When making the choice between one price level of Canon dSLR cameras and another, unless a specific feature is needed, many photographers recommend choosing a less expensive body and combining it with a higher end lens. That being said, I’m still lost! What type of camera do you have and do you love it?
I’ve been vacillating for months now about investing in a nice camera that takes better shots than my iPhone. I’ve always used the lame excuse before, “But my iPhone takes really nice photos and the quality is good enough for me…”
To quote Hunter Hayes, “Well, I don’t want good and I don’t want good enough..”
And it’s true. I want something that’s going to last me into the next phases of my life. I’ve done the research and I’ve finally decided on a Canon, but do you realize how many makes and models there are?
With thousands of reviews online and a different opinion from every person you ask, choosing a camera can seem like a monumental task. Even once you have decided on a manufacturer, the number of camera choices can feel overwhelming. If you know you want to choose one of the many Canon dSLR cameras, but you are not sure which one will best suit your needs, here’s what I’ve found:
Canon EOS Rebel T3
This camera is the best Canon model for the person on a tight budget. It provides good photo quality for the price, with sharp images, solid exposure, and excellent color reproduction. It produces usable JPEGs with good processing. Continuous shooting with the T3 is 2.9 frames per second.
Canon EOS Rebel T3i
The T3i is just one level up from the T3, but the performance and quality of the photos is much better and the resolution is higher. The video capture on this model is excellent, with an articulated LCD. If money is not a factor, this is the best choice for most hobby photographers.
Canon EOS Rebel T5i
For general consumers, this is the best Canon dSLR. The features that make this camera so different from the T3i are the autofocus system and a touch screen system that is excellent for video. For the photographer who plans to use manual focus and high quality lenses, the T3i model will work just as well.
Canon EOS Rebel SL1
This camera’s main feature is its size, as it is the smallest dSLR available. Its compact size and lightweight make it a great choice for people with small hands or hand issues such as arthritis. There are few differences between the SL1 and the T5i. It has a fixed rather than articulated LCD display, the battery life is shorter, and the continuous shooting is slower. It has Canon’s newest autofocus system.
Canon EOS 60D
The 60D has a sturdier body and a better viewfinder than the Rebel models. It is fast, has an articulated LCD display and a wind filter on the microphone that make shooting video much easier, and several other fun features. The quality of the videos is good.
Canon EOS 70D
The70D has the fastest performance of the Canon dSLRs, and includes the advanced autofocus technology. It has many advantages over the older models, including better performance, more features, and SD card support.
Canon EOS 7D
There are many rumors of a new 7D model coming out some time in early to mid-2014. The old 7D, which is four years old now, boasts the best action shots and a weather-resistant body with the lowest price in this range of cameras.
Canon EOS 6D
This camera has the best value for a full-frame model. The design and features are more consumer-oriented than the more high priced models in this range. It also has Wi-Fi and GPS functions and a lighter body.
Canon EOS-1D X
At the high end of the price ranges, the 1D X is Canon’s fastest full-frame continuous-shooting model. Its speed is rated at 12fps and supports dual UDMA 7 cards.