Category: Gear Reviews

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II: A Vintage-Styled Budget Camera [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: A Great Starter Camera for the Beginner [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: A Point-and-Shoot that Rivals DSLRs [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: A Budget-Friendly Mirrorless 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 MSRP of $499.95 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!

Canon EOS M3

The Best Budget-Friendly Mirrorless Cameras [Comparison]

Mirrorless cameras are the newcomers to the digital camera world. Most people are familiar with DSLR-style cameras. They have lenses you can change in and out, to create all sorts of photography effects. Mirrorless cameras have the same ability to swap lenses. However, a DSLR has a complex system of internal mirrors. These mirrors direct light to an autofocus system, image sensor, or viewfinder.

Nikon D3400

The Best Nikon Cameras for Beginners [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

The Best Canon Cameras Under $200 [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

The Best Nikon COOLPIX Cameras on the Market [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

Top 5 Digital Cameras that Shoot 4K Video [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.

Nikon D3400

The Best DSLR Cameras Under $500 [Comparison]

Many aspiring photographers look at the price of a new DSLR with all the bells and whistles, and quickly decide this hobby is much too expensive to begin. The large amounts of technical sounding terms, additional equipment, and skill needed can be very intimidating. This article will detail some of the best DSLRs available to get anyone on a budget started in the photography world quickly and easily.