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How to Decide When It Is Time to Buy a New Camera

Camera technology is moving at quite a fast pace nowadays, and it can be awfully tempting to pick up the latest and greatest gear. But on the other hand, cameras are hardly cheap, and it is the sort of purchase that should be carefully considered. So, how do you decide when it is time to actually buy a new camera? This great video discusses that question.

Coming to you from Scott McKenna, this awesome video discusses how to decide when it is time to buy a new camera. Certainly, new cameras can be a lot of fun, and if you can afford the expense and simply want it for fun, then by all means, enjoy your new gadget. Of course, the question becomes more complicated when it is a business expense. It is always important not to get caught up in the trap of thinking that a new camera will magically make your work better by leaps and bounds, though sometimes, they can make a difference in a specific situation. At the end of the day, it comes down to whether it will produce a net profit for your business. Check out the video above for the full rundown from McKenna. 

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7 Comments

David Love's picture

I decide when a camera is released and fully works, not half way or with handicaps after being promoted as much more. Far too many reviews out there these days to try and click bait your customers into buying gear.

Ken James's picture

Anytime......,. Nothing quite like having a new toy to play with🤗

Michel Higuet's picture

With the quality of the cameras today you can make the rest of your life with, but the marketing is constantly hard working to change your mind... :-)

Malcolm Wright's picture

This is a really good video, although I'm thankful that there are enough people out there who will buy the 'latest and greatest' whatever, that allows cautious buyers like me to wait awhile and deliberate more.
For example I'd personally never buy a camera like the Canon R5 at launch, but as the firmware fixes come out, those that did are vindicated in their faith, and the product becomes more appealing to those of us who are more cautious.
The internal check list is great irrespective of which type of buyer you are.

David Stephen Kalonick's picture

I normally follow that practice but after the last 2 years of drooling over mirrorless tech, the wait is finally over. The R5 has been an absolute dream for everything I shoot.

David Stephen Kalonick's picture

I just upgraded to the EOS R5. I had the 5D IV for 4 years. and my EF glass 4-7 years. What a leap from the mark IV to the R5. The ROI and a little over 10k in selling all my equipment made going into this next chapter of my career. Especially with the current market.

Peter Clark's picture

Extra hard decision when you have camera specific accessories that are expensive. For example, I take my camera scuba diving and the underwater housing costs about the same as the camera itself. I upgraded my old 7D to a M6 Mk II back in January after a good 10 year run with that 7D. It had been so long that not only did I have to replace the waterproof housing, but also the ports that go over the lenses underwater since the connector had changed.

That all said, I'm in a better financial place than I used to and will probably want to upgrade again in a few years.