Our expert casts his eye over the best compact cameras to be had for under £200
Leica M9-P Edition Hermès camera
Leica has unveiled a new limited edition, super-luxe camera in the rather gorgeous shape of the Leica M9-P 'Edition Hermès'. It is the third in a line of premium Leica M-System cameras to be made in collaboration with Parisian fashion house Hermès since 2003.
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What a ridiculous price for a Camera, this is outrageous, it will take no better photographs, than my old 35mm S.L.R. camera. This just shows the way the world is, it has turned greedy.
This camera is not made of 24 caret gold, so why the high price tag, it's only a camera and no more.
Whilst this is a ridiculously expensive snapper, the Leica brand represents the pinnacle in compact camera design and quality. The inclusion of their lenses in the Panasonic 'Lumix' range of cameras for ordinary people bears this out.
One sign of real quality and desirability is the lack of a prominently displayed logo. You need to know what this product is to really appreciate it, when it is left nonchalantly on the bistro table. This is at complete variance with stupid 'designer' goods (handbags, sunglasses, etc.,) which are acquired mainly for the display of their vulgar and prominent labels to supposedly envious others.
£36 000 for a camera? I wonder what it does, let say for example if I take picture and print it off can I slap people in that picture and make them feel the pain? Or can it zoom in from London to New York.
Give money to Josephine and other kids in Africa they are dying without food.
Woah folks, you know not of what you speak. A number, indeed quite a number of years ago, when digital cameras were just starting to come in, Kodak unveiled their DCS DSLR model to the UK at Focus on Imaging at the NEC (Google this by all means). It had I think a mere 3 megapixels and had an asking price of... wait for it... you are not going to believe this one...ready? £25,000!!!!!!!!!!! That would easily equate to £36 grand these days. Oh and by the way, they only had 3 on the stand and by the 2nd day they had only one left. No, people (photographers?) hadn't bought them or should I say snapped them up? They'd nicked them!
Leica? Leica the camera, but no Leica the price.
Oh and just look up how much Hasselblad's H series of medium format DSLRs (with megapixels ranging from 25 - 60) cost originally. Reckon on about a grand per megapixel and that is without any lenses i.e. just the body!
Bob Bridges mentions that, as this product does not have a prominent logo displayed on it, it will somehow be more vulnerable to counterfeiting? No!
Counterfeiters trade solely on the rabid desire of impressionable buyers to have possessions with prominent logos on display (e.g. handbags, sunglasses, even those dreadful knitted hats!).
In the world of 'designer logos', often the quality of the product is no better than a much more modestly priced 'un-branded' equivalent and, in any event, it is probably made in the same factory by the same (often misearably paid) workers.
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