Should You Switch Camera Brands?

There comes a time in just about every photographer’s life when they wonder what it would be like using a different brand of camera. Is Nikon really better than Canon (or vice versa)? Is working with a Fuji camera really that different? What’s all the hype about the Sony full-frames? What about Olympus or Lumix? The urge to switch becomes especially potent every time new models come out. But before you get too far along the path of switching brands, photographer Mark Denney has a few questions he thinks you should mull over:

For those of us without a bottomless budget, switching camera systems can feel like a pipe dream–one which we long to try out, but daren’t. I mean, is it really worth selling off all our hard-won gear just to see if the grass is greener on the other side? It may actually be a good move–if it solves a problem.

If you’re a travel photographer who’s tired of lugging around a Nikon full-frame, you’d be hard-pressed not to long for a considerably lighter A7 III, Sony’s mirrorless full frame. Switching over in that case might make sense. But if you’re just thinking that the picture quality is better, well, prepare to be disappointed. As Denney points out, there’s not a lot of difference between the brands.

Canon releases its all new mirrorless line.

When it comes down to it, you’ll probably be more tempted to upgrade from a crop sensor to a full frame, or move down from a full-sized DSLR to a mirrorless, than just switch on a whim. That is, unless you have a bottomless budget.

What do you think? When is it worth switching entire systems? What questions would you ask yourself before making the big leap?

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One response to “Should You Switch Camera Brands?”

  1. Mary Baker says:

    I think you bring up some really good points to consider , not only about possibly changing brand. These same points would be quite useful when considering upgrades with chosen brand.

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