2013 Holiday Camera Review Guide
The holiday cheer is in the air, but if you are looking to buy a camera this holiday season you might be feeling a bit less cheery. With all the options out there, how do you know which camera is the best fit for you or your loved one? We are here to help make your decision a little bit easier with our 2013 Holiday Camera Review Guide.
The main components to consider when buying a camera are: the skill level of the photographer, how the camera will be used, and, of course, your price range. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite camera contenders this holiday season. Read our bloggers review below and don’t forget you can always call 1.800.Calumet to speak with one of our photographic experts on making the right camera choice for you or your loved one this holiday season.
Beginners looking for a DSLR:
If you are just dipping your toes in the photography pool, or trading in your compact camera for a DSLR, and looking for a camera that won’t break the bank the Nikon D5200 is a perfect choice. This camera gives you great image quality with the 24MP resolution and gives you plenty of room to grow as a photographer. With full control over ISO, aperture, and shutter speed, as well as priority modes, the opportunity for producing inspiring creative photographs is at your fingertips. And with the ability to record Full HD 1920 x 1080 movies at up to 60i, the D5200 is the perfect addition for stills and video to any camera bag. Shop for the Nikon D5200 body- $649.99.
Beginners looking for a mirrorless camera:
Maybe a DSLR is too big for you and you want a camera that can fit in your pocket without losing the quality and manual controls of a DSLR. If this explains you, then the Olympus PEN E-PL5 mirrorless camera is the camera you are looking for. With 16 MP Live MOS Sensor, ISO speeds that go up to 25,600, and Full HD Video 1080i, the PEN E-PL5 is perfect for any type of shot while still retaining compact size without sacrificing image quality. Shop for the Olympus PEN E-PL5 and a 14-42mm lens-$599.99.
Intermediates looking for a mirrorless camera:
Perhaps you like the idea of a camera that is small and good for traveling, but you want a little more. Look no further, the Sony Alpha NEX-7 proves that good things do come in small packages. This camera might look small but it has the quality and performance of a camera twice its size. With a 24.3MP APS-C sensor, 10 fps shooting, and the capability to shoot AVCHD 1080/60p/60i/24p HD movies, everything is at your fingertips, and with the Three Tri-Navi control dials this is not just a saying. The Alpha NEX-7 control dials allow quick and easy access to your aperture, exposure, and ISO all at once. With the Alpha NEX-7 you will never have to worry about fumbling with camera controls and buttons and missing that perfect shot. Shop for the Sony Alpha NEX-7 body- $949.00.
Intermediates looking for a DSLR:
For those shooters who are looking to upgrade their DSLRfor a camera that shoot exceptional video but are not ready to go with a full frame sensor, the Canon 70D is a great choice. The on-chip phase detect autofocus system allows the autofocus to record video quickly and smoothly. If you are looking for a camera that performs well in low light situations, the 70D has a 20.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor that works together perfectly with the DIGIC 5+ image processor to create natural tonality and color graduations with minimum noise. And with built in Wi-Fi, the 70D allows you to transfer your photos to your smart phone or tablet to ensure a quicker turn around rate. Shop for the Canon 70D- $1,099.
Advanced looking for a full frame DSLR:
The big development in cameras is the full frame sensor and if you are ready to move in that direction the Canon 6D is a camera that deserves attention. The 70D and 6D have the same 20.2MP resolution but that is about the only thing that is similar. The 6D has the same powerful DIGIC 5+ image processor, but when paired with the 14-bit A/D conversion, the full-frame sensor records vivid quality images with an astounding sensitivity range of up to ISO 102400. The 6D has the standard built in wifi, but has integrated GPS as well allowing you to control your camera from your smart phone. The Canon 6D body runs at $1,799 making it one of the first affordable full frame DSLRs and perfect for any photographer looking to upgrade. Shop for the Canon 6D body-$1,799.
Professionals looking to shoot fast action:
Now, if you are a professional photographer making a living from behind your camera and looking for an upgrade from your current camera the Canon EOS 1D X is the camera for you. This camera was designed with the professional photographer in mind. The tough magnesium alloy body allows the EOS-1D X to with stand the wear of daily shooting. If you are a sports photographer or a photographer who captures fast action, the EOS-1D X will not fall short. With 14 fps and 51 selectable autofocus points, you can feel safe that this camera will hold up to any pressures on the field. Shop for the Canon EOS 1D X- $6,799
If you are looking for even more options take a look at our holiday buying guides for DSLRs and Mirrorless/Compact Cameras. Still on the fence and can’t decide which camera is right for you? Visit one of our retails locations or call 1.800.Calumet to speak with our photographic experts.
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