Full-frame cameras offer many advantages for photography enthusiasts, from creamy shallow depth of field and expansive dynamic range to exceptional high ISO performance and low light photography capabilities. Vloggers and those looking to capture high-quality videos may especially find these cameras useful.
Full-frame sensors feature larger pixels that capture more information and detail than their APS-C counterparts, resulting in superior image quality at higher ISO settings. They can also discern finer color variations within hues for more realistic photographs.
Full-frame cameras enable photographers to utilize wide-angle lenses designed for 35mm film cameras, such as 24mm lenses. On full-frame DSLR or mirrorless cameras, 24mm lenses will cover an ultra wide angle; when used on an APS-C camera they only cover 36mm semi wide view due to APS-C’s 1.5x crop factor; making full-frame photography an invaluable asset when shooting landscape photography and astrophotography.
If you want a camera small enough to slip into your coat pocket while offering excellent stills and 4k video performance, the Ricoh GR III is an outstanding option. Boasting shallow depth of field, high ISO capabilities, Raw/JPEG image quality that rivals most smartphones and a great shutter release button design make it the ideal option.
However, it was never intended to capture action photography and cannot track subjects as quickly. Furthermore, only 8 fps is captured during AF-C mode and it takes too long for its buffer to clear – less than ideal when shooting fast action!
Sony is offering people access to production values previously only available with more expensive cameras by including Log recording capability and direct upload of custom LUTs – making the leap from smartphone video production more cost-effective for a wider audience.
Compact point-and-shoot camera
Smartphone cameras continue to improve, offering more features than ever, yet nothing beats a dedicated point-and-shoot camera for image quality. Many models can even fit easily in your pocket!
Your camera’s sensor should have more space, its lens more versatile, and may even offer you the choice between shooting raw or JPEG files for increased flexibility.
Panasonic Lumix LX15 (or the TZ90 in certain regions) is one of the top point-and-shoots available today, boasting a 1-inch 20 megapixel sensor to produce impressively good image quality with beautiful shallow depth of field, excellent high ISO performance, fast lens blurring backgrounds easily and decent burst mode features such as Face Tracking AF. Unfortunately it lacks an EVF and its touchscreen is sometimes less responsive than anticipated.