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This is a great topic I am often asked for my advice on. For people who are good with a camera If you are interested in learning photography as a hobby or professionally, this list would be very different. If you'd like a camera that can potentially grow with you as you develop interest in photography, on this list would be a great choice. Exceptionally useful when traveling and for day to day photography. Image Stabilization. Without learning all about the exposure triangle, an image stabilized camera or lens is you best chance at getting sharp shots in low-light conditions. Fixed Lens.
Despite the wide range of possible shooting scenarios though, there are some consistent technical requirements.
You'll need a camera with a decent autofocus system, which won't give up in low interior lighting. These days, portrait and events photographers are increasingly being asked to provide video, too, alongside stills. Our top picks in this category will allow you to confidently capture both stills and high-resolution video without hassle. The Sony a7 III is capable of capturing excellent images in a wide range of shooting situations.
Rounding out the package is detailed 4K video with a full suite of capture aids, and detailed customization options mean you can switch from stills to video and back again without missing the action. The Fujifilm X-T3 can't match the a7 III for absolute image quality, but it's a great choice for portraiture and event photography thanks to its excellent colors, eye-detect autofocus and compatibility with Fujifilm's high-quality range of prime lenses. The X-T3 features a range of built-in Film Simulation modes, which deliver excellent results.
These can easily be sent wirelessly to Fujifilm's SP-2 Instax printer. These tiny instant prints make great gifts and conversation-starters at events. As well as high quality stills, the X-T3 is one of the best video cameras we've tested and one of the easiest for quick swapping between stills and video shooting. We considered the cameras below when picking our winners, and even though we think the a7R III is the best all-rounder and the X-T3 a solid runner-up, the cameras on our short list are also worthy contenders.
If you're not convinced by our pick, take a look at the following cameras for a detailed breakdown of their strengths and weaknesses. This includes testing of sensor performance and image quality, experience with the video shooting and extensive real-world photography in a range of situations. We selected our recommendations by prioritizing the features and performance aspects central to video shooting.
There is a problem with the links on this page Hmm, when shooting people more than one person I can hardly afford the shallow dof of fast ff lenses. On the other hand eye detect af of the sony is still far superior to the new fuji. The ranking is OK for me, just turn the explanation round. The recent lineup of external flashes from Pentax is second to none, with video light and weather-sealed construction. Are you honestly saying that the Pentax can compete with the A7iii as an event camera?
Come on now. Luis Gabriel: i've had consistent results using a lesser K5 some years ago, so yes, i'd take the K1 anytime. I have attended air shows with that same camera using old manual focus fixed tele prime with no problem at all.
Problem is I don't like mirrorless for people who are good with a camera I find them cumbersome to use. There's a growing trend for these small bodied high performance cameras burning themselves out in a very short amount of time for people who choose to work with it every day.
LOL the amount of nonsense one has to read on this forums "these small bodied high performance cameras burning themselves out in a very short amount of time" hahahah wow just wow. What exactly do you get by making up stories like this? Do you have stock with Canon or Nikon?
Cause other than that, I dont understand the point of such a false, fanboy type of comment. You are blatantly lying to other people reading this and it makes absolutely no sense. After all, its just a piece of gear. I buy whatever works.
When a Canon lens works better for my needs, I buy it and adapt it. Electronics that heat up will bake the main board that the processor and sensor are sitting on. Smartphones, motherboards, cable modems, etc. Couple that with recording in 4K, the small form factor unlike a large DSLR with a metal chassisand in-body charging, Sony wasn't thinking about your electronics lasting for more than a few years for people that are looking to use them daily.
Take for example the GH5. It's not like Panasonic hasn't figured out how for people who are good with a camera do in-body charging with a USB cable because their other cameras do it.
They are preventing you from doing it because they are thinking on behalf of the customer and reliability. If your electronics starts freezing, it'll likely start freezing more frequently as time goes on.
One day, it will stop turning on completely. Sound familiar with any piece of electronics that you've owned? Which neverless falls behind many of the upper-end FF lenses, and is in many cases not as well built than even Panasonic's finest: My 1.
You must act like a child, with your lenses then. None of my Fuji Primes fit your description. In fact, build quality is excellent. A step up from say my Pannyleica 25mm 1.
Yeah - as the earliest PanaLeica I think? But the 20? It's definitely not any worse built than the Fuji equivalent pancake, and has better optics. So childish, why do you feel the need to denigrate Fuji lens. Get a grip man, they are not a football teams. So my mistake.
Digital zoom is the least thing you have to worry about while purchasing a camera. If a salesman claims that the camera has a great digital zoom, just forget it.
As for the comparison: the lenses offer great value compared to the top end FF you mentioned. And before the FF faction sounds off: we read it all before ; please no enumerationsof random lenses please. It's more about selecting the right lens for people and events, than selecting the right camera body. Btw I did try. Yet his reasoning stands: The results became relevant to me When I switched to a very impressive GM lense.
I get confused from DPR articles. Yes, I understand it's gear oriented, but aiming at who? Sometimes, like with these buying guides, it lookes that way.
But be honest what serious working pro would pay attention to these guides. Most of them have their over the years developed network combined with their own experiences and preferences, which produces very intrinsic motivation for acquiring and using gear. They don't need these guides. So is it for the let's say more 'casual' shooter? Well, in that case DPR seems to assume that they all have unlimited budgets, all have very high demands and print at poster size prints all the time.
But then even the factual 'advice' is questionable. OK, the X-T2 might be a consideration. That's a bit weird. Many events are indoors in low light gatherings, parties, So you can't crank up ISO endlessly and stabilization doesn't help against movements of subjects.
Of course you can downsize plus mpixel images, but then why bother getting all these extra pixels. So for these kinds of scenarios a lower pixelcount FF camera would be the better choice. Their high ISO performance is often even better. There is a reason why some top models top out at around 20 mpixel. Maybe you should write an article about the limitations of these high mpixel monsters, like the need for the most expensive top glass and limitations in usability in certain scenarios before the mpixel models appear next year It depends on the scene and the ambient illumination, but why not an iPhone?
Yes, really. The pics rapidly shows up on my iPad which is great for such editing as I do. For crissakes, I really like the damn thing. As a Fuji customer I feel left behind in comparison to what is on this list. Better AF, larger faster sensors. What do we get? Tethered raw conversion in camera?. As a Fuji user I could not care less, my camera and lenses are producing fantastic images and long ago stopped getting in my way.
I am able to express my vision and capture anything I want.You'll need a camera with a decent autofocus system, which won't give up in low interior lighting. The X-T3 features a range of built-in Film Simulation modes, which deliver excellent results. Despite the wide range of possible shooting scenarios though, there are some consistent technical requirements. These days, portrait and events photographers are increasingly being asked to provide video, too, alongside stills. The Fujifilm X-T3 can't match the a7 III for absolute image quality, but it's a great choice for portraiture and event photography thanks to its excellent colors, eye-detect autofocus and compatibility with Fujifilm's high-quality range of prime lenses. The Sony a7 III is capable of capturing excellent images in a wide range of shooting situations. Our top picks in this category will allow you to confidently capture both stills and high-resolution video without hassle. Rounding out the package is detailed 4K video with a full suite of capture aids, and detailed customization options mean you can switch from stills to video and back again without missing the action.
To be honest at that point the spec war becomes pointless. Its a bit like computers I remember years ago having to really nurse my machine with baited breath to render mixdowns on my audio productions, freezing tracks and worrying about latency. Then around i upgrade my machine and its still going strong 8 years later. Performance has now outstriped the requirements of audio and therefore specs no longer hold any interest to me.
I think that cameras have passed that point for many and are on the cusp of passing it for many others. At that point things like ergonomics and colour handling become more important. Hell the big thing everyone is touting about the A7iii is its EyeAF ,not its pixel count or that its full frame. That very move to focus on historically secondary features tells all.
Follow up: Btw more than one year later I am impressed with whats been done. The new AF and sensor are both very impressive. Gotta give it to them. To me the list seems skewed toward professional events.