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Nikon Coolpix P610 Review: Bridge Camera’s Features and Specs

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Perfect for travelers and families without a lot of professional photography experience, Nikon’s bridge camera, the Nikon Coolpix P610, is an affordable option with a ton of awesome features.

Compare how the Coolpix matches up to the competition, see if the price is worth the bells and whistles, and find out if it’s the right bridge camera for you.

What Is the Coolpix P610 and How Does It Work?

Nikon Coolpix P610 front

If you’re looking for more than a standard point and shoot camera without jumping straight to a full-blown DSLR camera, a compact bridge option may be a safe choice for you.

Bridge cameras typically still allow manual control when it comes to zoom and your viewfinder, without the hassle of dealing with interchangeable lenses and other parts.

A bridge camera, like the name implies, is a mixture of traditional and digital cameras. With a body that feels like an SLR camera and the manual control and viewfinder of an SLR system, a bridge camera has a small CMOS image sensor behind a long zoom lens.

These bridge cameras have more specifications that can be altered to enhance your image quality that brings an element of digital photography to non-professional use. Today, they’re often one of the best options over old school point and shoot cameras. And with Full HD video, this model opens new doors.

Ultra-powerful 60x optical zoom lens

Near Field Communication technology

Built-in GPS and Wi-Fi

360 shots per charge

The Nikon Coolpix P610 is a digital bridge camera with ultra-powerful 60x optical zoom lens, Near Field Communication technology, built-in GPS and so much more. The swiveling display covers any angle, allowing you to hold the camera overhead and tilt the display so you can see while zooming in with amazing clarity for close-up shots at concerts, festivals, and other events.

Perfect for adventures and travels, the Coolpix was created with the bells and whistles to allow you to get creative while offering the same ease-of-use as point and shoot cameras.

Nikon Coolpix P610 tilt screen 2

A swiveling display with various angles and high resolution allows the viewfinder the movement to capture different shots at angles you never thought possible. Artistic shooting modes, filter, and other effects also make the Coolpix a fan favorite. Combined with the built-in WiFi, you can upload and share perfect photos in an instant, and the options are endless.

The battery that quickly charges, staying powered up to 360 shots per charge, and it’s completely compatible with either Apple or Android devices. Buy a second battery to keep in your bag, and you will never need to worry about charge while you’re on the go.

Play between full manual or advanced shooting modes, sync with your smartphone, tablet, or other devices over WiFi, and share your images and videos on the go. With the Coolpix, you can even control your camera through your smartphone device.

However, this camera wasn’t only created to have everything the average user needs, it also works well for the price tag it comes with and stouts some remarkable specs for a compact frame.

Product Specifications

Nikon Coolpix P610 tilt screen

The Coolpix boasts an impressive 60x optical zoom NIKKOR ED glass lens with 120x Dynamic Fine Zoom that can reach crazy far distances. Use either an eye-level viewfinder (EVF) or swivel the LCD 3-inch display to frame your shots in multiple ways. Capture wide-angle shots just as easily as far away shots, such as at a concert or sports game. The swivel can help you capture perspectives you’d never imagined.

Powerful zoom capabilities aside, this camera combines a high-performance autofocus system and CMOS sensor to capture clear and sharp images, including Full HD video as well. The Coolpix has a powerful autofocus to target your subject and focus the camera where you need it.

Zoom

Optical Zoom 60x

Dynamic Fine Zoom 120x

Lens

NIKKOR ED glass lens

Screen

3-inch swivel vari-angle LCD

Sensor

16.0 MP CMOS

Video

Full HD 1080p at 7fps

Image Stabilization

Dual Detect Optical VR

Connectivity

GPS

Wi-Fi

The Full HD video capabilities are fast too (1080p), thanks to the 7 frames per second shooting at full resolution and Dual Detect Optical VR image stabilization to help reduce camera shake and produce smooth video. Not only is the video clear and crisp, it comes with stereo audio recording and a new time-lapse feature.

With a 16 MP low-light CMOS sensor and both built-in GPS and WiFi technology, the Coolpix allows you to take photos in dark settings and quickly post to your favorite social media site while you’re on the move.

The GPS will record the coordinates of each shot you take so you can explore your adventures later, and advanced shooting modes may offer you the ability to unleash your creative side. Moon Mode, for example, can capture stunning and detailed images of the moon at night. You can create portraits that look like paintings or use multiple exposures in one image.

What Makes the Nikon Coolpix P610 Unique?

Nikon COOLPIX P610 Digital Camera with 60x Optical Zoom and Built-In...
  • 60x optical zoom super telephoto lens and a low-light 16.0 MP CMOS image sensor
  • Swiveling Vari-angle display and high-resolution eye-level viewfinder
  • Artistic shooting modes, effects and filters

One of the coolest features of the Coolpix is the built-in GPS and Points of Interest, which allows you to see where you’ve gone and relive your travels by following each shot you took along the way or even explore what locations may be near you.

Perfect for travelers, you can then share your adventure online with social media, Google Maps, or using the Nikon View NX2 software. The points of interest function will show what’s nearby, including scenic places or historic landmarks that may be worth visiting.

Feature-wise, the Coolpix has it all. But what makes the Coolpix truly unique is the superzoom and technology pairing abilities.

Built-in GPS

Points of Interest

60x Optical Zoom

Built-in Wi-Fi

Zoom in and out of scenes at amazing speeds and distances all at the press of a button with this model. Thanks to a 60x optical zoom super telephoto lens and low-light 16 MP CMOS image sensor, you can take photos from far distances in dark lighting with the P610, and this ability produces crisp images from concerts and sports events.

Connect your smartphone to the camera via the app or use Nikon’s wireless capabilities using WiFi to simply tap your phone to the NFC target to port images directly from your camera. You can even use the app remotely, shooting photos using your phone’s screen as the viewfinder. This means you can snap selfies, grab view even across the room, or capture the entire group shot without needing a timer.

Other Reviews of the Nikon Coolpix P610

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Nikon COOLPIX P610 Digital Camera with 60x Optical Zoom and Built-In...

Reviewers call the camera a “capable and decent option for the price.” It functions well in a good variety of lighting and settings and is very low noise. The size of the Coolpix is perfect for travel, amateur nature shots, or if you don’t want to carry around a lot of pieces and accessories with you while you move around events. Novice photographers who enjoy capturing sports and families alike love this camera.

Outdoor photos are better than ever with the Coolpix, and reviewers say it’s all thanks to the viewfinder that automatically turns on and works extremely well when you’re shooting outside in the bright sunlight. You can see the screen even in the light, and don’t need to take off your glasses to capture a sharp image.

Pros and Cons of The Nikon Coolpix

Every camera on the market comes with a list of pros and cons, including the Coolpix. While no camera is perfect, the P610 is Nikon’s update to the P600 model, so 60x optical zoom is pretty amazing even if it’s not as rare of a feature as it used to be.

However, this camera would do well with a wider aperture, ability to shoot in raw format, and a touchscreen wouldn’t hurt in today’s world. Not having these features probably helps keep the price affordable for the average consumer though, so it’s understandable why the Coolpix does not have these things.

The Coolpix has a range of pros because this bridge camera’s performance is solid in a range of settings, which makes it perfect for travel. Beginners can easily use the camera in various shooting modes and creatives can play with various filters and settings.

Pros

  • Performance is solid
  • Perfect for travel
  • Great for beginners
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    Lighter
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    Easy to use controls

Cons

  • Could do well with a wider aperture
  • Inability to shoot in raw format
  • No weather sealing

Designed to feel like a small DSLR camera, the P610 provides the same shooting experience from a significantly lighter than average camera. The grip is coated with a rubber texture to help the camera feel secure and prevent slipping. The P610 even has an indent located at the grip for your middle finger to rest. The shape and fit in your hand are especially nice when trying for a difficult shot.

The P610’s controls, including zoom switch and shutter release button, allow you to easily make adjustments. By holding down a button near the side of the lens, you can zoom in and out of scenes smoothly simply by releasing the button to resume to your previous zoom setting.

The biggest con with the P610 is the inability to shoot in raw format. Coolpix can’t support raw files, so if that’s important for you, you may want to consider another camera such as the Canon SX60. The Coolpix also doesn’t have any weather sealing, which is a con in a camera that’s so perfect for travel and taking on holiday. Touch screen capabilities would also be nice considering similar models at this price range come with touch screens, but it doesn’t change the performance of the Coolpix.

Warranty

Warranties for all Nikon cameras, lens, and accessories last for one year and is limited to defective material or workmanship. However, an additional two-year warranty is available through Nikon to cover Coolpix camera depending on the state you live in. You can buy this added warranty any time during the first year of owning your P610 and NIKKOR lenses also offer a year-long warranty and extended free four-year service coverage if you make your purchase in a Nikon store.

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Ease of Use

Assembly Time

Design Quality

Warranty

How the Coolpix P610 Compares to the Competition 

Competition for the Coolpix often includes similar entry-level DSLR camera, travel zooms and compact models, and pro digicams. The Sony Cybershot DSC-H400 and the Canon SX60 are small, comparable superzoom cameras. When it comes to ease-of-use, all three models are simple for beginners or novices alike. Moreover, in terms of price, size, and super zoom abilities, these models are similar. 

Let's discuss these two cameras and see how it can be compared to the Nikon Coolpix P610

Camera

Ease of Use

Assembly Time

Design Qiality

Warranty

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Sony H400/B 20 MP Digital Camera
  • Get everything up close with powerful 63x Optical Zoom
  • Minimized blur with Optical SteadyShot Image stabilization
  • MP Super HAD CCD sensor for beautifully detailed images

The Sony Cybershot does come with an external mic jack though that the P610 does not, which would make listening to your videos on the go much easier. Sony’s Cybershot also offers a slightly higher 20 MP sensor for resolution, a further flash coverage, and a microphone port that helps to recode, but it doesn’t hold up to the Coolpix in terms of added features like WiFi and GPS.

Sensors make all the difference in terms of quality, and the Sony Cybershot has a CCD-family sensor that is a significant disadvantage versus the Coolpix and Canon’s CMOS sensors. It also has a lower screen resolution and no built-in GPS support, so you won’t be able to do much of the same things.

However, if you don’t need these bells and whistles, Sony is an inexpensive option. The cheapest option though, if you don’t need these features is the Sony Cybershot.

Sony is the more bare-bones model, without add-ons like times lapse recording, LCD screens, and smartphone pairing to use your phone as a remote control.

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Canon Powershot SX60 16.1MP Digital Camera 65x Optical Zoom Lens...
  • Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity with NFC allows wireless transferring of images and video ; Power Source :Battery Pack...
  • 16.1 megapixel 1/2.3-inch high-sensitivity CMOS sensor combined with DIGIC 6 image processor (Canon HS SYSTEM)
  • 65x optical zoom, 4x digital zoom and 260x combined zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer.Video Clip Length Up to 29 Min...

The Coolpix and the Canon SX60 are very similar. They have the same sensor, superzoom, and optical image stabilization capabilities. Both contain wireless built-in and electronic viewfinders. However, the Coolpix has a built-in GPS, faster shutter speed, faster continuous shooting, further flash coverage, and offers time-lapse recording.

The Canon SX60, on the other hand, has raw support and a slightly longer battery life.

Is the Coolpix P610 Right for You?

The Nikon Coolpix P610 is an awesome DSLR-like bridge camera with incredible super zoom functions.  It’s a good, not great, camera that has everything you should need and works well at an affordable price.

If you don’t need as many newer tech advancements like GPS and WiFi, Canon or Sony may have cheaper models that perform nearly as well.

However, the Coolpix offers the ability to do anything you could possibly need to shoot and play with your images or video before uploading it directly from your camera. Perfect for travel and fun events!

Canon 7D Mark II Review – Specifications and Highlight Features

Canon 7D Mark II Digital Camera

The 7D Mark II was announced in September 2014, and right from the bat looked to be a very interesting addition to Canon’s range.

Having a high-end AF system, including a very quick ten fps shooting speed, image processors, magnesium construction and a weather sealing build, the Mark II seems to be specially tailored those shooting sports and wildlife.

Plus with an affordable price, the 7D Mark II seems a lot more attractive to budget-conscious photographers that don't wish to pay close to four times as much for the heavier and bulkier EOS 1D X.

Camera Construction and Handling

Canon 7D Mark II front

With regards to build construction and quality, the Canon 7D Mark II is close to the best you can get, because of its complete alloy shell and improved weather protection compared to the first 7D, which is capable of handling rain, dust and severe humidity.

Canon talks about the 7D Mark II being nearer to the 1D X in regards to construction and weather sealing, therefore you don't need to be concerned about not taking care of this particular digital camera when out using it, as it's built to be sturdy.

The camera feels extremely good in your hands and genuinely does have a professional feel in comparison with other DSLRs.

Handling-wise, the Canon 7D Mark II is superb. Its grip is very good and comfy, plus the settings on the camera look a lot like the Canon 5D Mark III.

In reality, apart from the extra lever beneath the camera’s multi-controller, a slightly repositioned locking switch, as well as the small variations of the build of the camera, there's practically no distinction between the 7D Mark II and 5D Mark III on the back or the top.

Canon 7D Mark II back

The camera can be configured in many ways, and the buttons on there able to be set to do various functions, which is anticipated from a camera of this class.

From the Nikon shooter viewpoint, the most difficult item to become used to was the absence of a rear dial. We’re really accustomed to the two control setup on Nikon DSLRs (with a single on the front side along with another on the back), making it painless to switch aperture and shutter speed settings.

On the Canon 7D Mark II, the uppermost rotary dial changes its function based on the mode you're using the camera in.

Image Sensor, Dynamic Range, and AF Performance

20.2 MP CMOS Sensor

100 to 51,200 ISO Sensitivity

The Canon 7D Mark II boasts a 20.2 MP sensor, including an ISO sensitivity of 100 to 16,000, that may be extended up to around ISO 51,200.

Unlike Nikon, which usually buys sensors from various other companies as Aptina and Sony, Canon develops and also manufactures the sensor technology of its cameras.

Certainly, it appears as Canon have made some modifications to the sensor on the 7D Mark II because the noise, dynamic range and SNR seem to be a little different.

Nevertheless, it's vital that you be aware that the modifications aren't extreme and just seem to be apparent at higher ISOs, especially with respect to SNR. What is especially disappointing is exactly how small the modification is in the dynamic range - there's basically no difference at ISO 100.

Generally, although the 7D Mark II does very well in managing sound, its dynamic range performance is quite disappointing when compared with many other contemporary APS C sensors.

Autofocus Performance

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Even though it may look like the 7D Mark II has the very same autofocus system as on the 5D Mark III and 1D X digital cameras, the Canon 7D Mark II features a recently created AF process which is much better than any other current Canon DSLR cameras, like the top-of-the-line EOS 1D X.

To begin with, you will find sixty-five focus points offered, all of which are cross-type, when compared with sixty-one on the 5D Mark III and 1D X. Moreover, the 7D Mark II features a low light sensitivity rating of -3 EV and is a far more option to be put into use with teleconverters.

Autofocus Performance

The 65 point autofocus process over the 7D Mark II is extremely powerful. The primary benefit will be the Mark II’s cross type AF system – it gets focus right every single time, which means it is a more flexible setup when utilizing outer focus for day-to-day photography.

The hit ratio was great and the amount of keepers was high.

What I appreciated about the Canon Mark II was its fine-tuning options. By mixing and matching various settings, you can adjust the AF system to nearly any situation.

Overall, the autofocus process of the 7D Mark II is extremely good and deserves high praises for its overall performance.

Metering

Metering

Besides the autofocus system, the Mark II comes bundled with a fresh metering engine, having an IR sensor, as well as a 150,000 pixel RGB.

This new system is effective at recognizing 252 zones, in addition to being capable of reading full color, resulting in better performance during exposure metering. Upon photographing various scenes in different lighting scenarios, I discovered the metering sensor being rather accurate when recording in Aperture Priority mode.

All of the metering modes, ranging from evaluative to spot metering, work as you would expect. When I found I had some issues with exposure (rarely), working through these issues with the 3-step exposure compensation using the big rotary dial on the back of the camera was pretty easy.

Battery Life

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As for battery life, the Canon 7D Mark II is rated somewhat below the previous model at 670 shots versus 800, likely because of far more demanding processing requirements for managing much more information.

The dual-processor architecture, higher AF and also metering engine, it's anticipated the digital camera will yield fewer shots per charge.

If you don’t like to use flash, sparingly make use of the live view and switch off the photo preview, and you ought to get more than a thousand images per battery charge.

Also switch off GPS when it’s not needed, as it is going to eat up the battery fairly quickly. Additionally, always remember that the battery performance degrades when temperatures fall too low.

The electric battery indications on the uppermost LCD and also within the menu appear to be fairly accurate, thus we reckon it’s a good readout of both the charge and battery health.

Live View

Live View

The way Canon have implemented Live View is fantastic. No interpolation at full zoom, and also superb clarity at every zoom level. We were particularly fond of the way Canon created the Live View/Movie switch with a Start/Stop button which changes in functionality based on whether you're in live view mode or movie mode.

Changing the switch to video mode instantly turns the mirror in place and activates mode, while the Star/Stop switch is utilized for capturing video.

This functionality is a fantastic aspect for videographers, because it allows you to movie mode on when turning the Mark II on and off, and the mirror will instantly raise up and down without you having to press anything else.

Movie Mode

Although the Canon 7D Mark II still doesn’t do 4K video, it has great HD movie recording abilities, allowing as many as sixty frames per second at full HD resolution of 1920×1080.

Canon clearly doesn't wish its DSLR line to go head-to-head with dedicated video recording cameras such as the EOS 1D C, hence the reason for are a few limitations.

GPS

GPS

The GPS capability works rather well too - an enormous plus for traveling & landscape photographers. The camera clearly requires a clear sky to find satellites at first, but the moment it has, the tracking functions rather nicely when moving around.

I experimented with the GPS feature a couple of times and the location was kept of track of relatively well.

ISO Performance

As expected, performance at low ISO amounts is very beneficial. There's a small amount of noise present at ISO 400 and ISO 800 shows somewhat more, though it's not a big problem.

High ISO performance is a really important way of measuring DSLR sensor quality for low light photography. ISO 1600 adds much more visible grain, though it's not awful.

Conversely, ISO 3200 greatly boosts the volume of noise in comparison, particularly in the shadows. There's a noticeable loss of color and minimal loss of detail also.

ISO Performance

As we push ISO to 6400, the quantity of sound increases significantly. There's a huge color loss, especially in darker parts of pictures and a noticeable lack of details down at pixel level.

The ISO 12800 somehow looks even worse in comparison, with colors blending together in several areas on the picture. There's an enormous loss of dynamic range and detail.

As you might expect from an APS C sensor, Canon’s Mark II begins very well at its base ISO; however, noise increases considerably with every stop.

Pictures around ISO 3200 appear very good, however, anything pushed past that shows a good deal of noise and thus there's a noticeable loss of dynamic range and both colors.

Price

Canon EOS 7D Mark II Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
  • 20.2 MP CMOS sensor and ISO 100-16000
  • High speed continuous shooting up to 10.0 fps
  • 65-point all cross-type AF system

Our Verdict

While both Nikon and Canon have been silent for nearly six years but not releasing news for their high-end APS C DSLRs, many believed that need for them was dead and neither company would release such a camera.

Nevertheless, Canon was the very first for breaking the silence in September 2014, when it eventually revealed its Canon 7D Mark II, a worthy and significant improvement to its predecessor.

The camera was welcomed with both skepticism and fanfare from a lot of Canon snappers, since it made good sense for a few and no sense at all for others.

While sports or wildlife photographers welcomed the digital camera and completely understood the advantages associated with adding such a video camera to their lineup, some other photographers have been puzzled by the introduction of the camera, particularly because of its price, as they can very easily get the full frame 6D for a lot less.

The point is, the 7D Mark II isn't a regular camera and this was never intended to be.

The Canon 7D Mark II is a special device aimed at sports/wildlife photographers which a capture action that is rapid.

True, the Mark II can't truly go up against other sensors in regards to dynamic range, though it's not a landscape or a portrait camera, and its dynamic range efficiency isn't that relevant or important.

Despite having a smaller sensor size than some other APS C sensors on the market, it does really well at very high ISOs - and that’s all you need, as you'd hardly ever be pressing this kind of sensor past ISO 3200. Overall, I'm really pleased by the Canon 7D Mark II as a sports or wildlife camera.

Sony Alpha A6000 Review: A Deeper Look at Its Features

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The Sony Alpha A6000 with 15-50mm lens is said to allow users to test their limits of creativity with a premium mirrorless DSLR focused on speed. Every single shot, whether candid or fast-action, is supposed to benefit from the 24.3-Megapixel detail and one of the world's fastest autofocus available. The A6000 is supposed to be easy to use and features two quick-access dials allowing users to change settings on the fly.

For a camera that comes in under $1,000, this mid-range digital single lens reflex camera is a favorite amongst hobbyists and professionals alike thanks to its superb image quality.

Key Features

Like any other camera on the market, this mid-range DSLR camera is chock full of settings and features designed to give the user the desired effects they wish for. Sony boasts that the A6000 is the solution for users who wish to test their creative limits, and with all the options made available, it really could be.

Below, we have provided a list of key features of the Sony Alpha A6000 and a little bit of information on each one.

24.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor

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With Sony’s 24.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, users can capture images in stunning high-resolution. Thanks to the newly developed 24.3-megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS image sensor, photographers of any level can capture detail photos and produce gorgeous enlargements than most other DSLRs.

Not only the details are sharp, but the colors are beautifully saturated. This sensor also features a gapless on-chip phase detection design, and the light-collecting efficiency allows for “improved low-light shooting and reduced noise throughout its ISO sensitivity range of ISO 100-25,600,” according to Trusted Reviews.

Bionz X image processor

BionzX

​​​The Sony Alpha A6000 boasts of having an image processor that “faithfully” reproduces textures and details in real-time. With its detail reproduction technology, the Bionz X Processor promises more sophisticated processing in the form of a more subtle and sophisticated sharpening system that promises less emphasis on edges.

This processor also promises diffraction reduction, according to Digital Photograph Review, in which “the camera’s processing attempts to correct for the softness caused by diffraction as you stop a lens’ aperture down.” All of this is to deliver “true-to-life images” and enable greater detail, richer tonal gradations along with lower noise.

Hybrid AF system

Hybrid AF

The enhanced Fast Hybrid autofocus (AF) combines fast phase-detection AF with high accuracy contrast-detection AF, giving users the best of both worlds. The Hybrid AF system includes a 25-point contrast-detect and a 179-point phase-detect. The phase-detect points give users a wider coverage area, coming out to around 92 percent of the frame, allowing the autofocus to track moving subjects.

The Hybrid autofocus was accelerated through a new Spatial Object Detection algorithm to achieve some of the fastest autofocusing of any camera.

11 fps continuous shooting with subject-tracking

11 continuous shooting

The A6000 captures 11 frames per second in continuous shooting mode with autofocus tracking making the most of the 179-point phase-detection AF sensor. This allows users to deal with fast action and make the most of moving subjects with its subject-tracking performance, giving photographers beautiful images and videos.

3-inch tilting Screen

3-inch tilting LCD

The Sony Alpha 6000 features an LDC that can tilt 90 degrees upward and also down by about 45 degrees. The screen's resolution is 921,600 dots, common for mirrorless cameras in the mid-range. The aspect ratio comes in at about 16:9, which is suitable for video recording, but not so much for still shots.  

OLED electronic viewfinder

OLED viewfinder

The OLED Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) features a system with four double aspherical lenses that delivers 100% coverage and a wide viewing area according to the manufacturer. This wider viewing angle is said to be used for clear, dramatically improving visibility.

Thanks to the high-contrast 1.4M dot OLED EVF, every image is said to come out in rich tonal detail and gradation. Benefits of the electronic viewfinder include “the ability to display the effects of various camera settings before you take the picture, the use of MF Assist, and Peaking function for fine-tuning focus and previewing the shot.”

Full HD video recording

HD video

Recording Full HD 1920x1080 videos has never been easier, thanks to the A6000’s 179-point autofocus. Users have the choice of creating their videos in either cinematic 24p or fast-action videos in 60p and 60i frame-rates.

Wi-Fi with NFC capability and downloadable apps

Wifi and NFC

Thanks to the A6000’s Wi-Fi capabilities, the camera can be remotely controlled with smart devices such as smartphones or tablets. Users can also transfer photos with the Wi-Fi or with the use of the NFC connectivity. What's more exciting is that this camera can also be controlled from your Mac or PC. While you can adjust many of the camera functions from your computer, users still can not view a live view like you can with a smart device.

Also exciting is the fact that the camera works with 16 apps that are made available through PlayMemories. Some of the apps include Star Trail, Liveview Grading, and Smooth Reflection. While some of the apps are free, others range in price from $5 to $10.

Design

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Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera 24.3MP SLR Camera with...
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Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera 24.3MP SLR Camera with...

The A6000 measures in at 4.7x2.8x2 inches and are considered a super-compact mirrorless camera. It comes in at about half the size and weight of a typical DSLR camera but has the same size APS-C image sensor. While the body is made up of composite materials, it feels solid in the user’s hands. Now, let’s take a few moments to take a look at the camera’s layout.

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This Sony makes use of a double dial design at the top, which many photographers prefer since it means dedicated dials for specific settings and uses. The first is the mode dial, which is home to the Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and Manual modes. It also includes two Auto modes and a sweep panorama mode and even a custom setting (MR). To the right of the mode dial, users will see a control dial, the on/off switch, the shutter release button and one of two customizable buttons. One other thing you’ll notice is the ISO standard hot shoe, which allows mounting of a variety of camera and flash accessories.

Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera 24.3MP SLR Camera with...

Located on the front of the camera are the AF-assist lamp and the IR receiver to the left. On the right side of the camera is where you’ll notice the contact areas used for connecting your NFC-enabled smartphone, while on the left is the camera’s I/O ports. These ports include the Multi-Terminal port that handles USB, charging, and a wired remote, and then a separate micro-HDMI port.

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The back of the camera has a variety of different settings and options to it. Not only is the viewfinder and LCD screen located on the back, but so is the flash option, menu, a video play button and the rotary dial that consists of the display option, ISO menu, timer, and burst shot. The FN and C2 are both programmable buttons.

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Located along the bottom of the camera are the battery insertion slot, eject lever, the memory card slot and the battery and memory card cover.

Some features that are missing from the A6000 include microphone and headphone jacks, and this camera isn’t weatherproof. While the body of the camera isn’t weather sealed, some users say that it is still a sturdy, well-built camera, capable of withstanding tough conditions.

Performance

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Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera 24.3MP SLR Camera with...
  • 24 MP APS-C CMOS sensor and Focus Sensitivity Range :EV 0 to EV 20 (at ISO 100 equivalent with F2.8 lens attached)
  • ISO 100-25600 (expandable to 51200). Lens compatibility- Sony E-mount lenses
  • Hybrid AF with 179-point focal plane phase-detection and 25 contrast detect points

The overall performance of this camera seems to be impressing the consumers as many have remarked on how fast and responsive it is. Another area consumers are pleased with is the image quality. This model seems to render details very well.

One area that seems to be still lacking is the battery life. While this model is said to be able to manage 360 shots per charge, it is essential to keep in mind that using the camera’s Wi-Fi, use of the power zoom and creating movies can and will significantly reduce the overall battery life. When it comes to traveling with this camera, it seems that users should have additional batteries available if they want to make the most of their camera while out exploring the world.

Image Quality

The Sony A6000 has relatively good image quality overall. Users get improved JPEG sharpening at low ISO’s and the brand’s Dynamic Range Optimization feature helps to get well-balanced images. The camera’s color rendition is beautiful and is helped by the reliable white balance, giving skin tones and skies a sense of reality, with no unpleasant tints or shading.

What Consumers Are Saying

With an average review of 4.4 stars out of 5 amongst nearly 2,000 customers, the Sony Alpha A6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera ranks pretty high. Based on customer reviews from both beginners and professionals alike, this camera is a reliable option, especially for those who need a budget-friendly option. Let’s face it; not everyone can afford the top of the line, $6000+ camera, so when a mid-range camera such as this hits the market, you bet consumers are bound to get excited about it!

Some may wonder about the lower price range, but it’s clear that Sony didn’t cut corners with this model. Yes, there were a few downgrades amongst the updates, but it seems as if any cuts were for the benefit of the users. Even if some of the decisions, such as the lack of a touchscreen, may seem a little curious.

Pros and Cons

When compared to similar cameras in this price range, the A6000 scores high in the pros department! Many users believe that this is the perfect entry-level camera for those just starting to dabble in photograph. Even professionals believe that this camera is well worth the investment. Listed below are only a handful of positive responses given to this camera by its customer base.

While this camera has had many positive reviews, no product is perfect. In fact, there are quite a few people that have both major and minor issues with the camera. One of the biggest problems mentioned online was the fact that the battery tended to overheat.

Another frequent issue seems to be with the lens kits and poor lenses. For many, the video option was also lacking in its appeal. Between questionable quality, and again, the overheating issue, some were left very unsatisfied. Listed below are just a handful of negative responses given to this camera by its customer base.

Pros

  • 24-megapixel APS-C sensor
  • Fast continuous shooting
  • Top-notch continuous autofocus
  • Extensive feature set
  • High quality, responsive viewfinder
  • Wi-Fi capability
  • 3-inch, tilting, high-resolution screen
  • Excellent image quality
  • Customizable menus and buttons

Cons

  • Slow startup
  • Poor lens range
  • Movie record button is troublesome
  • No in-camera RAW conversion option
  • No touchscreen
  • Lower battery life
  • Overheats
  • Noisy shutter

Sony’s Alpha A6000 Packs a Punch

The Sony Alpha A6000 is a game changer in the eyes of the consumers it would seem. Yes, it has its flaws, but nothing is ever going to be perfect. What is important is that the features and settings are compatible with the consumer’s needs, and that seems to be the case with this DSLR camera.

Some things you’ll want to keep in mind while shopping will include the pros and cons listed above, your overall intentions for the camera, as in what types of projects you want to use it for and your overall budget. Yes, this is a budget-friendly model, coming in under $1,000 in most places, but you’ll want to keep in mind the prices of accessories including additional lens packs, storage systems, and even extra batteries for traveling.

That being said, if you are looking for a mid-range camera that can pack similar punches as the more luxurious models, then this Sony may be the camera you have been looking for.

Nikon Coolpix P600 Review, Information, Specifications and More

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The Nikon Coolpix P600 is a state of the art Nikon that precedes the Nikon Coolpix P510 model but is just a slightly different design with similar features. The main difference between the newer P600 model and the older versions is that it is marginally larger. This does not seem like a huge alteration, but it helps the user handle the camera easier and capture those shots as easily as possible.  

The Nikon P600 costs around and really can only be found used today. The following in-depth review will assess this product’s value, specs, price, comparison to other similar products and more. We hope that this review of the Nikon Coolpix P600 helps you determine if this specific product is the camera meant for you.

What Is the Product?

Nikon COOLPIX P600 16.1 MP Wi-Fi CMOS Digital Camera with 60x Zoom...
  • 16.1 MP Low-light CMOS Sensor
  • 60x Zoom NIKKOR Lens and 84x with Dynamic Fine Zoom allow you to get even closer to what matters
  • Built-in Wi-Fi for instant photo sharing

The Nikon Coolpix P600 is packed with the newest technology paired with Nikon’s well-versed camera engineering. The manufacturer has discontinued this versatile camera so it can only be found used. The Coolpix P600 is great when talking size, takes amazing photos and is made with a genuine NIKKOR glass lens. The Nikon Coolpix P600 is a 16.1-megapixel digital camera with a 60x Zoom NIKKOR lens and Full HD 1080p video capabilities.

The camera boasts a simple and user-friendly point and shoots option with its Scene Auto Selector that works great even in low light. A huge plus of the Nikon Coolpix P600 is the WiFi compatibility with your smartphone to automatically download and view your images. Use the camera’s Dynamic Fine Zoom to get even closer to your subject and the target-finding Autofocus for accurate and smart autofocus. The camera also offers full manual exposure to control the vision you wish to see in your image.

Product Specifications

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The Nikon Coolpix P600 is a perfect super zoom compact camera for those looking for a versatile but extraordinary camera. The Nikon Coolpix P600 is a very user-friendly camera that could please both a keen camera enthusiasts as well as a Nikon newbie. This specific Nikon model offers an easy Auto mode for those who love using the point and shoot option, which is a very lovely option for those quick shots you just cannot miss.

We love that the Nikon Coolpix P600 has been outfitted with a 1/ 2.3 inch backside illuminated CMOS sensor and a Nikon branded 60x zoom fixed-mount lens. The Coolpix P600 features a very similar looking design of its predecessors with the extra ability to get closer, faster from wide angle to ultra-telephoto.

The Nikon Coolpix P600 flaunts a shockingly fast lens with maximum apertures of f/3.3 at 24mm and f/6.5 at 1440 mm. However, the lens cap does need to be removed in order for the camera to power on. You can hold down the playback button to power on the camera without removing the cap so that you can scroll through your images and videos without removing the lens cap.

The Coolpix P600 features the famous Nikon Vibration Reduction (VR) image stabilization system to prevent camera-shake and letting the user utilize shutter speeds up to four stops slower. The VR image stabilization definitely allows for much sharper image and clear, precise shots. It is suggested that when using the VR mode, do not use it on a tripod because it will cause blur by trying to make up for the camera shake that is not present.

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The Nikon Coolpix P600 allows the user to take images in two different ways, which a lot of users really enjoy about this specific Coolpix model. You can use the eye-level electronic viewfinder or by looking through the rear screen. There is, however, no way to switch easily between the two due to the lack of eye proximity sensors but there is a button to toggle between the two options.

The Coolpix P600 features a conventional zoom method with a lever that surrounds the shutter release button on top of the right hand grip. The lever is dual-speed and can rotate either direction to adjust the focal length while also rotating the lens fundamentals so you can set the wanted focal length more accurately. You can use the innovative side zoom control on the lens barrel to which can be used with your left hand.

The P600 layout is very similar to that of the P520 model that it precedes. You get the top-mounted dial with the typical P, A, S and M shooting modes. This is ideal for those who love to manually shoot their pictures and have full control. There is also the full auto mode, scene auto selector mode, night landscape and landscape modes. You can also use up to nine different special effects when using the P600. You can also save your favorite settings by using the U (User) setting and quickly access it through this feature.

The focus abilities of the P600 include Autofocus, Macro, Infinity and Manual. You can use a center-spot, a user selected ninety-nine-focus points option or camera selectable from nine different points of focus. This camera offers outstanding auto-focus speed, except for in cases of fast-moving subjects. The camera also daunts a manual pop-up flash that can be utilized by pressing the button on the side of the mock pentaprism housing body.

Effective Pixels

16.1 million

Lens

NIKKOR lens with 60x optical zoom

Lens Construction

16 elements in 11 groups (4ED lens elements and 1 super ED lens element)

Monitor

7.5 centimeters diagonal, wide viewing angle with TFT LCD monitor with anti-reflection coating and 6-level brightness adjustment, Vari-angle TFT LCD

Storage Media

SD, SDHC, SDXC, Internal memory (approx. 56MB)

ISO Sensitivity

ISO 100-1600, ISO 3200, 6400 (available in P, S, A, or M mode)

Shutter Type

Mechanical and CMOS electronic shutter

HDMI Output

HDMI micro connector (type D)

Power Sources

One EN-EL23 rechargeable Li-ion Battery (included), EH-67A AC adapte

Battery Life

Approximately 330 shots when using EN-EL 23

Supplied Accessories

Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL 12, Charging AC Adapter EH-71P, USB Cable UC-E21, Camera Strap, LC-CP29 lens cap (with cord)

How it Compares

If we take the Nikon Coolpix P600 and compare it to some other reputable cameras within a similar price range, we find that the Coolpix P600 is an optimal choice when set against its competitors. Let us take a closer look, shall we?

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS 12MP Digital Camera with 2.8-Inch LCD (Black)
  • Bright 2.8-inch Vari-angle LCD with 461,000 dots plus electronic viewfinder
  • 12.1 megapixel high-sensitivity CMOS sensor
  • DIGIC 5 image processor

Let us look at the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS, Canon’s iconic digital camera packed with tons of features you can buy used for around $250.00. This camera features a vivid 2.8-inch Vari-angle LCD with 461,000 dots plus electronic viewfinder and takes 12.1 megapixel images with its high-sensitivity CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5 processor. As far as zoom abilities, this PowerShot SX50 HS has 50x optical zoom (24mm-1200mm) and 24mm wide-angle lens with Optical Image Stabilizer.

Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR 16MP Digital Camera with 3-Inch LCD (Black)...
  • Tilting 3.0-inch TFT color LCD monitor and electronic viewfinder with eye sensor
  • 16 million effective pixels 1/2-inch EXR CMOS processor with primary color filter and lens shift image stabilization.
  • Fujinon 42x optical zoom lens with approx. 2.0x digital zoom (up to approx. 84x with 42x optical zoom)

Let us take the Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR as another competitor’s example. The Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR features a tilting 3.0-inch TFT color LCD monitor and electronic viewfinder with a very handy eye sensor. There is a 16 million effective megapixel ½-inch EXR CMOS processor with primary color filter and lens shift image stabilization. The lens offers a 42x optical zoom with approximately 84x with 42x optical zoom. You can also film 1080p Full HD movies with stereo sound with the Fujifilm classic.

Nikon Coolpix P600

Canon Powershot SX50 HS

Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

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Pro​​​​​s and Cons

The Nikon Coolpix P600 is a wonderful option if you are looking for a versatile and reasonably priced camera with impeccable zoom and built-in WiFi capability. This camera offers a travel-ready camera with a NIKKOR glass lens optimal for telephoto zoom with its 1440mm capabilities.

The camera features much better WiFi functioning than the last model, which is wonderful feature. The longer zoom definitely sticks out as the main pro of this P600 Coolpix model because it offers a super versatile super-zoom package.

Cons of the Nikon Coolpix P600 include needing to use a tripod for most maximum telephoto and sharper pictures. The continued low quality of the EVF makes it also very difficult to stabilize the camera. The P600 does not, however, offer the integrated GPS system the P520 model offered.

Pros

  • Great Price
  • 16.1 Million Effective Megapixels
  • Super-zoom package
  • WiFi

Cons

  • Inability to attach external flashgun
  • No Second Control Wheel
  • Poor Quality EVF
  • Lacks Support for RAW Files

Conclusion

After considering all the aspects of Nikon’s Coolpix P600 camera, it is safe to say this camera is a huge bang for your buck. If you are looking for a quality camera with wonderful super-zoom capabilities and WiFi capabilities, the Coolpix P600 might be the choice for you. 

The camera offers a versatile and compact designed, a dedicated command dial, an incredibly accurate WiFi system with manual and auto modes. Both well-versed photographers as well as complete camera newbies can use this camera, which is why we love the Coolpix P600 so much.

Canon Rebel T5i Review: Renew Your Artistic Side

canon rebel t5i review


The Canon EOS Rebel T5i is Canon’s latest addition to its amateur-oriented Rebel series, a line of Canon cameras meant for photographers who are just beginning their journey. At a relatively affordable price ranging from $450 to $500 on Amazon, this entry-level DSLR is the new flagship of the Rebel line. It is also a solid choice for any novice photographers looking to upgrade their gear without breaking the bank due to its ease of use, strong specs and powerful performance.

What is the Canon Rebel T5i?

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Canon EOS Rebel T5i Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
  • 18 MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • 5 FPS continuous shooting
  • 9 point AF system, all cross type

The Canon Rebel T5i is an entry-level DSLR and an upgrade to the EOS Rebel T4i. It is considered the “step-up” model from the T5, less of a dramatic upgrade and more of a refresh.

The T5i and the T4i are very close: not only are their appearances similar, their product specifications are basically the same. If you already own a Rebel T4i, there isn’t much of a reason for you to purchase a T5i. These are some of the differences:

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Canon EOS Rebel T4i 18.0 MP Digital SLR with 18-135mm EF-S IS STM Lens...
  • 18MP APS-C "Hybrid CMOS" sensor
  • 5 frames per second continuous shooting
  • 9-point AF system, all cross-type

Product Specifications

  • Redesigned hybrid CMOS AF system better accommodates the new STM lenses that eliminate autofocus sounds and instead silently track the subject
  • Improved mode dial and scene modes in Live View
  • “Real-time” viewing of creative filters: all adjustments can be made at the time of exposure rather than in post-processing
  • Digital zoom is now available in movie mode
  • New texture/finish
  • Allergy issues with T4i’s rubberized grip are no longer present

However, if you own an older Canon Rebel model, be aware that the Canon Rebel T5i features many improvements over the T2i and T3i. It can shoot at an ISO up to 12800 in manual modes, it can shoot up to 5 frames per second in burst mode, and it has an updated processor which gives it more speed. It also has a variety of scene mode options that enhance auto-mode shooting, as well as touchscreen capabilities, all of which is very helpful for getting a novice photographer accustomed to their new camera.

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Canon EOS Rebel T2i DSLR Camera (Body Only) (Discontinued by...
  • 18.0-megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor; DIGIC 4 Image Processor for high image quality and speed
  • Body only; lenses sold separately
  • ISO 100-6400 (expandable to 12800) for shooting from bright to dim light; enhanced 63-zone, Dual-layer metering system

Now that the Rebel T5i is a bit older, it should be available at attractive prices, making it a great option for those searching for a superior entry-level DSLR camera.

What Makes the Canon Rebel T5i Unique?

man taking photo with canon black camera

The Canon Rebel T5i has extremely fast performance when in Viewfinder mode and excellent image quality in all shooting situations, whether low-light, natural light, action or still shots. It can shoot in both RAW and JPEG formats. Its high-resolution LCD not only features touchscreen but is articulated, part of its excellence as a well-built camera.

DIGIC 5 Image Processor

The DIGIC 5 processor, Canon’s latest processor model, gives the Canon Rebel T5i great performance when shooting photos. The T5i also has great response times when it comes to using the optical viewfinder and shooting in Viewfinder mode. There are almost no shot-to-shot delays or shutter lag, and the burst mode features 5 frames-per-second at full 18-megapixel resolution. Start-up and autofocus are also very fast.

Hybrid CMOS AF system

The Hybrid CMOS AF system makes shooting photos and video in Live View a pleasure. This hybrid system combines two separate auto-focus technologies, phase and contrast detection AF, for a faster and more accurate focus. These dual complementary AF systems work in conjunction with pixels on the camera’s CMOS sensor to help predict subject location, which is especially helpful with continuous focus tracking in video recording while also improving focusing speed.

Finally, if you shoot mostly in Viewfinder mode, the battery life is adequate. You can also add a battery grip if needed for more power. Also, Canon has provided a high-performance kit lens with the T5i which definitely adds value to the camera kit overall. The 18-55mm Image Stabilizer kit lens uses Canon’s STM Stepper Motor technology to create quieter operation during video capture.

What We Think About the Canon Rebel T5i

The Canon EOS Rebel T5i has outstanding image quality courtesy of its APS-C sized CMOS image sensor, which produces sharp, 18-megapixel images with bright and accurate colors. Special effect filters are also included with this camera, which allows you to shoot with effects such as black and white or miniature. The camera is particularly good at producing high-quality images even in low-light, and noise in RAW images isn’t a problem until you hit the highest ISO settings. A pop-up flash is included with the T5i, but you can also add a more powerful external flash if you desire for better results.

Key features include (source: DPReview):

  • 18MP APS-C ‘Hybrid CMOS' sensor
  • Phase detection AF from imaging sensor for Live View and Video
  • 14-bit DIGIC 5 processor
  • ISO 100-12800 standard, 25600 expanded
  • 5 fps continuous shooting
  • 9 point AF system, all sensors cross type, central sensor F2.8 (from 60D)
  • 63 zone iFCL metering
  • 1080p30 video recording with built-in stereo mics
  • 1.04m dot 3:2 touch-sensitive vari-angle ClearView II LCD (capacitive type, multi-touch support)
  • Improvements have been made to the CMOS sensor, AF sensor, and flip-out dot screen in order to entice customers into choosing this entry-level DSLR over any other. High image quality is no longer enough for consumers who require quick and easy access to video recording, a must for any aspiring YouTuber. For users more comfortable using an LCD screen than a viewfinder, Live View performance is critical.
  • The Canon Rebel T5i aims to improve its Live View and video performance options, including the ability to have continuous AF tracking while recording movies. Continuous AF tracking is enabled by Canon’s Hybrid CMOS sensor, which uses pixels dedicated to phase detection autofocus. The Hybrid AF system uses the pixels to set the lens to about the correct distance, then uses contrast detection AF to fine-tune focus. This is supposed to provide faster and more reliable focusing for Live View and video shooting compared to other Canon models.

The Rebel T5i also features a contact-sensitive touchscreen that functions like a typical smartphone. In Live View and Movie modes, users can touch the screen to specify where the focus should be as well as release the shutter. The touchscreen also supports multi-touch and gestures similar to the iPhone. As for the rear screen, it has been redesigned in order to reduce reflections and improve visibility in bright light. It also features an anti-smudge coating to minimize fingerprints and keep the display bright and clear.

Canon’s DIGIC 5 processor allows it to shoot at a maximum ISO sensitivity of 12,800 (25,600 extended). The processor allows lens-specific corrections during JPEG processing. The AF system for eye-level shooting uses nine cross-type focus points, and the center point offers additional accuracy when used with fast lenses.

The Canon Rebel T5i has a built-in stereo microphone which provides sound for video, though it also retains an external microphone input. Several modes such as ‘HDR Backlight’ and ‘Handheld Night Scene’ combine different exposures for appealing, unique final processed images. ‘HDR Backlight,’ for example, ensures that backlit subjects are not recorded too darkly by shooting three consecutive shots at different exposures and then combining the images in order to maintain detail in both shadow and highlight areas.

Canon EOS 600D Body Black
  • Canon EOS 600D 18 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera in perfect condition
  • Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM Telephoto Zoom Lens
  • WT3131 Basic Tripod

The body design is the same as the EOS 600D and EOS 700D, with a useful set of external controls and a fully-articulated LCD screen. The articulated LCD is especially helpful for photographers interested in self-portraiture or hoping to use a tripod with the camera. While the body may be made of plastic, it’s plenty solid and you won’t hear any flexing or creaking.

The body features a slightly-enlarged grip which is much improved from older models in the line. At the top, there is an embossed and easy-to-read 360-degree dial with standard settings as well as enhanced and scene modes. To navigate these settings, you use the horizontal scroll wheel on top and the Q button at the back.

While this is an entry-level model, the Canon Rebel T5i features many control points and a full range of connectors, from USB and HDMI ports to a receiver for an infrared remote control. The camera’s mode dial gives shooters access to many different scene modes which allow the user to quickly and easily shoot sports, landscapes and more. The dial also helps you switch between automatic, program, aperture priority and other shooting modes. The number of scene modes will help photographers for whom this camera marks their first real upgrade feel much more comfortable. The menus are detailed but still intuitive without being as intimidating as a professional-level camera.

Canon EOS 700D 18MP Digital SLR Camera (Black) (Body Only) -...
  • 18.0 Megapixel Hybrid CMOS AF sensor
  • Creative Full-HD movies and Hybrid CMOS AF
  • Vari-angle 3.0" Clear View LCD II Touch screen, Scene Intelligent Auto

The main controls are located on top of the camera. As for the articulating LCD touchscreen, it’s great for Live View, working off a tripod and shooting videos. Unlike tilt-only screens, it can still be used to shoot stills in portrait format whether at waist level or overhead.

The touch-sensitive screen features large, well-positioned icons that make it easy to adjust shooting settings, swipe through and zoom image playback, and even navigate the whole menu system. This is a standout feature from Canon. Not only does the T5i offer an onscreen version of every external control, the touchscreen interface is integrated seamlessly with the camera’s hardware dials and buttons. You also have the option of turning it off completely.

Pros

  • 18MP APS-C ‘Hybrid CMOS' sensor
  • Phase detection AF from imaging sensor for Live View and Video
  • 14-bit DIGIC 5 processor
  • ISO 100-12800 standard, 25600 expanded
  • 5 fps continuous shooting
  • 9 point AF system, all sensors cross type, central sensor F2.8 (from 60D)
  • 63 zone iFCL metering
  • 1080p30 video recording with built-in stereo mics
  • 1.04m dot 3:2 touch-sensitive vari-angle ClearView II LCD (capacitive type, multi-touch support)
  • Improvements have been made to the CMOS sensor, AF sensor, and flip-out dot screen
  • Improvement on its Live View and video performance options

Cons

  • Small viewfinder
  • Highly limited burst shooting in Raw mode
  • Video autofocus is staggered with non-STM lenses
  • Some physical controls can be awkward to navigate
  • Battery life needs improvement
  • Almost identical to T4i
  • No built-in Wi-Fi
  • Lacks weather sealing
  • Precise image framing a problem due to 95% viewfinder coverage

How It Compares

The T5i’s excellent image quality and sharp, articulating rear LCD screen are some of its most appealing qualities, as is the way Canon has married the camera’s touch capability to its physical controls. The viewfinder, however, is not as large and bright as the pentaprism viewfinder found in (for example) the Pentax K-S2, so if you’re looking for a more versatile body, the EOS 60D, 7D or full-frame 6D may be your best bet.

The video autofocus is smooth and fast but you’ll need to use a special lens in order to take advantage, so you might want to use another camera instead. The Sony Alpha 65 is a good bet because it has fast autofocus and transitions seamlessly when shooting between the rear LCD and finder. The Nikon D5200 gives the Canon EOS Rebel T5i stiff competition even though it too has a difficult optical viewfinder.

While the body is sturdy and well made, some photographers may find it bulky, in which case the Canon Rebel SL1 may be a suitable replacement. It is much smaller than the T5i but includes many of the same features with only slight compromise.

Verdict

The Canon EOS Rebel T5i is pretty much the same camera as its predecessor, which is good news since it’s still a very solid camera. Even on factory settings, the Canon EOS Rebel T5i produces beautiful, sharp photos filled with color and detail.

With its image stabilization, lens focusing, several shooting modes and other Canon technology, Canon has made it easy for the amateur photographer to understand this camera and its settings, learn how to adjust everything manually, and produce great work.

The Feature Guide, which displays a short description in each shooting mode, during mode dial operations and for Quick Control screen functions, is especially helpful in this regard.

The Canon EOS Rebel T5i is particularly well-suited for video. The articulating display is extremely helpful when capturing video and stills at any angle desired. The camera can auto-focus while recording, and the external microphone jack captures audio as well.

Its ease of use and bevy of powerful features make the T5i a good choice for those looking to take the plunge from a point-and-shoot to their first compact DSLR, especially if video is in the picture.