DSLR (digital SLR) cameras are highly valued by photographers because of their resolution, sensitivity, versatility in the field, availability of a wide variety of objective lenses, night vision modules and because they allow an accurate preview of framing close to the moment of exposure.
Many photographers also prefer DSLRs for their larger sensors compared to most compact digital cameras, now available with image sensors the same size as traditional film formats. These large sensors allow for similar field-of-view values to film formats, as well as their comparable sensitivity.
The evolution of the digital SLR (DSLR) camera continues with impressive features being added at a steady rate. Today in this post, we are going to review three of the best digital cameras of recent times.
Canon EOS 5D Mark II:
I know, what’s running in your head. Is this anyway related to EOS 5D from Canon? And the answer is yes. This is the successor of EOS 5D, one of the most famous models from the brand Canon. This is a compact (comes in two different versions; Body Only and Kit version) and affordable camera with HD video capture facility. The technology-rich hi-fi systems and uber-cool mechanism of this camera allows to shoot up to 3.9 frames per second (fps) for virtually unlimited number of pics (depends on the storage card). This digi cam comes with DIGIC 4 Imaging processor, 21.1 MP 24 X 36 mm CMOS Sensor, Sensitivity ranging from ISO 50 to ISO 25,600, HD movie recording facility with 1920 X 1080 resolution, 15-point Autofocus sensor, 3.0 inch Clear view LCD screen and enhanced 150,000 cycle shutter durability. The video capture can be done up to 4GB per clip with peripheral illumination correction, Auto Lightening Optimizer technology, Creative Full Auto Setting, Silent Shooting in Live View, EOS integrated cleaning system and three Live View AF modes and … Phew! This gadget has a lot of it. The 5D Mark II body alone weighs 1.78 pounds (810g), and dimensions are 6 x 4.5 x 3 inches (152 x 113.5 x 75mm) with a good grip to hands. These measurements are essentially identical to the original Canon 5D. If you are someone with keen interest in photography, then this camera is a must have for you.
Sony Alpha A900 Digital SLR:
The body measures 156 x 117 x 82 mm, slightly larger than Canon EOS 5D MK II. This camera weighs around 928g (including batteries). These sorts of dimensions make A900 a beast which is robust and can be used vigorously. Sony has implemented a real nice flash in this camera; the sideways rotating HVL-F58M flash to be precise. Sony claims to have 1.5x stronger anti-shake system and 1.3x faster operation in this as compared to its predecessors. Lets not forget that “Anti Dust system” is implemented quite cleverly in this; the camera vibrates the sensor when the camera is switched off so as to stay clean from any kind of dust. According to me, this is just another camera in market with some exceptionally well implemented features in it; if I missed, it is a 24MP camera. Can you believe that? 24Mps… Gosh! However, it’s never pretty hard to experience the wow moment with a digital camera of this sort.
This camera is quite big with a dimension of 160 x 157 x 88mm and weight of around 1240g. As compared to the previous camera models, it comes with a less mega-pixels for its class; 12.1 Mp to be precise. It comes with a 3 inch LCD TFT with 307,000 pixels display. They have designed the body in Magnesium alloy for solving durability issues. The prism, mirror box and rear body too are surrounded by the same magnesium alloy. It has continuous shooting of five fps speed, Active D-lighting, color enhancement options with noise reduction. In these 3 models of cameras, this particular model comes with the best gripping (With great weight comes great gripping; LOL). The processor is amazingly fast which takes as low as 0.1 seconds to start. Combining all; it has one of the fastest processors, lowest noise even at very high ISOs, Full frame sensors, well designed body and so on. The camera however falls apart in case of its resolution which is very low as compared to it’s competitors.
Out of these 3 high-end digi cams, which one is your top favorite? And why?