Photography is for everyone and everyone enjoys photography. From your baby’s birth to the first steps up until the teenage years and leaving the nest to start a family. Photographs and memories are things that give meaning and sentimental values to people’s lives.
In today’s digital age, taking pictures is as easy as ABCs for as long as you have the gadget with camera and video recording features. Majority are relentlessly taking pictures and posting on social media. However, ‘true’ photography never lost its glitter because of camera manufacturers like Canon that is as unrelenting in coming up with the best cameras for the true blue photographers and hobbyists.
It is unlikely that smartphones and other mobile devices can replace cameras in the near future or beyond. Let us snap out of that notion. Cameras are here to stay and with plenty of good reasons. Photography is a proven art therapy because it taps into the creative and artistic side of individuals with keen eyes for details.
The Cream Of The Crop
As a backdrop, Canon’s 5D series of cameras has a rich heritage. The original EOS 5D, the Mark II, came barging into the market with the full-frame photography. It unleashed the Full HD video capture for the first time in the history of the renowned Digital Single-Lens Reflex (DSLR) cameras. If you want to go directly to the best, the EOS 5D Mark IV is the most complete and well-rounded DSLR model in Canon’s formidable line-up. But naturally performance comes with a price tag, a hefty one.
This top-rated gear comes with a new sensor that delivers the sharpest results with its 61-point Auto Focus (AF) system that’s exceedingly advanced. The EOS 5D Mark IV is a high-caliber camera that will perform in any type of photography from portrait, landscape, wildlife and sports.
It uses DIGIC 6 processor exclusively metering and a separate DIGIC 6+ processors to handle the rest including the 61-point AF system with 41 cross-type sensors. Finally, the 5D Mark IV possess the dual SD and CompactFlash card slots that accepts fast UDMA 7 cards, and features both Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity for transferring images to a compatible device plus a built-in GPS unit for good measure.
Professionals and camera enthusiasts will mince no words about the EOS 5D Mark IV being at the top of the heap in photography. Not surprising at all because this camera was built to last and certainly become a permanent fixture in the homes of camera lovers.
Pros of the EOS 5D Mark IV
- • Full-frame CMOS sensor at 30.4 MP
- • Large 3.2-inch display, 1.62 million dots with touchscreen functionality
- • Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity for easy file sharing Softer
- • Silent shutter to reduce vibration
- • Extra resolution on images allows for shooting JPG in a fairly broad range of conditions
- • Availability of the AF when filming
- • Seven frames per second continuous shooting speed
What’s Not So Hot
- • Dual Pixel Raw function slows camera and offers limited benefits
- • Cropped 4K video and clean HDMI output is 1080p only.
- • Larger 4K video files
The Beginner’s Choice
The EOS Rebel T6 (EOS 1300D) is a solid DSLR for photography beginners. Based on experience, satisfied first-time owners of Canon’s entry-level cams are likely to get hooked and patronize the brand in future cam upgrades. That is quite a revealing secret why Canon offers nothing but the best and affordable gear for the neophytes.
The striking feature for the EOS Rebel T6 is the inclusion of the built-in Wi-Fi and NFC. This is exciting for the newbies. It enables them to control the camera from a connected device, such as a smartphone or tablet, and then send images back from the camera to their devices to immediately share the photos online.
Beginners would find it easy to operate the camera because it is fully automatic and with scene shooting modes to boot. The first-timers can tinker with the manual and semi-auto aperture priority or shutter priority modes. Once they are familiar, they will have the ability to shoot in raw format.
Pros of the EOS Rebel T6
- • Good value
- • Wi-Fi and NFC
- • Textured coating
- • High-resolution screen
What’s Not So Hot
- • Fixed screen
- • No touchscreen
- • 95% viewfinder
- • Slow focusing in live view
The Lighter Choice
The 16-megapixel PowerShot SX600 HS is an up-front point and shoot camera although its standing in the Canon line-up is a bit confusing. This model is included in the high-end, advanced digital camera category and likewise in the top of the compact camera class.
Nonetheless, this camera is a good buy owing to its reliably good video and photo performance. But for the enthusiasts, the biggest steal would be its 18x f3.8-6.9 25-450mm lens along with its built-in Wi-Fi and slim, lightweight body. The PowerShot SX600 HS also delivers easy automatic shooting options, very respectable photo and video qualities plus a useful zoom range with optical image stabilization.
In terms of speed, it is conceded this is not a fast cam yet it is not slow either. There are lag issues in between shots (1.1 seconds) and a delay of about 3 seconds when the flash drives are turned on. These issues would matter to the pros but not to the non-pros and upstarts.
Pros of the PowerShot SX600 HS
- • Simple menus and practical controls, plus good autofocusing, exposure metering and auto white balance all perform worthily
- • Impressive detail, color reproduction and dynamic range
- • Credible optical rating due to its useful zoom range and minimal distortion
- • The Wi-Fi, the Hybrid Auto and Creative Shot modes works perfectly
What’s Not So Hot
- • Persistent shutter lag issues The Full HD resolution is crisp as expected
- • There is no shooting-mode dial except for a three-position switch
- • Indoor use is limited because of the slow lens
- • Inconsistent autofocus if not inaccurate at times
The Premium Compact Choice
The G7X Mark II belongs to Canon’s premium range of compact cameras. This gizmo is intended for photographers who want a gear that offers a high level of control and excellent image quality, but with the size that slides into their pockets. It is regarded as the traveler’s compact and alternate for the bigger cameras.
The touch-sensitive screen displays good colors indicating you can simply set the AF point by quickly tapping on the screen, as well as navigating between the quick menu and the main menu. When you are viewing images in playback, you can pinch to zoom to check focus, and swipe through images. It also features manual control and raw format shooting, making it principally alluring to the enthusiasts.
The G7X II Mark II lens is a modest 4.2x, which is equivalent to 24-100mm. By comparing it with a superzoom, this cam offer 30 or 40x zoom and that it may seem short. However, for everyday shooting scenarios, its zoom quality should be more than enough. The focusing capability is pretty pleasing as It locks onto subjects quickly but tends to slow down a little bit under if low light. On the overall, the G7X Mark II is a well-equipped premium compact camera, which is capable of producing fantastic images.
Pros of the G7X Mark II
- • Image quality is very good especially from Raw and impressive video quality
- • Tilting LCD touch-sensitive screen and effortless to tap for focus and tracking
- • Color rendition is superb
- • Large sensor
- • Wide aperture lens and fast lens too
- • Good and easy handling with tight grip
What’s Not So Hot
- • AF modes are confusing and can’t track subjects in burst mode
- • The small rear dial prone to accidental pressing of directional control
- • Lack of viewfinder
- • Simple Auto ISO system hort zoom
- • Battery life is below average
The Superior Middle Choice
It stands firmly in the middle ground of the SLR line-up, in between the 760D and the 7D Mark II. That is in the prime enthusiast territory, which means it is primed to target cam buffs who want to shoot a range of subjects in a variety of conditions. This demanding group also want an extensive feature set with plenty of control options, but they don’t exactly need an A-1 professional-grade camera.
Canon injected the EOS 80D with a 24-million-pixel sensor along with a Digic 6 processing engine. The Dual Pixel CMOS AF sensor is a salient feature as well.
The sensor and processor combination redounds to a native sensitivity range of ISO 100-16,000, and a maximum expansion value of ISO 25,600. The maximum continuous shooting rate is the same as the 70D’s at 7fps but the burst depth has considerably increased to 110 JPEGs or 25 raw files when a UHS-1 SD card is used; That Is a substantial level up move step from the 65 JPEG or 16 raw files possible with the 70D.
Pros of the EOS 80D
- • Re-tooled version of the EOS 70D
- • The 24Mp sensor captures and resolves detail well with a new imaging and metering sensors plus an overhauled AF system
- • The Raw dynamic range has increased considerably
- • The autofocus is largely reliable because of the reflex AF system when shooting through the viewfinder using a single point or cluster of points
- • No trouble or difficulty keeping the cam in focus.
What’s Not So Hot
- • The AF system is a bit complicated and requires learning
- • The quick menu can’ be customized
- • Default settings for 45-point Auto Selection mode are not spontaneous
- • FlexiZone-Multi live view focus mode is puzzling
- • Multi-controller can be difficult to reach when assigned to AF point selection
There is no need to stress out over buying a camera. Everything will fall into place at the perfect moment and with the right budget. Here are some general tips to ease the pressure.
- • The specs of the camera will not tell you if it’s the best – In order to be sure you are buying a good camera, always go for the popular and trusted brand names.
- • The ‘megapixels’ doesn’t matter unless you are a pro shooter – Only the pros or the advanced shutterbugs will be particular about resolution, sensor size, autofocus and image-stabilization systems.
- • The latest model might not be the best for you – There is no perfect camera but there are a lot of good performing ones. No camera has exclusive hold on quality, performance, features and design. In fact, you can get the best deals choosing the high-rated older models.
- • Online shopping is convenient but you have to go on-store to try the camera – It would be wise to physically check the camera. Feel the handle and see if its comfortable in your hands. Look at the menus, review the layout and inquire about the warranty. In the end, the decision is still a personal matter.
Engaging in photography is awesome. Being behind the lenses is an exhilarating experience and an art therapy as mentioned. It is through the lenses that you will see, in every detail, the beauty of the world around you. You can document the lives of your loved ones in clear, vivid pictures. Nothing is as amazing as capturing every family milestone and it makes for a great story for sharing with the generations to come.
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