2016 will be the year of the cameras for Canon. After the flagship EOS 1DX mark II, Canon recently released semi-pro model EOS 80D. This is a successor of the EOS 70D which was released back in the summer of 2013. Canon 80D brings a lot of improvements: 45 point AF module (all are cross type and central works down to -3EV), enhanced dual-pixel live view focusing system, improved video mode (1080@60p, mic input + headphones output) and finally a new 24 megapixels sensor which should give significant boost in image quality.
2016 is going to be Canon’s year. No less than five DSLR cameras are expected and three of them are top of the line models. They might not sell in huge numbers like entry level cameras, but are very important for working professionals as well as company image; Canon cannot afford to make just an ordinary products. The expected cameras are 1DX mark II, 5D mark IV, 6D mark II, 80D, 1300D and probably a replacement for 100D.
It’s the time of year when a lot of people get new gear, so it’s time for a shopping guide. What makes this article different from most of similar ones is that I will recommend gear I have reviewed personally and liked it enough that I would consider buying it myself. That means I will skip a lot of good cameras because they have something that would bother me if I had them; it doesn’t mean cameras not listed here suck: they are just not to my personal taste. If for some camera category I think there are no good cameras I will simply recommend avoiding purchase and saving the money towards something better.
I will focus down to what is available on the market right now and at current price points. That means some good but currently in my opinion overpriced cameras might not be recommended at all. Sorry but for most of us money dictates what we can afford.
I have been and still am the strong supporter of mirrorless camera concept and systems from its very first days, yet recently I’ve made a transition that contradicts my own opinions. I’ve sold my Sony NEX mirrorless camera with a few lenses and got a traditional full frame DSLR. So what’s the catch?
When it was announced, I thought of the Nikon Df that it would be a dream come true. Classic styling, external controls for just about anything and superb full frame sensor from the flagship D4 camera should make any photographer drop their jaw and involuntarily grasp for their credit card. Even more, Nikon build the tensions with several “Pure photography” teaser videos so the expectations were quite high. Expectations are one thing; reality another. Df might just be the biggest disappointment of the last year. Find out why.
Canon has announced two new DLSR models – the 100D (Rebel SL1) and 700D (Rebel T5i). Both have 18 MP APS-C sensors, 9 focus points, Full HD video recording and all the usual Canon bells and whistles. So what’s new…? In one word – nothing. Specifications of the 700D are almost identical with the previous model (the 650D), and 100D differs from 700D with smaller body size and the lack of articulated LCD.
D5200 is second model in current Nikon DSLR lineup, just above D3200 and below the newly announced semi-pro D7100. In terms of features and especially size or ergonomics it is pretty much the same as both its predecessor the D5100 or the current base model D3200. Since I already published D3200 review and D5200 is rather similar camera, I will cover only the differences and overall user experience in this review.
Compared to its predecessor, the D5200 has a new 24 MP sensor, more advanced focus system with 39 AF points, 2016 pixel color sensitive metering sensor and stereo microphone for video recording. The Auto-ISO option is also upgraded and now allows automatic setting of minimum shutter speed based on the lens focal length – pretty important for zoom lens users. Movie aficionados will love the option of manual setting of shutter, aperture and ISO during movie recording. Everything else is practically the same as on D5100.
Nikon and Canon are traditional companies nowadays; they stick to what they do best. While Sony and Olympus try to innovate with mirrorless and SLT camera designs, Nikon keeps most of its focus still in DSLR market, and that’s not a bad strategy. D3200 is a classic example of SLR camera, made to perform fast and responsive with optical viewfinder type of shooting. It has a 24 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, large 3″ LCD and can record videos in Full-HD.
SLR type cameras have firmly dominated the second part of the 20th century. They proved to be the best camera design for widest range of applications.
The ability to see what the lens sees in the viewfinder was the closest thing to final result (image) at the time. You could preview focus, DOF and exactly see what fits the frame (no parallax error like rangefinder style cameras). Yet, everything else remained a mystery. Is the exposition just right, how the scene will look like on black and white film and what if I missed the focus just a little bit but enough to ruin shallow DOF portrait…
Nikon stirred a lot of dust introducing D800 and D800E models earlier this year. The main reason was massive jump in resolution: at 36 megapixels, D800 is highest resolution camera on the market (except medium format) and a huge shift since its predecessor – Nikon D700. D800E differs itself from regular D800 by lack of anti-aliasing filter. In practice, images will appear slightly sharper but with more chance to get moire effect. In every other aspect, both cameras are the same.
Its main rival is Canon EOS 5D Mark III, which I reviewed a few months ago and you can read about it here. Since the late Photokina fair there is also Sony A99 which with its SLT technology and few unique features is a beast of its kind.