This Canon is the worst camera I've ever bought

Canon Ivy Rec
(Image credit: James Artaius)

I've used some bad cameras over the years. In fairness, almost all of them have been film cameras – those of a certain age will remember the creaky Russian knock-offs, the "characterful cheapness" of Holgas, or even the big-name disasters like the Konica AiBORG.  

The thing is, nowadays, it's actually really hard to make a bad camera. And for all the rubbish bodies I've used, I can honestly say that I've never used a bad camera from one of the 'big three'. 

Canon EOS R5 + Canon RF 85mm f/2)… (Image credit: James Artaius)

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.