Enthusiast cam­eras

Australian T3 - - TECHRADAR -

01 CANON EOS 7 00D

$770, CANON.COM.AU, TESTED SEPTEM­BER 2013

LOVE APS-C CMOS sen­sor de­liv­ers cracking images. Jack-of-all-trades zoom kit lens. Touch­screen LCD HATE Rel­a­tively bulky T3 SAYS An ex­cel­lent be­gin­ners DSLR that takes semi-pro shots with re­li­able qual­ity SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS SEN­SOR 18.5-megapixel/1080p KIT LENS 18x55mm SCREEN 3-inch touch­screen WEIGHT 580g

02 SONY S LT-A58

$699, SONY.COM.AU, TESTED SEPTEM­BER 2013

LOVE Great value for money. Translu­cent mir­ror al­lows you to film video in a flash. De­cent lens choice

HATE Smaller LCD screen, but a fairly bulky look T3 SAYS Sony’s not-a-DSLR is fea­ture-packed with great per­for­mance and a low price SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS SEN­SOR 20.1-megapixel/1080p KIT LENS 18x55mm SCREEN 2.7-inch WEIGHT 492g

03 CANON EOS 6 50D

$619, CANON.COM.AU, TESTED OC­TO­BER 2012

LOVE Su­perb im­age qual­ity and great low-light shoot­ing thanks to fine high ISO per­for­mance

HATE No longer Canon’s top dog T3 SAYS Still an im­pres­sive DSLR with great im­age qual­ity and swift, touch­screen con­trol SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS SEN­SOR 18-megapixel/1080p KIT LENS 18x55mm SCREEN 3-inch touch­screen WEIGHT 575g

04 SAM­SUNG NX 300

$749, SAM­SUNG.COM/AU, TESTED MAY 2013 LOVE DSLR-qual­ity pho­tos. Tiltable AMOLED touch­screen. Man­ual con­trols aplenty. Built-in Wi-Fi HATE No viewfinder or built-in flash T3 SAYS Cut­ting-edge cam­era fea­tures in an at­trac­tive, com­pact pack­age – a win­ner SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS SEN­SOR 21.6-megapixel/1080p KIT LENS 18-55mm SCREEN 3.31-inch AMOLED touch­screen WEIGHT 284g

05 SONY A LPHA S LT-A37

$589, SONY.COM.AU, TESTED CHRIST­MAS 2012

LOVE Semi-trans­par­ent mir­ror means faster shoot­ing and fo­cus­ing. Ex­cep­tion­ally good video record­ing HATE Re­duced qual­ity at high ISOs T3 SAYS Con­sis­tent per­for­mance across stills and video; Sony’s not-a-DSLR is a fine cam­era SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS SEN­SOR 16.1-megapixel/1080p KIT LENS 18-55mm SCREEN 2.7-inch WEIGHT 506g (body only)

06 SONY A5000

$699, SONY.COM.AU, TESTED JUNE 2014 LOVE Com­pact size. Tilt­ing screen. High-res­o­lu­tion APS-C sen­sor. Wi-Fi con­nec­tiv­ity and selfie-ready tilt­ing screen HATE No hot­shoe. No touch­screen T3 SAYS A great up­grade if you crave bet­ter shots than your smart­phone or com­pact can han­dle SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS SEN­SOR 20.1-megapixel/1080p KIT LENS 16-50mm SCREEN 3-inch WEIGHT 269g

07 PANA­SONIC LU­MIX DMC-G5

$600, PANA­SONIC.COM.AU, TESTED CHRIST­MAS 2012

LOVE Takes great pho­tos and adds an elec­tric viewfinder and swiv­el­ling LCD to the nor­mal CSC fea­tures

HATE Not overly com­pact T3 SAYS A com­pact sys­tem cam that sac­ri­fices slim­line looks for even more DSLR-ap­ing fea­tures SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS SEN­SOR 16-megapixel/1080p KIT LENS 14-42mm Power

Zoom SCREEN 3-inch WEIGHT 396g

08 NIKON D7000

$1,400, NIKON.COM.AU, TESTED JUNE 2012

LOVE Nat­u­ral-look­ing shots and 1080p video record­ing at up to 24fps. The kit lens comes with built-in anti-shake

HATE Bar­rel dis­tor­tion and over ex­po­sure are is­sues T3 SAYS Good up­grade for those with rea­son­ably deep pock­ets who re­quire more from their DSLR SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS SEN­SOR 16.2-megapixel/1080p KIT LENS 18-105mm SCREEN 3-inch WEIGHT 690g (body only)

09 OLYM­PUS S TY­LUS 1

$799, OLYM­PUS.COM.AU, TESTED MARCH 2014

LOVE Longer lens reach. Con­stant fast f/2.8 aper­ture through­out the zoom range. Classy, DSLR-like de­sign

HATE Largest com­pact cam on test. High price tag T3 SAYS Not the small­est or cheap­est com­pact around, but it is a proper grown-up op­tion SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS SEN­SOR 12-megapixel/1080p LENS 28-300mm in 35mm

terms SCREEN 3-inch touch­screen WEIGHT 240g

10 SONY R X100 I I

$800, SONY.COM.AU, TESTED MARCH 2014

LOVE Rock solid con­struc­tion. Tilt­ing LCD and hot­shoe – a rar­ity on a com­pact. Carl Zeiss lens

HATE Tiny but­tons. No hand­grip. Ex­pen­sive for a com­pact T3 SAYS An A-grade com­bi­na­tion of op­tics and fea­tures crammed clev­erly into a pocket snap­per SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS SEN­SOR 20.2-megapixel/1080p LENS 28-200mm in 35mm

terms SCREEN 3-inch WEIGHT 281g

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