Part of me feels so extremely sick of writing/reading “What camera should I buy?” posts (or vacuum cleaner posts—those two topics are tied for extreme sickness of), I never want to write/read another one.
Another part of me is in the market for a new digital camera.
The trouble, I think, is that digital cameras keep CHANGING: a post written/read a year ago is about cameras that aren’t even being sold anymore. And the thing is, the search for happiness with a camera (or vacuum cleaner) is a search most of us are going to be working on repeatedly throughout our lives: THIS camera took the picture the instant I clicked the button, but had trouble with focus; THIS camera had excellent multi-spot auto-focus, but paused briefly so I never got the picture I had in mind. THIS camera has everything I want, but is too expensive and too large.
I’ve read several places that if you’re not making poster-size prints (or frequently cropping down to a tiny fraction of the original photo), you don’t need anything larger than 10 megapixels. But it’s hard to even FIND a camera 10 megapixels or smaller.