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Sep 24, 2012 13:37 |  #1

With all the new compact model announcements, several discussions about marginal improvements over the previous general have come up. Unless your camera breaks, I'd say upgrade at the earliest every 3rd release from your current model. When that release is made, you might even opt for a latter general model rather than the latest.

Why? Because you're not going to vast improvements with a new model coming out every year and it's debateable if even the next model would be the upgrade you are looking for. This goes for both basic point and shoots, as well as your advanced compacts (for DSLRs, I'd say every other generation is a pretty good upgrade because the wait is usually longer).

For example, if you have an S90 then an upgrade to a S110 could be the right upgrade for you. The advatnage S90 users have right now is that they can decide between the S100 and S110. The extra year's wait, I'd argue, is worth the cost savings and the user makes a purchase based on informed decision rather than an impulse buy. If you have an S95, however, you probably want to wait at least another year, even if just to see what's going to be in the S120.

I currently have a Canon G9 that serves me pretty well. Based on my logic, I ignored the G10 and looked at the G11. I still didn't see the need to upgrade. The G12 caught my eye, but I didn't get around to getting it because my G9 functioned fine. Now the G15... I might even wait longer. I've basically taught myself patience... but that's always been who I am.


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Sep 24, 2012 21:30 |  #2

I agree with you in principle and add each persons needs are different. My G12 is fine for what I need at the present time. My new camera pennies will be spent on a set of GNDs, CPL and editing software.

There are people on this forum who could take a pic using an S95 for example, process it and make it look like a million bucks. The opposite is a person giving up his/her S95 on a new G15 and no pp skills. IQ remains to be seen but there are some pretty amazing S95 pics displayed in this forum. Newer isn't always better.




  
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Oct 01, 2012 14:16 as a reply to  @ Norman B's post |  #3

I just had another thought... The average person today spends about $150-$200 on a point and shoot. Photo-enthusiasts are a different breed of consumer and we're often more willing to spend more on photography equipment. The point and shoot cameras I would even consider are in the $400-$500 range at release date.

I suppose the threshhold questions for me when upgrading a compact are 1) does my current camera need an upgrade, 2) how much am I willing to spend on an upgrade, and 3) how often do I upgrade?

The answer to question #1 is simple: My camera needs an upgrade if it breaks and it is not technologically economical to repair it myself.

The answers to questions #2 and #3 are related: Given that the average person spends $150-$200 on a point and shoot, I find it acceptable to spend $150 a year on a repair or upgrade. If I don't repair or upgrade in a given year, I can tuck that money aside into a camera fund. Where I've gone 3 years without a repair or upgrade, then I will have enough in that camera fund to get me the newest model of compact in the $400-$500 range.

There you have it... I think that makes sense to me. Now I need to figure out a set of rules for DSLR upgrades.


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Oct 04, 2012 10:53 as a reply to  @ Nathan's post |  #4

If you haven't upgraded since the G9, I would go ahead and get a G12 while they last. Don't let the G15 canons latest, even bother you. It seems canon is downgrading the G cameras not upgrading, I would not give my G12 for a G15.


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