|Glacier Point Infrared - Yosemite National Park, California|
Once upon a time camera makers would introduce a new-and-improved model every five years or so, and typically each manufacturer had two or three models to choose from. For the most part, from one company to the next and from one model to another, there were not huge differences. And you could expect whatever you bought would last at least one decade, if not two or three decades.
Nowadays, every year or two camera manufacturers introduce a new and improved camera for each model that they have. Each camera maker seems to have between a half-dozen and a dozen different camera models, and there seems to be large differences between them all. Oh, and you are using ancient technology if your camera is more than five years old.
No wonder people are spending so much time and energy researching gear! The problem is that the more time and energy that is spent on the web looking up different cameras, the less time and energy you have for what's important in photography.
So I have three thoughts to (hopefully) help you get through this.
|Gas Station Sunset - Ehrenburg, Arizona|
Captured using an obsolete cell phone camera.
Instead of replacing your perfectly good (but not perfectly new) camera with something that is slightly better (and new), use the money to travel or buy photography books or something else beneficial. There are things that are more important than gear.
And if you purchase that new camera, will your photographs improve? Not likely, because photography is in the mind and heart of the photographer, and not in the sensor. You can improve your photography, but that improvement cannot be bought with money--it requires thought and practice.
|The Closed Road - Fish Camp, California|
Captured using a Nokia Lumia 1020 cell phone.
What occurs to me is that your gear doesn't matter. What is the point of buying Canon's 50 megapixel camera if an 8 megapixel camera can capture beautiful images that look good printed full-page in magazines or enlarged huge on billboards? You have the ability to create fantastic images that will look great no matter how large they're made, and you don't have to spend gobs of money. That's fantastic! And it means that you don't have to chase the latest-and-greatest and you don't have to fall for the highest-resolution offering.
|Cathedral Spires From Cook's Meadow - Yosemite National Park, California|
Captured using Nikon's cheap entry level DSLR.
But the D3300 is a better camera in pretty much every way than all of the "professional" digital cameras from just 10 years ago. Those cameras produced images that were published in books and magazines and hung on gallery walls. This camera is capable of the same, but Nikon and those who sell Nikons don't want you to know that. They want you to believe that it's a good starting point for beginning photographers, but that you'll want to upgrade as your skills improve.
Don't get caught in the trap of thinking that some camera isn't good enough because of the label some marketing guy gave it, or because of how little it costs. It's plenty good enough just as long as the photographer using it is good enough.