We are all used to the clickbait “ten best” or “ten worst” products/ideas/holidays/restaurants. You name it, someone will have produced a list. In most cases, one person’s opinions should often be taken with a pinch of salt. They make good reading, though, and can serve as a discussion point among those in the know. But today, I read a list identifying the twelve worst digital cameras ever released. And on this list are two cameras with which we Macfilos readers might take issue.
The list in question appears in today’s issue of the respected and ancient British magazine, Amateur Photographer: The Worst Digital Cameras Ever Released. It produces a few “yes, I agree” moments, but there’s food for thought and discussion on a couple of these cameras.
So what are the worst digital cameras in the opinion of Amateur Photographer? Here they are in order as published in the magazine:
- Lytro “Light Field” Camera
- Lytro Illum 2
- Pentax K-O1
- Yashica digiFilm Camera Y35
- Ricoh GXR
- Samsung Galaxy NX
- Polaroid Socialmatic
- OMGLife Autographer
- Sigma SD1 / Merrill
- Leica M10-D
- Zeiss ZX1
- Casio TRYX TR100 (and variations)
Not so bad
While I never used the GXR, I’ve always hankered to try the unique system with its combined interchangeable lens/sensor units. I was particularly keen to try the Leica M-Mount module, and I regret that I didn’t jump on the bandwagon then. I might have had more to say on the unfairness of including this novel system camera in the list.
The second camera is the M10-D, which I still respect greatly. Sure, it was an oddball take on the M system, offering a screenless body that in many respects emulated an M7 film camera but offered the convenience of digital reproduction. It didn’t sell well, which is almost certainly why Leica lost its nerve and discontinued the line, but many owners love it.
As for the rest of the bunch, I don’t argue with the Amateur Photographer journalist. The Lytros and the Zeiss were all excessively hyped in the press, but I never saw one in the wild. I suspect not many Zeiss ZX1s were sold, and I didn’t even manage to lay my hands on an example.
But what do you think? Are there any other cameras on this list that you think deserved better? Cameras that could have succeeded if only?
What are your views on the Ricoh GXR and Leica M10-D? Surely neither deserves to be on such a “worst” list.
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