Camera Finder tool. Each photo uploaded should contain its EXIF data embedded in the file. This data tells you what camera was used, the settings of the camera and its date taken. This was used for pro’s to reflect on a photos outcome and use the data to repeat the effect. This data is used by Flickr to create a database of cameras that are used by its community and to draw up statistics about their usage and gather images into galleries for each camera. This allows you to see how popular each camera is and how well the photos come out. Reading through the users comments can often reveal any caveats in the cameras design.
CameraDecision.com – This is another one I came across, similar to Snapsort is can do 1 on 1 comparisons of camera models, as well as lenses. You can also use a smart finder, to narrow down you buying decision. Check the features you’re after and it will filter through all the latest models. They also have a charts list of “best” and “most popular” models, each with a link to where you can buy it.