Let’s compare a basic camera to one of the best cameras out there and more toward the pricey side, let’s be honest. I always heard the best camera is the one you have on you so let’s find out if that is true!
This is more of an artistic comparison than technical. I am not a number guy, I tried to get the best possible Raw file out of each camera by shooting at 100 ISO on a tripod with a two-second timer.
Below are the different shots I got that night where I tried to capture the best photo I could with the camera I was using. Let’s see if you can guess which is which:
Can you tell the difference? Well, the first three photos are taken on a Canon T2i and the last three on a Fujifilm GFX 100s. Let’s compare more closely the Canon versus the Fuji:
They were both taken with the same 2.5-second shutter, and you can tell that the Fuji has much more information due to the 102 million pixels, even more so when you zoom in at 100%:
The Fuji would be definitely better in terms of sharpness and definition for printing, but the Canon colors are really not bad and the result is pretty impressive. It still is a great quality photo, especially considering it was captured with a camera that is over a decade old. The main difference that I noticed in this example is that on the Canon the background was a little blurry, while the Fujifilm stays very sharp.
At the end of the day if you want to improve your photography skills I advise you to invest in your competence and knowledge first to learn how to get the best composition, learn when to catch the best light of day, and other techniques that lead to a great photo before you take hardware into consideration. Personally, I love the Fuji because I do big prints for galleries, but it is what you do with the camera that matters most.
I hope this gives you a new viewpoint on gear and that you will explore more creations with the camera you already have!
About the author: Serge Ramelli is a landscape and fine art photographer who has published numerous books on the subject. His fine art photography has been sold in one of the largest gallery networks in the world. Ramelli hosts a YouTube Channel where he teaches photography and editing techniques which you can subscribe to here.