STATE OF THE ART

THREE STUN­NING SNAPPERS THAT MAKE THE STEP UP FROM PHONE PHO­TOG­RA­PHY EAS­IER AND MORE RE­WARD­ING THAN EVER

T3 India - - Contents - Words: Ben An­drews Pho­tog­ra­phy: Neil God­win

Take a step up from snap­ping pics on your phone with our tricked-out trio of next-level cam­eras

These days it seems a de­cent cam­era phone can cap­ture al­most any­thing with im­pres­sive ease and clar­ity. The ca­sual shoot­ers out there prob­a­bly find a phone cam­era caters for every pho­to­graphic need, but if you start to get ex­per­i­men­tal with more artis­tic and cre­ative pho­tog­ra­phy, a phone’s com­pro­mises can soon get re­stric­tive.

Wafer-thin phone de­sign is great for porta­bil­ity, but a ded­i­cated cam­era will in­vari­ably have a com­fier, more er­gonomic form with but­tons and di­als that make it much eas­ier to take con­trol over shoot­ing set­tings to in­ject your in­di­vid­ual pho­to­graphic style. A larger cam­era body also makes room for a big­ger im­age sen­sor, and with that comes su­pe­rior pic­ture qual­ity, es­pe­cially when shoot­ing in low light. Then there’s ar­guably the pri­mary ben­e­fit of up­grad­ing from a cam­era phone to an ILC (in­ter­change­able lens cam­era): the abil­ity to fit dif­fer­ent lenses op­ti­mised for par­tic­u­lar set­tings, light­ing conditions and sub­jects. Even with mul­ti­ple built-in lenses and the magic of soft­ware trick­ery, a smart­phone still can’t reach this level of ver­sa­til­ity and op­ti­cal qual­ity.

You can spend a for­tune on a cam­era and lenses, but we’ve been re­al­is­tic and se­lected a trio of en­try-level mod­els that are still bristling with fea­tures and can grow with your de­vel­op­ing skill. They cost sim­i­lar money and each comes bun­dled with a ver­sa­tile wide-an­gle zoom lens. How­ever, there isn’t re­ally a loser here. All make a great up­grade over a cam­era phone, so choos­ing your ideal match comes down to what you value most from a cam­era.

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