In a world where everyday photography is steadily being dominated by smartphones, the only cameras that survive are the ones which truly bring superior imaging to the forefront.
These five cameras made the shortlist as the best cameras of 2014, but this is the one that took home the coveted award of Stuff Readers’ Choice System Camera of the Year 2014.
As far as mirrorless system cameras go, the X-T1’s picture quality is definitely top-notch. It may cost quite a bit, but Fujifilm’s 16MP X-Trans CMOS II sensor is in fine form here, so you can be assured you get exactly what you pay for. The real-time Electronic Viewfinder also makes shooting a breeze.
Nikon’s D750 might be the lightest and smallest full-frame DSLR they have, but it shoots just as well as the rest of them. A 24.3MP sensor and 51-point autofocus power it for fantastic photos, with excellent low-light capabilities too with ISO up to 51,200.
Olympus OM-D E-M10
The good looks, excellent performance, and portability of Olympus’ OM-D cameras were largely responsible for the rise of micro four-third cameras, and the E-M10 confidently carries on the legacy. After all, it’s got the same beautiful retro styling and solid build, with image quality and high level of technical capabilities to match.
Sony Alpha 7S
With ISO up to 409,600, the A7S can practically shoot in pitch black darkness. If you suspect there’s some paranormal activity going on in your house, this would probably be the camera you use to capture it. Despite being just 12.2MP, images are sharp and rich in detail too.