We've done some rethink on this camera choosing business.
Mrs Monk purchased a Sony Alpha 300 DSLR camera two years ago.
Sony cameras go out of date in a heartbeat and this model is no longer manufactured.
The shutter button is a tiny piece of plastic, perhaps worth pennies but when it falls off consumers are obliged to send it back to Sony who will charge you £117 to have it put back onto the camera.
Gulp! We then looked at all the other buttons that might fall off.
So buy with eyes wide open is my advice.
You then have to think about what you are going to shoot, and SLR cameras allow you to swap lenses, but we never did. They also let you make extremely high quality pictures that would enable you to sell your work commercially, but so do small compact cameras.
Mrs Monk’s Sony Alpha 300 DSLR camera did not allow her to shoot movies and most camera now do, including non DSLR, so the need for a DSLR camera would seem to be diminishing unless you intend to become a sports or wildlife photographer, with the need to add very long lenses.
And just why would a plastic button replacement on a Sony camera cost £117, or half the cost of a DSLR camera. Some would call it “built in obsolescence” that also rendered my Sony Vaio laptop obsolete when the hard disc went caput.
Buying that Sony SLR made a big difference to what Mrs Monk shot and scarcely a day goes by when she doesn't shoot around 200 pictures. Sony Quality of pics, fantastic,....... but the buttons fall off.
The good news is that prices have tumbled on SLRs and they are getting better and lighter.
Mrs Monk has been forced to use her little cheap handbag camera since the SLR failed her, and she has been miserable ever since, but only because her very old abused dropped and battered 5 year old Nikon is extremely slow on the trigger. The Nikon however is still working and the two year old Sony is not. And new compact cameras are not now slow on the trigger.
Last week Mrs Monks 2 year old HP laptop died, or at least refused to switch on. Took it to Best Buy "Geek" who said it wasn't worth repairing, and they wouldn't do it anyway because it was out of warranty. Thank you Best Buy.
Stephen Fry has something to say on this subject. If you please read this link.