The best camera and camera equipment in 2020: Canon, Nikon and more


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The range of digital camera options in today's market is astounding, from quality basic level DSLR cameras with interchangeable lenses, an electronic viewfinder and image stabilization, to full-frame or mirrorless DSLR cameras with an optics electronic viewfinder, so it can be difficult to choose the best camera for the photographer in your life. Also, what about an image sensor? Different cameras have different sensor sizes, different types of sensors (such as a full-frame sensor) and more. Add to that the tough competition between quality smartphone cameras (or a travel camera) and it can be overwhelming to discover which is the best camera or accessory (zoom lens, anyone?) To buy for yourself or your favorite photographer , whether & # 39; They are beginners or professional photographers.

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This buyers guide has something suitable for beginners and professionals. landscape photographers. It won't be long before I can zoom in and take high quality photos and videos.

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When moving at high speeds, nothing beats an action camera to share the most breathless moments. The latest version of this excellent small action camera removed the separate mounting frame, improved its already excellent image stabilization with even better image stabilization and facilitated the recording of better looking videos. This travel camera is a perfect gift for outdoor activities enthusiasts or travelers who love adventurous landscapes.

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This is an excellent camera option for an experienced photographer who wants the photo and video quality that only a full-frame camera can produce. It has a generation of antiquity, but it is relatively small and for just under $ 1,000 you get a lens with it, it is not an excellent lens, yes, but there are many lenses with FE mount to choose from in a wide range of prices before you . shoot. Or that may be next year's gift.

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This travel camera gives new meaning to the term "travel camera". To quote our review of Mavic Air, it is "a foldable 4K mini drone that is almost perfect." It is an incredibly capable quadcopter that can record beautiful 4K videos, and is actually small enough to fit in a pocket, even if it is large and ideal for travel. Just be sure to monitor the battery!

Read our review of DJI Mavic Air.

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Canon full-frame input level without a mirror is a quality current full-frame camera. I recommend it as a gift for people who already own Canon EF lenses or who will be fine buying new ones, because the camera line is relatively new and there are not many affordable R mount options. But there are tons of compatible lenses (telephoto and other) that you can use with an adapter.

Read our preview of Canon EOS RP.

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Any rookie reduction of a DSLR or upgrade from a phone will find that this is a great interchangeable lens model without a mirror. By providing the image quality and performance you expect when you graduate from using a smartphone to shoot, the A6000 can have several generations, but that only means that it is economical enough to make an affordable but excellent gift, and there are usually many Package deals to choose from this time of year And in this size, it is a great travel camera.

Its current descendant, the A6400, has a much improved autofocus system and improved image processing, but it also costs $ 1,000 with a basic kit lens. And after all these years, people who shoot with the A6000 are still excited.

Read our Sony Alpha A6000 review.

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Mirrorless models are lighter and more convenient than their cheaper mirror counterparts. One of the best things about this quality Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens camera as a DSLR alternative is that the lenses are small: you can throw five in your bag and just feel them. The E-M10 Mark II is fast, with solid photo and video quality and a set of useful features, in addition to Olympus' policy of adding features through firmware updates makes this a long-term option. The Mark III was successful with this, but most of the changes were in the interface, so the performance and quality of the photo and video should be identical if you feel compelled to shoot with something newer.

Read our review Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II.

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It is easy to opt for the cheapest models when it comes to travel photography in general, but capturing subjects that move quickly like sports and wildlife still requires a little more expense. The Nikon D7500 takes great photos and is an excellent DSLR for the enthusiastic action photographer. And at approximately $ 1,200 for a dual lens kit, it's not even that expensive for its class anymore.

Read our preview of Nikon D7500.

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You can find this quality DSLR for general use at a reasonable price only for the body. That makes it a good gift for anyone who has finished with their cheap DSLR and is looking for a faster focus and continuous shooting or looking for a good video experience in a DSLR. It has been succeeded by 90D, which brings 4K video support, but that kit will cost you at least $ 1,300, you can get an 80D dual lens kit for less than that, and you may not see great discounts. vacation season.

Read our Canon EOS 80D review.

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For the video transmitter on its list, the C922 Pro offers 720p at 60 frames per second (fps) with solid image and decent video and audio quality. It also comes with a three-month subscription to XSplit Broadcaster and Gamecaster to do more than simple video streams.

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The Brio 4K has more features than the C922, such as the option to use it to log in to a Windows 10 PC using facial recognition. The main attraction is the higher performance for streaming video in ultra HD 1080p resolution at 60 fps and recording in 4K resolution at 30 fps. You can also compensate for bad light with HDR. And you don't want your gift to appear in the best way?

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The cheap (but good quality) DSLRs of Nikon and Canon are excellent for the novice photographer who is ready to go beyond a smartphone. Nikon's entry-level models will offer sharper photos and videos, thanks to a sensor that does not use a low-pass filter. It is a great innovation in sensors that makes it a great sensor. The current D3500 is essentially identical to the D3400 it replaced.

Read our review Nikon D3400.

Originally published last year.


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