22 Jan The 4 Best Five-Star Cameras to Buy in 2018
Whether you’re just dipping your toes into digital photography or you’re a professional capturing weddings and major events, it’s often hard to determine which DSLR is truly the best or which point-and-shoot you should spring for. Fortunately, we’ve done the work for you and helped determine the best digital camera options on the market. If you’re interested in the best DSLR, waterproof camera or portable camera, you’ll find our best five-star choices highlighted below. Say cheese.
Don’t let the black utilitarian look fool you, the Fujifilm X-T2 mirrorless digital camera is an excellent camera that delivers terrific photo results. Powered by a 24.3-megapixel CMOS III APS-C sensor, the X-T2 achieves a faster autofocus that results in lower noise and better color. The body is dust and moisture-resistant (a definite bonus) and has 63 points of weather sealing. Additionally, the tilting three-inch LCD display on the rear of the camera offers three-directional tilt options, so you can find just the right angle to frame your shot.
Beyond photos, video capture is well represented with both Full HD and 4K recording. In fact, the X-T2 captures 1.8x the required number of pixels for 4K video recording, so you’re sure to get five-star movie quality. Weighing just .22 pounds, the X-T2 can take around 340 images on a single battery charge (although that number decreases with movie recording).
Ideal for the camera enthusiast, Nikon’s D500 is an outstanding full-frame DSLR that holds the title of Nikon’s fastest DX-level camera ever. Capable of shooting a notable 10 frames per second (fps) with 153 autofocus points, this option is great for action photographers who love shooting sporting events or fast-moving wildlife. The 20.9-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor is paired with a EXPEED 5 image processor that creates eye-popping photography and lifelike colors. And there’s a 3.2-inch tilting LCD touchscreen display for properly reviewing (and framing) images after you snap the picture. When it comes to video, the D500 includes 4K UHD (ultra high definition) video recording at 30 fps. The camera weighs a manageable 3.75 pounds, which isn’t terribly heavy for the class and still manages around 1,240 images on a single battery life.
The digital camera market is flooded with point-and-shoot portable cameras, but the Fujifilm X100F stands above the rest even if its price tag is well above the category average. Even a cursory glance at the X100F frame tells you this isn’t an ordinary camera since it offers a fixed lens instead of a zoom. The f/2.0 lens pairs with a 24.3-megapixel, DSLR-sized APS-C sensor that takes outstanding images and can handle just about any kind of lighting. Beyond lighting, the new built-in ISO dial will help quickly adjust shutter speed settings on-the-fly without taking your eye off the image focus.
Another excellent addition is the hybrid viewfinder that provides both electronic and optical views to frame and capture the perfect shot. As for video, you can expect to shoot excellent Full HD fclips at six potential frame rates. Once images or video are captured, they’re easily reviewed on the three-inch (non-touchscreen) display that’s encased in a magnesium alloy design.
While the price tag likely means the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is out of range for more causal shooters, professional photographers will love the 61-point autofocus system that’s paired with a 30.4-megapixel CMOS sensor, plus the 7 fps of continuous shooting speed. And the 4K video recording will make sure mini movies are captured in a professional way.
Seasoned shooters should note that the native ISO sensitivity runs from ISO100-32,000, but can be expanded to 50-102,400 for enhanced noise processing. The 3.2-inch touchscreen display boasts 1,620,000 dots that are live during image capture allowing for menu navigation and image review right after the shutter is depressed. You’ll be able to snap around 900 shots before it needs to be recharged.