Despite the vast improvements in smartphone cameras, most professional photographers can attest to the fact that a DSLR or mirrorless camera still shoots sharper images with loads more detail.
This is thanks to its larger image sensors and dedicated image processors, which also help under low light conditions. Plus, the wide choice of interchangeable lenses means you can shoot while zoomed in without resulting in poor images.
Which of these cameras truly made a difference in your photography experience? We’ll leave it up to you to decide.
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Canon’s popular workhorse model continues to be outstanding at stills and now has a video option. There’s a newly developed 30.4MP full-frame sensor and DIGIC 6+ image processor, which gives it an expandable 50-102400 ISO range. The 3.2-inch LCD is now touch to focus capable. There’s also Wi-Fi, NFC and a built-in GPS, all firsts for the 5D series. And as the first Canon DSLR to introduce video capabilities, it is also the first 5D model to be 4K-capable.
The X-T2 is a refined sequel that improves on its predecessor where it mattered most, with a 24.3-megapixel X-Trans CMOS III and a focus selection joystick from the X-Pro2, as well as a lot of focus points - 325 altogether with 49 of them covering the centre being phase detect AF. Then there’s the film simulation mode that replicates colour profiles from Fujifilm’s old film vault. Among them include the standard Provia, vivid colour Velvia, and monochrome Acros that mimics classic film stock.
Sony’s follow-up to the A6000 packs a redeveloped 24.2-megapixel APS-C sensor and shoots 4K footage, making it a well-rounded camera for both photographers and videographers. Speed is where the A6300 excels. It was the first Sony mirrorless camera to feature the world’s fastest autofocus at 0.05 seconds, and 425 phase-detection AF points — the highest number of AF points in a camera. This superior speed, aptly named 4D Focus, makes tracking even fast moving subjects a cinch.
Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II
The second edition of the best-selling Olympus OM-D E-M5 series keeps the 5-axis image stabilisation, but now comes with the same 16-megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor, TruePic VII image processor and 2.36 million-dot EVF found on the OM-D E-M1. But what’s truly cool in the OM-D E-M5 Mark II is its 40-megapixel high-resolution shot mode that shoots eight photos in one second, resulting in a larger image comparable to a 40-megapixel camera.
The flagship Nikon DSLR is more than just a minor cosmetic upgrade to its predecessor. It sports a 20-megapixel full-frame sensor, 153 AF points, a 3.2-inch touch screen display, and is able to shoot 4K video — a first for Nikon in its flagship models. This is the premier Nikon model designed for reportage and sports photography, built with speed and low-light performance in mind. Choose between dual CF or XQD slots for your convenience.