The Digital Dilemma: Upgrading Your Camera or Computer “Just Because”

News / Friday, March 19th, 2010

Canon T2i

I purchased a Canon DSLR camera about six months ago after I left my other relatively new camera in a New York taxi cab. It's a T1i model that shoots HD video in addition to taking outstanding low-light shots and capturing fast action shots with reasonable clarity. This is my first DSLR and I've come to appreciate the additional speed and picture quality of having this kind of camera. I like it so much that I've become something of an amateur photographer who relishes opportunities to take interesting shots that demonstrate my increasing confidence and growth as a visual artist.

Well, now Canon has introduced a new camera–the T2i. It does all that my current camera does and more but a little faster, with increased clarity and enhanced HD video capabilities. I'm faced with a decision: do I keep what I have or upgrade to the latest and greatest.

The short answer is no. Those of us who are first adopter technophiles know that the most direct route to bankruptcy and marital strife is to get caught in the impossible trap of trying to keep up with advances in technology. This is true for computers and digital cameras where the technology increases faster than actual need or use. Cameras and computers are tools and, although the enhanced features with each evolution have value and improve the user experience, the majority of people don't know how to use the enhancements or the actual improvements have a nominal effect on the results.

Avoid the temptation to upgrade "just because." Bragging rights are nice but banking right is better. Buy what you need and hang on to your six-month old technology for a little while longer so that when you do decide to upgrade, the change is that much more significant and the benefits are truly worth the additional expense.

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