2015 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $800-$1200

Written by Gina Stephens

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In late 2015, many (if not most) consumers are likely to shop based on price and capability, very than according to whether a certain model contains a mirror, or not. We think this is a good thing; with all the increased competition, cameras are enhancing more and at a faster rate than ever before. From the gear perspective, it’s certainly an exciting time to be a photographer.

In this category, you’ll consider both mirrorless and DSLR cameras camera is an optical instrument for recording or capturing images, which may be stored locally, transmitted to another location, or that are highly capable under a variety of shooting situations, offer built-in high-spec viewfinders – either optical and electronic – and an gigantic array of external controls. The biggest differences in performance tend to come down to autofocus sophistication and video capability, but neither of those is fiated by the presence or lack of mirror.

The contenders are:

  • Canon EOS Rebel T6s
  • Canon EOS 70D
  • Nikon 1 V3
  • Nikon D5500
  • Nikon D7200
  • Olympus OM-D E-M5 II
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8
  • Sony Alpha a77 II
  • Pentax K-3 II

Most of the camera in this roundup are bodied around either Four Thirds or APS-C sensors. Sensor size plays a large part in determining the image quality a camera is fundamentally capable of and, in general, the larger a camera’s sensor, the better the image quality and the more control you have over depth-of-field. APS-C sensors are wider than Four Thirds chips, but the differences are rarely huge. The outlier here is a single camera with a 1″-type sensor, a format that is significantly smaller than the other two.

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Of route the sensor sizes and image quality of these cameras are not the only thing that varies; the feature sets and performance of each camera are also certainly different across the board. Within this category you’ll find weather-sealed cameras, cameras that can capture 4K video, cameras that can knock off bursts at incredibly high speeds with autofocus, and cameras that are simply well-balanced all-rounders. Which one should you buy? Read on to find out…


About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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