• Nikon D5600 Review
    Art of Photography Guide,  Best Photographic Equipment

    Nikon D5600 Review

    With an increasing number of people getting into photography now more than ever, manufacturers have stepped up their game by bringing in models that cater to every segment of photography. This is not necessarily a good thing though, as now, the path to choosing the right camera has become more unclear. Getting the right camera is important because it is ultimately an investment and not an expense. No matter what anyone claims, your skills are constantly evolving and, therefore, you need a camera that holds up well over time. For instance, the Nikon D5600 is a great DSLR camera that caters to multiple target groups, right from amateurs to professional photographers.

     In this article, you will learn more about the camera and how it stacks up against other alternatives.   

    What Is Nikon D5600?

    The Nikon D5600 is an entry-level and mid-range DSLR that utilizes Nikon’s DX-format, which is essentially a smaller sensor (also known as a crop sensor). Although the D5600 is a modest step-up from the previous generation D5500, it is loaded with technologies such as Bluetooth, NFC, and Wi-Fi. The D5600 is a robust and sturdy camera that has fairly straightforward controls and caters to beginners and advanced photographers alike.

    Nikon D5600 Review

    Product Specs  

    The Nikon D5600 is equipped with an optical pentamirror viewfinder that offers up to 95% of coverage. The viewfinder also displays important information regarding the camera settings. The camera also comes with an Active D-Lighting mode for taking HDR photographs of people and objects that are backlit. The Nikon Multi-CAM 4800DX autofocus sensor in the camera enables 39 focus points (which includes nine cross-type focus points) to allow you to quickly bring your subject into focus.

    Pricing  

    The price range of the Nikon D5600 depends primarily on whether the camera comes as a body-only model or comes with a kit lens. It is generally advisable that you get the camera along with a lens, as buying it separately can be too costly. You can purchase the D5600 body-only model online for around $$$.

    And depending on the type of kit lens that comes with the camera, you can get the entire set for around $$$ to $$$. The camera can be found online on e-commerce websites such as Amazon, Walmart, Target, and Nikon, among others. Or, if you prefer to take a good look at the device before you make your purchase, you could even visit your local camera equipment store.

    How It Compares

    We picked a few similar products available on the market to see how they compare with the Nikon D5600.

    • Canon EOS Rebel T7i
    • Nikon D3300
    • Canon EOS Rebel T6

    Nikon D5600

    Nikon D5600 Review

    Being an almost mid-level offering, the Nikon D5600 features a 3.2-inch touchscreen LCD that can swivel up to 180-degrees. In addition to that, it also comes equipped with Nikon’s SnapBridge technology that uses either Wi-Fi or Bluetooth to wirelessly transfer images from the camera to a smartphone or tablet equipped with the SnapBridge app. The camera also comes with NFC for lightning-quick pairing with smartphones.            

    Price: $$

    The Nikon D5600 can be bought from Amazon for around $600 for the body-only model. 

    Ease of Use: 

    Equipped with a deep finger groove, the Nikon D5600 is ergonomic and easy to hold. The SnapBridge technology combined with Wi-Fi lets you remotely view the live feed from the camera through your smartphone. You can even change the point of focus by tapping on the live feed on your phone. The touchscreen display is sharp and responsive, thereby reducing the time taken to switch between settings.  

    Performance:

    The Nikon D5600 has 39 individual autofocus points, which is a huge step up compared to the entry-level models that only had 11 AF points. The camera can also shoot up to 5 frames per second in burst mode. The rechargeable lithium-ion battery that comes with the camera can be used to take up to around 820 to 970 photos before it runs out of charge. When it comes to video, the Nikon D5600 is capable of shooting up to 1080p resolutions at 60 frames per second.

    Design Quality: 

    As the Nikon D5600 is a modest upgrade from the D5500, it retains the same design elements, which is certainly not a bad thing. The handgrip is grippy and deep, and the polycarbonate monocoque construction is solid and aids in reducing the weight of the camera. Unfortunately, the Nikon D5600 does not come with weatherproofing, meaning you can’t take it out in dusty, humid, or rainy environments without any additional protection.  

    Warranty: 

    Nikon offers a one-year limited warranty on the Nikon D5600.

    Pros

    • Excellent image quality
    • Comes with a dedicated time-lapse mode
    • The absence of an optical low-pass filter allows for more sharpness and detail in the images
    • The touchscreen interface is handy and can be switched off if not required

    Cons

    • The camera does not allow you to change the settings remotely through your smartphone
    • Video capture is capped at a maximum of 1080p resolution with no support for 4K recording

    Canon EOS Rebel T7i

    Nikon D5600 Review

    Similar to the Nikon D5600, the Canon EOS Rebel T7i also uses a 24.2-Megapixel APS-C sensor for capturing images. With Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC built right into the camera, you can utilize your smartphone to shoot photos remotely or transfer pictures from your camera. Equipped with a 3-inch touchscreen vari-angle LCD, the Rebel T7i is perfect for composing and reviewing your photos.

    Price: $$$

    The Canon EOS Rebel T7i can be bought from Amazon for around $$$ for the body-only model.

    Ease of Use: 

    The Rebel T7i is compact and comes with a swivel-type LCD that can be tilted and twisted according to your requirements. The controls are well-placed, and the camera also features a Quick Control button that gives you swift access to the essential settings. With its simplified menu options and on-screen help, the Rebel T7i is perfect for first-timers and beginners getting the hang of a DSLR.

    Performance: 

    Here’s where the Rebel T7i slightly edges the Nikon D5600 out. Equipped with the industry leading Dual Pixel Auto Focus with up to 45-point All Cross-type AF system, the Rebel T7i latches onto the focus points almost instantly. With burst shooting of up to 6 frames per second, the T7i is ahead of the Nikon D5600 by a single frame.

    Design Quality: 

    Made from a combination of Aluminum alloy and polycarbonate, the Rebel T7i does not feel too solid in the hands. Despite weighing heavier than the Nikon D5600, the plastic construction feels cheap and is generally not nice to the touch. However, the camera redeems itself with a deep, rubberized grip that helps you get a firm hold. The controls are well spaced and are neatly labeled.

    Warranty: 

    Canon offers a one-year limited warranty on the Rebel T7i.

    Pros

    • Canon Connect gives the user a lot more control over the camera remotely
    • Autofocusing with Live View enabled is accurate and fast
    • The interface is simple and user-friendly

    Cons

    • Heavier than the Nikon D5600 by over 100 grams
    • Battery life holds good only for around 800 shots

    Nikon D3300

    Nikon D5600 Review

    Positioned as an entry-level DSLR perfect for beginners, the Nikon D3300 is equipped with a 24.2-Megapixel APS-C sensor and an EXSPEED 4 image processing engine. The cost-cutting measure is evident when you look at the display, as it is a more traditional 3-inch fixed LCD screen. The D3300 also sheds built-in connectivity options, although they can be enabled using an optional accessory. 

    Price: $

    The Nikon D3300 can be found on Amazon for around $420 to $440 along with an 18-55mm kit lens.  

    Ease of Use:

    Weighing in at around 430 grams, the D3300 is lighter than the Nikon D5600, making it easy to carry around for long periods of time. But it loses out on a touch-friendly and articulating LCD screen, making it tough to take photos from a high or a low angle. The D3300 has gotten quite a few improvements over the previous generation, such as a panorama mode and a slightly higher finder magnification, among others.    

    Performance: 

    The image quality is on par with the D5600 as the D3300 uses the same sensor. Even the video capture is the same with a maximum resolution of 1080p at 60 frames per second. The autofocus system is a bit of a downgrade as the D3300 sports only an 11-point system with just one cross-type.

    The ISO goes up to a maximum of 12,800, which is a considerable upgrade when compared with the previous generation. The battery life of around 700 shots outperforms most other brands and alternatives.  

    Design Quality: 

    Although it is meant to be an entry-level DSLR, the D3300 does not feel cheap and has a sturdy feel to it. This is primarily because the design of the D3300 is incredibly similar to the Nikon D5600, as it also uses a polycarbonate monocoque construction with a deep, rubberized grip. The ports on the left side of the camera are neatly closed by two separate rubber covers.    

    Warranty: 

    Nikon offers a one-year limited warranty on the Nikon D3300.

    Pros

    • Very cost effective when compared with other alternatives
    • Exceptional battery life
    • The camera is compact and lightweight
    • Features burst shooting of up to 5 frames per second

    Cons

    • The display is fixed and is not touch-enabled
    • Many controls are not direct, and you need to scroll through menus to access them

    Canon EOS Rebel T6

    Nikon D5600 Review

    Released in 2016, the EOS Rebel T6 is Canon’s affordable entry-level DSLR featuring an 18-Megapixel APS-C sensor with DIGIC 4+ image sensor. The camera gets Wi-Fi, and NFC support built right in, enabling you to use Canon Connect to transfer and share photos. You can even shoot photos remotely using your smartphone. Checkout my other article about Canon PowerShot SX420 for more information.

    Price: $$

    The Canon EOS Rebel T6 can be found on Amazon for around $450 along with an 18-55mm kit lens.

    Ease of Use: 

    Similar to the EOS Rebel T7i, the T6 also comes with a feature guide that offers descriptions on all the settings and features available in the camera to help you understand just what it does. The controls are also simple and well laid-out.

    Performance: 

    In performance, the T6 is below par with its slow focus in live view mode and 9-point AF system. It doesn’t do much in the burst shooting mode either as it only captures a maximum of 3 frames per second. Low light photography is also a tough task with this camera as it comes with a maximum ISO of just 6400. With all these drawbacks, the Rebel T6 is good enough to replace only a point-and-shoot camera.

    Design Quality: 

    The design quality is almost on par with the one on the Rebel T7i with the weight reduced down to 485 grams. The thumb rest and the hand grip are as familiar as ever although users with large hands might find it difficult to accommodate all their fingers on the grip. The controls are simple enough to understand, and with the Quick menu button appearing in the T6, it’s also easy to get a grip on the device.

    Warranty: 

    Canon offers a one-year limited warranty on the EOS Rebel T6.

    Pros

    • Built-in connectivity options via Wi-Fi and NFC
    • The interface is easy to understand and is user-friendly
    • The camera is lightweight and easy to hold for long periods of time

    Cons

    • Performance is below par when compared with other alternatives
    • Autofocus is slow to respond and features only a 9-point system
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    Conclusion

    The Nikon D5600 is a great mid-range camera that ticks all the right boxes. The camera’s performance is on par with some of the higher spec cameras. The image quality is sharp and consistent with no overexposures. Additionally, the color output seems natural and is not overly saturated, and the stellar battery life of the camera is bound to last for days.

    However, if you are a person who records videos more often, then you might feel a little limited for choice with no support for 4K resolutions. But, if photos are what you seek, the Nikon D5600 is sure to satisfy your needs. Upon carefully considering the facts, technical specifications, and comparisons with other alternatives, we award the Nikon D5600 an impressive 4 stars out of 5.

  • Samsung 360 Camera Review
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    Samsung 360 Camera Review

    Our Samsung 360 camera review will provide you with everything you need to know about the company’s first attempt at a camera that can take photos and videos in a 360-degree rotation. One of the best things about these camera types is their versatility. These devices are great for extreme athletes, professional journalists, gamers, models, and hobbyists. Each section of our Samsung Gear 360 camera review will take you through its specifications and key features including image standards, overall design, pros, cons, and our own recommendations. We’ll give you our verdict at the end and invite you to share your thoughts with us.

    Several critics think the Samsung 360 camera is easy to operate and provides powerful technology in a compact package. The first part of our Samsung 360 camera review will cover its technical specifications.

    Samsung 360 Camera Review

    Type: Dual 360-degree camera
    Resolution:

    • Photos: 15 megapixels using both lenses, 3 megapixels using just one lens.
    • Video: 4096 x 2048 at 24 frames per second with dual lenses, 1920 x 1080 at 60 frames per second with one lens.

    ISO: Up to 1600
    Shutter Speed: Static
    Continuous Shouting Rate: N/A
    Size: 3.96 x 1.82 x 1.77 inches (100.6 x 46.3 x 45.1 millimeters)
    Weight: 4.5 ounces (130 grams)
    Media Storage: Compatible with an external microSD card with up to 256 gigabytes of storage space.
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    Key Features

    Our Samsung 360 camera review focuses on the latest Gear model the company released. While it is similar to its predecessor, it is smaller and lighter, making it easier for you to take it with you and grab those difficult shots.

    It only takes a few taps in the app to switch view modes to the one you need. This feature allows you to adjust the camera’s settings in any situation to get the shot you need. This section of our Samsung Gear 360 camera review will take you take you through its key features in several categories.

    Samsung 360 Camera Review

    Image Quality and Performance

    One of the upgrades to the new version of the gear is its resolution. You can record videos in 4K resolution using its dual camera functionality. This is a great benchmark, but you should keep in mind that the 4K image you are recording is spread around the entire sphere of the camera. This version of the Gear has separate 8.4-megapixels sensors rather than the 15-megapixel one on its predecessor. The framerate slows to a maximum of 24 per second for 4K. If you want to capture videos at higher framerates, you can shoot in 2880 x 1440 at 30 frames per second or 2560 x 1280 at 60 frames per second.

    No Samsung Gear 360 camera review would be complete without discussing the quality of its photographs. The newest version of the camera improves on the old version in terms of saturation and color balance. As a result of these improvements, still images taken with this camera appear to be more vivid than ever.

    Design and Controls

    The camera’s body is more compact and lightweight than its predecessor, but the new dimensions don’t make it any harder to control. A small menu button allows you to cycle through the available options of time-lapseHDR, standard photo, and HD video modes with ease. You can’t miss the red ‘Record’ button, and the power button performs double duty as a back button when you need to navigate through the menus.

    Samsung 360 Camera Review

    Overall, the design and placement of the controls might be a little tight for some people, but everything should still be manageable. The small screen displays data without any issues and can do so even in bright light. You can hook the Gear up to a compatible phone to take care of the entire process from that interface if you prefer.

    The camera has standard lenses you can use together or separately. Each one has an 8.4-megapixel sensor.

    Pros

    Our Samsung Gear 360 camera review found several strengths that should appeal to professionals and hobbyists alike:

    • The design is lightweight and easy to transport in a pocket.
    • 4K HD video capture options have been expanded and improved.
    • It is a self-contained device.
    • The design resists both moisture and dust.
    • It has a large memory capacity.
    • It’s an affordable 360 camera.
    • There’s a wide range of options for both photos and videos.
    • You can stitch videos together automatically.

    Cons

    We discovered a few downsides when conducting our Samsung 360 camera review:

    • Although the camera is resistant to moisture, it is not fully waterproof.
    • When you stitch videos together, the stitch lines can be quite visible.
    • You may need the latest Samsung phone for connectivity support.
    • 4K footage is great but limited to only 24 frames per second.
    • Standard photo resolution and quality has improved but 360-degree photos may be blurry in rare cases.
    Samsung 360 Camera Review

    Recommendations

    It’s difficult to focus our Samsung 360 camera review on just one group of intended users. The camera is versatile enough that it can be a great choice for many people. Its compact size and design make it a great choice for anyone who travels a lot and finds their space at a premium. The simplicity of its controls makes it an ideal choice for casual hobbyists.

    Pro Tip

    If you need a 360-degree camera for your real estate business in order to set up virtual tours, the Ricoh Theta camera might be a better choice for you. It’s easy to use and requires no software to run. Other good alternatives are the Akaso EK7000, the EK5000, and the Victure action camera as they are reliable and inexpensive.

    If you want to take the best pictures with an action camera, we recommend going through our collection of the best photography tips!

    Verdict

    The latest version of Samsung’s 360-degree camera makes some improvements over the older model and will only get better from here. Our Samsung 360 camera review should provide you with all the details on its specifications and features to help you make an informed choice.

    Whether you need a good 360 camera to record adventures of your travels or to get the perfect shot during an extreme sport, Samsung’s Gear can help you.

  • CANON EOS REBEL T5 REVIEW
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    CANON EOS REBEL T5 REVIEW

    Widely considered to be one of the best DSLR cameras for beginners, the Canon EOS Rebel T5 is a great choice for families or anyone just starting to explore the world of DSLR cameras. Winner of the European Consumer DSLR Camera 2014-2015 award, this camera was called an “exceptional value for the money,” ideal for beginners or experienced users who are looking for economical options. If you’ve been wanting to move from using your smart phone or compact camera to something that will let you take more professional-looking photos, the Canon EOS Rebel T5 is a wise choice for you. Read more of our Canon EOS Rebel T5 Review to find out why.

    GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS

    CANON EOS REBEL T5 REVIEW

    Why do so many people recommend the Rebel T5? After we did a Canon EOS Rebel T5 review, and took a look at the tech specs and features of this camera, we learned why.

    Type: Digital, AF/AE single-lens reflex camera with built-in flash
    Resolution: 18 megapixels
    ISO:
    • Native: 100-6400, ISO auto (100-6400)
    • Extended: 12800
    Shutter Speed: up to 1/4000 up to 30 seconds
    Continuous Shooting Rate: 3 frames per second
    Size: 5.1 x 3.93 x 3.07 inches (129.6 x 99.7 x 77.9 mm)
    Weight: 15.34 oz/435 g (body only)
    Media Storage: SD/SDXC/SDHC memory cards

    Pricing Options:
    The basic package includes EF-S 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens, battery pack and charger, USB cable, wide strap, eyecup Ef, and instruction manual.
    • Price in Canon Store: $399.99.
    • New on Amazon $383.98.
    • Used $312.00.
    • Refurbished $348.99.
    • Kit Options $419.00, includes the basic package plus the Accessory Bundle 64GB SDXC Memory, DSLR Photo Bag, Wide Angle Lens, 2X Telephoto Lens, Flash, Remote, Tripod.

    KEY FEATURES

    The Canon EOS Rebel T5 offers many of the same technologies that Canon’s more expensive cameras use. Among these is the 18.0 megapixel CMOS sensor that captures images with tremendous clarity. The resolution is more than enough to allow for enlargements or cropping without losing sharpness or tone.

    Another powerful feature is the DIGIC 4 Image Processor which makes the camera operations very fast. The processor synchs with the CMOS sensor, so that the camera produces high quality photos in almost every situation. Together, these features allow for easy recording of HD video.

    A handy attribute is the feature guide, which appears on the screen when a function is chosen. This guide helps users determine which is the best shooting mode for each situation.

    IMAGE QUALITY & PERFORMANCE

    EOS Rebel T5 has an 18.0-megapixel resolution. It can handle a broad range of light levels from ISO 100 to 6400, and this is expandable to 12800.

    The autofocus system is a 9-point AF system which includes a center cross-type AF point. Because of this, the camera accurately focuses regardless of whether it is oriented landscape or portrait. The system automatically uses normal and high-precision focus, depending of the light conditions and aperture. This ensures crisp, consistent focus.

    In some of the darker areas of an image and areas with lower contrast, the noise suppression system flattens out the detail slightly.

    The Rebel T5 replaces the T3. The T5 offers higher extended ISO, which gives more low-light flexibility. With its 18.0-megapixel resolution, it takes higher resolution photos than the T3, which only has 12.2 megapixels. The T5 shoots video at a faster frame rate and has a higher resolution screen. The T3 does have a slightly faster startup and longer battery life than the T5.

    The main competitor of the Rebel T5 is the Nikon D5600. While the Nikon offers slightly better color depth, effective ISO, and resolution. It shoots slightly faster and has a higher resolution screen. All of these advantages come at a price, in that the Nikon costs about 15% more than the Rebel.

    CANON EOS REBEL T5 REVIEW

    DESIGN & CONTROLS

    The body of the camera is lightweight and compact, but is not as sturdy as more expensive models because it doesn’t have a metal frame. This is why making the Canon EOS Rebel T5 review seemed like a child’s play.

    The Rebel T5 is versatile, as it can function as a point and click camera using the Scene Intelligent Auto mode. However, just by turning the mode dial users can easily select other modes that allow them to adjust the orientation, aperture, shutter speed, exposure values and other settings.

    The Rebel T5 comes with a EF-S 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens, which is a standard zoom lens. It incorporates Canon’s Optical Image Stabilizer technology which allows sharp hand-held shots. Like previous models, it is compact and lightweight.

    While most users found the menu easy to navigate, some commented that it wasn’t as intuitive as they would have liked. Since the Rebel T5 doesn’t have a touchscreen, controls need to be adjusted manually.

    PROS

    CANON EOS REBEL T5 REVIEW

    The Canon EOS Rebel offers many features a beginner or even more experienced user would value in an EOS camera.

    • Very good for beginners, simple to use.
    • Consistent clear focus in a variety of light levels.
    • Feature guide walks users through process of choosing features in each situation, and how changes to these settings will alter the final image.
    • Great still photography.
    • High quality videos.
    • Compatible with over 60 lenses from the Canon EF and EF-s series.

    CONS

    The Canon EOS Rebel T5 review wouldn’t be complete without also mentioning its drawbacks:

    • Shutter mechanism a little noisy.
    • Doesn’t do well with high ISOs.
    • No WI-FI.
    • Not as good for video, not as clear.
    • Lenses that come with the basic kit aren’t as good as the camera.

    RECOMMENDATIONS

    The Rebel T5 is a great camera for someone who wants to advance beyond point-and-shoot to photography, to explore ways to add their own creativity to the process of taking pictures. It is most suited for still photography, and will deliver exceptional quality pictures in a wide variety of lighting situations.

    The Rebel T5 is an adequate camera for people who want to take spur of the moment video. We wouldn’t recommend it for serious videographers.

    VERDICT

    After reading our Canon EOS Rebel T5 review, we’re confident you’ll agree that it’s a wonderful value for the money, affording novice photographers the opportunity to experiment with the many ways they can creatively enhance their photographs. After reviewing its key features as compared with comparable models, it’s clear that it is one of the very best choices for anyone who wants to develop as a photographer.

    No matter if you are an avid photographer or you just take the occasional picture, we are certain you’ll enjoy the Canon Rebel T5. You will also like to review digital Pen-F model camera from Olympus.

  • PANASONIC LUMIX DMC-FZ70 REVIEW
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    PANASONIC LUMIX DMC-FZ70 REVIEW

    The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 is an exceptional digital bridge camera that brags of a 16.1 megapixel and a high sensitivity MOS sensor. It also has a super zoom (60x) alongside the 20-1200mm field of view. The camera is quite cheap and just the perfect tool for novice photographers who are making their debut in the photography field.

    Despite being an excellent SLR, it omits some significant features that pricier cameras in its class hold. In this review, we provide you with a detailed exploration of its strong features.

    GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS

    PANASONIC LUMIX DMC-FZ70 REVIEW

    Type: SLR Bridge
    Resolution: 16 megapixels, max resolution at 4608 * 3456
    ISO:
    Native ISO: 100-3200
    Extended ISO: 100-6400
    Shutter Speed: 8 seconds minimum, 1/2000seconds maximum
    Continuous Shooting Rate: 9 frames per second
    Size: 130 x 97 x 118 mm or 5.12 x 3.82 x 4.65 in.
    Weight: 606 g (1.34 lb. or 21.38 oz.)
    Media Storage: SD card, SDHC, or SDXC and Internal

    Pricing Options:

    • Price in Panasonic Store: from $401.00 to $499.95
    • New on Amazon: $398.93 with free shipping
    • On Sale: from $297.99 free shipping
    • Used: $398.93
    • Refurbished: $375.02
    • Kit Options: battery and charger kit $34.95

    Amazon stores have the best prices for the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70.

    KEY FEATURES

    The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 has a market leading 60x zoom which when combined with the 16 megapixels 1/2.3 CMOS sensor draws the attention of distant photography fans. This camera is best suited for remote picture taking but with a slight hitch in image quality as compared to members of its class. With an aperture range of f2 8-5.9 and an inbuilt windshield within the microphone, it is great for taking videos of 1080p 60i as well as MPEG-4 formats.

    PANASONIC LUMIX DMC-FZ70 REVIEW

    The camera’s Venus Engine image processor is responsible for its ability to produce high-resolution still images. The combination of its processor and the sensors allows a sensitivity of ISO 100-3200 which performs quite well in different light conditions. Its other flagship feature besides the long zoom is the continuous shooting range of 9 frames per second for a three-shot burst. At one short burst with the aid of AF, it works at 5fps; and at a continuous shot with AF it operates at 2fps.

    The power OIS is a great feature of the lumix dmc-fz70 that works as an image stabilization system in high zoom mode and low light. This system also has an Active Mode that is designed to steady high definition movies by compensating for the camera shake appearance in different directions. The camera has a 3inch 460k-dot LCD screen and a 0.2 inch 202k-dot EVF for a clear image monitoring and playback.

    IMAGE QUALITY AND PERFORMANCE

    The 16.1mp in conjunction with the highly sensitive MOS sensor allows the production of clear and detailed images. They are also responsible for the low-light performance of this camera. The Venus processor also contributes to the sensitivity of the camera. It enhances the clarity of images taken at high ISOs. The image processor is to thank for a high-performance speed within this camera’s system during image processing and production. It has a start time of 0.9 seconds before it can take its first shot.

    HD video mode and the Dolby digital audio are some of the features that handle video shooting with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70. High-resolution AVCHD and MPEG-4 are supported in addition to the production of full HD 1080p motion pictures at thirty frames per second. The power OIS will maintain the image quality by compensating for the shake appearance when shooting in conditions such as rough terrains.

    PANASONIC LUMIX DMC-FZ70 REVIEW

    DESIGN AND CONTROLS

    The camera is fitted with Intelligent Auto mode that sets the exposure to automatically render a particular scene to be as clear as possible. Control becomes even better with the iA Plus mode that allows adjustment of background focus, exposure compensation, and white balance. The HDR that is inbuilt extends the visible dynamic range of pictures. Through creative control function, you are provided with an array of fifteen various filter effects.

    The camera has an HDMI port that enables direct playback of photos and videos on an HD TV. It is also integrated with an ergonomic grip that increases stability when shooting. A hot shoe found on its body supports the addition of an optional flash and its control to provide extra light in dim conditions. These are found just behind the inbuilt flash.

    Its top-mounted dial allows easy switching between shooting modes and toggling regular functions such as macro or display modes. The new microphone design plays a great role in reducing wind noise when capturing videos. It is fitted with openings and an internal sponge that channels the wind out of the system and suppresses any wind noise respectively.

    The main controls are situated on the right side of the top panel. In front of the grip is a huge silver shutter release surrounded by a zoom collar for powering the zoom.

    PROS

    The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 has a lot to offer regarding performance and image quality. Its strong suit in the class of SLRs include:

    • It is characterized by a massive 60x optical zoom.
    • The stabilization of images is excellent with the aid of the POWER OIS
    • It has a 20mm ultra-wide angle
    • Besides the JPEG imagery, it also supports the RAW mode.
    • It has a good battery life (up to 400 shots)
    • It has a great build quality in its class.
    • The noise reduction is also great. Wind noise is also reduced with a newly designed microphone.
    • It has three programmable function buttons
    • The video framing mask is noticeable among its class members.

    PANASONIC LUMIX DMC-FZ70 REVIEW

    CONS

    As much as this camera stands on a pedestal with the jaw-dropping 60x zoom, it has sacrificed big time on some key elements that could have made it unmatched. They are outlined below:

    • The LCD monitor is fixed and cannot be flipped out.
    • It lacks an inbuilt GPS and Wi-Fi, unlike its rival novice SLRs.
    • The three frame burst shooting is rather poor.
    • At maximum zoom, the stabilization can be quite troublesome.
    • The quality of images suffers at the expense of the large focal length.
    • The autofocus slackens in low light conditions near telephoto.
    • The color accuracy may raise some issues.

    RECOMMENDATIONS

    This camera is mostly suited for amateur photographers and those looking to take pictures of distant and unreachable targets. The Lumix DMC-FZ70 is equipped with a state of the art sensor that is responsible for its great performance. The video capability and stereo sound stand out for a point-and-shoot camera.

    However, if you are looking for a large zoom power with matched image quality and performance, then you should consider our Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 review.

    VERDICT

    If you are on a tight budget and are looking for a point and shoot SLR with great video capabilities, then we would recommend you the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70. You will love its wide angle aperture and the zoom lens that is so far the largest in the SLR-bridge market. We are also looking forward to hearing your opinion and thoughts on this camera if you already own one.

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  • PENTAX K-50 REVIEW
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    PENTAX K-50 REVIEW

    The Pentax K-50 is the first DSLR to break away from the flagship Pentax K-511 and 511s bodies. Despite having almost similar specifications to the K-30 version, it has been modified to feature some breathtaking upgrade and tweaks. The weather sealing on the K-50 is just off the charts. Otherwise, the 16.3-megapixel resolution, Safox IXi sensor, autofocus points and the 4 inch LCD are shared features with the previous K-30. This camera is specially built for experienced photo enthusiasts or those seeking to venture into the world of point-and-shoot with DSLRs. Therefore, we bring you this Pentax K-50 Review in case you are looking forward to buying a new camera.

    GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS

    PENTAX K-50 REVIEW

    Is the new Pentax K50 just a mere copy of its predecessor, or does it have more to offer than we know? We can find that out by exploring its features in detail.

    Type: Mid-range DSLR AF with weather sealing
    Resolution: 16.28 megapixel, APS c-sized sensor
    ISO: 100-51200
    Shutter Speed: 30-1/6000 seconds
    Continuous Shooting Rate: 6fps for thirty JPEG files or 8 raw images
    Size: 129 x 96.5 x 70mm
    Weight: 650g including battery and memory card (590g body only)
    Media Storage: SD Card, SDHC, or SDXC

    Pricing Options:

    Price in Pentax Store: £529 body only
    New on Amazon: £ 406.23 plus free shipping
    On Sale: $389
    Used: $328.99 plus free shipping
    Refurbished:
    Kit Options: Battery 2 pack $26.99, Pentax DSLR lens $99.75

    You can find this product at fantastic prices in the Amazon Store.

    KEY FEATURES

    The Pentax K-50 houses a 16.28-megapixel sensor that gives it a 12-bit capture. It also has a great sensitivity range of ISO 100-51200 that allows image files to be saved as either raw or JPEG. The raw data are stored in the DNG format making them compatible with almost all the conversion programs used in the market today. Another major feature of the k-50 is the Pentax k mount that has been in use since the 70s.

    PENTAX K-50 REVIEW

    When using this camera, you will be amazed by the Astro Tracer function that allows you to shift the sensor capability for different image textures. The Astro Tracer system works in collaboration with the O-GPS1 which functionally moves the image sensor slightly in a 5-minute exposure duration. This feature can be employed when shooting at night to omit the star trails in footages of the night sky.

    The k-50 has a polycarbonate body unlike the magnesium alloy build of the k-5 II. Its autofocus is also slightly lower. This camera can be used in continuous shooting providing burst speeds of up to 6frames per second before buffering. Its successor in the K series has a burst rate of 7fps which is slightly higher.

    IMAGE QUALITY AND PERFORMANCE

    The APS-C size image sensor gives the camera an excellent performance balancing between resolution and quality. The Pentax K-50 handles noise reduction very well right from ISO 1600 through to ISO 3200. Just a little noise can be detected at the fastest ISO 12800, but that is when viewing RAW files under 100% magnification. At ISO settings of 12800 to 25600, the images produced look better on paper than in reality. Color saturation is well regulated throughout the ISO range.

    The default sharpening when using the k-50 for the JPEG images is a little soft and may require additional sharpening through other software like Adobe. Otherwise, you can toggle among the internal settings of the camera to produce the desired setting. The camera supports a cutting edge image stabilization system that works superbly in poorly lit environments especially when hand holding the gadget. It is also compatible with all the lenses produced by the K-50.

    PENTAX K-50 REVIEW

    Shooting at night with the camera is also amazing with the help of the inbuilt pop-up flash as well as the 30-second shutter speed. The digital filters are responsible for special effects that would otherwise make you spend longer hours in the digital darkroom. The D-range is charged with utilizing the shadow and highlight features accordingly. HDR mode, on the other hand, expands the dynamic range of JPEG images by putting three differently exposed images together.

    Through the multi-exposure system, two to nine various JPEG and RAW images can be combined into a single photo.

    DESIGN AND CONTROLS

    The live view mode in the Pentax K50 is quite catchy since it has the capability to record high-definition 1080p footage, as well as 1920 x 1280 pixels to 640 x 480 pixels at 30-24fps in the MOV format.

    In its design, the rear e-dial is located to the right of the viewfinder that plays the role of regulating the aperture size. The Autofocus button which controls the autofocusing and locking exposure is adjacent to it. Just below the AF button is the 4-way navigation pad that provides access to the ISO regulation, drive mode, white balance mode and flashes settings.

    The menu button in the Pentax K50  controls the access to the seventy-seven different functions offered by the camera. The controls can be customized according to the users shooting preferences. The menu system provides a logical interface split into tabs such as record, playback, movie, and custom.

    PENTAX K-50 REVIEW

    The Pentax K-50 is also characterized by a built-in shake reduction system. You can turn it on via the main menu button. It works with all the lenses since it is a natural feature of the camera. Through the dust removal mechanism, the low-pass filter is shifted at high speed shaking off dust in any part of the CMOS sensor. It also identifies the precise location of the dust allowing you to remove it from the image sensor. You will like to read interview with landscape photographer Paul Kowalski.

    PROS

    • The weather sealing on this camera is just excellent.
    • It has a great image quality thanks to the 16 megapixel APS c-size sensor
    • It has a large pentaprism viewfinder
    • Customizable controls and a functional noise reduction system
    • 6fps continuous shooting capability
    • Excellent ISO performance
    • Available in an array of 120 different colors.

    CONS

    • The Autofocus system is rather noisy with the kit lens
    • It has no microphone input port
    • It has a slow focus during video shooting
    • When compared to its competitors, the image quality and performance are a little below par
    • It lacks an articulated LCD
    • Noisy shutter and lens

    RECOMMENDATIONS

    The camera is suitable for enthusiast photographers especially for harsh outdoor conditions due to its excellent weather sealing capability. You can also apply it indoors because of the inbuilt pop-up flash. For videographers, it wouldn’t be the best option based on the slow autofocus in video shooting mode.

    It has an excellent noise reduction speed hence will give you great JPEG and RAW images. The image filters are also handy tools you can apply to your photos for better results. Despite the noisy nature of lenses, they are readily available since it works with all Pentax produced lenses.

    VERDICT

    As seen in this Pentax K-50 Review, this camera makes a great DSLR for photo enthusiasts. The specifications match its price, therefore, perfect for people just starting out their photography career and would like a mountable DSLR.