Preeb wrote in post #16534224
Sorry, but you will never convince me that there is any logic at all in buying a $3000 or higher camera for snapshots. For snapshots you simply don't need that performance, nor would you recognize whether it was there or not.
Nobody needs to convince you of anything since we all have the right to our own opinion. But you have no right judging those who wish to spend money on the higher quality camera and choose to use it differently than you feel they should. Just because they choose one mode or another does not make their purchase unnecessary, nor does it make them a less skilled or worse photographer than you are.
My opinion is of why someone would want to not be aware of and in control over the settings used for the photo. From ISO, aperture, shutter and focus, I simply prefer to make those setting for myself. I have an expensive light meter, but does using the camera meter make me any less of a photographer because I choose the automation of the built in meter? I also used to have a color meter, but does relying on the cameras auto ISO make me any less skilled? Pretty much the same as someone choosing the programmed modes and trusting them.
Your wife is just one case, I give all my old gear to my wife and it sits in a camera bag while she uses her cell phone camera. I guess any camera is a waste with her.