My EOSMs, yes I have three, got me thinking about value when it comes to hardware. These three cameras were all purchased second hand. In fact I got all three for the cost of an original EOSM.
Like many, I think today we are overly encouraged by manufactures of our TVs, phones or cameras, to 'upgrade' to the latest and best technology. But, in doing this I feel we may be missing a 'value' trick: that is, rather than upgrade, why not consider 'downgrading'.
The reason the 'downgrade' option works is that previous versions of our cameras are still very good. So rather than rush out to get the latest, think about looking backwards: which is what I did over Christmas.
At the moment my pocket camera is a Canon Powershot S95, hacked, of course, with CHDK. It's OK, but it has a very small (1/1.7") sensor, as can be seen in this chart:
This got me thinking. I looked on the CHDK site to see what was the largest Powershot camera that could run CHDK. Which lead me to the G7X. You can pick up the latest G7X, the Mk 2 for about GBP430 in the UK, but it doesn't run CHDK (yet). But the Mk 1, with the same (1" Sony) sensor, goes for half of that on eBay.
BTW the term 1" sensor is misleading, as this does not refer to the sensor's physical size. The term being a legacy from the old vacuum tube days; but that's another story.
So my Christmas present to myself was a secondhand camera: a Powershot G7X.
As soon as I got the G7X I loaded CHDK, after confirming I had the rev d canon firmware. I then tested my likely top feature in CHDK, namely bracketing, which worked perfectly.
I'll write about the G7X and CHDK in future posts: for now I'll leave the reader reflecting on my 'downsizing' thoughts. That is getting (great) value for less, by looking backwards!
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