OK, found my ideal camera, a pixel-peeper’s absolute wet dream, the new Hasselblad H6D 100C. It’s got 100 glorious megapixels and a mind boggling 15 f-stops of dynamic range! What’s not to like?
I’m kidding of course, but this is a good example of “the best camera for you is not necessarily the one with the best image quality or the best specs”. This thing is absolutely gorgeous and will most likely produce the best digital images known to mankind. But. It is huge and heavy and costs a whopping $33,000, that’s body only!
Of course some photographers need or want this type of camera, but for 99.9999% of us that camera would be ridiculous. If someone gave me that camera I would gush over it and use it for a while and marvel at quality of the files. Then I would promptly sell it. There is no way I would want to carry around something that expensive and heavy. Plus I wouldn’t be able to buy any lenses or accessories for it. And my point about moving down from full-frame is exactly the same. I’m willing to give up some image quality in exchange for practicality, affordability, portability and more shooting enjoyment.