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The best digital cameras: from DSLRS to mirrorless

Currently it is easy to find a digital camera to take pictures and videos fantastic. Always, however, some stand out with innovations, usability or price-quality relationship. As we review the digital slr cameras (DSLR) for beginners, but now we present the best digital cameras among all.

Product Category
Sony A7R IV The best of all
Panasonic Lumix S1 The best 4K full-frame
Sony A7 III The best full frame for beginners
Nikon D850 The best digital slr camera
Sony RX100 VII The best auto
Olympus Tough TG-6 The best for travel

Sony A7R IV

The best of all

La Sony A7R IV lidera nuestro listado de mejores cámaras sin espejo del mercado
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Why should you buy it? By his magnificent 61-megapixel full-frame.

Who is it for? For professional photographers and the fans who prefer the prints, details, or large adjustments.

Why we chose it? If the 45-megapixel camera were a problem, the Sony A7R IV came with a 61 megapixel camera, offering more resolution than a tv 8K. That is enough for vibrant, detailed prints of 30 inches or cut back significantly on a photo, and still get a sharp result. While many high resolution cameras can be slow, the A7R IV can shoot 10 frames per second. Shall not exceed the A9 that is more oriented to the sport, but it offers enough speed for most users.

If the 61 megapixels are not enough for you, you can use a mode of displacement of pixels to create an image of a 240-megapixel camera, which is joined with the proprietary software from Sony. Equally impressive are the 15 stops of dynamic range, that will help you keep details intact in high-contrast scenes.

The Sony A7R IV includes the same features that have led to the series A7 to the top of our lists. The stabilization of five axes, is integrated in the body, the better autofocus system thanks to Real-Time Tracking and Real-Time Eye AF, and the possibility of recording excellent videos 4K.

All these features are in a body familiar to anyone who has used a mirrorless camera Sony, although with some improvements. The grip is deeper and has improved sealing against the weather. The body houses a battery life of 670 shots, which outperforms the competition without a mirror.

You will need to have an approach and a technique perfect to take advantage of its megapixel camera, but the A7R IV makes it possible. It is not cheap, but the most demanding will receive their reward.

Panasonic Lumix S1

The best 4K full-frame

Panasonic Lumix S1

Why should you buy it? For its impressive image quality, robust design, functions of professional video.

Do who is it for? For photographers who need a camera-resistant, and able.

Why we chose it? The Panasonic Lumix S1 is not what we expected from a camera without a mirror, but in many aspects exceeded these expectations. In addition to the excellent quality of picture thanks to the full frame sensor of 24 megapixels, a high-resolution mode of 96 megapixels to capture more detail with a tripod -and not without the need of a software processing. We were impressed with the quality of the JPEG files with excellent color and contrast, while RAW images provide more flexibility and high performance with a high ISO.

Use the autofocus of contrast detection and not phase detection, which is faster. Panasonic reduced the gap with the technology Depth From Defocus. The autofocus tracking and the recognition of the subject are good, even if they are not at the level of the tracking in real-time from Sony. Although the speed is similar to the systems of detection of phase of the competition, presented some occasional failures.

The control scheme doesn’t skimp on anything and is highly adjustable, outperforming other brands. Also offers slots for SD cards , and XQD, and with support for the CFExpress, that will be faster. The body is completely sealed against the weather and features the same electronic viewfinder on the A7R IV, with 5.7 million pixels and a refresh rate of 120 frames per second.

In terms of video, it was the first full-frame camera to record 4K at up to 60 frames per second. A firmware update paid unlock the complete recording of V-log and the color 4:2:2 10-bit. You can also output a video signal clean through HDMI to connect to a video recorder external. The S1 has a big advantage for aspiring filmmakers.

On the negative side, it is quite heavy. With around 2.25 pounds, it weighs more than some dslr full frame, which not makes it the best option for travel.

Sony A7 III

The best for low light scenes

Why should you buy it? Because while Sony calls its basic camera, its performance is fantastic.

Who is it for? For professionals and fans that want both portability, performance as a full frame

Why we chose it? The A7 III brings together some of the best qualities of the series A7 on a single camera-the low light performance of the in with a7s II, the dynamic range of the A7R III and part of the high speed of the A9. What’s better? Is the model full frame the least expensive of the series.

Account with a sensor of 24 megapixels with backside illumination (BSI), which provides excellent results in low light scenes, even with extremely high ISO. Their dynamic range helps to keep intact the details in shadows and reflections. The stabilization system of five-axis improves the low-light performance, while allowing you to shoot at slower shutter speeds. It offers a powerful mode of 4K video, with a number of customizable options to adjust the appearance of the image, even if it lacks the 10-bit output of the Nikon Z-6.

The third generation of the A7 is a refined product and high-end. The autofocus locks quickly, even when lighting is limited, and the burst speed of 10 fps allows you to get 40 RAW files. The battery lasts for more than 700 exhibitions, the best performance on cameras without a mirror.

What weak points? The control scheme and the menu, like the electronic viewfinder with 2.3 million points. However, the A7 III offers many features and excellent performance in low light for the price.

Nikon D850

The best digital slr camera

Nikon D850

Why should you buy it? For his images of 45 MP more continuous shooting speed of 7 fps.

Who is it for? For studio photographers, portraits, landscapes, weddings, wildlife and, probably sports activities.

Why we chose it? The DSLR series D800 Nikon have always been good in providing sensors of full-frame ultra-high resolution. But the D850 take this recipe and incorporates other ingredients. Unlike its predecessors, it offers not only a trick, but that is a complete machine, the best digital slr camera of this generation.

In the first place, offers ten megapixels more than the D810, up to 45.7. The sensor is completely new and is illuminated by the rear (BSI), the second doing so from the 42 MP Sony, the A7R Mark II. The sensors BSI are more sensitive to the light thanks to the circuits located in the back instead of the front, which is more common. With an ISO base of 64, it promises a deep capacity for dynamic range. Any fan of the D810 or D800 will feel right at home with the D850.

But that is not all. The D850 also shoot continuously up to 7 fps with a buffer that contains 170 RAW files of 12-bit or 51, in the mode 14-bit higher quality. This is impressive for a sensor of this resolution, but users can get more speed if you choose the vertical grip MB-D18 and the battery IN-EL18b, which increases the performance up to 9 fps.

Nikon has strengthened aspects of video with the D850, which offers recording 4K from the entire width of the sensor, the first DSLR full frame I achieved it.

All that resolution, speed and 4K video requires a powerful storage, so the Nikon D850 has slots for SD cards and XQD. Although less common, the XQD have transfer rates of theoretical up to 1,000 megabytes per second compared to the 440 MB of the current

Sony RX100 VII

The best auto

Sony RX100 VII

Why should you buy it? Because it offers a performance and image quality impressive.

Who is it for? For fans of photography and professionals on the move.

Why we chose it? The camera Sony RX100, again, is our choice as the best “point and shoot”. The seventh generation of this Sony system improves the already excellent recipe, when you add a viewfinder without darkening, an auto focus faster and a microphone port 3.5 mm If you mix this with the premise of “don’t fix what is not broken”, you get a machine fairly efficient.

The sensor “stack” of 20 megapixel and 1-inch returns, offering blazing fast performance of up to 20 frames per second in continuous mode, identical to the camera without a mirror A9 flagship of Sony. If well are four frames slower than the sixth generation, easy to work with in the viewfinder without darkening, so you can follow the action in real time and with greater ease. The auto focus is even faster than that of the RX100 VI, with only 0.02 seconds in ideal conditions.

As it is a Sony, the RX100 VII also includes functions of video. You can record videos in 4K at 30 fps, 1080p at 120 fps and super slow motion at 240, 480 and even 960 fps. It also incorporates the Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) to capture the maximum dynamic range and reproduce content HDR-compatible tvs, a feature reserved generally for high-end cameras. In addition, for the first time incorporates an audio jack of 3.5 mm now.

Best of all is that none of the advanced features of the RX100 VII are mandatory. They are there if you look for it, but if you want to enjoy a pocket camera easy to use, you can do it without problems.

The high price is certainly not for everyone, but the RX100 VII is a camera that you can last for a few years. You can also buy models RX100 older, completely new, and for much less money. If the viewer improved, the autofocus is slightly faster and the microphone connector are not you are impressed, you can save some money if you choose to still excellent Sony RX100 VI.

Olympus Tough TG-6

The best for travel

Olympus Tough TG-6

Why should you buy it? Because it can withstand water, dust and shock, and incorporates GPS.

Who is it for? For outdoor adventurers, and travelers of all kinds.

Why we chose it? If you need a camera able to withstand a fall from a small cliff, be run over by a car and live to tell the tale, the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-6 is for you.

With the adventurous in mind, the TG-6 is water-resistant up to a depth of 50 feet, drop-proof from a height of 7 feet and shock-proof to 200 pounds of pressure. Account with a GPS capabilities for geotagging and logging of location, which allows you to create a map of your adventure in the app Olympus Image Track.

Although the sensor is smaller than the 1-inch drives of most of the cameras, provides good image quality. The sensor 12MP blends very well with the lens f /2.0-4.9 25-100mm (equivalent to full frame). Also offer RAW files which provide maximum quality; a burst mode of 20 fps, and 4K video. In addition, it has a couple of tricks under the sleeve, such as an excellent macro mode and a Live mode Composite that makes it work with light is very easy.

The TG-6 doesn’t offer many improvements over the TG-5, but in reality it is cheaper than the previous version. Don’t hesitate to buy the old model if you find a deal, but the TG-6 reduced the flash of the lens and improved the stacking approach along with some new accessories.

Probably the most smart phones offer a certain resistance to the weather and with proper carrying case, it even can survive a good drop, but why risk damage to your phone when there are cameras such as the TG-6?

*Updated by Rodrigo Orellana on November 29, 2019.

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