Cameras come and go. Technologies advance. Users become more sophisticated and in doing so the world is filled with endless makes and brands of camera equipment. After extensive research i've compiled a list of the best cameras ever produced on the planet.
There shall be no discussion or argument on the makes and models in this list...they are the best!
My validation is laid out below.
Back in the late seventies, i owned a Praktica 35 mm film camera with a wide angle, standard 50mm prime and short telephoto lenses. Regardless of the fact i didn't really have the money at the time to spend on film and processing, i shot thousands of photos with that camera, each one of them a masterpeice. It so happens this was the only camera i had at the time and happily spent it's days going everywhere with me.
Regardless of how heavy it was, and how sore my shoulder got, It was the best damned camera in the world.
One day, my beloved Praktica wouldn't advance film anymore. It's little gears could no longer take the strain of my fat, pudgy fingers on the advance lever. Luckily for me, it just so happened that Sony had released a new camera, the Sony Mavica FD-7 at around the same time. After managing to convince my wife on the substancial financial savings we could gain due to film and film processing, i ran to the store and returned home with this 640 x 480 pixels of digital magic which recorded images on floppy disc. Thousands and thousands of 'free', no film processing images of my family, vacations and scenery were taken with this digital marvel. I could even edit them with a simple tool such as MS Paint! (Fortunately, i had a home computer). I marvelled my friends and family with it. This camera and it's 10X zoom lived with me daily and was commented on often by those seeing me use it.
I have to say, It was the best darn camera in the world.
(Side note here: I believe Sony owes me several thousands of dollars in fees for all the promotional verbage i did on their behalf in those days. I feel personally responsible for any success they may have had with that model. I also believe i helped to spur the entire digital camera revolution. ).
It wasn't long before consumer cameras reached the 5 megapixel limit and offered reasonable prices (sort of). Alas, although it still worked beautifully, I longed for the greater quality of a 5 MP uber-modern device and retired my Sony. Soon, I was in the possession of a state of the art Kodak Easyshare 5 MP camera with zoom. This camera took delightful pictures and continued the tradition of snapping thousands and thousands of photos. Being so small and competent, this camera went everywhere with me.
Without question, this was absolutely the most fantastic and bestest' camera in the world.
Sadly, one day my Kodak became exhausted from it's daily clicking routine and committed cameracide. It was no more. We had a funeral.
What was I to do? Cameras had advanced so far now that I had endless choices before me. Money was the only object but I had not near enough of that.
Should i go full frame for absolute highest image quality? Should i shoot DX for sports and wildlife? Do i need super-duper ISO for ultra low-light shooting? What about depth of field? Range of lenses? Which sensor should i go for? What model brand is now the best? Portability? Will my shoulder hurt? Will i get hemorroids from the price of the gear? And so on....
I was so confused.
So, I reviewed that i had learned over the years after having owned the absolute most-bestest cameras in the world.
I learned i don't like carrying anything too heavy.
I learned I like to have some variety in focal range and the ability to get creative and change settings on the camera.
I learned i don't like to spend a lot of money...just enough.
I learned that i don't print anything bigger than 11 x 16 so...
I learned that the Panasonic Fz100 i bought was very close but not quite enough of what i wanted.
I ended up with a Panasonic G3 and a few lenses and have learned some more since then.
But mostly i learned, as many have commented here in the past, that the best camera in the world is the one that works for you, does what you want and more importantly is with you all the time.
I wouldn't have been able to take the attached photo if i didn't have the camera with me...
The cameras listed above are the best in the world...no discussion! :)