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Best Digital SLRs 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]Last Updated April 1, 2019
Best Digital SLRs of 2018
Before you spend your money on digital slrs, start by familiarizing yourself with the various types. You can make a choice based on the my list as you shop.
I have a variety of material used in the construction of digital slrs including metal, plastic, and glass. Many brands have introduced digital slrs on the market. These brands have resulted in a variety for the user. These require that the consumers be well aware of what they are buying so as to make the best choice.
Test Results and Ratings
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№1 – Canon EOS Rebel T6 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm EF-S f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens + 58mm Wide Angle Lens + 2x Telephoto Lens + Flash + 64GB SD Memory Card + UV Filter Kit + Tripod + Full Accessory Bundle
Why did this digital slrs win the first place?
I really enjoy the design. It is compact, comfortable and reliable. And it looks amazing! I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product. The material is stylish, but it smells for the first couple of days. I am very happy with the purchase. It is definitely worth its money. The product is top-notch!
№2 – Canon EOS 80D Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm EF-S f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens + 58mm Wide Angle Lens + 2x Telephoto Lens + Flash + 48GB SD Memory Card + UV Filter Kit + Tripod + Full Accessory Bundle
Why did this digital slrs come in second place?
I recommend you to consider buying this model, it definitely worth its money. The design quality is top notch and the color is nice. The material is pretty strong and easy to wash if needed. I really liked it. It is amazing in every aspect. It did even exceed my expectations for a bit, considering the affordable price.
Why did this digital slrs take third place?
This price is appropriate since the product is very well built. We are very pleased with the purchase — the product is great! It is inconvenient to use due to the size. I am going to get something different next time. It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment.
Digital SLRs Buyer’s Guide
No microphone port
The D3400 is the latest in a line of Nikon entry-level DSLRs that adheres to a no-frills template, one that prioritises small size, light weight and a simple design, all the while maintaining the benefits of an interchangable-lens system.
A follow-up to the brilliant D3300, Nikon has managed to shave a little of the D3300’s weight off the body for this new iteration, but it’s also boosted its battery life and improved a number of features to make it an even mightier proposition for the novice user.
It’s also launched the camera alongside a redesigned kit lens, one that sports a retractable inner barrel and a more streamlined design that eschews the focusing and Vibration Reduction switches we’re used to seeing.
But, after so many warmly received models and a raft of fine competitors in both DSLR and mirrorless categories, does the D3400 have enough going for it to make it worth the beginner’s attention?
The Nikon D3400 sports an APS-C sized sensor – as is the case with every entry-level DSLR, with its 24.2MP pixel count very respectable – certainly we wouldn’t expect this to be any higher at this level – and this is heightened by the lack of an optical low-pass filter, which should help it to capture better detail than would otherwise be the case.
Non-low-pass filters explained
This works over a reasonably wide sensitivity range of ISO100-25,600, which represents a one-stop expansion over the native ISO12,800 range of its D3300 predecessor. Once again it’s paired with Nikon’s Expeed processing engine, which, among other things, allows for 5fps burst shooting and Full HD video recording up to an impressive 60p. Nikon’s familiar Picture Controls are also on hand, although for those wanting their images and videos processed into more distinct styles immediately, Effects such as Super Vivid, Illustration and Toy Camera are also accessible through the mode dial.
EOS Rebel T6i
EOS 750D has established itself as one of our favourite entry-level DSLRs. It’s packed with a range of features perfect for the new user, while the polished handling makes it a pleasure to use.
But that camera is now two years old and beginning to show its age, and with Nikon updating its entry-level range with the likes of the, and with a slew of new mirrorless rivals from various manufacturers being thrown into the mix, an update from Canon was always on the cards.
The EOS Rebel T7i / 800D offers a number of improvements over its predecessor, although not all of them are obvious from a glance at the spec sheet,so let’s take a closer look at the Rebel T7i / 800D…
New 18-55mm lens
The arrival of the EOS Rebel T7i / EOS 800D also heralds a new 18-55mm kit lens that’ll be offered as a starter kit with the camera. The Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.IS STM is 20% smaller than its predecessor, and a little slower (the older lens had a variable maximum aperture of f/3.5-5.6) thanks to its collapsible design, but offers up to four stops of image stabilization. As we’ve got our hands on one of the first T7i / 800D’s available we’re using the older lens for this review, but we’ll update once the new optic becomes available.
Choose a Camera That Feels Right
It’s very important to choose a camera that feels comfortable in your hands. While most DSLRs are similar in size and build, the styling of the handgrip, position of controls, and other ergonomic features can differ drastically. The camera you choose should be one that you are most comfortable using. If a DSLR is too big or small for you to hold comfortably, or if the controls are not laid out in a way that makes sense to you, chances are you won’t enjoy shooting as much as you should.
Continuous Shooting and Autofocus Speed
DSLRs have another big advantage over point-and-shoots—speed. The time that it takes between hitting the shutter button and the camera capturing a picture, referred to as shutter lag, and the wait time between taking photos—recycle time—are often concerns with compact cameras. DSLRs generally focus very quickly and deliver shutter lag that is nearly immeasurable.
Continuous shooting is measured in frames per second. At minimum, you should look for a camera that can shoot three frames per second, although sports and nature shooters will want to look for a camera that can shoot faster than five frames per second.
Of course, the autofocus system has to be able to keep up with the frame rate. Basic DSLRs often only have a few autofocus points, which makes it difficult to track moving subjects. High-end models sport autofocus points that cover most of the frame, making them favorites of photographers interested in capturing sports action and wildlife. Continuous shooting and autofocus performance go hand-in-hand, so it is important to look for a camera that does both well.
Getting to the heart of the matter
The most expensive part of a camera is the sensor, and this plays a major part in a camera’s image quality and operation. For a long time people considered a sensor’s pixel count to be a good indicator of the quality of its images, but all current DSLRs have more than enough to satisfy most people’s needs so this is not as great an issue. It’s true that more pixels can mean greater detail and wider scope for cropping and enlargement, but it can also mean more grainy images (known as noise), slower burst speeds and memory cards filling up faster. In short, high-megapixel cameras aren’t best suited for everyone’s needs.
What’s perhaps more important is the size of sensor, and there are two in common use: APS-C and full frame. APS-C sensors are typically found in cheaper cameras and full-frame sensors inside pro models, but many popular enthusiast models – some used as backup bodies by professionals – make use of the former.
Your budget will probably dictate whether you go for one or the other, but so should your style of photography; as APS-C sensors are smaller than full frame, they only make use of the central portion of the lens. This makes it appear as though you’re using a longer lens, so they’re well suited for more distant subjects such as those found in nature or when shooting sports. Lenses specifically designed for these cameras can also be made smaller and cheaper than full-frame ones (as they require less glass). Furthermore, with a smaller area than full-frame sensors, a camera’s AF system will often cover a wider proportion of the frame with an APS-C sensor, helping the camera to quickly focus on subjects away from the centre.
Full-frame cameras keep the focal length the same as if you were using the lens on a 35mm film camera, so they’re great for when you need your wideangles, be it for landscapes, architecture, street photography or something else. Furthermore, pixels can be larger on a full-frame sensor than they can on an APS-C sensor (assuming the amount is the same on each), and this can help to keep noise in images low while also recording plenty of details in shadows in highlights simultaneously. It’s also easier to achieve shallow depth-of-field with a full-frame sensor to produce pleasingly blurred backgrounds, which is great if you capture portraits.
Time for some action
If you tend to shoot sports or any other fast-moving action, you may want to investigate a DSLR’s focusing system and burst rate. Some focusing systems cover a wide proportion of the frame to help keep a track of a subject as it moves and contain many options for focusing on both still and moving subjects. AF systems with lots of ‘cross-type’ points are also worth seeking out as they tend to be more sensitive than more conventional systems. Fast burst rates, meanwhile, denoted in frames per second (fps), will help you to capture images in quick succession, so they’re great for speedy subjects.
If you tend to capture images from the ground, above crowds or any other unorthodox position, look out for DSLRs with displays that can be pulled away from their bodies and adjusted around an angle. Otherwise, check the resolution of the display, as this will show you how clearly a camera is likely to display the scene, menus and any captured images. Cheaper cameras will offer a display of around 460k dots while more expensive ones increase this to over 1million. Technologies differ between models but, as a general rule, the higher the better.
Another thing to pay attention to is the viewfinder. Pentaprism viewfinders are typically bigger and brighter than pentamirror types (and so usually found on pricier models), but the coverage is important too. Given in percentages, this shows how much of the scene you can see through the viewfinder, with 100% on pro models and around 95-98% on cheaper ones, the latter just shaving off a little around the peripheries.
Of course, today’s DSLR shoot more than just images; they’re capable of capturing professional-quality video too. If this is something you think you’ll be using with some frequency, look at the video frame rates offered by a model, as well as what control there is over audio recording and whether you can attach an external microphone for superior sound to the camera’s own microphones.
Other things you may want to check is whether a camera has Wi-Fi, a feature offered on many cheaper models but only a handful of more expensive ones, as well as GPS system, which can come in handy when travelling. If you tend to capture your images outdoors, look out for models with weather sealing as this should help protect your camera in inclement conditions, although remember the lens you use will also need to be weather sealed for utmost protection.
Key Indicators of a Solid DSLR Camera
Burst Mode: A fast performing DSLR is great for moving subjects, allowing you to record several photos per second. Pay particular attention to whether the camera greatly slows its burst mode when shooting in RAW versus JPEG shooting speeds.
Articulated Display Screen: We love to see a digital SLR camera with an articulated LCD screen, as it allows you to attach the camera to a tripod that may be low to the ground, while tilting the display screen upward to make it easy to frame the scene without having to stoop to use the viewfinder.
Most Important Digital SLR Camera Features
Resolution: Digital SLR cameras are starting to appear with really large resolution numbers, which can give you great image quality and flexibility for editing photos later.
RAW/TIFF Shooting: Using these advanced image formats will preserve image quality without compression, as occurs with JPEG formats.
Maximum Burst Mode: Top-notch DSLRs should offer an ability to shoot several frames per second in burst mode.
Movie Recording: High-quality movie recording is now an expectation with DSLRs.
Autofocus System: The more autofocus points the DSLR can use, the more accurate its autofocus system will be.
Articulated Display Screen: A digital SLR with a display screen that can tilt makes it easier to use these cameras with a tripod.
Viewfinder Coverage: Some digital SLR viewfinders only show part of the scene, so you want a model that displays as close to 100% of the scene as possible.
Lens Mount: A DSLR camera can only accept interchangeable lenses that match its lens mount.
At this price, it’s likely this is your first DSLR. You want that level of photographic control – that’s why you’re making the jump – but you don’t need maximum resolution and you don’t need to be inundated with options. You’re also going to want a lens in the bundle. Here are the models we think would be perfect for you, with lenses included in the price.
Canon EOS 1200D
The Canon EOS 1200D is the perfect gateway into the EOS system. Its 18MP sensor and Digic processor mean it doesn’t skimp on image quality, but at the same time it comes at a very enticing price point. Users can pair it with Canon’s EOS companion smartphone app in order to get guided tutorials and familiarise themselves with the 1200D’s operation. The controls are all physical, and the grip from its predecessor the 1100D has been improved for better handling. A great starter camera.
If you’re likely to be taking your DSLR into rough situations then you may want something that can take a little punishment. We’d recommend the dustproof and weather-resistant Pentax K-S2, which has extensive sealing to keep out the elements.
Packing a 20.1-megapixel CMOS sensor, a wide ISO range of 100-51200 and an optical viewfinder with 100% coverage, the K-Sis a serious imaging package, a fact reflected by the fact it’s more expensive than both the 1200D and the D3300. If you can afford the outlay, and have a feeling you might need the weather-sealing, we’d recommend it.
So, you’ve been packing an entry-level DSLR or mirrorless camera for some time. You know its operation thoroughly, but you feel there are some things you wish it could do better. Its low-light performance is a little shonky, or its AF is a little sluggish. Maybe you’ve missed a couple of shots due to these issues.
It’s time to upgrade. These mid-entry DSLRs will allow you to build on the skills you’ve already learned and push them further to create amazing images. Here are our top picks.
Canon EOS 760D
The Canon EOS 760D is a fairly recent release from the Canon stable, and is a great choice for the competent user looking to push their images. The 24.MP sensor and Digic processor make for a powerful imaging combination, while the top-plate LCD and intelligent viewfinder offer the user an intuitive control experience.
As this is a newer Canon model it’s got the latest advancements in autofocus technology, and the Hybrid CMOS AF III system – with 1points – is very good indeed. A vari-angle touchscreen, full HD video and Wi-fi connectivity all round out a strong package.
Sony Alpha A7II
If you spend time outdoors shooting sports and fast action, then the Sony Alpha A7II is a very strong choice. Not only does it have a dust- and moisture-resistant build to withstand the elements, but its sprightly 12fps frame rate ensures that you won’t miss a crucial shot.
Following up the well-loved Pentax K-was always going to be a daunting task, but the K-II acquits itself nicely. Enhanced shake reduction and the lack of an optical low pass filter allow users to get the most of its 24.35MP sensor, while the dependable 27-point AF system locks on nice and quickly. There’s also built-in GPS and even a compass.
Unique to the Pentax K-II is Ricoh’s Pixel Shift Resolution mode. This is a special functionality that takes four images in a row in order to create a composite image at ultra-high resolution (not dissimilar to the composite mode on the Olympus OM-D E-MMark II). This really expands the level of detail a user can capture, especially when shooting in Raw format.
You know exactly what you want to achieve. Whether it’s stunning vistas, pin-sharp action or the perfect portrait, you’ve got your goal and you need the right kit. These enthusiast DSLRs will offer you the control and image quality you need to achieve your visions. These, for our money, are the best picks.
Canon EOS 6D
Another option for the full-frame crowd, the Canon EOS 6D is a few years old now but still offers a solid package for photographers of all kinds.
It was the first EOS model to include Wi-fi and GPS connectivity, and its ISO range of 100-25,600 (expandable to 50-102,800) is still impressive today. The 20.2MP full-frame sensor should be more than adequate for most purposes, and the relatively lightweight design is a plus.
Canon EOS 5DS R
You want pixels? Canon has got pixels for you. 50.6-million of them, to be precise. The Canon EOS 5DS R is the highest-resolution full-frame camera currently on the market – only the Sony Alpha 7R comes close.
This high resolution makes it perfect for landscapes and large-scale prints. If you want no compromise on sharpness and detail, this is the DSLR for you.
DSLRs from smaller manufacturers shouldn’t be overlooked. The Pentax K-Shas an excellent price, along with features that are hard to find on entry-level models, like weather-sealing and wi-fi.
Sensor: APS-C, with optical low pass filter -Speed: fps, 1/4000 maximum shutter speed
Want to learn how to use this camera? Good news, we have a fantastic Fast Start course for this specific camera model.
The Pentax K-70 is a significant step up from the previous DSLRs we’ve looked at, both in terms of the features it offers, and its cost. It boasts a 24-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, an ISO range of 100 to 102,400, and can shoot stills at fps. Video recording is also possible at Full HD 1080p 30 fps.
Features which make the K-70 stand out from the crowd include a ruggedness normally reserved for higher-end cameras. Shooting in the rain won’t be a problem thanks to 100 sealing parts which make it dust-proof and weather-resistant It’s cold-proof down to temperatures as low as -10° C (14° F) too. Another headline feature is built-in sensor-shift shake-reduction, which moves the sensor to reduce the number of blurry images you are going to get.
The Sony A6is something of an anomaly in this day and age in that it lacks the built-in Wi-Fi sharing skills which many users now take for granted. However, if you are willing to go old-school and take out the memory card whenever you want to get your images onto another device, the camera still has a lot to offer.
With a 24-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, the Sony A6is more than capable of shooting high quality images and has an ISO range of 100 to 25,600. It can rattle off images at a speedy fps, and shoot Full HD 1080p video at 30 fps. Built-in sensor shift image stabilization is also on hand to help cut the wobbles and the resulting blurry images. An impressive autofocus system with 7phase-detection points will make the A6better than some rivals at nailing focus and tracking subjects.
For truly wide-ranging photography, encompassing everything from fast-paced action, sports and wildlife, to weddings and low-light portraiture, the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is currently the camera to beat.
It has exceptional autofocus and metering systems, and delivers fabulous image quality even in the trickiest conditions. It is, however, somewhat expensive; for a similarly broad skill-set at a budget price, the Nikon D750 is astonishingly great value.
These aren’t the only choices, however. Your needs will not be the same as everyone else’s, so we do recommend you take a close look at all of the following models before parting with your cash.
Value for money
The EOS 5DS is virtually identical to the older EOS 5D Mark III in external appearance and handling, which is no bad thing. Canon has, however, redesigned the newer body to be more rigid yet slightly lighter, and there’s a new shutter unit that reduces vibrations. For capturing detail and texture, the EOS 5DS is simply epic. Indeed, some of Canon’s own EF lenses didn’t make it onto the approved list for use with this camera because they’re not sharp enough to do it justice. The trade-off is that high-ISO images are relatively noisy, and it’s presumably for this reason that Canon has limited the standard ISO range a maximum ISO 6,400 setting, so it’s not necessarily the best option if low-light shooting is your thing.
No Wi-Fi or NFC
The Nikon D6is still Nikon’s cheapest full-frame DSLR, and if you don’t need the latest features it’s well worth considering. Sure, it may not have all the fancy tricks of the D750 (below) such as a tilting screen or Wi-Fi, but you still get a 24.3MP full-frame sensor, two card slots, Full HD video and a (fixed) 3.2in LCD. Image quality is excellent and the autofocus system works very well, despite the fact that it’s not quite the newest module Nikon offers. The D6would be a great first-time, full-frame camera, or alternatively a capable backup body for a more advanced model.
For all-round abilities, the D750 has established itself as our favourite Nikon DSLR. The 24MP sensor includes an optical low-pass filter to protect against moiré patterning and false colour, and this is coupled with an EXPEED processor, while the body is finished with tilting rear screen and dual card slots. On the inside, Nikon has furnished the camera with a 51-point AF system, Wi-Fi and the option to shoot at up to a very respectable 6.5fps High-ISO image quality is about as noise-free as the Canon EOS 6D, but the D750’s 51-point autofocus system is streets ahead. Image quality is sumptuous in all respects, and overall performance is spectacular considering the camera’s relatively low price. This is arguably the best-value Nikon DSLR you can get right now.
Video specs could be better
Despite a very reasonable asking price, the robust, weather-sealed body is packed with advanced features and shooting controls. The K-has a sizeable 36.4MP count; the articulated rear screen can tilt laterally as well as vertically; sensor-shift image stabilisation works with any lens and has a highly effective five-axis action; and both GPS and Wi-Fi are built into the body. Image quality is very good but, despite a huge sensitivity range, image noise is prevalent in high-ISO shots. Autofocus is accurate but doesn’t quite match Canon and Nikon cameras for tracking fast-moving subjects. Still, for this kind of price, the K-absolutely trounces its rivals where features are concerned – it’s an absolute steal.
CANON VS NIKON: WHICH DSLR CAMERA BRAND TO CHOOSE? The both manufacturers as Canon so Nikon produce excellent DSLR cameras, that provide fantastic image quality, and similar features. As there are so many similarities between the brands, many people think
How we picked
An entry-level DSLR has to be able to do a lot these days. It has to provide excellent image quality, including low noise and a wide dynamic range. It has to be easy enough to use that someone who has never tried a complex camera before can learn how to handle it, but it still has to offer manual controls that photographers can graduate into as they improve their skills. And it has to be affordable enough to be someone’s first foray into more advanced photography.
Most cameras in this class to date have struggled in one or more of these areas, but the Nikon D3400 checks enough of these boxes that we can confidently recommend it as the best option for a low-cost DSLR.
How we tested
Once we assembled our candidates, we brought them in for six hours of hands-on testing. Important parameters like image quality, focusing speed, menu layout, features, handling, and battery life were all put to the test; in the end, the Nikon D3400 proved to be the best DSLR for beginner photographers on a budget.
Right now, Nikon is putting better sensors into its low-end cameras, which means that the D3400 takes nicer photographs than comparable Canon models. Despite the fact that Canon recently upgraded the sensor in the T6i, it still underperforms compared to the D3400. That better sensor means the D3400 is able to capture a wider range of lights and darks in your images: bright areas won’t be as overexposed and washed out, and you’ll still be able to see details in the shadows instead of underexposed black splotches. And if you have to crank up the ISO sensitivity up to shoot in low light, you’ll see less of the speckling of digital noise than you would with the competition.
Nikon is putting better sensors into its low-end cameras, which means, in short, that the D3400 takes nicer photographs than comparable Canon models.
A direct comparison between the image quality of the D3400 and the Canon T5i by DxOMark (who do detailed and in-depth testing of the data from the sensor to compare between cameras) found that the Nikon has more than two stops
The D3400 doesn’t just have the best sensor and software performance in its class—it also has one of the better kit lenses among beginner DSLRs. Nikon’s new collapsible AF-P 18-55mm Nikkor lens is a pretty fantastic and sharp lens, and it also helps keep the camera’s size down when not in use. The downside of the new lens is that you can lose precious time extending it before shooting—but if that’s really an issue, you can just leave it extended. What’s great about Nikon’s new AF-P lens is that it utilizes a stepping motor to achieve speedy, ultra quiet focusing. This is particularly useful in video mode, providing much quieter focusing than the D3300’s lens.
The Nikon D3400’s kit lens needs to be extended when in use.
That’s the experience we had once we got it working, though only after a grueling connectivity battle in which it took several attempts for the camera to link up with an iPhone Once the connection was made, the D3400 successfully transferred any new images to the phone as long as both were powered on and the SnapBridge app was launched—and would readily re-pair when the two had been separated. A few caveats here: only resized 2-megapixel images can be automatically transferred, and raw images cannot. Full resolution JPEGs can be sent to a smartphone, but they must be manually selected from the app and transmission time is very long. Images can also be embedded with GPS information and labeled with artist, camera settings, and time and date information. After several shoots, we came to find that the D3400 always connected and transferred images in the background. For posting to the web, this is an ideal setup, and would even work in more professional environments as a way to show clients previews on location, though the D3400 is certainly not designed for commercial work.
The D3400 uses the same image processor as the D3300, giving it a burst rate of five frames per second, which is on par with Canon’s T6i and Tand sufficient for basic fast-action photography needs.
Nikon has not changed the video capabilities of the D3400 as it can still shoot 1080p video at your choice of 60, 50, 30, 25, or 2frames per second. The inclusion of 1080/60p video recording—ideal for capturing fluid, seamless slow motion or action-packed sporting events—gives the D3400 a significant edge over the competition at this price point.
VIDEO SHOT ON SONY ALPHA SERIES
Act 3, the opening night and Cirque at end were shot on Sony Alpha a6000. The rest was shot on a Canon C100 II.
Panasonic Lumix GH(and for a sweet deal the GHtoo!)
Killer video shooting set-up. Panasonic GHwith Rokinon 35mm lens and a DIY light gel.
A Gift From Me To You
Shot on Canon C100 Mark II. Sigma 18-35mm. Canon 70-200mm. With strobe lights. A wig. Sunglasses. And a willing wife.
Camera Buying Guide: convince your spouse to dress up as a DC comics super villain don her Black Swan alter ego for the sake of playing with your new camera, then power to you my friend.
Differences between DSLR and Mirrorless
In the most basic terms, the key difference between a DSLR and a mirrorless camera is that the DSLR comes with an internal mirror that reflects light entering through the lens through a prism and to an optical viewfinder. This mirror blocks off the sensor and only moves or flips up when you’re actually going to shoot. This is where the SLR part of DSLR comes in, it stands for “single lens reflex” and the D obviously enough stands for “Digital”, as opposed to the old analog SLR cameras.
Mirrorless cameras on the other hand –also known as “ILC” shooters, allow light from the outside world to flow straight through the lens and directly at a mirrorless camera’s internal sensor and then to the viewfinder if one is built in. This of course means that these camera types are generally smaller and more compactly built than their DSLR cousins and the difference is physically identifiable. Both DSLRs and mirrorless cameras generally do offer lens swapping capacity.
The third type mentioned above is the advanced compact camera. We’re only going to cover one of these in these listings but in essence, it’s almost exactly like your typical mirrorless model but without the ability to have its lens swapped out for another one. the major size difference between a mirrorless camera and a DSLR is notable
Key Things to Keep in Mind
Now, with the above descriptions in mind and as you read the following detailed overviews of specs, features and the cameras themselves, keep the following core principles firmly in mind for the sake of simplifying your own decision making on what camera to buy:
While all of the cameras we’re covering here come with a whole load of specs that might even get confusing for a lot of less experienced buyers, only some of those numbers and descriptions are truly important for most users and here is our rundown of each.
Resolution in a digital camera is generally referred to by the term megapixels (each megapixel being equal to one million pixels). This number basically identifies how many pixels in total a camera sensor and photos offer up. Pretty much any modern camera offers photo resolution in the millions of pixels (far beyond 4K levels) and while even cheaper cameras offer plenty of megapixels, some of them don’t have the processing power to deliver photo capture quickly, so keep this little detail in mind when stumbling across a camera that’s amazingly cheap but promises lots of megapixels.
We should also note that some 4K cameras also offer up still shot sequences from their video footage in 4K resolution, letting you create sequences of dozens of individual 8.2megapixel still shots from a piece of video.
Different types of cameras come with different sensor sizes and this is where a lot of crucial performance is concealed in the details. For the sake of simplicity, we can say that most DSLRs offer up some of the largest sensors and that the fixed lens point and shoot advanced compact cameras we mentioned earlier usually offer the smallest sensors. Mirrorless cameras usually fall between these two although some mirrorless models can also offer very large sensors and even full-frame sensor technology.
In basic terms, sensor size itself revolves around the dimensions of the photoreceptor array which creates a digital image from pixels. Because of this, bigger sensors usually make better quality images and also usually mean larger camera bodies due to a need for more robust electronics and larger lenses. Typically, cameras with larger sensors are also more expensive.
Assorted sensor sizes in 4K mirrorless and DSLR cameras
With DSLRs, autofocus is usually based on what is called phase detection and with mirrorless models, the more usual focus mechanism is powered by contrast detection. Phase detection uses the mirror in a DSLR to divide entering visual light into a pair of images and then compare them to focus the lens on a given subject. In contrast (literally), contrast detection measures the contrast between pixels in the sensor until it finds enough said contrast to detect focus in an image. The contrast detection system of mirrorless cameras is generally slower and less effective than its DSLR counterpart but more models are emerging with hybrid technology built into them, allowing for the best of both worlds.
If you need to capture fast action and particularly in low lighting conditions, this type of hybrid technology is your best choice, especially when it’s combined with a strong continuous shooting ability and high ISO sensitivity.
Sony A7R II 4K mirrorless
Sony’s A7R II is pretty much the very top of the line among the existing and already excellent Sony mirrorless models we’ve presented here, and it’s very steep price reflects this. However, this is an absolute pro mirrorless model of the highest caliber on the market. With a 4megapixel full-frame BSI-CMOS sensor, superb 5-axis image stabilization, powerful EVF and some truly superb ISO at a max of 102,400, the A7R II performs in both light and dark conditions like very few cameras can manage.
On the other hand, it offers slightly less (399) focus points than the much cheaper a6300 and it’s battery life is definitely on the low side, being capable of only 290 shots at a time, which is understandable considering that we’re talking about 4megapixels!.
Sony a6300 4K mirrorless camera
Sony’s a6300 is yet another high quality low-light capable mirrorless camera for our list and it’s a particularly powerful example that we can’t help but love. Its predecessor the a6000 was one superb piece of HD prosumer compact camera technology and the a6300 ramps all of the best specs up still further while adding in very robust 4K video recording. Featuring an ISO of 100-51200 and a 24.megapixel APS-C sensor, the a6300 also offers up among the world’s fastest shooting speeds at 11fps and an insanely fast autofocus that clock out at 0.0seconds, making it THE fastest in the world for now and far superior even to the autofocus of many DSLR models.
Throw in the super Super Bionz X image processor and 42phase-detection autofocus points and what you get in this model is probably one of the best all-around mirrorless 4K cameras on the market in this price range.
Sony Alpha 7S II 4K camera
Now here is one truly superb low light mirrorless performer from Sony. The A7S II is on the pricey side but it’s to be expected from what is a truly professional full-frame mirrorless camera with outstanding low light and regular brightness video and photo capacity. With 24.megapixel still resolution and 5-axis image stabilization, the quality of both photo and video caught on the A7S II is downright superb and the petite camera body easily fits into some very small bags or pockets even. Furthermore, an ISO range of 100-25,600 is more than enough for fans of nocturnal photos and video. Best of all, these ISO levels are further augmented by some excellent capacity for enhancing smooth brightness and reducing noise even in very low light conditions.
On the other hand, a shooting speed of 5fps is a bit on the slow side, especially for Sony, a company that’s known for creating blazing fast shooters like the a6300 and even their older a6000 HD mirrorless.
Canon EOS 1D-C 4k Camera
The Canon EOS 1D-C is one seriously powerful, big and professional 4K DSLR shooter from a true expert in the industry. It offers up a fairly decent but not astonishing 18.megapixel CMOS sensor, capacity for robust shooting in both 24p/30fps 4K UHD resolution and Full HD video at up to 60fps. A very robust 61-point autofocus, along with a highly versatile Canon EF lens mount and some very fleshed out features for film and TV production make the EOS 1D-C a much more serious device than its basic specs would suggest. Additionally, the camera is thoroughly equipped for use in some seriously hostile environments, with the ability to resist dirt, dust, water, impacts and heat in a way that few conventional DSLRs or mirrorless models could.
While we definitely think the EOS 1D-C from Canon is bloody expensive, this is without a doubt a true pro recording camera with more focus on serious video capture than simple field photography.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your Digital SLRs wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of Digital SLRs
- №1 — Canon EOS Rebel T6 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm EF-S f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens + 58mm Wide Angle Lens + 2x Telephoto Lens + Flash + 64GB SD Memory Card + UV Filter Kit + Tripod + Full Accessory Bundle
- №2 — Canon EOS 80D Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm EF-S f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens + 58mm Wide Angle Lens + 2x Telephoto Lens + Flash + 48GB SD Memory Card + UV Filter Kit + Tripod + Full Accessory Bundle
- №3 — Nikon D7200 DX-format DSLR w/ 18-140mm VR Lens