Don't get seduced by 'dream' cameras

Fujifilm GFX100S
I would love a Fujifilm GFX100S, but in reality it's the wrong camera for the work I do, and I know it. (Image credit: Fujifilm)

We all have an ideal dream camera. The trouble is, dreams don’t always come true, and sometimes we’re better off sticking to reality.

It’s extremely common to see a new camera with amazing new features and decide there and then that you’ve got to have it. But very often, when you lust after a Pagani Zonda you eventually have to accept that a Peugeot makes more sense.

DJI Pocket 2. The right tool for the job doesn't have to be the most expensive, and 'dream' cameras can often prove pretty hopeless at what you actually shoot. (Image credit: DJI)

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at