In a world where, capturing every happy moment has become so important a culture to us, having a good camera isn’t really an option, rather it’s a necessity. One would argue that your Smartphone’s camera would pretty much replace a real camera especially judging from the massive improvements that we are seeing in smartphone cameras today. However, to the conventional perception, the thought of having a real camera do the job, actually sounds better. It’s like the way we view automatic vehicles today.
Over 80 percent of vehicles being produced today are automatic. But guess what, despite these automatic cars being better for the average driver, there is still this feeling that Auto’s don’t have and this is the real driving effect. That’s what auto cars don’t have, same with our smartphone cameras today. When you are shooting a video on a DSLR, there is that pride that comes from the inside. A pride you don’t get when using your smartphone camera. This means that apart from owning a smartphone with a high-resolution camera, (for those unprepared photo sessions, where you don’t have a real camera with you) you still need to own a real SLR camera.
The argument isn’t really based on the pride you have when you are using a DSLR for your shooting sessions. Rather it’s firmly grounded on the fact that most DSLR cameras come with additional features. Features you won’t find in a typical smartphone camera. They include things like higher optical zoom levels, exposure balances plus high apertures.
So which is the best camera for an everyday photographer? This article will shed light on three of the best cameras that we have handpicked for you. It will help you make a good decision when buying your first professional camera. All cameras discussed in this article revolve around the 25000 Rupees price tag and are entry-level professional cameras.
Canon PowerShot SX60-HS (Pricing: 26,800 Rupees)
If you have read our earlier camera reviews, you must have realized that Canon cameras are really pricey if compared with their equal matches from Nikon, Casio or Fujifilm. However, there are many satisfying reasons for this exorbitant trend in Canon products. For one, Canon cameras are well-designed and secondly they are way more durable than most of their competitors. The Canon PowerShot SX60-HS is an entry-level camera designed to satisfy the needs of a newbie or an average Photographer in the DSLR scope.
It features a 16.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor with an additional DIGIC 6 image processor from Canon’s own HS developers. In addition, you are getting a camera with up to 65 times (65X) optical zoom and 4 times digital zoom which gives it a total combined zoom of 260 times (260 X). Can you believe it! At 260X this thing is actually a microscope, I bet you can even spot your blood cells if you extend that zoom barrel on your skin.
Even so, having a high optical zoom capability isn’t enough to lure the professional photographer’s heart. So Canon further included an optical stabilizer for this camera, so as to ensure optimum precision when shooting. The designers also made sure that this product will have a tiltable or Vari-angle LCD screen which comes in handy when shooting from tricky positions, like overhead shots. The LCD screen itself measures 3 inches and can flip or rotate for up to 270 degrees. The LCD screen’s resolution is a good 922k dots, which is practical for a small SLR camera like this one.
I also liked the fact that Canon included a 0.2-inch viewfinder on this gadget, something that most cameras in this class seem to lack. The product is also compatible with a hot shoe, which helps in boosting the camera’s flash and also controlling it’s off-camera Speedlite wirelessly. Canon was very considerate when they include Wi-Fi and NFC capabilities on this device. With these utilities, you can easily share your videos and photos to online video sites like YouTube and Facebook. The NFC utility helps you share stuff you shoot on this camera, with other devices like laptops and tablets.
The grip is ergonomically designed so that you won’t tire when shooting for considerably long sessions. It’s also textured for a firmer grip. This camera can shoot in full HD (1080 pixels), making it an ideal product for Vlogging or shooting short films and interviews. The camera weighs 1.4 pounds and uses standard Lithium batteries.
|Continuous shooting||60 fps|
|Screen size||3.0 inch tiltable (270 degrees)|
|Wi-Fi and NFC support||Yes|
|Average User Rating||4.5/5 stars|
Nikon D3300 (Pricing: 25,000 Rupees)
As mentioned earlier, the only area that Nikon seems to have an edge over Canon, is pricing. Nikon cameras tend to offer more at cheaper prices than Canon products. For example, the camera we are about to see here, is cheaper than the Canon PowerShot SX60-HS by almost 2000 Rupees, yet it features a 24.2 megapixel CMOS sensor. You can’t compare this to Canon’s 16.1 MP sensor in their PowerShot SX60-HS. The fact that both cameras have image stabilization capability, means that the stronger (24.2MP) image sensor will give far much better videos and images than the weaker sensor.
The Nikon D3300 is, by all means, a video shooting camera. Its long range inbuilt microphone and Nikon’s own EXPEED 4 image processor in this device tells you that it will capture some really nice images and video footages. Nikon included picture control utility on this device, which enables you to manipulate different aspects of the images, so as to suit your video shooting needs.
The camera weighs 460 grams on average and comes in 3 conventional colors. You can choose between, Black, Gray or Red, depending on your preferences. The extended ISO range of about 100- 12800, has helped suppress noise on this device when shooting videos outdoors. The camera also offers a maximum of 5 frames per second in continuous shooting mode, making it one of the best cameras in the market today for shooting moving objects.
In addition, it also includes a 0.85x viewfinder and image editing capabilities. This camera actually allows you to retouch your photos even without the need to transfer them to a phone or computer which has an image editing software. Nikon gives you 13 special effects on this device which you can edit your photos with so as to add a sparkle onto them. The camera has a WU-1a wireless adapter that is designed to help you control the camera wirelessly from a smartphone or tablet.
With the help of Nikon’s wireless mobile utility app, you can easily share photos and videos to your smartphone or tablet wirelessly. This camera supports recording of videos in Full HD (1080p) thus ideal for Vlogging. Even so, the product lacks an Auto Focus motor and hence it has to be mounted with external AF lenses so that it can Autofocus. The LCD display measures 3 inches and it has a 921 dot resolution, with an added 420 pixel RGB sensor metering tool. Read more about Nikon D3300 at Top 3 Nikon DSLR Camera under 50000 Rupees.
|Screen size||3.0 inches|
|Wi-Fi and NFC support||Yes|
|Color||Black, Red, Gray|
|Full HD shooting||Yes 1080 p|
|Average User Rating||4.7/5 stars|
Canon Powershot SX540-HS Digital camera (Pricing: 21,000 rupees)
This camera tries to pack precision and high resolution together while compromising on unnecessary features like design. Unlike most of its counterparts in this class of entry-level cameras, this product has a high optical zoom, though not as high as in the Canon PowerShot SX60-HS. Its zoom lens can extend up to (50X) and is enhanced with an image stabilizer. The LCD display on this device measures 3 inches, just like in the two cameras we have already discussed.
The screen’s resolution, however, is not something to envy, since it’s only a 461k dot LCD display. Remember, in the two cameras that we discussed earlier, the LCDs’ resolution is well over 900k dots. But considering that this product is cheaper than the two, this is understandable. After all, we aren’t interested in how the image looks on the LCD display, rather we are drawn more to the quality of the image as it looks on a computer screen or in other gadgets’ screens.
Even so, this camera has a considerably strong image sensor, since it features a 20.3 MP CMOS sensor with an additional DIGIC 6 image processor. It can shoot videos in full HD (1080 pixels). The focal length range on this camera is a good 24-1200mm and thus it can capture a wide angle and deliver superb telephoto scenes. Canon was really careful to squeeze in a little touch of Wi-Fi and NFC utilities in this product. Otherwise, it wouldn’t exactly be in this class of the best cameras around 25000 rupees. The inbuilt Wi-Fi and NFC capabilities help in sharing videos and photos between the camera and other devices.
However, before you settle for this camera, it’s good that you consider the following letdowns in it. First, it has no viewfinder, meaning that you are not exactly going to use it for those highly professional photography needs. Secondly, the LCD display is fixed or in short, it doesn’t rotate. To me, this comes as a major drawback, since I am always using my camera to get overhead shots at functions, especially when I am in a gathering with tall people. Lastly, this camera is a power guzzler. You will need to have extra batteries for this one if you are going to survive with it as a business camera.
|Model||Powershot SX540 HS|
|Continuous shooting||5.9 fps|
|Screen size||3.0 inches|
|Wi-Fi and NFC support||Yes|
|Weight||1kg on average|
|Full HD shooting||Yes 1080p|
|Average User Rating||4.4/5stars|
After much argument with a professional photographer, I discovered to my utter displeasure that Nikon is not the winner this time. The best camera of the three products discussed in this piece, is the Canon PowerShot SX60-HS. Its design is overwhelming. The textured veneer and ergonomic grip are an eye pleaser, not to mention that its LCD screen can twist up to 270 degrees. Nevertheless, the part that this camera really knocks the other two out of the game, is in optical zoom. A combined zoom of 260 times (260X) is not a joke. That’s the kind of lens you would find in a telescope, if am not wrong (Just kidding!). For your information, if you are looking for a spying camera, buy the Canon PowerShot SX60-HS.