Decide Your Next Camera Purchase With Flickr's Camera Finder

Flickr’s “Camera Finder” feature is a good tool to help you decide on your next camera purchase.

Go to Camera Finder and select the brand and model of camera that interests you. Right away it brings up a screen of 15 of the “most interesting” photos. You can then search across all of Flickr using standard queries, or refine your search by portrait, macro, night, landscape, action, or recent.

By comparing the results from different cameras, you can see how different cameras perform under different conditions.

And if you need that last psychic push to get you to shell out the cash, you can’t help but feel inspired by browsing through all the pretty pictures.

Just make sure at checkout you give proper attribution and linkback. — BEN POPKEN

Flickr: Camera Finder [Official Site]

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  1. medium_sized says:

    Just make sure at checkout you give proper attribution and linkback.

    very cute. :)

  2. MattyMatt says:

    This is a very handy tool; but shouldn’t be your only resource. Newer models (such as the Canon XTi) take a few months to show up accurately in the rankings, since only a few early adopters use them at first. So unless you happen to know that a model is brand new, it’ll just look very unpopular at first.

  3. These sorts of things don’t matter, because almost any camera can produce an excellent shot in somebody’s capable hands. But beyond that basic fact, what is to be made of the photographs that somebody else produced using a particular type of camera? That doesn’t mean that you are going to possess the same sort of artistic sensibility – yours will most likely be completely different. People should shop for cameras based upon their own needs, not based upon the pictures produced by some third party.

  4. spanky says:

    I used that a few months ago when I was looking for a new camera. I didn’t base my decision on popularity at all (in fact, I got a new model that was barely showing up yet, and I mostly researched previous models in the same line).

    What I like it for was to provide a good range of concrete information about the camera’s capabilities. I am a terrible photographer, and I know nothing about cameras, but would like to learn. So I wanted to both take serviceable point and shoot snapshots now, and eventually get better, and start taking actual good pictures someday.

    So first, I’d look at recent photos from that model to get an idea of what an average point and shoot picture looked like, and then I’d look at the ones tagged interesting, to see what the camera was capable of in the hands of a competent photographer.

  5. HearsMusic says:

    Love this. Makes me feel a lot better about the Panasonic I just ordered this afternoon!

    Also, I had never seen the camera finder before so thanks for the awesome linkage, per usual.

  6. LintMan says:

    Like Sam Wilkinson says above, this isn’t a great way to select a camera:

    - No one will post their dud pictures on Flickr. Who knows how many cruddy pictures got tossed out to get the nice ones you see?

    - Viewing the picture on-screen is much lower res than the picture itself is recorded, so unless you zoom in to 1:1 pixel ratio (ie: using photoshop) or print out the full res version on photo paper, you’re looking at a downsized representation of the camera’s picture, which can hide all sorts of flaws like noise and lack of detail.

    - Looking at pictures tells you nothing about a camera’s ease of use, noise levels, focus speed, sharpness, purple fringing, battery life, control capabilities, etc, etc.

    If you want to be a diligent camera shopper, read the camera reviews on sites likes DPReview.com (my favorite) or steves-digicams.com. It’s also worthwhile seeing if you can find a display model in a store to hold, just to get a feel for size/weight, which is a big factor for many people. A small online photo doesn’t help much with that.