Which company makes the best digital cameras?
Frankly, I do not believe there is one BEST company. I've tried several including Olympus, Kodak, Nikon, Minolta, Sony, Konica (before the merger), and others. From experience there is no single best company.
I'm currently using Nikon and Minolta and like quality in both. I may get a Cannon next - I hear many good things. I will avoid Olympus because of past problems. I'd even consider Kodak although I have had business problems with their bloated corporate structure.
Nikon and Minolta both have good quality. Repairs may be expensive. I like my Minolta 7hi for the extended zoom lens and other convenient features. I notice that the big photo-rags seldom even mention Konica-Minolta. I suspect some of that is due to their advertising dollar income. Sony is a good or even great camera, but seldom is it a good dollar value from my past experiences - you pay a premium for Sony. YMMV on this point.
When I buy a camera it will be from a reliable company that has the most to offer in terms of operating functions at a reasonable [ fair, not cheapest ] price. What works for me may not work for someone else!
While there is seldom one BEST product or one BEST company there is usually one product that provides the most bang for the buck. It may not be the latest and greatest but cost:benefit ratio establishes what is best for me the consumer.
FWIW YMMV, Clif
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