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Now that 2016 is coming close to a close we will look back at the best DSLR cameras of the year. The features and benefits that make them so great and how to best utilize them. If learning about cameras is new to you then check out our blog post here which gives some insight about DSLR cameras and how they operate. The cameras we have chosen as our top 7 of 2016 - in no particular order - do not fall into one specific category as far as price, user level etc. We have chosen the cameras that were “voted” a top contender in multiple reviews such as techradar.com, cnet.com, and trustedreviews.com.
Sony’s A7 series are the only professional mirrorless compact cameras of their kind to offer a full-frame sensor making them unique and very desirable. This camera has a huge resolution as well as ISO range, starting at ISO 50 and going past ISO 100,000! This large range of ISO is made possible because of the sensor’s backside illumination that increases light sensitivity. In addition to these features the Sony A7R II has a great autofocus system that works especially well in low-light. Finally the features we personally love about this camera are its video capabilities. It can shoot a 4K video at 100Mbps.
For image quality this is one of the best mirrorless cameras on the market. It has a 16.3-megapixel APS-C sensor with an incredible high-ISO and color performance. The design of the X-T1 is classic yet tough made from magnesium alloy which is designed to withstand dust, water and temperatures as low as -10C. This camera is equipped with 2.36-million dot resolution making the image sharp and full of color from the OLED viewfinder. It’s a good transitional camera for someone switching from a DSLR because it does not compromise the sensor sizes.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 is the first bridge camera to offer 4K video without compromising the large zoom range. This bridge camera is setting a new standard for one’s that follow. Raising the bar from just a large zoom - which is what bridge cameras are most known for - to increasing image quality. The convenience of it’s single fixed lens which has a 25-400mm focal length with max aperture of f/2.8-4.0 and DSLR style controls bring the performance to a level that other cameras in the same style could not achieve.
This full frame DSLR provides low-light flexibility that comes from the 24.3 megapixel full-frame sensor. The D750 offers better high-sensitivity quality than most other full-frame cameras on the market as well as high speed necessary for action shooting. In addition to being a great quality camera the D750 is capable of quickly switching from a still photo to video while keeping image quality high. It’s equipped with Wi-Fi connectivity and a 3.2 inch vari-angle LCD screen, an ideal camera for filmmakers looking for a compact DSLR to bring a production to life or capture a B-Roll.
This entry level DSLR is full of high-end features with a 24 megapixel sensor and an extra LCD making it one of the best in it’s class to date. The 760D is equipped with NFC (Near Field Communication) wireless capabilities and 19 cross type focus points. Basically, it’s the perfect DSLR for someone looking to upgrade or buy their first especially with it’s low-end cost. Image quality is admirable and the camera itself is easy to work with for anyone from professionals to enthusiasts.
A high end compact aesthetically pleasing camera that still performs on an expert level, the Leica Q has a 24 megapixel full frame sensor and a fixed 28mm f/1.7 lens. Leica is known for manufacturing high quality “luxury” cameras but the Leica Q is a truly one of a kind quality camera that blows it’s competition out of the water. In addition to all of it’s astonishing features this camera has one of the sharpest dot EVF at 3.68 million, techradar refers to it as the “Ferrari” of all cameras because of its luxury price and desireable nature.
This mirrorless camera was designed with a class-leading in-body 5-axis optical image stabilisation which is especially convenient for shooting video because it can create a steadicam-like quality that helps elevate handheld footage. It produces natural colors that are rich and is an overall easy camera to use with a good deal of manual controls.
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