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Camera Popularity Wars in a Vlogger-Dominated World — Annoying

Camera and product “suitability” questions are increasingly often decided by Spartan-style popular outcry instead of reasonable consideration of actual product features and strengths. I find this quite annoying.

The former is now common in a world dominated by vloggers, full-time YouTubers and similar self-proclaimed “experts” who, upon closer scrutiny, are often using and operating their equipment more like Silly Sally than a tech-savvy photography or video specialist.

A recent (infamous) example can be seen on YouTube here: an actually promising review of an even more promising camera (the excellent Nikon D850, already called “camera of the year 2017″ by many!) turniong out to be an idiotic time-waster full of user error, useless anecdotes about what the camera does or doesn’t compared to a smartphone and resulting failed conclusions.

On the positive side, here’s also a Steve Perry Nikon D850 camera review to make things up to you. This one’s by someone who’s a real pro and actually knows the stuff he’s talking abou!

While it may be true that Nikon, indeed, still continue to overly focus on the photography segment of the market (where they came from, you might want to note), neglecting large amounts of features needed for DSLR filming on many occasions, that would not be a very smart strategy on the part of a camera manufacturer. I normally love and do prefer Nikon over Canon all the time, but quite clearly their way of thinking needs to be modernised back home at Nikon HQ. It is not a smart approach in the day and age of “video is king” to still stick with slow autofocus technologies, excessive shutter roll, lack of selfie-mode displays etc on a camera as that will give your excellent products a bad name as a result. Nikon should keep in mind that nowadays vloggers are all over the place, and thanks to YouTube and similar platforms they are the most vocal group (as in Spartan popular outcry)…

Maybe I would not go as far as saying, it’s not even meant for video (or designed) because, if so, they should say so on the packaging or other sales materials :) Also, maybe the entire concept of DSLR-video is overrated as “real” as in “good video” is still done on VIDEO cameras, not DSLRs.

Panasonic might possibly come to the rescue here, single-handedly topping even the shrewdest and most “popular among vloggers” Canon features by orders of magnitude in a single product update :) Actually, Panasonic are doing that with a mirrorless camera though (not strictly a DSLR then).