• December 5, 2016

Best travel Compact cameras 2017 Recommendation

Compacts, are cameras with a non-interchangeable objective. Usually it’s a zoom objective, but there are some exceptions represented by compact cameras with fixed focal length. As their own name says, they have some pretty small dimensions and weight (even if there’s some exception), are easy to transport, even if, actually, the size can be pretty variable and there are very small ones and, at the same time, ones that are not really pocket-sized at all.

Until recently, it was easy to define compacts as cheap cameras, with small sensors and, consequently, with a low image quality, especially with poor light, but today it’s not like that anymore. Market has deeply changed and most of the people take pictures through smartphones they have in their pocket or bag, even those who never thought about taking pictures before. Nobody wants to buy a compact camera to take pictures anymore. This, made these cameras, that some brands don’t even have available anymore, actually disappear from the market.

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  • November 30, 2016

Best Bridge Camera recommendation 2017

Some cameras with a SLR appearance are, maybe improperly, classified in this way, even if in some cases they have a slightly smaller size, and use some non-interchangeable zoom lenses. They also offer an electronic viewfinder and the opportunity to work in Shutter or aperture priority mode or manual mode, along with an automatic program.

Until recently, bridges had some very wide range zoom lenses, used same electronics as the basic compact cameras, and small sensors, whose size was usually 1/2,3”. This was the only possible way to build some lenses that offered up to 80x focal ranges, without having enormous dimensions and not really affordable costs. The image quality of these bridge cameras is not different from the basic compact cameras’ one with small sensors, but low when there’s not much light. Moreover, the use of a lens with such a wide focal length is very arduous, due to its low luminosity, which often constrains to shoot with pretty long intervals, getting blurred pictures, or to increase the sensitivity pretty much and getting pictures with a high amount of noise. The quality of these lenses is usually low, especially setting the max focal length value. Even the operating speed isn’t that high, so this results in shoot delay, not really quick and sensitive autofocus, slowness when saving pictures, difficulty when following the subject with the viewfinder for multiple shoots.

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  • November 25, 2016

Canon 80D vs Nikon D7200, What’s the difference? Which is better?

Canon 80D vs Nikon D7200

Like in football, the photo has its classico, in this case, the confrontation of the two famous DSLR brands, Canon and Nikon. The recent release of the Canon 80D of Canon is the perfect opportunity to organize a duel with the latest Nikon D7200 (released almost a year ago…).

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  • October 26, 2016

Guide To Buying the Best External Flash 2017 For Your Nikon/Canon DSLR camera

If you already bought your ideal SLR camera, you practiced with it, you dared to leave behind the manual mode, and you made your first steps in portrait, you’ve probably passed from the “The flash fires on it’s own and does what it wants but it’s ok” phase to the “the flash fires on it’s own and does what it wants and I hate it” phase, or eventually to the “i just block it and forget it exists” phase. Well, I wrote this article because I’ve gone through those phases. Through all of them, but the truth is that not all flashes are created equal, built in flashes do their function the best they can but luckily there are other alternatives that will make you believe in them again.

Flash

Now if you’re already in the second chance phase, you have probably gone to the internet in search of the best brands, options, user comments, etc and you probably were overwhelmed by all that nomenclature and names worthy of physics nobel prizes (Can’t they really find simpler names?) and you have no idea where to start. Well, do not despair, we’ve all been through it. The trick is to simplify (like when we compose a photograph) and focus on knowing what you want, what acronyms have been devoted to name the thing you want, and not paying attention to what you don’t need.

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  • October 24, 2016

Best DSLR Cameras For Beginners 2017

If you are about to purchase your next digital reflex camera, then keep reading. In it I will present which, for me, are the best digital reflex cameras for beginners and hobbyists. This is a very important purchase decision, because it will determine if you’re going to have a satisfactory and loving relationship with photography or if you’re going to have one of hate, frustration and incomprehension.

While making this list, I took into account my own personal experience and opinions, after many years of being a photographer and after almost 7 years working at Blog del Fotógrafo, helping and giving recommendations about digital reflex cameras to readers of different levels, as well as several sources and comparison sites.

Before choosing a DSLR camera

Before choosing a reflex camera I need you to keep three very simple but important things in mind if you want to be successful:

  • First: There is no best camera. Each brand and each model offers different features. There are recommendable cameras and today I am going to mention the most recommended cameras from people who have used them, but it’s important for you to know that the best camera doesn’t exist.
  • Second: What do you want? What are you looking for? It’s important to know very well which features are important to you. Are you interested in a camera with a rotating screen? Must it have good video quality? Will you be taking many pictures at night? These questions will help you rule out certain models and keep the one that best suits your needs.
  • Third: Don’t be intimidated by the terminology and the technicalities. I recommend you keep this document open while you keep reading, since in it I explain, in a simplified way, all the terms and specifications about cameras that could possibly scare you.

The best digital reflex cameras for beginners

And I add the “for beginners” part because we could include more cameras, much more powerful ones, but a good reflex for beginners is a camera that must be simple and easy to use, easy to learn, without hassles. You need a simple camera which will make the task of taking amazing pictures easy, and not a complicated and cumbersome one which will you make you want to stop taking pictures. Also, it must be very affordable.

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  • October 15, 2016

The Sony A6500 is out, with features never seen on a compact camera

Never before have we seen a compact camera capable of technology and features of such a high level as the Sony A6500 which was officially launched today unannounced. 4K video, 5-axis stabilization, new image processor and a incredibly fast focus system. All of this in a surprising and extremely small camera.

Sony A6500

Earlier this year Sony introduced the A6300, a camera that arrived as part of the A6000 family, improving on the latter, though not simply as a successor, but as a different higher level camera. In the same vein comes the Sony A6500. A better camera than the Sony A6300 capable of getting better results, with very similar design. In fact, it seems that the objective of the Japanese company was to integrate better technologies into a camera with the same size and concept.

Sony A6500

Sony A6500 comes with a handful of features that make it impossible for us to remain indifferent. Its design is similar, it’s a camera with electronic viewfinder and E-mount, but the new features included are striking.

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  • September 21, 2016

Canon EOS M5: Like a SLR, without being SLR

You don’t need much imagination to assume today’s not a great day in the offices of Sony, Panasonic, Fujifilm or Olympus. “What we feared finally happened”, they must say while drinking the third cup of coffee of the morning. And it’s only 9:00.

That dramatization may be a little excessive, among other things because most of them are probably already thinking about Photokina and their own innovations, with no time to be gossiping about others. But exaggerations aside, the truth is that the new Canon EOS M5 is the thing that many expected while others feared for a long time. No more nonsense: Canon is serious about mirrorless cameras.

"Like an EOS 80D, but 55% its size", commented Canon spokesman a few days ago when it was first shown to the press. Very unlike the EOS M and M2 that no one took very seriously and the EOS M3, that barely began to distinguish itself. Sure enough, the 1,000 dollars that this new model costs leave little room for laughter.

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  • August 23, 2016

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, the evolution of the saga

Update august 19, 2016

Given that the sensor of the new Canon 5D Mark IV will use the Dual Pixel technology (each pixel is double, one of normal size and one smaller), it seems that the camera will have the option of photograph in a new format denominated DPRAW. After, the developing application of the Raws Digital Photo Professional will be able of carry out some special functions with the information provided by the two pixels.

Of the 61 focus points, 41 will be cross type (like the MkIII model) but probably all or almost all will be working with lens of a maximum brightness of f/8. On top of that it has been said that finally the 5D-IV will incorporate the EOS iTR Af system of the EOS 1DX.

August 17, 2016

If the rumors that run in the Internet are true, the Canon 5D Mark IV camera it’s already around the corner. Its official presentation is due to the end of the month.

It has been four years and a half since the 5D Mark III was presented in society (March 2012) and since then it has become one of the most used cameras by photographers and professionals of several disciplines, among them, the nature or/and travel photographers. If we look today to the ranking of cameras used in contests such as the World Press Photo or the Wildlife Photographer of the Year we will find that the 5D Mark III is one of the most used. Its secret? Well none in specific: a very well balanced camera in performance, size and price. In my opinion is a tool that is pleasant to work with, that never had given me any technical problems in four years of use and that has endured wonderfully all the heavy use around the world. Is a camera of those that you end up loving, I think that even if it disappears from the market, the 5D MkIII will remain for years as a wonderfully choice for the photographers.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

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  • April 14, 2016

Dynamic range on the Canon EOS 80D the student is progressing well but still needs improvement.

Since I am at minimum services, I had not realized, but a comment from Guillermo has drawn my attention to the analysis of dynamic range that Dpreview has performed on the new Canon EOS 80D and the results, as you will see in the screenshot that I’m adding below, despite not being amazing, at least they are encouraging.

The method is always the same, the ISO invariance, and if you click the link you will see that by default the EOS 80D and 70D were selected, lifting the shadows +5 EV and + 6EV. I preferred to change it up and put the 80D against the 70D, with the Nikon D7200, and I also wanted to put the Sony Alpha 6300 but I couldn’t find it, so I put the tiny Sony RX100 IV, which is already unfair because it has a tiny 1" sensor, substantially smaller than the APS-C size of all others. In all cases I have raised the shadows +5 EV, which is fine.

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  • January 17, 2016

Best Compact Camera 2016 that will make you forget your DSLR

It is undeniable that the business of compact cameras is in decline. After the arrival of smartphones, these camera types began to be worthless, since their functions could be perfectly fulfilled with another gadget that you can always carry in your pocket.

Thus, camera sales began to plummet. It doesn’t make sense to buy a 100 dollars device for taking photos, as our smartphone could fulfill this very same function in a way that is even more satisfying. Besides being more convenient, in some cases it offers more quality.

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