Hands-on Canon 80D Review vs the 70D, a6300 and more

I have been using the 80D for the last 30 days and I am now ready to share my opinion of Canon's successor to the popular 70D. You want to know - what’s changed, do I recommend upgrading from the 70D to the 80D and how does this camera hold up in a crowded field of DSLRS and mirrorless cameras like the a6300, D7200, D500, GH4 - etc. Link for more informationhttps://youtu.be/tLQI_Jba3pMQuick reminder of my opinion on the Canon 70D- I loved the dual pixel AF, it tracked so well - even without STM lenses - that coupled with the very nice articulating touchscreen made this camera super easy to use for video and that articulating touchscreen is useful for photos as well. 70D Image and video quality are very good and at the time of release very similar to other cameras on the market.Buy the Canon 80D from B&H Photo and support this website.  Your use of these links allows me to continue to review gear (and have health insurance) Thanks!

What has changed with the Canon 80D vs the 70D

  • 24MP sensor vs 20MP in the 70D
  • 45 Cross type points vs 19 in the 70D, 27 of those AF points work at f/8 - this is important and helpful to photographers working with longer telephoto lenses and teleconverters and makes it even better than the 7D Mark II when using longer lenses with teleconverters.
  • Improved low light focusing capabilities
  • 100% viewfinder coverage vs 98%
  • A deeper buffer (70d buffer already was decent)
  • Flicker detection like the 7D mark II and D500 for more consistent exposures in gyms/arena etc
  • 1080p 60fps!!! The 70D only offered 60fps at 720 and you have Mp4 format now too
  • The ability to control the speed of auto focus in movies.
  • Intervalometer AND time lapse movie mode!
  • A headphone jack!! And it is positioned to not block the rotating screen
  • NFC AND WIFI while the 70D only had Wifi and the 80D wifi allows control during video - something not possible with the 70D - you also have the option of adding
  • Two custom modes on the dial

No other camera provides this level of performance while remaining so easy to use.

So what does all that translate to in real world use? The Canon 80D is a very good camera that is incredibly user friendly with an approachable menu system. No other camera provides this level of performance while remaining so easy to use. I am talking about really using the camera - not just leaving it on auto. Any camera is easy to use on auto. This sounds great? Right?  Frustratingly Canon sensor tech is still behind the competitors, despite all the buzz from the increased dynamic range. Yes it is better but still behind the competitors in dynamic range, high iso and overall image quality. The 80D just does not match up against the current Nikons (or even last years d7200) or the Sony a6300. And it lacks many of the more pro level video features you find in the Sony a6300 and Panasonic Gh4 like focus peaking, slog format and 4k video.  About 4k - some of you will be angry that it isn’t included in a camera that clearly is proud of it’s video features and some of you are angry that people are angry it wasn’t included, a few of you just don't care. Just recognize that not everyone uses cameras these days for just photos and despite the fact that you might not know anyone with a 4K TV - it can still be useful to have a camera that shoots 4K and many do mid-2016.

Who cares about 4k Video?

So I set you up - a great camera that is really easy to use BUT doesn't match the competition in image quality or features.  Just keep in mind that for the most part that quality difference isn’t huge and for the vast majority of us - the image or video quality provided by the Canon 80D isn’t going to hold us back. You can make fantastic images and video with this camera.  Another advantage of the 80D is the Canon ecosystem - your lens selection is HUGE with loads of affordable options. This is something Sony hasn’t matched yet and even Nikon doesn’t have quite the same affordable selection. Though at the pro level I will call them tied. I do want to give a special shoutout to the 55-250 STM, this really is such a nice lens and an awesome value. Not only a good telephoto, also useable as a macro!  I would recommend you pick up the Canon 80D with the 18-55 and 55-250 STM unless you want power zooming that the new 18-135 nano USM lens provides when paired with the PZ-E1 adapter and you can even zoom via the canon app.  And remember that vs Nikon - Canon's dual pixel AF provides smooth and silent autofocus during video.  Nikon has introduced some new lenses to try and match but the underlying tech still makes nikon DSLR focus slow and distracting when used during filming.

The perfect camera for...

I see the 80D really appealing to 

  • Wildlife photographers on a budget - if offers excellent AF performance with longer lenses - pair it with the 55-250 STM and you do have one of the best all around performers (see below for additional lens recommendations)
  • Youtubers/Amature videographers looking for good quality in an exceptionally easy to use package - Youtubers especially, this camera combined with the wifi app makes recording talking head videos like most of what is on my channel, extremely easy.
  • Photographers looking for a decent all around camera that offers plenty of room to grow as a photographer and cover a variety of photographic needs.

See below for recommended lenses and accessories forThose who want the absolute best performance in low light and image/video quality should consider the a6300 (my review of the a6300) or Nikon D7200 or Nikon D500 (My Review - current king of APS-C cameras in terms of performance and focusing power)Those that want more serious video options should choose the a6300 or GH4Should Canon 70D users upgrade? While there are certainly improvements, better dynamic range at lower ISOs and less noise at higher ISOs - the differences are not massive and your money is better spent on a nice lens, especially a prime lens or saving for a future model or full frame. Exceptions to this, if you want to start using teleconverters with longer focal lengths or want the better video features and wifi app control over video.The best Canon 80D Package - 18-55 + 55-250 STM | Buy from B&H PhotoCanon 80D best value Wildlife Photographers on a BudgetCanon 80D with 18-55 and 55-250 STM Or For massively more reach - Canon 80D with 18-55, Sigma 1.4x Converter and Sigma 150-600 C - Total potential zoom here is over 1300mm! YoutubersCanon 80D with Canon 10-18 for handheld, stabilized selfie video and a nice prime lens like the 40mm f/2.8 for pro looking videoGeneral PhotographyCanon 80D with 18-55 and 50mm f/1.8 STMRecommended Canon 80D Accessories

Would you like to have a detailed discussion about what gear is going to work best for you? I provide that in my support group.  Join for just $5/month - your contribution supports the work we do here and you get access to all the Lightroom videos, the support group and more. 

Nikon D500 Review

D500 - The briefest review!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnZ3OeIoVLAAs I often like to do I will give you the summary of my review up front. This is now the king of APS-C cameras. There is NOTHING better- but does that mean it is the best camera for you?  Let’s discuss what I love and what I less than love about the D500.  But before we do let's mention the previous champ of APS-C - the Canon 7D Mark II. The 7DM2 was the king in this class and I loved the AF peroformance and ergonmics but even when it was released I was frustrated with lack of articulating touchscreen and wifi, I feel like Nikon looked at what was missing there and said here you go - oh and we have stuck an excellent sensor in there with files that while not noise free are certainly clean enough to deliver to clients at 12,800The D500 Offers

  • No AA filter for noticeable sharper images vs Canon 7D Mark II
  • 10 FPS
  • The BEST AF system of any APS-C camera to date
    • FAST
    • Aaccuratelyy tracks moving subjects (in low light on the dance floor IT WORKS)
    • Excellent AF customization options
    • AF Point Coverage across the frame.   
    • The little thumb joystick for moving the AF point is perfectly placed
  • 4K UHD Video Recording at 30 fps
  • Rugged articulating touchscreen
  • Wifi with smart bluetooth NFC system that once set up automatically transfers the images

In the hand this is the nicest feeling Nikon camera I have ever held.  Typically I have found the grips to be a little too narrow on Nikon cameras and with the D500 they have rounded that out nicely.  And typical of most Nikon prosumers the physical control buttons are excellent with little need to spend time in the menu - which is good because although the camera has a touchscreen you can only use it to select focus in live view and navigate playback, it does not work for menu navigation.  If you consider that a downside the only other downside I can come up with is the focus in video -Nikon still does not off dual pixel AF system like canon so we very much have that womp womp effect while it searches for focus (demonstrated in the video above)  - if you don’t need autofocus while filming you can ignore this issue.  Overall the 4K video quality is VERY good. Now lots of people made a big deal about the 2x crop factor when shooting 4k  Just go buy a slightly wider lens and you will be fine. I think many people watching this video and reading this post will be trying to figure out if they should go with the Nikon D7200, The D500 or a full frame camera like the Nikon D750.    That full frame sensor on the D750 is still going to give you slightly better results in low light, The D7200s strength is saving you $1,000 and still providing an excellent all around camera capable of shooting sports and wildlife as well as being slightly more travel friendly.  As much as I love the D500 it is more camera than most of us need and you could put that $1000 toward a nice lens or TWO that will do more for your photography than buying the more expensive body UNLESS you Really that AF system for FAST subjects - FAST action sports, birds in flight or maybe you do want to record in 4K video too.  Benefit of the D7200 vs the D500/D750

  • Smaller and Lighter - almost 1/2 lb lighter than the D500.
  • Cheaper - Buy the Nikon D7200 from B&H Photo (Body only $1046)
  • Vs the D750 you only need DX lenses which are cheaper and lighter too.

Benefits of the D750 vs the D500/D7200

  • Full frame sensor better in low light - 24MP full frame vs 20MP crop in D500 and 24MP crop in D7200
  • Lighter than the D500
  • Offers articulating screen vs the Nikon D7200
  • That full frame look (do you hate me for saying this? )
  • The best value Full Frame camera on the market (regardless of manufacturer) Buy from B&H Photo (Body only $1996.95)

Benefits of the D500 vs the D750/D7200

  • The BEST AF speed, coverage and accuracy
  • 10 FPS vs 6ish in the D750/D7200
  • No AA filter for increased detail.
  • Rugged Articulating touchscreen
  • Pro body form and function with manual control for just about everything
  • Wifi with Snapbridge for easy auto transfer of your photos
  • Vs the D750 you only need DX lenses which are cheaper and lighter too and you have additional "reach" because of the crop factor.
  • Buy the Nikon D500 from B&H Photo (body only $1996.95)

For me - If you are a general photographer including travel get the D7200.  If you want better quality in low light get the D750 and if you are photographing action, FAST action the D500 makes the most sense.  Or if you want 4K video with Nikon.I want to know which of the three you would pick and why? And what feature of the D500 is your favorite. Leave a comment below. I will be collecting the best to share in a future video.  Support our work - Buy the Nikon D500: http://bhpho.to/1Ujv6vwBuy the Nikon D7200: http://bhpho.to/1r5CS4qBuy the Nikon D750: http://bhpho.to/24mGXyh

Canon 80D- Noticeable Improvements in Dynamic Range?

Canon 80D at BH PhotoDpreview has their hands on the Canon 80D and"testing shows that Canon's EOS 80D features a sensor with greatly improved Raw dynamic range. The results appear to confirm the company has moved to a new sensor design with lower read noise."Keep in mind that when we get excited about the increased dynamic range from current Sony and Nikon cameras - it's still not something you see or notice in normal day to day shooting - it when you begin to work with the RAW file in Lightroom and increase exposure in the shadows that you start to really see a difference.   Dpreview has some side by side comparisons of the 70D and 80D.Click Through to see the full DPreview Article Noticeable improvement but before we get excited this seems to still behind what Nikon is offering in the D7200 that was released over a year ago.   Then again the D7200 doesn't have a great touchscreen with Dual Pixel AF and the updated AF system that the 80D offers that looks stellar with longer lenses and teleconverters.   - So it all depends on what you need and what.  You can watch my 80D preview video below and pre order from B&H or Amazon- using these links supports the work we do here.   Thanks. Full DPreview Article Preorder the Canon 80D from B&H Photo  or Amazon - Starts shipping next week!

Canon 80D Officially Announced

The Canon 80D has now been officially announced- The leaked specs were extremely accurate - there is additional information to suggest that the dual pixel AF system has been improved and the kit lens is now upgraded to IS USM, no longer STM- read more below.  How does the 80D compare to the 70D and T6s? Watch the video below and visit 80D vs 70D vs T6s/T6i for more info.Preorder Available from B&H Photo  Expected at the End of March.Canon EOS 80D DSLR Camera with 18-135mm Lens $1,799Canon EOS 80D Body Only $1,199Canon 80D with popup flashheadphone and mic jackFlipout touchscreenCanon 80D 

  • 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor (more than the 20MP from the 7D Mark II)
  • DIGIC 6 Image Processor
  • IMPROVED Dual pixel CMOS AF - noted as significantly better than 70D
  • Continuous shooting 7 frames / sec - Live view 5 frames / sec. (AF tracking)
  • AF 45 points (all points cross type) 7D mark II has 65 Cross type. 70D has 19.
  • 7560 pixel RGB + IR metering sensor
  • ISO 100-16000
  • flickerless shooting (adopted from the 7D Mark II) - this enables more consistent exposures in gym/arena lighting
  • Finder is 100% field of view - up from 98% with the 70D
  • 3 inches vari-angle touch screen LCD monitor.- The same as 70D
  • 1080p 60 fps - Up from 30fps with the 70D and on par with 7D Mark II
  • Time-lapse movie & additional creative filters for video - Something Canon finally started adding with the 5DS series.
  • Wi-Fi, NFC - remote shooting by smartphone - I doubt this will include video start and stop- probably only photo remote control as you can do now with 70D.

Dial of the 70D compared to the 80D - really the only exterior difference I can find other than the viewfinder upgrade.Canon 70D DialDial of 80D80D looks to add Custom 1 AND Custom 2 to the dial along with filters for video (possibly) (between SCN and C2)These look like decent upgrades - nothing ground breaking and compared to other options, like the newly announced a6300, this looks like Canon is still behind the curve but if you have a rebel, and a few canon lenses this does represent a decent upgrade and a solid hybrid camera - video and photo capable.The 80D will be bundled with a NEW 18-135 lens - no longer STM - But USM with a new designation of NANO USM. I suspect this allows for the continued smooth and silent focusing that STM provided but with additional speed to support the faster AF system in live view/dual pixel AFCanon 18-135 IS Nano USM What do you think of these specs? Enough to warrant an upgrade from a 70D? How about T5i or even T6i/T6s owners?The battery grip offered on the page is the same as the 70D- as we suspected the body is identical and use of the 70D battery grip is possible.Preorder Available from B&H Photo  Expected at the end of March.Canon EOS 80D DSLR Camera with 18-135mm Lens $1,799Canon EOS 80D DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens $1,349Canon EOS 80D Body Only $1,199Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens $599And if you wished your DSLR was more like a camcorder you can addCanon PZ-E1 Power Zoom Adapter for just $149

  • Provides Electronic Zooming Control
  • Smoother Zoom Movements for Video
  • Zoom Mode and Speed Settings Switches
  • Integrated Locking MechanismScreenshot 2016-02-18 00.20.51 Screenshot 2016-02-18 00.20.45

Pentax Full Frame Camera

Pentax officially announced their first full frame camera.  Packed with technology and teased for the last year we now get an official look, price and release date.Pentax K-1 DSLR Camera - Available April 5 for $1,796.95 - Preorder from B&H PhotoPentax K-1

  • 36.4MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • PRIME IV Image Processor
  • 3.2" Cross-Tilt LCD Monitor (this looks cool- see photo below)
  • Full HD 1080p30 Video Recording (not 1080p60 is a bit disappointing but not a deal breaker)
  • SAFOX 12 33-Point AF Sensor
  • Native ISO 204800; 4.5 fps Shooting
  • 5-Axis In-Body Shake Reduction (excellent)
  • Super Resolution & AstroTracer Modes (Uses the Sensor Stabilization to do COOL stuff)
  • Built-In Wi-Fi & GPS; Dual SD Card Slots
  • Weather-Sealed Magnesium Alloy Body
This camera looks excellent - especially for landscape and astrophotography (star filled skies) Why?   The camera uses the GPS and the in-body camera stabilization system to move the camera’s sensor during lengthy exposures so as to mimic the earth’s rotation and capture celestial objects such as stars and planets as points of light rather than elongated trails.  Typically when photographing the stars you need to follow the 500 rule.  Simply- you need to keep your shutter speed below a certain number to avoid the dots of the stars turning into smears.  Being limited to shorter shutter means you need to raise your ISO and/or use a wide aperture.  And this is all with wide angle lenses. With a telephoto your shutter speed needs to be even shorter - making it difficult to capture detailed celestial objects like the Magellanic clouds.Spinning_Under_Galaxies___500pxDepending on your location in the world you can use the Astrotracer function to beat the 500 rule and shoot for as long as 5 minutes!!An additional trick for higher resolution landscapes - Super Resolution mode that composites multiple images together for maximum sharpness and reduced noise, again using the sensor shift technology to accomplish this!It will also use the in-body IS to help you level the horizon!Pentax has always provided excellent value cameras and while the lenses selection might not be as large as Canon or Nikon they have a decent collection and even this full frame camera has 9 lenses available including what looks to be a nice wide angle 15-30 f/2.8 lens that perfectly compliments the body features that make this camera awesome for shooting starry night skies.So why does Pentax(owned by Ricoh) have such a small market share? About 7% in 2015. I don't know - bad marketing, perceived lack of lenses? If you have better ideas leave the comments below. The end result is while these cameras are often excellent values - providing excellent image quality, feature packed in quality made bodies - the general ecosystem feels much smaller and I think this prevents consumer purchase/market growth.A few additional points- small white LED lighting makes operating this camera in the dark easier - lit buttons and lens mount make me feel like this camera has everything the astrophotographer could want - also happens to be weather sealed and offered with weather sealed lenses.
Are you interested? Let me know in the comments.   It certainly is priced competively and as mentioned above I expect the sensor to produce excellent images.  The first camera I would actually compare this too is the Sony A7II which also offers a full frame stabilized sensor - though none of the neat tricks the Pentax offers.Also announced Pentax HD PENTAX-D FA 28-105mm f/3.5-5.6 ED DC WR Lens - Just $499Pentax K-1 DSLR Camera - Available April 5 for $1,796.95 - Preorder from B&H Photo

The 80D - Rumored Specs

The 80D will be announced VERY soon - Digicame has the spec list and I believe it to be 100% correctcanon_eos80D_b001 canon_eos80D_t001 canon_eos80D_f001

  • 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor (more than the 20MP from the 7D Mark II)
  • Dual pixel CMOS AF
  • Continuous shooting 7 frames / sec - Live view 5 frames / sec. (AF tracking)
  • AF 45 points (all points cross type) 7D mark II has 65 Cross type. 70D has 19.
  • 7560 pixel RGB + IR metering sensor
  • ISO 100-16000
  • flickerless shooting (adopted from the 7D Mark II) - this enables more consistent exposures in gym/arena lighting
  • finder is 100% field of view - up from 98% with the 70D
  • 3 inches vari-angle touch screen LCD monitor.- The same as 70D
  • 1080p 60 fps - Up from 30fps with the 70D and on par with 7D Mark II
  • Time-lapse movie - Something Canon finally started adding with the 5DS series.
  • Wi-Fi, NFC - remote shooting by smartphone - I doubt this will include video start and stop- probably only photo remote control as you can do now with 70D.

Dial of the 70D compared to the 80D - really the only exterior difference I can find other than the viewfinder upgrade.Canon 70D Dial80D Dial80D looks to add Custom 1 AND Custom 2 to the dial along with filters (between SCN and C2)These look like decent upgrades - nothing ground breaking and compared to other options, like the newly announced a6300, this looks like Canon is still behind the curve but if you have a rebel, and a few canon lenses this does represent a decent upgrade and a solid hybrid camera - video and photo capable.Note: It is interesting to me that we are getting the 80D without a single firmware update to the 70D.  So different from almost all the rest of the manufacturers that release at least some additional modest functionality via firmware.What do you think of these specs? Enough to warrant an upgrade from a 70D? How about T5i or even T6i/T6s owners?

Nikon Announcements - D5 and D500

Nikon announced two new cameras at CES - The D5 and the D500. The D5 is Nikon's flagship, replacing the still excellent D4s.  Full Frame 20MP, awesome focusing powerNikon D5Headline features of the D5

  • 20.8MP FX-Format CMOS Sensor
  • 3.2" 2.36m-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor (review functions only)
  • 4K UHD Video Recording at 30 fps (limited to 3 minutes internally)
  • Multi-CAM 20K 153-Point AF System
  • Dedicated AF processor and 99/153 focus points are cross-type. (first to offer dedicated AF processor)
  • Native ISO 102400, Extend to ISO 3280000  (Yes, that's 3 million ISO)
  • 12 fps Shooting for 200 Shots with AE/AF - Huge Buffer for full raw
  • 180k-Pixel RGB Sensor and Group Area AF
  • 14-Bit Raw Files and 12-Bit Raw S Format
  • Two versions of the D5 a dual XQD card slot version and a dual CF card slot (same price)

Available in Mid March for $6500 - Preorder from B&H Photo or AmazonThis is a beast of a camera - suited for professional sports photographers and others that need amazing speed, focusing power and excellent low light capabilities.  Interesting that it does allow 4K recording but limits that to just 3 minutes.  If you record to an external device like an Atomos Shogun you can record for much longer.    I am not sure what else to say about this camera- it's heavy, expensive and powerful. Offering a nice step forward in the evolution. You can purchase a model with dual CF cards (they are still way faster than SD of the even fast XQD memory slots- they are similar in size and shape to compact flash but offer speeds up to 1 Gbit/s read and write speed. Nikon Also announced the D500 Nikon D500- Crop Sensor BeastHeadline Features of the Nikon D500

  • 20.9MP DX-Format CMOS Sensor (crop sensor)
  • 3.2" 2,539k-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD - complete touchscreen control- set focus point, menu navigation etc.
  • 4K UHD Video Recording at 30 fps (also limited to 3 minutes internally)
  • Multi-CAM 20K 153-Point AF System (same focusing system as D5- this means coverage across frame from focus points is excellent - cross type points all the way to edge of frame)
  • Native ISO 51200, Extend to ISO 1640000
  • 10 fps Shooting for Up to 200 Frames
  • Built-In Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC  (Low Power Bluetooth is used to keep a constant connection to smartphone, like Samsung NX1 - can push images to phone automatically)
  • In-Camera Time Lapse, Up to 9999 Frames
  • SD and XQD memory card slots.
  • Pentaprism optical viewfinder offers 100% frame coverage

Sold Body only or with DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR Lens

  • Preorder Nikon D500 DSLR Camera with 16-80mm Lens from B&H Photo | Amazon $3,066.95
  • Preorder Nikon D500 Body Only from B&H Photo from B&H Photo | Amazon $1,996.95

Nikon D500 Top ViewThis camera is going to be very interesting to do a Canon 7D Mark II vs Nikon D500. I feel like Nikon looked at the complaints about the 7D Mark II and said - yea, we can give you a camera like that and fix ALL of your complaints and then some!    This also shows that Nikon is committed to the crop sensor format.     Taking the same focusing system from the $6500 D5 and putting it in a crop sensor like the D500 is impressive - this gives you coverage out to the very edge of the frame with the higher accuracy cross type points! And I am sure this camera will be excellent at tracking fast moving subjects.Nikon D500 Tilting TouchscreenNikon has introduced a tilting touchscreen that provides full control of the camera -menu navigation and settings control, and is usable while shooting, giving you the ability to choose a focus point or an area to set the white balance from. The screen can also be used as a keyboard for quickly entering notes, copyright info, or IPTC information.  4K capable, though limited to just 3 minutes internally - if you need longer pickup an external device like an Atomos Shogun. And Nikon has introduced a wifi/bluetooth connectivity system similar to the excellent system in the Samsung NX1. You have the ability to have a low power constant connection to your smartphone pushing images as you take them.  No more fiddling with connections each time you want to grab an image.  I loved the NX1 version of this and I am happy to see it adopted by Nikon.  Hopefully canon will follow suit.I'd love to know what you think about these two cameras?  Leave a comment below.Also announced is a new Flash System with radio, the Nikon SB-5000 AF Speedlight, similar to the Canon 600RT system we use at weddings and love.  See the complete list of new gear from Nikon. Canon shooters feeling jealous? We should know more about the 1DX Mark II later this month and the 5D Mark IV in early March - if not sooner.   As far as crop sensor cameras go we will not see any updates on the 7D Mark II for at least a year- it is a fantastic camera, I just wish they had added some connectivity options and a touchscreen. 

Canon 7D Mark II $300 Savings!

The Canon 7D Mark II has a $300 instant savings -brings this FAST dslr down to $1499The 7D Mark II remains my top pick for sports and wildlife photography. Blazing fast AF, fast FPS and a deep buffer combine to make this camera capable of confidently capturing anything on the move.  I loved using it for my trip in January to Montana and Animals of Montana with McKay Photography Academy Buy from:B&H Photo Video $1499.00 (includes $75 free extras - spare battery and DSLR shoulder bag)Amazon $1499.00

Hack your Camera with an Axe?

Youtuber Casey Neistat uses a Canon 70D(among other cameras) to record his popular daily vlogs - They regularly reach several hundred thousand views each day. On a recent blog he got the error "Movie recording has stopped automatically" with his 70D And according to Casey- he get's this often even though he uses a fast card.  His method of dealing with the error is. . well you can guess from the title and you can watch the video below. I have it queued up for you to start right before the camera violence.https://youtu.be/dK9SSu3uZ2Q?t=4m21sI have shot with lots of Canon cameras and have a 70D, and we have two 5D Mark III that we regularly use (see what's in our bag) and the ONLY time I get that error is when I am using a card that is slow or bad.  Before smashing a camera I would highly recommend trying a different card. He shows the card he uses, they are actually on sale today at Amazon, and even though it states it is a fast card and I have never had an issue with Transcend cards - they can and will go bad or even arrive bad.   Also he smashes the lens too which clearly is not part of the problem - it's his gear, he can do what he want but it certainly feels wasteful.    

Nikon D7200 Announced & My Thoughts

Nikon has announced the Nikon D7200 mid-level APS-C sensor camera.  

Nikon D7200What you need to know about the Nikon D7200:

  • Body is nearly identical to the D7100, slight grip redesign similar to D750 and D5500
  • 24MP sensor (probably the same as in the D5500 - See my review of the D5500)
  • No Optical Low-Pass Filter (OLPF)
  • 51 AF Points, 15 cross type and Improved low light focusing capabilities
  • 6 FPS
  • Better/deeper buffer (allows more continuous shots before you see a slowdown. D7100 had a significantly smaller buffer.
  • Higher ISO range, 102,400 capable of B&W photos ONLY due to large amount of chroma noise.
  • 1080/60p ONLY in 1.3x crop mode
  • WiFi and NFC (NFC is a first for Nikon)
  • Better battery life, 160 more shots per charge vs D7100
  • Body only price: $1,196.95 - Preorder from B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon
  • Body with 18-140 lens price: $1,496.95 $1,696.95 Preorder from B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon (UPDATE: D7200 has been added to instant rebate list $200 savings)
  • Available/Shipping in MID MARCH

Rumors about articulating touch screen are FALSE.Nikon D7200Nikon D7200Nikon D7200 My quick thoughts on the Nikon D7200I was a fan of the D7100, it provides excellent manual controls and very good quality at a solid price. The value of the camera was high. I, like many photographers, were frustrated with the tiny buffer that really kept this camera from shining, it certainly made sports and wildlife photographers look for alternatives. It looks like they have addressed that issue and I expect this camera to perform well and sell well.Nikon D7100 and D7200 - Can you tell the difference?[vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"]D7200 Back[/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"]D7100 Back[/vc_column][/vc_row] 

Nikon D7200 Preview

Nikon D5500 vs Nikon D7200 - Differences Explained Simply

They both offer 24MP sensors - likely the SAME sensorThe D7200 offers/Advantages over the D5500:

  • Full Manual Control and additional function buttons for customizing
  • larger more ergonomically designed camera (comfortable to hold for long stretches)
  • Auto focus compatibility with more lenses (in body focus motor, lacking in the D5500)
  • Faster AF system with 51 focus points (39 focus points in the D5500)
  • 6 FPS vs 5FPS in the D5500. D7200 can do 7fps in crop mode.
  • D7200 has a pentaprism viewfinder providing a brighter view and covers a full 100% of the image area. D5500 uses a pentamirror design which covers 95% of the image area.
  • Weather Sealing against dust/moisture
  • Increased top shutter speed 1/8000 sec vs 1/4000 sec in the D5500.
  • Increased flash sync speed 1/250 vs 1/200 in D5500

The D5500 offers/Advantages over the D7200:

  • Much lighter and smaller
    • D5500 weighs: 420 g (0.93 lb / 14.82 oz)
    • D7200 weighs: 675 g (1.49 lb / 23.81 oz)
  • More user friendly for beginners
  • Cheaper. Buying the D5500 saves you several hundred dollars

Who should buy the D7200?Photographers looking to seriously grow and/or will need to be shooting in all weather conditions.  And photographers will access to older lenses that will work with the D7100.Who should buy the D5500?Photographers looking for an excellent quality DSLR (currently the best at this price point) where size and weight is important.Watch my D5500 Review 

Canon T6i (750D/760D) Rumors and Speculation UPDATE

Updated with Specs (Feb 5, 2015)UPDATE - Images of the 760D(T6i) (Feb 4, 2015)First we are getting a 750D, This will probably be the Canon T5 replacement)Screenshot 2015-02-04 19.15.44Screenshot 2015-02-04 19.15.52

  • 24.2MP CMOS sensor
  • DIGIC 6 processor
  • Finder penta mirror. Field of view 95%, magnification 0.82 times, the eye point 19mm
  • AF 19-point cross-type. Center F2.8 corresponding dual cross
  • 7560-pixel RGB-IR photometry sensor. 63 zone TTL metering
  • ISO100-12800 (extended with 25600)
  • The shutter speed is 30 seconds -1/4000 seconds (Flash Sync 1/200 sec)
  • Continuous shooting 5 frames / sec.
  • LCD monitor 3 inches 1.04 million dots. Vari-Angle
  • Built-in guide number 12 flash
  • New hybrid CMOS AF III
  • Video Full HD 30fps
  • Wi-Fi · NFC (Compatible with new Base Station)
  • Remote control by smartphone and tablet
  • Battery LP-E17
  • The size of 131.9 x 100.7 x 77.8mm
  • Weight 555g (CPA criteria). 510g (body only)

Now the Canon T6i or 760D Screenshot 2015-02-04 19.15.30 Screenshot 2015-02-04 19.15.24 

  • 24.2MP CMOS sensor
  • DIGIC 6 processor
  • 7560 pixel RGB + IR photometry sensor
  • AF 19 points
  • Hybrid CMOS AF III
  • Dynamic tracking continuous shooting in live view
  • Top LCD panel
  • Intelligent Viewfinder
  • Vari-angle LCD monitor
  • Wi-Fi · NFC (Compatible with new Base Station)
  • Remote control by smartphone and tablet
  • Creative modes including HDR movie

New photos from DCIRecent Canon P&S releases and the new connect station from Canon have given us some clues on the new Canon T6i (750D/760D). In a promo video a new DSLR is shown, I have a few screen grabs to share.Screenshot 2015-01-17 18.30.09 copyHere you can see just a corner of the DSLR and if we take a closer lookScreenshot 2015-01-17 18.29.59 copy We see a top LCD and a lock switch. Both items have never before been seen on a xxxD or Rebel series DSLR. This could be very interesting and might mean they are ditching the top dial.  Or maybe the just moved it to the other side similar to the xxD line.  Everything else looks like a Rebel back there and Canon Rumors has confirmed that this is the next Rebel.  Last year I blogged about the T6i and thought that they might go mirrorless, I no longer believe that is true and while I do suspect that at some point in the future the Rebel line will be a mirrorless system it seems to early and Canon has given us no other indication that this will be the switch.Screenshot 2015-01-17 18.30.22Just one more shot of the front - very little to see here as the hands do a spectacular job of hiding anything of interest.  We do know that this next DSLR will work with the connect station from CanonUPDATE  Feb 4, 2015 - Camera will be called T6i/760D Skipping 750D to avoid confusion with Nikon's D750.So the name confusion - Looks like the T6i replacement will be 760D but there will be a 750D that will likely be the T5 replacement (barebones entry level DSLR)

  • Full HD movies, MP4 format, HDR movie, automatic shooting modes (EOS 760D )
  • 24.2MP sensor and Canon’s DIGIC 6 image processor
  • ISO 100-12,800 range
  • Flicker Detection technology
  • 5 fps continuous shooting mode
  • 19 cross-type AF point system
  • Hybrid CMOS AF III
  • Rear Quick Control Dial (EOS 760D )
  • Creative movie modes (EOS 760D )
  • Wi-Fi and NFC

Note: Hybrid CMOS AF III is NOT the same as dual pixel AF.Below are my predictions for this camera before the list above was released.Rumors suggest a release just before the CP+ Show scheduled for mid February. So what DO I think the next rebel specs will be?

  • 20.2 MP Sensor (Same as 70D)
  • Dual Pixel AF system (also same as 70D)
  • Wifi and NFC(for use with Connect Station)
  • 1080p at 60 FPS
  • 9 cross type focus points
  • Digic 6
  • Articulating Touchscreen (sensitivity mode touchscreen similar to Canon Sl1)

What did I think the specs for the Canon T6i would be last year? Read about the possible mirrorless T6iI'd love to know your thoughts.  Leave a comment or sound off on my Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/Digital.Photo.Recommendations

Nikon D5500 Announced (Successor to the D5300)

The Nikon D5500 has been announced. (Why not a D5400?)Nikon D5500 camera, Nikkor 300 f/4 and 55-200mm f/4-5.6G lensesScreenshot 2015-01-05 21.55.37 Screenshot 2015-01-05 21.55.22Headline Feature: Articulating Touch Screen ( a first for the Nikon DSLR line)Additional Features: 

  • 3.2-inch, approximately 1037K-dot TFT LCD vari-angle monitor
  • 24.2-million pixels, a Nikon DX-format CMOS sensor, and the EXPEED
  • Wifi to smartphone/tablets
  • Slightly smaller body size - world's smallest, lightest, and slimmest digital SLR camera equipped with a vari-angle monitor
  • Additional Scene control and features available for photos AND video

About the touchscreen - "One of eight frequently used camera settings (Focus-point selection, AF-area mode, Aperture, ISO sensitivity, etc.) can be assigned to this function for use with viewfinder shooting, enabling immediate modification of the assigned setting, and achieving practical operation by simply tapping or sliding a finger across the monitor while looking through the viewfinder.""..sliding a finger across the monitor while looking through the viewfinder."Very interesting - I am curious to see how this translates in real world use.The Nikon D5500 will be available in early February, (black and red), in two different kit configurations: alongside the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II lens for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $999.95 or with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens for $1,199.95 SRP. The Nikon D5500 will also be sold body only for an SRP of $899.95. The AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR II and AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR lenses will also be available in early February for an SRP of $349.95 and $1,999.95, respectively.Preorder from Amazon | B&H Photo & Video (Available Feb 5th in RED or BLACK)B&H D5500 body only $896.95B&H D5500 with 18-55 $996.96B&H D5500 with 18-140 $1196.95

Nikon D5500 vs D5300 (Differences Explained Simply)

It looks like both share the same sensor, same processor and same number/type of focus points. In short do NOT upgrade to this camera from the D5300 and expect any difference in quality of the images.Key differences. D5500 offers a touchscreen, better battery life 820 vs 600 shots and its just a tiny bit smaller/lighter (just 2oz less than the D5300) - Some don't consider a smaller size to be better.From the Nikon Rumors Page - blue outline is the D5500, purple is the D5300Screenshot 2015-01-06 00.26.19They have dropped the GPS (which I wasn't impressed with) but added some additional picture controls and maybe a star trails mode (I am still researching this)

Nikon D5500 vs the Canon T5i

Full post coming soon - for now watch my video of the T5i vs the D5300 and keep in mind the touchscreen should make the D5500 more user friendlyWhen will we see a Canon response to the D5500? When will we see the Canon T6i or 750D? I predict before the end of February

Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II Lens

Screenshot 2015-01-06 00.46.58Available Feb 5th for $396 - Preorder from B&H PhotoPoll - How do you feel about touchscreens in your DSLR? 

Canon 7D Mark II - Sensor Review

1523_75 mm1-80 sec at f - 8.0ISO 3200Roger Clark at ClarkVision (http://www.clarkvision.com/) has completed his review of the 7D Mark II and found the sensor to be the BEST low light Canon sensor on the market.A few lines from his conclusion-

The data shown here for the Canon 7D Mark II indicate that the camera is operating at near perfect levels for the sensor with lower apparent read noise and impressively low pattern noise compared to all other current Canon cameras tested and better than that in the 7D Mark I. This means that for high signals, noise is dominated by photon statistics. Sensitivity is improved 14% over the 7D Mark 1, and the sensitivity per square micron is the highest that I have measured for any Canon camera to date.The approximately 10x lower thermal dark current is a game changing factor, making this camera the top Canon camera for long exposure low light photography that I have tested. The superb autofocus system, comparable to Canon 1D series pro cameras with 65 autofocus points is another game changing innovation, as the camera is at a price point that is affordable to more people.

Read his full and extremely detailed review at http://www.clarkvision.com/reviews/evaluation-canon-7dii/ This certainly inspires me to head out and take some long exposure shots - something I have not done with the 7D Mark II at this time. I can say the 7D Mark II is one of the nicest cameras I have held in hand - feels perfect and button layout and customization are wonderful.Buy your 7D Mark II from Amazon or B&H Photo Video (body only $1799)

Canon 7D Mark II Hands-on from B&H

I love the B&H guys, they help make what I do possible.  They also do their own camera reviews and have a detailed overview of the form and function of the Canon 7D Mark II.  Associated with Scott Kelby and Canon they may not be quite so fair and balanced but it is still a good overview of the camera and I look forward to giving you my own thoughts soon.Thinking about preordering? Use these links to support my site Amazon | B&H

My own preview of the Canon 7D Mark II

Thinking about preordering? Use these links to support my site Amazon | B&H

Buy the Canon 70D or Wait for the Canon 7D Mark II

Too early to call this post a 70D vs 7D Mark II and let's throw in the Canon 6D as well (as it is similar in price), but I did want to take a few moments and share some highlights from each camera to help you decide which would be best for you.Screenshot 2014-09-15 08.19.57

Canon 7D Mark II

Price: $1799 Body Only $2149 with 18-135 STM- Pre order from B&H Photo Video or AmazonStrengths:

  • Blazingly fast Autofocus System
  • 10 FPS with a big enough buffer to capture 31 full RAW images before slow down
  • Canon's best performing APS-C sensor* We need more data to determine how much better this sensor is than the existing 70D.
  • Dual Card slots - automatic backup or twice the memory or shoot RAW to one card and JPEG to the other
  • On board flash
  • 1080/720p video at 60FPS
  • Servo AI mode in video for reliable video focus on moving subjects
  • Headphone jack for real time audio monitoring
  • Built tough and weather sealed
  • Built in GPS

You buy this camera if you are shooting fast action - sports, birds in flight and/or need a camera that can travel with you and shoot in all weather conditions. Video shooters have better options elsewhere (see my GH4 vs 70D video) unless you need or want to rely on autofocus during video of moving subjects.Want to hear more about the Canon 7D Mark II? Watch my First ThoughtsScreenshot 2014-09-15 16.54.59

Canon 70D

$1099 Body Only $1449 with 18-135 STM - Buy from B&H Photo Video or AmazonStrengths:

  • Articulating touch screen with. . .
  • Excellent touch to focus control for photo and video (especially video) - focus and menu navigation is very easy for beginners- touch to manipulate.
  • On board flash
  • Competent focusing system and 7 FPS
  • Leaves room in budget for lenses (especially primes) see 6 reasons you should own a prime lens
  • Slightly smaller and more portable. 70D weight= 755g (1.66lbs) 7D Mark II weight = 910g (2.1lbs) and 6D = 770g (1.7lbs)
  • Wifi for remote control and image download.

Very good all around DSLR. User friendly touchscreen, Wifi and in a size that won't break your neck. Focusing is very good though not at the level of the 7D Mark II and tracking in video is also slower than 7D Mark II.Watch my Full Review of the Canon 70DScreenshot 2014-09-15 16.54.43

Canon 6D

$1,899 body only $2,499 ($2,299 after rebate) with EF 25-105 IS - Buy from B&H Photo Video or AmazonStrengths: 

  • Full Frame Sensor - low light performance and detail in images is noticeably improved over 70D and 7D Mark II
  • Low Light performance (yes repeating myself here but that is the real strength of a full frame sensor like the one in the Canon 6D
  • GPS and WiFi built in

The Canon 6D is actually very similar in size to the Canon 70D - quite portable for a full frame camera but it does not provide an on board flash and just one SD card slot.  The Focusing system is SLOW and frame rate is just 4.5 fps. The center focus point is quite capable, especially in lower light but overall this is NOT the camera to use for any type of action.Watch my 6D vs 70D (Full Frame vs Crop Sensor) video 

Summary of Canon 7D mark II vs Canon 70D vs Canon 6D

If the contest was decided by bullet points the 7D Mark II would be the clear winner, but not all these bullet points are equal for all photographers/videographers.  Each has its strengths as I have outlined.My Overall pick remains the Canon 70D - a good value with a solid feature set and image quality.  But if you will consistently be shooting fast action it will be worth the extra cost to buy the 7D Mark II. If you will find yourself in low light often and you don't mind buying an external flash - the Canon 6D would be your best bet.Still undecided? Pop over to my Facebook Page - Hit the like button and leave a message - we will do our best to help you determine the best camera for you.       

Samsung NX1 - Speed Demon? Mirrorless Sports Photographers Dream?

I haven't talked about Samsung much lately- they seem to be producing quality cameras but not having received a single question about their cameras from any of my readers and viewers means I don't spend my limited time researching and reviewing cameras that no one is asking about. That might change with this latest release - it certainly has grabbed some headlines with 15FPS, 205 phase detect AF points, 153 of which are cross-type, covering 90% of the frame and the ability to record 4K video. Oh it has those current features - touchscreen and NFC/Wifi that help to make the 7D Mark II (before it is even officially released) look a little shabby. Of course Canon has a significantly greater lens selection and ecosystem but with this NX1 being packed full of features I am willing to bet more than a few photographers will make the "sacrifice." I will have a full review of this camera soon. Follow on Facebook, Youtube and my Newsletter to stay subscribed. Here are the photos and the full specs of the new Samsung NX1

  • New 28MP Back Side Illuminated APS-C Sensor
  • The NX AF System III on the NX1 is supported by 205 phase detect auto focus points
  • NX1 can shoot at up to 15 FPS at full resolution
  • Captures UHD/4k video to SD card or can output it via HDMI port
  • OLED EVF has a lag time of 5ms, fast enough to be undetectable to the human eye.
  • Incorporates the newest Wi-Fi standard, IEEE802.11ac
  • The body is magnesium alloy; water and dust sealed.

The Samsung NX1 will be available mid-October for $1500. A kit with the Samsung 16-50mm f/2.8 and a vertical battery grip will also be available for $2800.Preorder The Samsung NX1 from Amazon | B&H Screenshot 2014-09-15 07.46.25TouchscreenArticulating! Touchscreen!Pairing nicely with the new NX1 is the just announced NX 50-150mm F2.8 OIS. A Weather-sealed, Image Stabilized (OIS) lens covering the equivalent range equivalent of 77-231mm on Samsung's APS-C NX cameras. The 50-150mm F2.8 OIS will sell for $1599.99.Pre Order the NX 50-150 f/2.8 OIS from B&HScreenshot 2014-09-15 07.59.56Screenshot 2014-09-15 07.59.33Screenshot 2014-09-15 07.59.18A few popular lenses from B&H that gives you an idea of the lens selectionB&H has a complete list of NX mount lenses

Canon 7D Mark II - Specs and Announcement Date

Canon_7D_Mark_IIScreenshot 2014-09-13 08.22.40No articulating screen :(Looks familiarThe first leaked picture and detailed specs of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR camera. It is likely that we will have the official announcement on Monday(9/15) or Tuesday(9/16)

  • Rugged magnesium alloy body
  • Dust proof
  • 20.2 MP CMOS sensor
  • Dual-pixel CMOS AF
  • New 65-point AF, all points cross-type
  • ITR EOS AF
  • Continuous shooting: 10 frames per second
  • Dual DIGIC6
  • Max ISO: 16,000.
  • RGB+IR new 150,000-pixel metering sensor
  • Video full HD 60 p
  • Built-in GPS
  • Interval timer
  • Bulb timer

Via Digicame-infoQuick Thoughts -  Overall the camera looks very similar in form factor to the original Canon 7D. Dust Proof bullet probably represents weatherproof in general, not just dust. The 20,2 MP sensor is same size as the 70D but I suspect that it is an upgraded sensor with better performance in low light, it better be!  65 points of AF - serious coverage across the frame, this will be an excellent sports and wildlife camera, especially birds in flight. We finally get full 1080p at 60fps.   The big question in my mind is with no touchscreen how will the dual-pixel CMOS AF work, or at last I am curious to see how Canon markets that.  With Dual Pixel AF on the the 70D it was all about creating cinematic focus moments simply by touching the screen.  Finally - it is bundled in the photo with the 18-135 STM. UPDATE: The 24-105 has been announced now too. I wondered if this was real and apparently it is!Canon_24-105_IS_STM

EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens Specs:

  • One UD lens and two glass mold aspherical lens
  • AF and smooth quiet by stepping motor
  • Full-time manual focus
  • Camera shake compensation effect of the four stages
  • Maximum magnification is 0.3x

Will that full-time manual focus be different than the FTM we get on existing STM lenses?  The Lens configuration is similar, one US and two glass model aspherical lenses, to the 18-135 STM so I don't expect IQ to be very different.AND. . .24mm EF-S  - Pancake (needs a nickname)Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM pancake

  • 24mm and 38mm effective focal length
  • 1 piece using high-precision glass molded aspherical lens (just one?)
  • full-time manual focus (Like all STM lenses or real FTM?)
  • shortest shooting distance is 0.16 M (40mm offers 0.3 M)
  • maximum magnification is 0.27X
  • 22.8 mm thickness Weight 125g (Almost identical to 40mm f/2.8 EF)

EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM and EF 24-105mm f/ 3.5-5.6 IS STM lenses to be announced with the 7D MarkIII'd love to know your thoughts. Leave a comment below.  

Canon 6D vs 70D - Full Frame Sensor vs Crop Sensor

With recent price drops Canon’s “budget” full frame camera is close in price to the newer 70D.  At first glance they look pretty similar and size and shape and both offer 20MPs - but this is where I need to pause and remind everyone that a number like MP tells so little that it is often worthless to compare. IN a day when we have cell phones shooting 20-40 MP we must consider the size of the sensor and a full frame sensor is significantly bigger than the APS-C sensor found in the 70D. Wikipedia Sensor Sizes Compared Let's look at the similarities

  • Both are about same size and weight - 6D is just a little heavier.
  • Controls are very similar - top LCD and rows of buttons virtually identical
  • Both have Wifi - remote triggering or connectiing to smartphone or laptop for downloading images.
  • LCD Screen is same resolution

Differences

  • 70D screen is touch sensitive and articulating - I find both to be extremely useful in a variety of situations and no i never accidentally trigger the touchscreen.
  • 70D has a popup flash -nothing to get excited about but it is still nice to have and can trigger off camera flash using. You will need to buy an external flash for the 6D- best budget flash is Yongnuo $90 bucks which is going to give you much better results but it is something you need to buy and carry around
  • 70D has a button near the shutter Af area selection - points to greater control over AF with better options vs the 6D
  • 6D has just 11 AF points and only center is cross type vs 70D with 19 AF points all cross type.  It is important to note that the center AF point on the 6D is much better in low light.
  • 6D has an additional custom mode on the dial (2 custom modes vs 1 C1 on the 70D)
  • 6D has GPS - nice for traveling, can impact battery life negatively. 70D is compatible with external GPS Device 
  • 70d can fire off 7.5 fps vs 6D is around 5 fps.
  • 6D has a max shutter of 1/4000 and 70D 1/8000.
  • Flash sync speed 1/180 on Canon 6D and 1/250 on Canon 70D - this isn’t anything to get hung up on but it is somewhat disappointing that Canon made this choice to limit the 6D in this way.

 Image Quality - The 6D with its full frame sensor really produces beautiful low noise high detail images, even at the upper range of the ISO limit.  70D is an excellent crop sensor camera but less detail in images and as light levels drop the noise does increase compared to the 6D.  Really it comes down to performance vs image quality. The 70D is fast, super user friendly and cheaper with cheaper lenses available.   The 6D is slow but produces lovely images - you pay more and you will pay more for lenses as the 6D needs EF lenses which typically are more expensive.Canon 70DWatch my 70D Review | Buy the Canon 70D from Amazon | Canon 70D from B&H Photo Canon 6DWatch my 6D Hands On | Buy the Canon 6D from Amazon | Canon 6D from B&H Photo Canon 70D vs 7D mark II Watch my Canon 70D vs Canon 7D Mark II

Nikon D5300 vs Canon T5i - Differences Explained Simply

)

My Bullet points touch on what matters. Do not get stuck on numbers - the difference in focus points 39 vs 11 or the megapixels 24 vs 18. Both sound like a big difference but in day to day, real world use they do not matter.

Nikon D5300 Strengths

  • Excellent image quality- very sharp when using a good lens
  • Excellent Auto and flash setting - nice consistent exposure
  • GPS and Wifi built in.  See Weaknesses of the D5300.
  • A great number of scenes, filters, effects and robust HDR. This includes "fun features" like selective coloring and miniature video mode - Watch my video introducing the fun features of the D5200 & D5300 (they are the same in this respect)
  • Can shoot 1080P at 60fps - if you want to do slow mo this allows for full HD at 1/2 speed (30fps)

Suggestion - Buy the 35mm f/1.8 with the D5300 and you have the most portable package with excellent low light quality. You do sacrifice some convenience but gain incredible sharpness, quality and the ability to create those images with blurred background.  More lens recommendations for the Nikon D5300Nikon D5300 Weaknesses

  • User interface is cluttered and at times overwhelming
  • No Touchscreen - this can make menu navigation clunky and it does make changing focus in live view tedious
  • Live view focus is slower and no silent lenses available for auto focus during video
  • No focus motor which means there are some lenses that won't auto focus with your camera. There are plenty of lenses that will auto focus but it does make shopping for lenses a little more confusing and it is easier to end up with lenses that are manual focus only.
  • Slight greenish tint to many images indoors
  • GPS is quirky and if you are not careful you can completely drain your battery
  • Aperture changes in live view are at times blocked - you need to exit live view to change aperture
  • Sold with the 18-55 (newly redesigned but still not great) lens - SOFT.  Buy with 18-104 or review my lens recommendations above.

Watch my complete review of the Nikon D5300Buy the D5300 From Amazon | B&H | Adorama

Canon T5i (700D) Strengths

  • User friendly with a responsive and excellent touchscreen
  • Sold with 18-55 STM or 18-135 STM, both are very good starter lenses
  • Live view focus is faster and with STM lens it is smooth and silent making for easy video capture
  • Live view exposure simulation is quirk free - it just works and is excellent for learning- you can change aperture during live view
  • Wireless flash control
  • Less lens confusion, all current Canon lenses will auto focus with the T5i and a greater number of deals and savings on Canon lenses - more sales, rebates and refurbished store.
  • Canon colors are warmer and tend to look better(to me) right out of the box

Canon T5i weaknesses

Full Canon T5i (700D) ReviewBuy the Canon T5i (700) from Amazon | B&H | Adorama

Final Word - As an all around photo and video machine I really like the T5i - it provides that smooth and silent auto focus for video, is very user friendly while offering very good image quality and provides room to grow as a photographer.

The D5300 provides excellent image quality at the expense of user friendliness but does provide some power if you go digging through the menu. It also has to be given high marks for excellent auto pics- just point and shoot. Avoid the 18-55. The 18-140 is fine but if you are thinking about buying this camera and not planning on also purchasing the 35mm f/1.8 you are missing out.

Considering spending $1000+ on the Nikon D5300? Also consider the Canon 70D which is about the same price and offers all the benefits of the Canon - see my D5300 review for more comparison.

Still have questions not answered by the post or video?  Leave a comment below or find me on Facebook.

70D Center Focus Point Issue

It appears that some models of the 70D has issues with accurate focus when using the center focus point through the viewfinder with lenses wider than f/2.8.  The images below illustrate the problem on my 70D.   To be fair I had to go looking for this issue and in the 6 months that I have used the camera I hadn't noticed an issue.  It is unclear how widespread the issue is. Many German users are unhappy while here in the United States I haven't heard a peep from a single user.  Is it because so few of us have used fast lenses and carefully pixel peeped?  Or?  At this time I don't want to speculate more. I have contacted Canon and am waiting for a response.  Please don't assume if you have taken a blurry photo that your 70D also has the issue.  Watch the video and follow the directions below for testing your own 70D.tl;dr 70D doesn't focus properly using the center focus point with lenses faster the f/2.8.  Use the LCD to focus and take photos at those wider apertures. Full Image 50mm f/1.2- Rollover to view image taken with LCD. See the difference? Slight change in sharpness.[himage]EF50mm f/1.2L USM ViewfinderEF50mm f/1.2L USM LCD[/himage]


100% crop of above image 50mm f/1.2- Rollover to view image taken with LCD. See the difference? Slight change in sharpness. Point of focus is chip on far beam.[himage]EF50mm f/1.2L USM VF at 100%EF50mm f/1.2L USM LCD at 100%[/himage]
Now with the 85 f/1.2 lens. Shooting at f/1.2 and a distance of 15' - Your depth of field at this aperture and focal length is 5.04 inches (very shallow)[himage]EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM VFEF 85mm f/1.2L II USM LCD[/himage]
100% crop of image above. Brace yourself for this difference[himage]EF85mm f/1.2L II USM VF 100%EF85mm f/1.2L II USM LCD 100%[/himage]
35mm f/1.4 at 100% crop - The difference isn't huge but it is noticeable.[himage]35mm f/1.4 LCD 100%35mm f/1.4 VF 100%[/himage] More Samples can be downloaded from this Dropbox folder - All are labeled and should be self explanatory. There is a folder of the smaller 100% crops or just zoom to 100% of the images in the main folder.I was careful to eliminate ALL other variable.  I used a sturdy tripod, set a fast shutter speed at least 2x the focal length and used 2-second delay with mirror lockup to avoid any blur from movement of any kind.  For each image you see I took at least three others under the exact same settings and picked the sharpest of the four.  So  the sharpest viewfinder image vs the sharpest LCD image.  There rarely was little difference between the shots.What about Autofocus Micro Adjustment(AFMA)?  I tried it and could occasionally get a matched focus at one distance (meaning the sharpness of images taken using the viewfinder to focus was the same as the image taken using the LCD to focus) but at other distances it would still be noticeably different and AFMA should generally correct across the range.  I do plan on testing more.At shorter distances with some lenses no issues were seen and only presented themselves at 30'(roughly 10 meters). I also tested the 50mm f/1.4 and the 85 f/1.4 and saw equally disappointing results.Test your 70D
  1. Put a lens that shoots at f/2.8 or wider (preferably wider) on your 70D
  2. Put your 70D on a sturdy tripod and carefully aim it at a target about 30'(roughly 10 meters) away
  3. Turn mirror lock up on (how to turn mirror lock up on)
  4. Turn on 2-second delay
  5. Switch to Manual mode - set aperture to the widest possible for the lens. Set shutter speed to be 2x focal length and ISO high enough to center exposure(hopefully this isn't above ISO 2000 - if it is you should consider testing in an area with more light)
  6. Switch to your center focus point
  7. Focus through the viewfinder
  8. Take a photo and repeat several times - Use autofocus each time
  9. Switch to Live view  and choose FlexiZone single - the white rectangle should be on the same mark as the center point was when looking through the viewfinder - if you need to move it slightly you can.
  10. Take several photos
  11. Review these images on the LCD at full magnification- push the zoom button until the image doesn't increase any more.  Switch between the images taken with live view and through the viewfinder.  you WILL see a difference in sharpness - with the live view images being sharper. This is guaranteed and known.  By how much and whether you can correct it using AMFA is key.  The Digital Picture has a great set of AFMA tips.
  12. It may also be useful to review the images in Lightroom

Findings?  Leave them below- Let me know what lens you used. Questions? Concerns?Leave a comment. Please do not assume that if you have taken one blurry photo your 70D is broken.  You MUST make sure you have eliminated all variables except the method of focusing used.