Got a holiday coming up? Want to invest in a new found photography hobby without breaking the bank? Well, here are five of my camera picks of 2015. Note that all of these cameras are used for casual, without worrying about adjusting the settings before snapping away. In the camera world, this list would be known as compact/semi-pro cameras.
Shall we begin? I can't remember when it first blossom, it should be high school, everyone then wanted to own a DSLR because it was the cool thing to have at that time. Not that now it ain't cool but who has the strength to bring it with you where ever you go? About a year plus ago, I decided that it was time for me to get a proper camera for my blog and etc. I told myself that I ought to be practical, so DSLR was a no no because of it's chunky weight. After extent amount of research and hands on trials, I finally went with the OLYMPUS PEN EPL-5.
Whats the different of a DSLR with a Compact/Semi Pro/Mirrorless Camera?
Everything with DSLR is manual while with Compact, you can either go with the manual control or simple ones that has a build in sensor and already fixed settings along with filters. DSLR are usually used by professionals or camera enthusiasts, but if you're looking for quality pictures without too much of a fuss, I would highly recommend these five cameras below :)
1. Olympus OM-D E-M10
Sensor size: Micro Four Thirds | Resolution: 16.1MP | Viewfinder: EVF |Monitor: 3-inch tilting screen, 1,037,600 dots | Maximum continuous shooting rate: 8fps | Maximum video resolution: 1080p
First one the list would be none other than one of the Olympus family. I absolutely love how most of the Olympus series are beautifully design with a vintage feel. Tho, it might be a little bit pricey, do know that the size is a little smaller than the usual Olympus series. Also a plus point for faster sensors with the build in Micro Four Thirds sensor compared to the other compact camera that uses APS-C. Did I mention that it also has a build in WIFI system?
2. Penasonic Lumix GM1
Sensor size: Micro Four Thirds | Resolution: 16.0MP | Viewfinder: No |Monitor: 3-inch screen, 1,036,000 dots | Maximum continuous shooting rate: 5fps | Maximum video resolution: 1080p
The GM1 ought to be the smallest and lightest compact system camera I have ever used. One of my friend has it and I am always amaze of it when I help her snap her OOTDs or shoot videos for her. Don't let the size full use as just like the Olympus E-M1, GM1 is using Micro Four Thirds format. This also has a build in wifi along with a flash! Sadly my current Olympus EPL-5 flash is an add on, which can be annoying when I need a flash asap when I'm snapping away.
3. Fuji X30
4. Sony A5100
Sensor: 2/3-inch X-Trans, 12MP | Lens: 28-112mm, f/2.0-2.8 | Monitor: 3-inch tilting, 920K dots | Viewfinder: EVF | Continuous shooting: 12fps | Movies:1080 | User level: Intermediate/Expert
Fuji is always known for their beautiful crisp pictures along with their 2/3-inch Fuji X-Trans sensor, excellent film simulation modes, dynamic range expansion and shadow/highlight contrast control. The body also gives a good grip with it's sturdy outlook, traditional manual zoom ring and a also good electronic viewfinder! Seriously, I can't understand why Sony & Olympus don't provide a viewfinder for their compact cameras.
4. Sony A5100
Sensor size: APS-C | Resolution: 24.3MP | Viewfinder: No | Monitor: 3-inch tilting screen, 921,600 dots | Maximum continuous shooting rate: 6fps |Maximum video resolution: 1080p
This ought to be the most popular camera with most of the Malaysian Bloggers. I bet if you were to throw one stone, you would be able to hit 6 girls with the camera. lol. It has a 180 degree flip up screen which you can only imagine the countless selfies you would be able to take with. It also offers 24-megapixel APS-C sensor, a fancy 179-point hybrid AF system for speed and both Wi-Fi and NFC built in. It's a crowd favourite but for me, the picture comes out a little dull at times.
5. Olympus PEN ELP-7
Sensor: 16.1-million-pixel Live MOS sensor | Lens: 14-42mm | Viewfinder: No
Monitor: 1.04 million-dot LCD touchscreen flips downward 180 degrees
I’ve been following Olympus ever since their E-PL series. Fast forward four years and they’ve just launched the latest in the range. Unlike the previous ones, this one is a flipdown touch screen panel that makes it so easy to take selfies with! This totally helps in darker environment as the previous ones can't flip up if you're using the fast. But I kinda wish that they did a build in flash instead of the usual plug in flash. Anyhow, this is still the one out of the five, that I want to have now.
There you have it, my list of Cameras of 2015. Comment and share with me, which is your dream camera or anything you like to comment about. BTW, all of these cameras can be found in any camera stores and even at Rakuten Online Store. You can check out the products at Rakuten Malaysia This post is an entry for the ShopCoupons X Rakuten Blogger contest. Being hosted by ShopCoupons. Rakuten voucher sponsored by Rakuten Malaysia.