Originally Posted by jtsmith
I worry about things when they say "you can shoot like a pro."
One look at it seems it might be a good camera for my brother who keeps asking me about this or that when it comes to taking good quality pro looking snapshots.
All these new super digital SLRs let someone shoot like a pro, but its all a matter of definition. It used to be that only the pro's had cameras with motor drives and could shoot 3 to 5 frames a second. Now most everyone can do this.
But the big change is that now the amateur that used to shoot 20 or 30 shots of something at a max, now shoots 200 or 300 at a time and by luck alone will get a good shot and will show that to friends, etc. who will say it looks like a "pro" shot. I've experienced this in wedding photography. I shoot about 250 shots when shooting a wedding digitally (used to shoot about 144 with film). In film days I would deliver 100 good quality, well exposed proofs to the customer. But now that we're digital I can deliver a CD with 200 good well exposed shots. But I see people shooting for free at those same weddings and they'll shoot 400 or 500 shots and they come away with some good well exposed shots that are properly cropped and composed. Of course, they may only have 10 or 20 of those shots out of 500 shots, so I'm not worried yet.
But I think volume of shots changes things and makes it more likely that the amateur can shoot like a pro sometimes.