A camera is now one of the most indispensable devices on the planet. It’s as if we can’t go on and out a day without carrying one, may it be a smartphone with camera or the “real deal”. It gives us that assurance that we can keep the moments we cherish through the pictures we take. And that’s a huge deal especially that we are humans full of emotions.
While others are satisfied with cameras that “just take pictures”, there are many out there who want the best images to keep. This is where a great camera comes in. But great almost always means expensive. If you have the money to shell out, though, it will all be worth it. You’re getting the equal value (or even more) for what you’re going to pay for. As much as we love affordable cameras, we strongly recommend the ones below. Sure, they cost a lot, but you would be more than satisfied to have one of them in your bag.
Best Rated High-End DSLR Camera
Extreme image resolution and sharp images are what the Canon EOS 5Ds R can boast to potential buyers. It features an optical low pass filter effect cancellation, which makes sharper and more detailed image quality. As Chuck Westfall of Canon USA explains [about the difference of the 5Ds and 5Ds R, which are basically siblings): “The EOS 5DS uses a conventional low pass filter design in which a single point of image data entering the filter is first separated into two points and ultimately into four points by the time the data reaches the image sensor. By comparison, the EOS 5DS R uses a different low pass filter design in which the single point entering the filter is first separated into two points and then the two points are merged back into a single point by the time the data reaches the image sensor.”
When it comes to build quality, it isn’t a disappointment. Although it is not as stylish as other DSLR cameras out there, it makes up for its solid construction. It has a magnesium-alloy shell and is fully weather-sealed. When matched with a weather-sealed lens, it’s ready to shoot in just about any conditions you might come up with. Moreover, it does feel like it can withstand years of regular use. Word of caution, though: this isn’t a camera for everyone as it does have its many limitations. If versatility is what you’ve been looking for combined with the ability to use fairly high ISO settings with little noise and good dynamic range, this model might not be the best choice.
Best High-End Compact Camera
Leica is the name that first comes to mind whenever you say “superb quality requires high price”, at least in the camera market. And it is no wonder that the Leica 10771 M Range Finder Camera is one of the most sought after compact cameras because of its amazing photography performance albeit its expensive price tag. First and foremost, it features a full-frame Leica Max 24MP CMOS sensor and Maestro image processor to deliver rich image quality with low noise levels and smooth color and tonal gradations. The sensor and processor combination also avails the ability to shoot continuously up to 3 fps, record full HD 1080p video, and enable a top sensitivity of ISO 6400. Unique among digital cameras, the M maintains Leica’s preference for a rangefinder design and incorporates a 0.68x optical viewfinder with split and superimposed manual focusing and automatic parallax correction. Moreover, it is the first to integrate live view shooting capabilities, with the added convenience of being able to check focus and composition on the rear 3.0″ 920k-dot LCD monitor.
Another great thing about this model is the fact that aside from its being compact, you can mount different lenses on it. You are able to utilize the vast network of M-mount lenses; it is also compatible with Leica R-mount lenses via an optional adapter. Additionally, the Leica 10771’s body is constructed from die-cast magnesium alloy and wrapped in a synthetic leather covering while the top and bottom plates are made from milled brass and the rear LCD is covered with scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass. Altogether, this durable design is built for enhanced strength and resistance to splashes, dust, and inclement conditions. An integrated thumb rest, along with a minimal, yet intuitive ergonomic control scheme avail quick access to necessary camera controls. Finally, its improved 1800mAh lithium-ion battery can last a whole day of shooting photos continuously.
Best Premium Still Camera
The Pentax 645Z SLR Camera from Ricoh Imaging is an amazing medium format camera that can be at par with other more expensive cameras in terms of image quality. It’s so bulky, but it makes up for its excellent performance. It has a sensor that’s considerably bigger than the sensors in full frame cameras such as the Nikon D810 and Canon 5D Mark III. In fact, as it measures 43.8×32.8mm, it’s around 1.68x their size. Speaking of sensor, it boasts a Sony CMOS sensor, one that has been commended for noise control. The pixel count has been boosted as well — from 40 to 51 megapixels. Furthermore, the sensor is coupled with a PRIME III image engine that enables up to 10 raw images (or 30 images large highest quality JPEGs) to be shot at a maximum speed of approximately three frames per second (fps).
There are a few other significant features on this camera that are equally impressive for its class. The maximum sensitivity setting is now ISO 204,800, significantly higher than the ISO 6400 maximum offered by most other medium format cameras. There’s also a tilting 3.2-inch 1,037,000-dot LCD screen which is capable of showing a Live View image, and Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) movies may be shot at 60i/30P in H.264 format. Finally, it is a well-constructed camera that you’re rest assured it’s going to last for years.
Best High-End Camera for Videos
The Nikon D810 FX-format Digital SLR Camera is arguably the best of Nikon yet. It does not only make enthusiast photgraphers excited but also aspiring videographers out there who want a camera that does photo and video impressively. It boasts a 36.3 megapixel sensor without an anti-aliasing filter. This feature enables the camera to record even more detail. In fact, the Nikon D810 produces ‘the highest image quality in Nikon’s history’. Additionally, the sensor is coupled with Nikon’s EXPEED 4 processing engine, which also contributes to better image quality.
This new Nikon model is equipped with a high-resolution LCD screen. In addition, it is capable of shooting videos at 50 and 60p. There’s also a new Flat Picture Control mode that has reduced sharpening and contrast to maximise dynamic range for better post-capture grading. This new Picture Control mode is also available when shooting stills. Moreover, it is now possible with this camera to adjust image clarity or micro contrast to give an impression of greater (or reduced) sharpness without over-emphasising strong edges. Video (and stills) may be shot in FX or DX format and there’s a clean HDMI out, plus the ability to capture full-resolution footage in-camera and on an external recorder simultaneously. Overall, this is the camera you’d want to own when you take videos and photos a lot. The donwside: it has no built-in Wi-Fi.