From the heavy, unrivalled flagships to the light, compact ones, they are all designed to keep the enthusiasts and professionals snap happy. Alvin Thomas zooms in on the fabulous choices.
Let’s face it: You either love Nikon to a point you’d shell out money to buy one, or you hate it so much that you’d rather have a Canon or a Sony. But, if you – like us – fall into the first category, you’re going to want the all-new (well, when we say new, we mean 2017) Nikon D5. The large metal case sheathes a formidable 20.8-megapixel FX-Format CMOS Sensor and an EXPEED 5 image processor. This means you can shoot photos at 12fps (frames per second) for 200 shots with AE/AF, record 4K UHD videos at 30fps, and process 14-Bit Raw and 12-Bit Raw S format files. Even more impressive is its 153-point AF system, and the uncomplicated 3.2-inch LCD touchscreen monitor. Buy the camera frame – minus the lenses – for RO2,500 from amazon.com.
Building a portable adventure camera is a tricky affair, yet the boffins at GoPro have been mastering the art for over a decade now. Now in its sixth iteration, the GoPro Hero6 Black ups the stakes by offering 4K UHD recording capabilities at 60fps as well as super-slow-motion (240fps) videos at 1080p. There’s a small 2-inch wide touchscreen for navigation through the menu and an on-board stabliser as well. Overall, it’s a must-have product for action photo- and videographers… if you’re willing to look past the hefty RO192.5 price tag. Buy it from amazon.com.
Canon produces some of the best DSLRs you can currently buy today. However, there’s a problem: The flagship Canon 5D Mark IV is over two years older than its Nikon counterpart. Nevertheless, we’re not going to give it the cold shoulder. The DSLR packs a 30.4-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor for versatile shooting. You can also record 4K UHD videos at 30fps or 24fps, and there’s an in-camera still frame grab that can shoot at 8.8-megapixels. While the numbers seem to be on a par with industry standards, the 5D can only shoot images at 7fps, and comes with a 61-point AF system with 41 cross-points for expanded vertical coverage. At RO1,231, however, the Canon has the Nikon beat. Get yours from amazon.com.
Point-and-shoot cameras are the underdogs of the camera world. Think about it: You can purchase a decent DSLR for a slight margin over the price of a smaller camera. This has led to these cameras often being glossed over when cross-shopping. But, Panasonic is trying to break the typecast with its ZS100 series travel camera. For starters, it packs a 1-inch type CMOS sensor with 20.1-megapixels of resolution and 10fps continuous shooting capability. As is the norm with cameras these days, there’s also 4K UHD video recording and simultaneous photo mode. All of this is further encased in a beautiful metal case. Buy this from amazon.com for RO211.3.