I am often asked what camera is the best? That is a tough question. In the fast changing world of digital cameras if you are a tech geek who always has to have the latest and most advanced equipment you will go crazy or broke, or both.
My answer to the question is usually, the camera you have in your hand is the best one. If you are a pro and depending on what your main subject is, you will find cameras that do the job you want it to. It will need features that can do what is required. A sports photographer will need a different camera than a landscape photographer.
If you are looking for a camera that will take nice photos of family, landscapes, or what ever, then your really don't need to go crazy.
I personally like DSLRs, even if I am just shooting for myself. I came up on film cameras and they just feel right. A mirrorless may be what you are looking for. Many point and shoots are very good now as well.
If you are on a budget and want a good camera, maybe look used. The top cameras of a few years ago are very inexpensive today, well comparatively.
I have a couple pro cameras. One the Canon 1D MK lV was over seven grand new now you can get it for around three or less. It is a fantastic camera and will do all you could ever need it to. The other a Canon 5Dmk ll was around twenty five hundred new and now you can get it around eleven hundred. It is still being snapped up by videographers. It was used exclusively to make a number of movies you may have seen. Still a great camera.
Another camera brand I have that I used until I went pro again was Pentax. They make a great camera and if I had not gone pro and needed some of the add on gear that second party manufacturers only seem to make for Canon and Nikon pro equipment, I probably would have stayed with it alone. I had a K100D, a consumer level camera that takes great photos and you can buy now for around a hundred bucks. My son still uses that one.
Also a K20D this is an amazing camera that takes great photographs. Also a K5 both Pentax again. The K5 and K20D are considered pro-sumer cameras. Personally beyond the ancillary equipment problem, much of which has been remedied in the last few years, they are pro level. I would probably have stuck with the K5 forever. I still use it and love it.
So just to give you and idea, the photos below were shot with the K100D, K5, 5D mk ll and the 1D mk lV. Oh yes and one was shot with an old fujifilm point and shoot. You probably could get that one for around fifty bucks now. I think you can tell that one pretty easily.
If you see quality you would like in every day scenic shots then you can find a camera that will do the job. There are many other great cameras out there these are just the ones I have owned.
Don't be fooled by megapixels or what ever just find something you like in a camera. Just for your information. Fujifilm 3mp, K100D 6.1mp, K20D 14mp 5D mk 2 20mp and the 1D mk 4 18mp. With 6 megapixels you can make a beautiful 20 x 30 print.
See if you can tell which photo was taken with which camera. If you are interested you can ask me either in a message here or below the link on facebook.
So if you are in the market for a camera, first figure out what you are going to shoot primarily and that will help you to decide. Don't waste money on features you will not need.
If you would like feel free to contact me for any help.