Cameras are really good these days. Whether your choice is mirrorless, DSLR, full-frame, or APS-C, the quality of modern cameras is rather outstanding. But there are some features that are particularly overrated, even needless. Here are five of them.
If you're looking at buying a new camera, or upgrading to a better camera, or making the switch from one brand to another or, heaven forbid, going from DSLR to mirrorless, the place most people often start is the specs and features. Nowadays such lists can appear endless because these incredible little pieces of marvelous, modern technology are just being packed with more and more cool things. But are they all really that necessary? And will they make that much of a difference to your final shot?
In this short video, Mattias Burling runs us through five camera features that he thinks are overrated. What's important to note is that he doesn't say they aren't nice to have, nor that they shouldn't be included, just that they're somewhat over-hyped and their importance is overinflated by many camera makers, reviewers, and users. For me, I most agreed with his position on "in body image stabilization" (IBIS). Having never owned a camera with IBIS, I have to concur with him and say that it's never been a problem for me. My lenses, flashes, and tripods have always done the trick and I've never come away from a shoot feeling that anything would have been better if only I'd had IBIS. Would I like it if it magically became a free firmware update? Sure, but I'm not losing any sleep over not having it, nor is it high on my list of priorities for my next camera.
Give the video a look and let me know if you agree or disagree with the list, or even if you'd like to add any more to it. I'd love to hear from you in the comments below.