Originally Posted by Andy M.
Actually, I think camera brand is less important.
I have to disagree here. There are huge differences between some brands. Actually, what you said was anymajor
camera brand. I supposed since you said major camera brand that I can agree with you somewhat, but not completely.
Dedicated camera companies like Canon, Nikon, Leica, etc are pretty much at the point where the big differences are between features and not optics. Thee are still differences between them though. For instance, I find Nikons to have slightly sharper focus than Canons all other things being equal.
Some cameras do not reproduce colors as accurately as others. This is especially noticable with brands that are not only camera brands (Think HP and others like that).
The most important thing to getting a great shot is the photographer. A photographer who is good can get great shots with any camera. Now if you are like most people you want great shots, but don't really have an interest in actual photography then you will want a point and shot that all you have to do is press the button and you are done. Major camera brand point and shoots are what will work in that case, and as Andy says, it will be the features and level on control that you will be looking at.