Friday, May 15, 2015

Nikon D7200 vs Nikon D750: Full frame vs Crop Guide, 2015

Left: Nikon D750     Right: D7200

DX versus FX, crop vs full frame: it's a question that's been on many shooter's minds since the dawn of the so-called "affordable" full frame era. It's a false dichotomy, really. There's no question that full frame is better but the dilemma for many is whether or the cost can be justified. If you are being paid to do photography, even if it's the odd weekend wedding gig, then the answer is easier to arrive at: go with full frame, because that is where most of the competition is already at.

For the non-professional shooter, Nikon has moved the goalposts since the D7100/D6100 era. The D7200 and the D750 are both extremely capable cameras, but the value proposition has been altered somewhat. The D600 (and D610) were designed to be extremely easily "step-up" solutions for DX users: they were more or less the same camera, but with upgraded sensors. Comparatively, the D750 is more when compared to the D7200.

  • Comparatively slimmer body
  • Group Area AF
  • Higher resolution exposure meter
  • Additional highlight priority spot metering
  • Power aperture control during video and live view

Because of these additions, the gap in price between the two tiers has increased. Ordinarily, this would discourage some shoppers from looking at the more expensive option, but the situation is made less clear by the apparent lack of interest Nikon has given the serious DX market in recent years.

Update, August 2017: Interested in how the D7500 stacks up? Click here.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Canon EOS Rebel T6s (760D) and T6i (750D) Review

Canon Rebel T6s with 18-135mm STM

The Canon Rebel DSLR as a concept is pretty much the Toyota Corrolla of the camera world. It's inexpensive, it's dependable and it's a known quantity that is easily accessible for new-comers. However, like it's automotive counterpart, it also doesn't do much to excite enthusiasts. This might sound like the typical internet snobbery of mass-market blandness... it's very much not the case. If every camera was as capable as the 7D Mark II there would be a large contingent of people who would be turned off of the cost of digital photography. Cameras like the Rebels are important, as everybody has to start from somewhere.

Wait long enough and there will be a new digital Rebel. This time there are two new cameras; the T6i which is almost a straight up upgrade of the T5i, and the T6s, which fills in the (narrow) niche just below the EOS 70D. Specs that are common to both cameras are:

  • 24.2mp sensor, anti-aliasing filter present
  • 19-point autofocus system
  • Hybrid CMOS AF III live view focus
  • 7560 pixel RGB + IR metering sensor with skin tone detection
  • 3" flip-out touchscreen LCD
  • 5 fps continuous shooting
  • 1080/30p video
  • Wi-Fi with NFC

Features that are unique to the T6s and not found on the T6i are:

  • Eye sensor for optical viewfinder 
  • Top LCD display
  • Rear control dial 
  • Servo (continuous) AF in live view 

Compared to the T5i, both cameras are a significant upgrade in terms of autofocus and exposure meter capability. That's a low bar to cross, as the T5i was essentially a re-skinned T4i. The truer test of these cameras is the competition from outside the Canon family.