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Digital photography’s bright new world

I love opinion pieces, because that is what they are, someone’s opinion and therefore it is possible to find fault. This piece by in The Guardian sadly is full of truth, he doesn’t seem to see it as sad but I do. The idea that  photography is being reduced to a camera phone disturbs me, but read his thoughts for yourself.

“The strange thing about photography is that although it’s been revolutionised by digital technology, at heart it’s the same medium that entranced Louis Daguerre, Eugène Atget and André Kertész, to name just three of its early masters. And although it’s become much easier to take photographs that are technically flawless (in terms of exposure and focus), it’s just as difficult to capture aesthetically satisfying images as it was in the age of film and chemicals. It turns out that technology is a necessary, but not a sufficient, condition for creating art.”…..more

The article concludes with a quick bash at what camera might suit you, again I might have a view that differs

WHICH CAMERA IS RIGHT FOR YOU? A buyer’s guide

FOR THE BEGINNER

Panasonic Lumix FS16 £70, 28-112mm effective zoom, max aperture F/3.1

With the optics firm Leica behind the Lumix lenses, the cut-price, 118g, FS16 captures image quality far beyond its budget. Add in a superb intelligent auto mode and you get a 14-megapixel camera with HD video that gets it right without you having to try.

FOR THE ADVENTURER

Panasonic Lumix FT3 £265, 28-128mm, F/3.3

Drop it, freeze it, drown it; there’s very little you can do to the FT3 that this full HD video-shooting camera can’t handle. With a built-in GPS module, compass, altimeter and barometer, it’ll also prove exactly where you were if you’re too shell-shocked to remember.

FOR THE EXPERT

Canon PowerShot S100 £385, 24-120mm, F/2.0

Want manual control without lugging round a brick? Then the raw-shooting, 198g S100 is the one for you. With a superb wide aperture lens for dusky levels of flashless low-light photography and a customisable control ring around it, you’ll never pick up your DSLR again.

FOR THE PARTY ANIMAL

Fujifilm FinePix Z900EXR £130, 28-140mm, F/3.9

Low-light, high-detail shots in faithful colour courtesy of Fuji’s EXR sensor. The Z900 lets you edit photos and videos in-camera and upload to Facebook and YouTube the minute you connect to a computer. And a huge 3.5-inch touchscreen is great for sharing in person.

FOR THE SOCIAL NETWORKER

Nokia Lumia 800 £435, 28mm, F/2.2

Thanks to its tie-in with Zeiss optics and use of mechanical shutters, Nokia has long had some of the best cameraphones around. White balance, saturation and metering controls plus an app store full of editing software and you’ve got all you need without buying a camera.

FOR THE HIPSTER

Fujifilm FinePix X10 £499, 28-112m, F/2.2

Beautiful and affordable, this little brother to the acclaimed retro-chic X100 comes with a magnesium body and precision-milled metal controls that could make you draw breath in a vacuum. Stunning image quality with professional-looking background blur.

FOR THE ACCESSORISER

Olympus PEN E-P3 £699, 14-42mm, F/3.5

As your photography gets serious, a compact system camera is the place to go. The E-P3 has super-fast autofocus and an exquisite 3-inch Oled touchscreen display, but its real draw is the fantastic range of accessories of any mirror-less interchangeable lens camera.

FOR THE ENTHUSIAST

Canon EOS 600D (18-135mm lens kit) £775, 18-135mm, F/3.5

With the same 18mp sensor and Digic 4 processor as Canon’s higher models but much cheaper, it offers enough settings to keep you fiddling long after your subject has gone.

Dan Sung Features editor at Pocket-Lint.com

Every photograph uploaded to Flickr in one day, printed and exhibited in Amsterdam: “24 hr photos” , an installation by Erik Kessels. Photograph: © Gijs van den Berg/Courtesy of FOAM Magazine