2. Ease of Use
Given all the adjustments available on these cameras, it's inevitable that many controls will end up in menus, even with lots of external buttons and dials. How each camera strikes a balance between external and menu controls is critical to ease of operation. We look for well-placed controls, clear labeling, logic, and simplicity in menus, as well as a good "feel" to the camera. Performance factors count here, too, as pokey autofocus, shutter lag, or short battery life also detract from ease of use.