We present to your attention a selection of the most interesting SLR cameras released in 2015. In this article, we will tell you about the most interesting new products of this year, regardless of the camera category, its cost and brand. The selection includes cameras that have important innovations in their category, interesting technologies, cameras that represent the “people’s brand” and those that set a new bar.
It is worth noting that 2015 was rich in premieres in the world of SLR cameras. Many lines have received decent development, new series of cameras have appeared, and old cameras have come out in a new shell. And now about everything in more detail.
Canon EOS 750D and 760D
The first amateur cameras that changed the 18-megapixel matrix to 24. 750D and 760D are a worthy evolutionary development of Canon’s amateur line with the new Digic 6 processor. In this rating, we decided to note 2 cameras at once, in one position. We didn’t do it by accident. Canon gave them the same basic specifications:
- CMOS sensor, 24 megapixels (APS‑C)
- Digic 6 processor
- Sensitivity ISO 100 — 12800, extended mode up to 25600
- Focusing on 19 cross sensors
- Shutter speed range 1/4000 — 30 s
- Continuous shooting 5 fps
But Canon made an unusual move by making the 750D more aimed at amateur photographers and the 760D at more advanced users, adding a working screen on top and an additional control ring, which is necessary for the comfort of photographers who use non-auto modes more often. As a result, we have one filling and 2 cameras that will suit both those who want to shoot in the “auto” mode and those who move on.
Why was ranked
Unusual decision by Canon to release 2 different cameras with the same stuff, which makes the camera interesting for both amateurs and those who are seriously into photography. Also, the cameras were awarded a place in the TOP‑5 in terms of the combination of characteristics that allow you to take decent photos and expand the boundaries of amateur cameras.
For everyone: from those who took a SLR camera for the first time — 750D, to those who are already taking a step towards professional photography — 760D.
Read our Canon EOS 750D and 760D review.
An excellent lightweight (only 470 g) SLR camera from Nikon with a 24 megapixel resolution matrix. Although the Nikon D5500 is an evolutionary development of the D5x00 series, it still made a technological breakthrough. The main feature of this camera is the touch screen! Yes! Nikon did it!
We also want to note its amazing balance. Namely, a good resolution of the matrix, an excellent serial shooting speed of 5 fps for its level, the ability to record video at 1920x1080 60 fps, a fast Expeed 4 processor, 39 autofocus points, excellent working ISO from 100 to 3200 (do not take into account formal numbers). And the price — for this camera, it is very attractive to a large audience, which will make it “folk”.
Why was ranked
Touch screen, amazing ergonomics and value for money.
The camera is suitable for most photographers: amateurs, as well as those who begin their professional journey in photography. With its weight, balance and price, the camera will seriously compete with both powerful mirrorless cameras and all amateur-level SLR cameras. And in almost all respects, the Nikon D5500 will be better.
Pentax K‑3 II
A good camera, proving that not only Nikon and Canon can make good SLRs. The camera is positioned as “for travel”, and, accordingly, it is made taking into account the fact that it will always be there in any conditions.
So what’s inside:
- Rugged compact waterproof housing
- 24.35 megapixel CMOS sensor
- The next generation of Shake Reduction
- Continuous shooting 8.3 fps
- Fast and accurate autofocus SAFOX 11
- Unique optical-mechanical smoothing filter
- Full HD and 4K movie shooting, manual exposure settings
The main feature of the Pentax K‑3 II is the Pixel Shift Resolution System technology. It allows you to shoot 4 photos of the same scene, shifting the matrix by one pixel when shooting each new image, in order to synchronize it into one final image. The new system allows each pixel to receive real data about each of the three basic colors, which can significantly increase image detail, real resolution, improve color transitions and the colors themselves, especially at high ISOs.
Read our Pentax K‑3 II review.
Why was ranked
Innovative technology: Pixel Shift Resolution System.
Ideal for advanced hobbyists and travelers. The camera allows you to take good technical photos. Ideal for travel and outdoor photography.
Further development of the D7x00 series. SLR camera from the semi-professional category. Another very balanced camera from Nikon. The D7200 has all the advantages of its predecessor, the D7100. The camera has a magnesium-plastic body, dust and moisture protection, continuous shooting at 6 fps, video recording at 1920x1080 60 fps, and a shutter speed of up to 1/8000. Nikon D7200 received a new Expeed 4 processor, extended ISO up to 25600, software up to 102400. The camera also received more optimized power consumption, which increased the frame margin from 1 battery by 300–350 and amounted to 1100 photos.
Why was ranked
By the combination of characteristics. A worthy continuation of semi-professional high-quality photographic equipment. In all respects, it has become a little better than its predecessor, due to which it has become inaccessible in terms of its parameters to other cameras of the same segment.
Nikon D7200 is suitable for those who no longer shoot in auto mode, for advanced photographers and videographers, and also as a second camera for professionals. The camera has a wide range of capabilities, with it you can do high-quality work in any shooting conditions. Together with a good lens, the Nikon D7200 will be an excellent tool for both creativity and money making.
Canon EOS 5DS and 5DSR
Bomb 2015 from Canon. Great cameras with 50-megapixel sensors, 5DSR for studio photography, 5DS for outdoor shooting. And again 2 cameras in one position from Canon. The only difference between the models is that the Canon EOS 5DS has a low pass filter, while the Canon 5DSR does not. These cameras are rather narrow-profile, but in their segment they are designed to squeeze out medium format cameras, which they successfully cope with due to the equal quality of photos and 2–3 times lower cost.
What makes these cameras new leaders in their segment?
- New 50.6MP full-frame CMOS sensor
- Processors Dual DIGIC 6 Image
- EOS Scene Detection System including 150,000-pixel RGB + IR metering sensor
- 61-point autofocus including 41 cross-type points
- Improved mirror control mechanism, together with the shutter delay function, helps to reduce camera shake and reduce the number of blurry images.
- Anti-flicker function
- Built-in intervalometer and Bulb mode
- Nearly 100% scene coverage Intelligent Viewfinder II
Why was ranked
For stunning camera performance for full-frame SLRs, including a record-breaking 50 megapixels. For challenging the medium format.
It is interesting
Brikk has announced a Nikon Df kit with a Nikkor 14–24mm F2.8 lens. The set is finished in 24 carat gold and textured leather.
The novelty is still the same Nikon Df, but in a new shell. The camera is remarkable in that it has a very limited edition (only 77 copies) and, in fact, is a collector’s item.
Why was ranked
For those whose budget exceeds the cost of the camera.