Category: Gear Reviews

Sony a7

Sony a7: No Built-In Flash, Does it Really Matter? [Review]

  The full-frame camera selection has been almost exclusively a professional-level market for many years. Even now, very few full-frame cameras are available for less than $2,000 brand new. This places them well beyond what a beginner or even intermediate photographer would be comfortable spending. The Sony a7 rocked the digital camera world by being both the lightest and least expensive full-frame camera available. In addition, it’s a mirrorless camera, which means it does not have a system of internal mirrors like a DSLR. Instead, the sensor functions as viewfinder, image creator, and autofocus system. The mirrorless design helps cut down on weight. But being lightweight and having a budget price only scratch the surface of this camera. Quality-wise, what does the Sony a7 bring to the table?

Canon EOS Rebel SL2

Canon EOS Rebel SL2: Is the Price Justifiable for Beginners? [Review]

  The Canon EOS Rebel SL2 is an entry-level DSLR camera that balances features, affordability, and ease of use extremely well. It is the latest in the Rebel series, one of the most successful lines of DSLR cameras around. The Rebel SL2 is the successor to the lightweight and budget-friendly Rebel SL1. While the SL2 has gained a few ounces over the SL1, it’s also gained some excellent upgrades. The beginner DSLR market is very competitive with lots of great camera options. How does the Canon EOS Rebel SL2 match up? Let’s find out.

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II: Smaller Sensor, Does it Matter? [Review]

  The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II is a mid-priced mirrorless camera with a nice suite of features to explore. Like all mirrorless cameras, it has done away with the space-consuming internal mirrors of DSLR cameras. Instead, the sensor acts as viewfinder, autofocus system, and image creator all-in-one. The lack of mirrors gives mirrorless cameras a compact form that’s more comfortable for longer photoshoots. With the choice of a silver or black-framed body, and a vintage film camera look, the Mark II has a very classy feel. But how do the features of this stylish camera really measure up?

Canon EOS M100

Canon EOS M100: No Viewfinder, is it a Deal Breaker? [Review]

  The Canon EOS M100 is the successor to the Canon EOS M10, released a few years earlier. Canon has a small selection of mirrorless cameras; the M5, M6, M10, and M100 make up the current lineup. The M100 is the new entry-level model. The price tag is in line with other entry-level mirrorless cameras. For those who don’t know, mirrorless cameras differ from DSLRs in that they don’t have a system of internal mirrors. In a DSLR, the mirrors are used for the viewfinder and phase detection system. A mirrorless camera uses a well designed sensor to handle these functions in addition to image creation. The result is a much more compact camera, though the extra power requirements do lead to poor battery life. The EOS M100 is the next step for Canon’s mirrorless line and we’ll examine it thoroughly here.

Panasonic LUMIX LX100

Panasonic LUMIX LX100: Pricey Point-and-Shoot, is it Worth It? [Review]

  Highly coveted by many photographers since its release, The LX100 is a point-and-shoot camera with a fixed 24-75mm f/1.7-2.8 Leica lens. With a weight of just over 14 ounces, a relatively compact form factor, and classic rangefinder-style controls, you have one of the best bridges between a phone camera and an interchangeable lens mirrorless or DSLR. The fast, very sharp Leica lens is paired well with the 12.8 Megapixel sensor. It makes for a fun and precise shooting experience for most travel, street, and general photography. If you’re going out for the evening with friends, this is the camera to bring.

Nikon 1 J5

Nikon 1 J5: 4K Video but only 15 fps, Is it still a Good Camera? [Review]

  Mirrorless cameras are the next generation of digital camera technology. They take the interchangeable lens system of DSLR cameras and do away with the internal mirrors. Instead, the image sensor acts as autofocus system, image generator, and viewfinder all at once. Nikon is better known as a DSLR-brand in the photography world. However, the company’s Nikon 1 series of cameras is growing as interest in mirrorless technology grows. The Nikon 1 J5 is the newest entry-level model available, and has a very modest price of  with kit lens. But entry-level does not mean boring or low-quality. The Nikon 1 J5 has some unique features sure to tempt just about any photographer. Let’s explore those features below!

Nikon D3400

Best Nikon Cameras for Beginners! The Winners are… [Comparison]

    Many beginners are attracted to big name-brands like Nikon when they think of photography. But they see the bewildering selection of lenses, cameras, and price tags, and become overwhelmed. Fortunately, Nikon offers some very good beginner options. Detailed below are the four best beginner cameras of the Nikon line. Cost, features, ease of use, and the type of camera are the main considerations. Read on to make your own opinion about which is the best Nikon camera for beginners.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 360 HS

Best Canon Cameras Under $200! The Winners are… [Comparison]

    Photography is often thought of as an expensive hobby. However, Canon has a selection of excellent, easy-to-use digital cameras for under $200. They belong to a class called Point-and-Shoot cameras. Point-and-Shoot cameras do exactly as you might guess. The menus and options are simplified to let you get straight to taking great pictures. They are also very compact compared to the typical DSLR camera. In fact, all three of the reviewed Canon cameras under 200 dollars go even further; size-wise, they are Ultra Compacts. The Canon brand is also recognized worldwide as one of the very best camera and lens manufacturers. So less money does not mean a loss in quality.

Nikon COOLPIX P900

Best Nikon COOLPIX Cameras! The Winners are… [Comparison]

    The convenience of a smartphone is unbeatable. But looking at the sad, pixelated results of what was a great moment, gets old fast. There is a category between smartphones and DSLRs that gets overlooked. Point-and-shoot cameras are in a very unique place. They are affordably priced, conveniently sized, easy to use, and give great results. The lens is fixed onto the camera, so you don’t have some of the creative options available to DSLR users, but you do have simplicity combined with power.

4k Ultra HD

Best 4K Video Digital Cameras! The Winners are… [Comparison]

    4K video is the newest and highest standard in video recording available today. Sometimes called Ultra High Definition (UHD), 4K is the number of pixels (four thousand) of width displayed on screen. So, a video with a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels is rounded up to 4K. This is twice the width and height of Full HD at 1920 x 1080, the next highest standard of video.