Find the Best Cameras of 2016 ( Or One That’s Just Plain Fun!)
Full confession: I am a recovering camera gear head. I love trying out new camera gear, experimenting with the latest technology, and having the cool new toy. That being said, I’m working hard to dial this back as it’s an expensive habit. As I narrow my equipment down, I find that I’m putting a premium on the pieces that will bring me the most joy day-to-day.
You will find plenty of lists out there about the “best” camera (whatever that means), but this list looks at the gear that is just plain fun to have in your hand.
Here are my top three fun camera picks for 2016:
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV
If you’re looking for the toy that has it all, this is it. And it’s really not fair to call this a toy because the RX 100 IV has a lot of power and is considered a travel camera for professional photographers. Like all the cameras on this list, it’s a 1″ sensor. Unlike others on this list it has an electronic viewfinder (EVF), offers 4k video, and has the sharp, bold colors typical of the Sony lineup. All of these features come in a little device that is only half a pound. It’s a huge step up from your smartphone camera without adding a lot of bulk. Given all that you can do with this powerful device, it’s hard not to have a blast!
Nikon 1 J5
The Nikon 1 series is the camera series that makes my heart go boom boom. The J5 camera is the latest in the lineup and has retro styling. Another 1″ sensor, the J5 doesn’t have the EVF or video capabilities of the Sony, but it has a fast autofocus and touch screen. Taking photos using the touch screen is incredibly fun! This is a mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses, which is fantastic for serious hobbyists. Finally, it’s one of the lightest mirrorless cameras on the market (if not the lightest!) at only 8.2 ounces.
As the saying goes, “the best camera is the one you have with you.” What if your camera equipment wasn’t an alternative to your smartphone, but a piece to enhance your smartphone? The DxO One is a 1″ sensor camera that connects to your iPhone or iPad via the lightning port. The camera does not have a screen or viewfinder, rather you use your iPhone to view and compose the scene. The sensor on this camera is 7 times larger than your iPhone’s built-in sensor and lets in nearly twice the amount of light. The DxO One is small, portable, and an awesome product for mobile photography enthusiasts.
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