DE­SIGN

Three cam­eras rang­ing from fash­ion ac­ces­sory to er­gonomic work­horse

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With its leatherette fin­ish avail­able in black, white or brown, the retro-chic E-PL9 cer­tainly looks the part, though its ‘metal’ top and base plates are in fact satin plas­tic. This is one of the most com­pact in­ter­change­able-lens cam­eras you can buy, helped largely by the tiny bun­dled lens that man­ages to give a com­pa­ra­ble zoom range to the Canon and Nikon op­tics while be­ing a frac­tion of their length. The E-PL9’s com­pact­ness hasn’t com­pro­mised its us­abil­ity though. The three-inch rear touch­screen tilts up and down, mak­ing it eas­ier to cap­ture shots from dif­fer­ent an­gles, and it can also flip down through 180 de­grees to face for­ward when you want to snap a self-por­trait.

Although the Nikon D5600 is small by DSLR cam­era stan­dards, it’s still eas­ily the largest cam­era here due to the in­ter­nal me­chan­ics re­quired for its op­ti­cal viewfinder. But the pay­off is the most comfortable body de­sign of the three, with a deep-sculpted grip well suited to larger hands. The util­i­tar­ian tex­tured black plas­tic aes­thetic gives a pro­fes­sional cam­era feel, but don’t ex­pect the mag­ne­sium in­ter­nal con­struc­tion and weather seal­ing of Nikon’s high-end DSLR cam­eras. The bun­dled 18-55mm lens is larger than those from Canon

The Nikon D5600 has a deep-sculpted body grip suited to larger hands

and Olym­pus, but its clever re­tractable de­sign does at least make it the small­est DSLR lens of its type.

The EOS M50 falls neatly be­tween the other two cam­eras in size. It’s large enough to sit com­fort­ably in the hand, but can still fit in a jacket pocket. The glossy, unashamedly plas­tic cas­ing helps keep com­bined cam­era and lens weight down to a comfortable 520g, though over­all build qual­ity doesn’t feel as solid as the Olym­pus or Nikon. The M50 is the only cam­era here to sport an elec­tronic viewfinder, and it works well, giv­ing a re­al­is­tic pre­view with ac­cu­rate colour and con­trast. Canon’s menu sys­tem can also dis­play a novice-friendly guided mode, where you get handy ex­pla­na­tions to clar­ify more tech­ni­cal shoot­ing op­tions.

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