The best cameras differ on users persuasion, casual users could care-less about high end features but for a professional photographer, the desire to have one of the most powerful cameras, outputting images with the highest of quality is always a necessity.
Digital cameras or Film cameras? We won’t try to debate that, but we will present to you some of the best digital cameras your money can get. Whether you are a casual user or a professional users, there is something out here for you.
5. Fujifilm SL 310
The Fujifilm SL 310 is a very cheap and affordable camera, but if you are looking for a decent camera with the highest of image quality, this is certainly not for you. If you want a handy camera, to keep the memories of your family occasion, and other mild gathering, then this could probably work like a charm for you.
So what’s in for the Fujifilm SL 310? A 3-inch LCD display, 30X optical zoom, 14 MP CMOS sensor, 25mm wide lens, hybrid auto, smart auto, high speed shooting, full HD videos at 60fps.
The camera isn’t rugged, but it can come handy in areas where it is needed.
Price: USD276 – NGN45,000
4. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V is an affordable digital camera with an 18 MP sensor, and high-end superzoom with 10 fps burst shooting.
The digital camera does comes with built-in GPS, 360 degree panorama maker, instant HDR photos and 105 MB if internal memory for saving those lovely images.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V also comes with Memory Stick Pro Duo support, and uses NP-FH50 lithium-ion battery.
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The digital camera also does come with a pretty good performance, improved image stabilization when recording videos, and auto focus.
Other key features of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V include a 3-inch LCD screen with 921kdot, ISO range of 100-12800, GPS, noise reduction and smile shutter.
Price: USD522 – NGN85,000
3. Nikon D5200
The Nikon D5200 is a great camera with incredible image and video quality, it offers a 24MP CMOS sensor, 1080i60 movie capability, a side-articulated 921K dot 3.0″ tilt/swivel LCD and new processing filters.
The digital camera comes alive with an upgraded AF system, entirely based on the same Multi-Cam 4800DX AF sensor featured in the D7000. It equally has the same 2016 metering sensor.
The D5200 has an impressive performance, the still motion image quality is superb, utilizing a new sensor and updated image-processing engine. The camera can optimize JPEG images without any hassle. It also delivers high ISO performance backed by an overall intuitive user interface appropriate for digital camera users stepping into the world of DSLR.
The D5200 is also compatible with Nikon’s optional WU-1b WiFi module.
Price: USD878 – NGN143,000
2. Nikon D7100
The Nikon D7100 is not for inexperienced photographers, it features a 24MP sensor, with an impressive build quality.
The D7100 is an upgrade over the D7000, it isn’t just a mere upgrade, but a significant one at that. Nikon removed the optical low-pass filter (OLPF) from the D7100, making it the first Nikon Camera to come without the feature. Stripping off the OLPF from the Nikon D7100 resulted in a higher resolution than the filtered 24MP sensors in other Nikon models, mostly D5200 and D3200.
The Nikon D7100 has an excellent performance; you wouldn’t expect anything less, considering the hefty price tag slammed on the device.
With the D7100, you get an improved noise reduction which is made possible by Expeed 3 image-processing engine.
Video shooters also got an upgrade. With Nikon’s flagship camera, you can achieve 24p, 25p and 30p recording with built-in stereo microphones.
Other features includes support for Wi-Fi, Auto ISO program, 2016 pixel RGB metering sensor, 51 point AF system (15 sensors cross type), 3.2-inch 1.2m-dot LCD screen (640 x 480 ) as well as Front and rear IR receivers. Lest we forget, the Nikon D7100 is water and dust resistant.
Price: USD1,232 – NGN245,000
1. Canon EOS 6D
The EOS 6D is Canon’s full-frame budget camera. It does come with a lot of functionality, but one distinct feature is missing and that’s a built-in flash.
Canon made a goof in that regard, but it does compensate with built-in Wi-Fi, GPS, single SD card slot and autofocus. The image quality is out-of-this world, delivering excellent JPEG processing and noise reduction. The Canon EOS 6D also has an overall impressive dynamic range, tonal quality and accurate colours, even when the default settings are altered.
It offers a 20.2 MP Canon CMOS sensor, the trump card of the Canon EOS 6D allows for focus in extremely low light levels and you could pretty much maintain a solid rate of 4.5 frames per second, with an unlimited buffering for JPEG images when shooting continuously.
Other features of the Canon EOS 6D that makes it a monster includes a silent shutter mode, 1080p video recording and stereo sound via external microphone, 11 point AF system, 63 zone iFCL metering system and interchangeable screens.
Price: USD3,133 – NGN510,000
The quality of a digital camera is directly proportional to the quantity of cash in your wallet. Basically, the higher the price tag, the higher the quality you get – but not always.
The most important factor in determining what kind of camera you should get all boils down to its usage. If you are a casual user, you really don’t need the big guns listed here, but if you are a professional and one with a distinct eye for images, you would definitely benefit from the expensive DSLR cameras.