Overwhelmed or just searching for a good camera at a good price?
Here are some suggestions.
I have chosen cameras from different manufacturers (no bias here) to show you what is available. These are all very good cameras - the detailed descriptions bring out the differences between them.(List order: most expensive first - Please Note: prices can change without notice.)
CANON EOS 5D MkIV
Full-frame - 30.4MP with all of the bells and whistles that you want most of the time. These include: robust, handles well, built-in Wi-fi/NFC, GPS, LCD with touch screen control.
ISO 100-32,000+. Pentaprism viewfinder with 100% coverage.
Excellent image quality - a real PRO camera.
The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV was selected by the retailer Park Cameras as the Best Product of 2016.
OLYMPUS OM-D E-M1 MkII
Micro Four Thirds Live MOS and a 20.4MP sensor.
Highly rated for its autofocus and continuous shooting up to 18 fps using the mechanical shutter whilst maintaining auto-focus. ISO ranges from 200-25,600. Touchscreen can be set at various angles.
A very competent camera delivering quality images with great ease.
The Olympis OM-D E-M1 MkII was selected by Park Cameras as the Best Mirrorless camera of 2016.
An APS-C sensor with continuous high speed shooting, an excellent auto-focus delivering high image quality.
Remember that an APS-C sensor provides a 1.5x crop factor which creates a tighter image (and the illusion of a greater focal length) than a full-frame sensor.
The touch screen is tiltable, and the viewfinder is based on a pentaprism giving 100% cover of the subject being photographed.
Well built, and superb image quality.
The Nikon D500 has been selected as the Premium DSLR Camera of the Year by the staff of Amateur Photography Magazine (UK).
A full-frame 36.4MP sensor with a sensitivity of ISO 100-204,800!
The pentaprism viewfinder provides 100% coverage. The rear display is tiltable. Autofocus is not quite as sensitive as some of the higher-priced choices, but image quality is still very good.
It has Wi-fi connectivity, automatic HDR capture and full HD video.
Excellent design with high build quality.
Arguably the best value for money this very high-quality replacement for the X-T1 is light to carry, has more features than most photographers will ever need, and provides high-quality images.
The 24.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor with excellent auto-focus delivers well.
The rear screen has a unique tilting mechanism but does not support touch screen.
A superb camera.
The Fujifilm X-T2 has been selected by the Amateur Photographer magazine (a very popular photo magazine in the UK) as the
Professional Compact System Camera of the Year and Product of the Year.
SONY CYBER-SHOT DSC-RX10 III
The three outstanding qualities of this camera are the 20-million pixel 1 inch sensor, a zoom range of 24-600mm, and the ability to record movies in 4K.
The Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX10 III was a selected by the Amateur Photographer magazine as the Bridge Camera of the Year; and by the retailer Park Cameras as the Best Compact of 2016.
PANASONIC LUMIX DMC-TZ100 (ZS100 in USA)
The larger the sensor the better the images tend to be. Panasonic use a 1 inch sensor in a small body. In addition they have paired this with a 25-250mm zoom lens, making this not only a versatile and compact travel companion, but also one that can generate high-quality images.
Great as a travel companion, especially if you want to retain some manual control in a small package.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ100 was Selected by Amateur Photographer as their Compact Camera of the Year.
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