It was a quiet day on the camera front and the sun was shining so I decided to gather eight cameras and make one shot with each and see what I thought of each. They were all set in Program. I've done this on an earlier post with a few cameras and here is a different scene. There really is quite a difference from a $200 camera to a $2500 camera. As there should be! Click them to enlarge if you like.
So then I ask myself - what's the point? Well I like to tell people they should buy a camera based on what feels good in your hand and your budget - but the image sensor does of course play a part - but not every detail is critical to every photographer (talking basic consumer here not pro). Some want a super zoom - some want super compact - some want water resistant etc. My guess is that to most basic users these all look virtually identical - but to a more sophisticated user there are dramatic performance differences.