Fujifilm X100S 16.3MP Digital Camera
When it comes to digital cameras, Fujifilm is a well-known brand. Its X100 digital camera was highly appreciated by the expert when it was launched. However, there were a few drawbacks that were really annoying to the customers. So, two years later the brand came up with a replacement, the X100S Digital Camera. Another upgrade dubbed the X100T was also announced in the year 2014, but we will be focusing on the X100S because of the demands from our readers.
Improved Focus System
Users suffered a lot with both manual and auto focusing systems of the X100S. So, learning from the mistakes, Fujifilm brought some major improvements to the X100T. Focus peaking and split-image features have been introduced. Also, the focus ring is a lot easier to use on this device. While shooting in burst mode, the focus gets locked really fast for the first frame.
New 16.3 MP Sensor
The Fujifilm X100S features an APS-C size sensor, which is capable of capturing images in 16.3 megapixels. The optical low-pass filter is also removed that helps the processor to convert more information and make the image sharper. Thanks to the X-Trans bespoke pixel array that reduces the moiré effect without compromising on the quality.
Another great thing about this device is that it has got an ND filter, which is like a sunglass for the sensor to help in the bright conditions. Shadows and highlights can also be controlled separately. Also, its shutter is really silent and will give you the opportunity to capture those important moments.
Surprisingly, this digital camera comes with a hybrid viewfinder capable of displaying the frame both optically and electronically. The prism can go really bright to make everything easily readable when the intensity of diffused light is too high.
The Same Design but Revamped Controls
Fujifilm has used the same design of X100 on this camera so that the users can find it familiar. Moreover, a number of control features have been added. A special ‘Q’ button on the bottom right brings a quick menu on the screen and gives you access to the most used settings. Horizontal leveler is also present that helps in orienting the images perfectly.
Good for Low Light Situations
Cameras with cropped sensors and fixed lens do not generally perform in dim conditions, but this device is really amazing on that front. Up to ISO 12800 the images remain absolutely clean without any kind of noise.
- Silent operation
- Focus peaking
- Phase detection
- Captures good images in low light
- Hybrid viewfinder
- ND filter
- Full HD video recording at 30 or 60 frames per second
- Short battery life
- Fixed lens
- Menu is hard to browse through
Let me clear one thing that this camera is not for professional photographers. The biggest downside is that you cannot change lenses. However, as a compact digital camera it offers great picture quality and also it is very easy to control and operate. The Fujifilm X100S is a great option for those find hard to operate a DSLR, but still want to shoot good quality images.
Canon EOS 70D
Canon DSLRs has been appreciated by customers for the features and great picture quality they offer even in the hardest situation. The Canon EOS 70D was launched back in the year 2013 and even on this day, no other camera in this price segment is good enough to compete in terms of performance and delivery. Many experienced photographers have even stated that the device is better than EOS 7D model in terms of performance and much better than the EOS 60D in terms of built. It can be purchased at a highly reasonable price of 68,979 rupees.
20.2 MP Sensor
The Canon EOS 70D features a high resolution 20.2 MP sensor that measures 22.5 X 15 mm in dimensions. It is not a full frame sensor though much more sensitive. With the anti-aliasing filter removed, the camera can capture even more information and reproduces images that are sharper than ever.
It houses DIGIC 5+ processor, which is much fast as compared to the DIGIC 4 processor that was featured on the 60D. Up to 7 images can be shot every second. Fast processing creates large buffer enabling this camera for action photography.
You might not like the low light performance of the EOS 70D because noise fills the whole image even at ISO 12800. However, let me tell you that images that it takes in dull situations are far better than those of Nikon 7100, which is considered a possible alternative to this device. Wide dynamic range is preserved that can be further enhanced in post processing phase.
The 70D offers a whopping 19 auto-focus points that use phase detection technology to focus on the subject at blazing fast speed. The most impressive feature of this camera is the continuous autofocus system that also works in video mode.
You will also find a fully articulating display panel on this DSLR camera. It can be flipped and rotated at any angle. This allows the users to see what is being recorded when the camera itself gets positioned at a higher or lower altitude. Unlike the 60D, the display also allows touch input, which can be useful while recording a video.
Moreover, about 1.04 million dots light up every detail that this camera sees through its eyes.
Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity
The most appreciable of all is the inbuilt Wi-Fi connectivity on this DSLR. You will be able to wirelessly transfer images to your smartphone or PC. Moreover, this feature also allows the users to control the camera remotely.
Records Video in 1080p
Full HD video recording with live view auto focusing is also possible on the Canon EOS 70D DSLR camera. It captures great highlights and all the details. Movie playback is supported, but Canon has not provided any headphone jack in the design. Both IPB and ALL-I compression methods are available. If the manufacturer had offered a few more features on this camera, then it could have been a great video production package.
- Dual Pixel CMOS AF
- Burst rate of 7 frames per second ensures that you do not lose any moment
- Great for action photography
- Ultrafast DIGIC 5+ processor
- 3-inch articulating touch display
- Inbuilt Wi-Fi with remote control enabled
- No anti-aliasing filter
- Decent dynamic range
- Live view auto focusing while recording video
- ALL-I and IPB compression
- Lacks headphone jack
- Higher ISO performance is not that impressive
The Canon EOS 70D is a kind of camera that can suitable for all kinds of photography needs. It does not matter if you are into documentary making or professional photography, this device can take it all. I personally like the fact that while recording videos it continuously tracks the subject, a feature, which is not available on most of the DSLRs in this segment.
Canon EOS Rebel SL1
DSLR cameras are bulky and hard to operate, which is why some of us prefer ordinary digital cameras for point and shoot photography. But there is no match for the image quality that DSLR provides. Canon did something unique in this regard by launching the world’s smallest and lightest Digital Single-Lens Reflex Camera just a few years back. The Canon EOS Rebel SL1 not only offers great handling but also the end user finds it easy in daily use. Even a layman can operate this camera without going through a bunch of tutorials.
APS-C Size Sensor
The manufacturer has put an APS-C size sensor in the small body of this device, which is a much appreciable thing. It captures stunning quality images with many details and high dynamic range. Considering the price, the pixel count of 18 MP seems to be appropriate. The 9 autofocus points of this camera are situated sparsely to cover full view field. The central focus point is a cross-type one that allows for fast and efficient focusing of the subject.
DIGIC 5 Processor
At the heart of this camera is DIGIC 5 processor that operates in 14 bit and works flawlessly. Fast processing keeps clearing up the buffer at a speed higher than that of the shutter. Moreover, the continuous shooting speed of 4 frames per second is also good for a camera of this segment.
Decent Low Light Performance
The native ISO limit of 12800 can be boosted up to ISO 25600 via advanced settings. Images remain clear and noise-free up to ISO 6400. The Canon EOS Rebel SL1 is a great affordable solution for low light photography and video recording.
Apart from featuring a compact form factor, this camera also looks much attractive. Although the body is small, you will find no problem while handling the Rebel SL1. It’s hand grip fits into the hand of any size and the buttons can also be reached without stretching the fingers. Moreover, a control dial at the top allows for changing of various shooting modes.
This DSLR camera also features a 3 inch LCD touch panel, which is easier to operate. The software is designed in a way that even newbie can find what they are looking for without using the user manual. Even if you are not familiar with various settings, you can use Canon Rebel SL1 without the help of tutorial video. Just use the Scene Intelligence Auto Mode and tell the camera what type of image you want, the rest will be done automatically. There is also a creative auto mode that allows the users to take professional photographs without even touching anything on the menu.
Amazing Video Recording Features
The Rebel SL1 will certainly give a big surprise to those who like to record cinema grade videos on DSLRs. It can record full HD videos at 30 frames per second. A microphone input jack is also provided to allow the users to record great quality audio. This camera also allows for continuous autofocus while recording videos. Moreover, you will not have to struggle while switching to movie mode because a video toggle is also provided on the camera body.
- APS-C 20 MP sensor
- Full HD video recording
- DIGIC 5 processor
- SD card slot
- Good at low light photography
- Large buffer
- Easy to operate
- Continuous autofocus while recording videos
- Only one cross-type autofocus point
This DSLR camera will be a great entry-level device for those who are planning for a long career in photography. It is easy to use and can be carried around. Moreover, the continuous autofocus feature that also works in the video mode will help this device to stand out in the crowd.