Whether you’re photographing a friend’s wedding, documenting Himalayan wildlife, or capturing someone hurtling down a ski slope, using quality equipment is important. Below, we’ve listed the cameras that are worth getting your hands on in 2017.
Best Budget Cameras:
The Nikon D3300 is perhaps the best entry-level DSLR out there right now. Although it’s connectivity isn’t quite as good as the newer D3400, it’s cheaper and so better for first-timer buyers. It’s 24.2MP sensor gives gives tonnes of details and maximises image sharpness as it’s without an anti-aliasing filter. All of this combined with the Guide Mode feature which gives live explanations of its features means the D3300 is perfect for beginners.
Price: £319 approx.
Panasonic Lumix TZ100
The TZ100 now has a larger sensor than its predecessors which means the pixels are around 2.4x bigger than in the TZ70, which gives much better image quality. The zoom lens may not be comparable to other manufacturers’ models but it’s 4K video capability more than makes up for it. The introduction of Panasonic’s 4K Photo mode gives you the option to take 8MP pictures. In the case of the TZ100, good things come in small packages as when taken together, these features make it a great camera for travelling or anyone on-the-go.
Price: £530 approx.
Best Mid-Range Cameras:
Although the X100F may not serve as your primary camera, it’s a great addition to any collection, especially for those who enjoy the more substantial feel and weight of older cameras and their manual external controls. It’s retro design and feel make it more of a niche camera but the 24.3MP sensor ensure it produces great photos with its 23mm f/2 lens. It may not necessarily be everyone’s cup of tea but the beautiful X100F has won our hearts.
Price: £1200 approx.
The Nikon D500 can be considered the little brother of the D5 DSLR. Nikon have taken most of the D5’s features and moved them to a smaller body. Whilst it isn’t quite as highly-specced as the D5, it still packs quite the punch and is particularly great for action shots and also all-round photography. It boasts a 20.9MP APS-C chip and can shoot at 10fps with an excellent 153-point AF arrangement.
Price: £1700 approx.
Best High-End Camera:
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
The Canon EOS 5D series is a highly regarded range. The first EOS 5D made full-frame photography accessible for ordinary people. The Mark II was the first DSLR with Full HD video capability and the Mark III won the hearts of photographers everywhere. Rather than reinventing the wheel, the Mark IV is a natural evolution of what has come before. It’s new sensor produces razor-sharp images, whilst the 61-point AF system is very advanced. Starting from an already excellent basis, the Mark IV is arguably one of the most complete DSLRs around.
Price: £3500 approx.
Try Before You Buy
If all of this camera talk has gotten you excited, but you haven’t got a camera of your own, then why not think about camera rental and lens hire in London? Fat Lama enables camera hire from fellow photographers and videographers in your area. On-demand access to a variety of cameras, lenses, tripods and gimbals also lets you try before you buy – not a bad suggestion if you’re thinking about forking out for a 5D Mk IV! Our users have listed tonnes of great cameras and lenses for hire, especially in London. Next time you need to hire a camera, think local and see what Fat Lama has to offer.