The world is speedily growing in technology and most people seem to be left behind. Every device and gadget is coming out with upgrades even on a weekly basis. In the photography world, for instance, the camera has vastly evolved and only a few use the point and shoot camera, the film cameras have virtually gone into extinction.
There are many camera options available now in the market. Consider the Fujifilm and Sony versions of the mirrorless cameras and you would see that manufacturers are having sleepless nights on how to produce upgrades on cameras.
Generally, the camera you’d buy would depend on the price and your budget but you’d agree with me that specifications and modifications seem to play a role in deciding the camera model and camera you would buy.
You must have noticed the gradually changing trend in camera type, there is no type of camera limited to a photographer. There is the mirrorless camera closing the gap on the DSLR.
As a beginner or a photography business owner looking to buy and source a particular camera and camera gear, what are the factors to consider when buying a camera?
The DSLR Over the Mirrorless Camera
DSLR camera has long existed for a very long time and is an upgrade on the SLR. Of recent, they seem to have been toppled with the coming of mirrorless cameras, but the DSLR is still a hand above others due to the history and years of experience by the manufacturers.
This has made the latest DSLR to be an upgrade and high class, distinct from the former cameras produced by these manufacturers. Also, DSLRs are quite portable and easy to use. They come with good grips that allow you to handle easily and they also come with some added weight.
They (DSLR) come with a long-lasting battery life than the mirrorless cameras due to the fact the sensor and viewfinder of mirrorless usually an EVF are always on, usually come with some lag hence consuming battery.
The viewfinder of DSLR and SLR allow you to view directly through the lens, unlike the mirrorless camera.
Apart from the lasting battery of DSLR, and their clear viewfinder, they also have faster autofocus and allow multiple lens options. They are quite bulky having some extra weight.
The APS-C and the 35mm Full frame
The full frame sensor of most cameras has an edge over the APS-C especially in terms of noise performance. Full frames tend to have a better noise performance and a shallower depth of field more than the APS-C. They also offer better image quality than the APS-C.
In terms of price, the full frames are quite expensive more than APS-C as you know, the bigger lens always is more expensive and come with more performance. The APS-C usually of the range of (22mm-24mm) is more light – sensitive and have higher resolutions, having high ISO.
The Micro Four Thirds is a step below, offering around 17mm or more.it is usually seen in the Panasonic and Olympus mostly for their mirrorless cameras. It offers less bokeh and light-gathering capability than APS-C and full frame but allows for smaller and lighter cameras and lenses.
The Mirrorless Camera also has some Edge over the DSLR.
The mirrorless camera was developed with the initiative to try new approaches to the camera technology and close up the gap.
Most mirrorless cameras have mirrored the DSLR in terms of size and weight and even exceeding some of them. Most of them are quite light and easy to carry about. The Fuji film X-H1, X-E3 and the Sony full frame are pushing the DSLR as they are quite small and portable.
The mirrorless camera has the EVF which are quite better than the viewfinder of most DSLR and SLR. It displays information on the camera screen like the 3D spirit levels, 100 percent zoom previewers, and histograms. You are able to see what your image looks like before the final shooting. Hence the image you see is actually what comes out.
Nikon vs Canon
For photographers going for Nikon and Canon, they are arguably the two best brands to consider. Both are quite similar and peculiar in their own ways. In terms of speed, they all have good shutter speed and autofocus. Canon cameras seem to have higher burst rate and flips per second. The Canon EOS 7Dmark11 comes with the 10 fps quite higher than the Nikon D7200 with 6fps. Generally, Nikon cameras offer more speed than Canon.
In terms of video quality, I’d go for the Canon as they offer good video quality. They first recorded a hybrid autofocus system where the camera refocuses while recording. Most recent Nikon DSLR offer continuous autofocus but generally, it’s a close call when compared with the Canon.
In terms of battery life, Nikon cameras have good battery life and rating making it able to take many images on a single charge.
There are many other manufacturers of digital cameras that are way too good, as a photographer, you might not want to dwell on the Nikon or Canon brand. The brands by Fujifilm and Sony, Olympus, and Panasonic all produce very good quality camera. I think Fujifilm nailed it when they produced the classic mirrorless camera Fujifilm X-T2 an upgrade on the X-T1. This camera has a lot of improvements like in the autofocus system and the 8 frames per second.
Also, consider the Sony Alpha A7R III that is competing with Nikon and Canon cameras in terms of quality full frame camera. It has a perfect 10fps burst shooting rate.
Looking for the best digital camera around is quite an uphill task as there are many good quality cameras out there and moreover, the choice of your camera quite differs. The best camera for a travel photographer is actually way different from the camera for a wedding photographer. Also what a professional photographer may need is different from that of a beginner. Below are what I think as the best camera around and suitable for any area in photography.
Best Digital Camera
- Sony A9
The Sony A9 is absolutely a high-class camera mostly recommended for professional photographers due to the improvements and latest technologies that come with it. Its features include a 24MP stacked CMOS design sensor and shoots at a 20fps which is an upgrade on most Nikon and Canon cameras. Not limited to just a mirrorless camera, this camera competes is why most action and sports photographers have gradually left the Nikon D5 and Canon EOS-1D X Mark II.
With the 4K video quality coupled with a no black-out continuous shooting, the camera is highly an attractive option for top photographers.
But there is a little problem with this camera, it is highly expensive, rated at about $4400 – $4600 hence this is why only top photography professionals seem to afford it.
- Quick AF system (performs a 60 AF tracking calculation for each second) and an EVF better than the Alpha A7R II.
- A 24MP full frame stacked CMOS sensor (quite below the Alpha A7R II.
- A continuous shooting 20fps shooting 241 RAW images and 362 JPEG images.
- Mirrorless and 4K video quality.
- 3,686k video quality.
- 3.0 – inch tilt- angle touchscreen with 1,440,000 dots.
- Better noise performance thanks to the proximity of the pixels to the sensor.
- A wifi connectivity, coupled with the NFC and Bluetooth connectivity.
Best DSLR camera
2. Nikon D850
The Nikon D850 is a full-frame DSLR with a 46MP sensor. Absolutely one of the fastest DSLR produced by Nikon. Hence it is an attractive option rated at $3297 and recommended for most professionals and enthusiast photographers.
- A battery life rated at about 1840 shots.
- Comes with a 45.7MP BSI CMOS sensor
- 7 fps continuous shooting with AE/AF (9 with battery grip and EN-EL18b battery)
- 153-point AF system linked to a 180,000-pixel metering system
- UHD 4K video capture that is up to 30p
- 1080 video at up to 120p, recorded as roughly 1/4 or 1/5th-speed slow-mo
- 3.2″ tilting touchscreen with 2.36M-dot
- Illuminated controls
- 19.4MP DX crop (or 8.6MP at 30fps for up to 3 sec)
- SnapBridge full-time Bluetooth LE connection system with Wi-Fi
3. Canon EOS Rebel T7i / 800D
Best Mirrorless Camera
4. Sony Alpha A7R III review: http://shuttersflash.com/2018/02/23/10-best-mirrorless-cameras/
5. Fujifilm X-T2 review: http://shuttersflash.com/2018/02/23/10-best-mirrorless-cameras/
6. Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III review: http://shuttersflash.com/2018/02/23/10-best-mirrorless-cameras/
Best Entry Level Camera
7. Nikon D3400 review: http://shuttersflash.com/2018/03/01/good-cheap-dslr-cameras/
Best Action Camera
8. GoPro Hero6 Black
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