I'm new to photography. In the past I took photos using cellphones. Cellphones are not professional cameras (are they?), so I want to buy a professional one. Because I have no idea what makes a good camera, I did some search on Google, but only to find huge variance in their price. For example these are 3 of the Google search results:
I didn't search Made-in-Japan products specifically, but most of the results are Japanese products. However their prices still vary a lot. The cheapest one is $400 but expensive ones can go thousands of dollars. What makes the difference? I'm not asking for recommendation of a specific product, but I would like to have some tips about choosing a good camera that would not unduly restrict my skills. Still I'm wondering if all good cameras are made in Japan?