It isn’t quite the end of the year yet, but as I’ve been doing a slideshow of my photographic year, this seemed a good time to look into which cameras I’ve used most.
Before doing this, though, a few general comments are needed. Firstly, some cameras were bought during the year, so had less chance to be used – the Olympus OM-D E-M1 is the obvious one – it arrived only just before the final photographic workshop of the year at Ullapool in October. Secondly, the Olympuses are slightly flattered as perhaps 20-30% of the photos were taken using an ‘art filter’, so that there were two images in this case, one a RAW and the other the processed JPEG. Finally, quite a lot of photographs were taken of objects in the Black Country Museum, which in particular pushed up the number of photos taken with the Panasonic GH2 and GH3. It’s also worth adding that cataracts made travel difficult during the middle part of the year, and the need to travel by train influenced the choice of cameras on two occasions.
So, out of a total of 14317 photos in my Lightroom catalog, these are the standings for the first 4 cameras:
1. Olympus OM-D E-M5, 19.9%
2. Sony Nex 6, 12.8%
3. Nikon V1, 11.2%
4. Panasonic GH3, 7.2%
Rather alarmingly the iPhone came next, at 7.1%!
If the Nikon J1 were included with the V1, they would have crept into second place with 12.9%. They score higher than I might have expected, primarily because they are the only cameras I took to the Lake District when I had to travel by train.
The number for the Sony surprises me too, and in fact if the photos taken by two other people using this camera on a couple of workshops (it came in useful as an emergency camera) it might well have come out ahead of the Olympus.
I’ve also done the sums for this photos I chose for my photographic year slideshow, but it should be noted that this slideshow is more a story of the year, and quite a lot of the images are not the best of the year. So, of 123 photos in that slideshow the breakdown is:
1. Olympus OM-D E-M5, 24.6%
2. Sony Nex 6, 16.4%
3. Olympus OM-D E-M1, 8.2%
4. Equal: Nikon V1 and Panasonic GX7, 7.4%
If the V1 and J1 are grouped together, they manage 9.8%. The iPhone comes in with 6.6%, further down the list this time, as might be expected.
The main difference between the total and slideshow figures lies in the new OM-D E-M1, due to its late arrival, and the GH3, which was used quite a lot for object photography at the BCLM, which does not feature as much in the slideshow.
If I had to rate the cameras in terms of which I enjoy using most, the two OM-Ds come out on top, followed quite closely by the GH3 (certainly the first choice for video, but a bit bulkier, and no body stabilisation). Regardless of whether I own it, my camera of the year would be an easy choice – the Olympus OM-D E-M1.