Then look no further than Flickr! Flickr? Yes, Flickr!
Why? Because Flickr has a Camera Finder (look under Explore > Camera Finder, or go direct to http://www.flickr.com/cameras/). “Big deal”, you might say. “How can this help me find a new camera?”
Well, you may already have some idea of the camera brand and model you want. So once you get to that page, you can see which cameras are most popular on Flickr, but more importantly, you can check out thousands of photos taken with those cameras.
You can drill down by brand and model, then when you’re at a model, go to the Now Showing drop-down list and select from a range of photos taken under different conditions — portraits, landscapes, night shots, macros etc.
If you’ve done all your research and have narrowed the field down to a few brands and models, this unbiased Flickr option might be a great way to help you make your decision.
However, don’t forget that a good photograph is more than the result of a good camera — the person behind the lens plays a big part too, in framing the shot, selecting the lighting conditions etc.
[Links last checked November 2009]