Rod Chester and Jennifer Dudley- Nicholson check out a range of hot cameras
CANON EOS 1200D $ 550, canon.com.au / harveynorman.com.au
NEW photographers looking to step up will fi nd plenty to like in Canon’s new entry- level DSLR. This 18- megapixel camera has a decent 100- 6400 ISO range, a basic 9- point autofocus system, the ability to shoot HD video, and a menu system that’s easy to navigate. On the downside, the 3- inch LCD is neither touchsensitive nor does it tilt, and it would be a better camera with wi- fi . The kit comes with an 18- 55m lens that you should consider just as a starting point. Despite being a low- end unit, it feels substantial in your hands.
NIKON 1 J4
$ 799, nikon.com.au / paxtons.com.au
NIKON is extending its range of interchangeable lens cameras, cramming a stack of features into a compact size. Although the 10- 30mm kit lens ( 27- 81mm equivalent) means it’s not quite slim enough to slip in a pocket, that’s one of its few negatives. It can shoot a staggering 20 frames a second, it has an 18.1- megapixel sensor, and there are 171 autofocus points over three areas. A touchscreen and wi- fi are good additions, even if the wi- fi connection won’t work if the camera battery is low. One of the few changes that won’t impress everyone is switching from an SD card to a smaller MicroSD card.
CYBER- SHOT RX100 III SONY
$ 1099, sony.com.au
THIS pocket- sized shooter offers a periscopic electronic viewfinder, an f1.8mm, 24mm wide- angle Zeiss lens, a 20.1- megapixel sensor, popup fl ash, and a hinged 3- inch screen. It can also transfer images to a smartphone over wi- fi .