The Most Bang For Your Buck Camera From Each System

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One of the things that we often get asked is what the best camera is for each system if you just want the most bang for your buck. So what determines this? For the most part, it has to do with the feature set since not a single camera these days can take a bad picture. However, that also needs to be weighed accordingly with the price.

We’ve gone through our reviews to find which camera gives you the most bang for your buck.

Nikon D750

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In our review, we state:

“Other than some quibbles with the partially plastic frame, you’re going to love the Nikon D750 through and through. It follows a long line of professional level Nikon full frame cameras putting all the controls right on the camera body. With better ISO performance and a faster autofocus than the D610, this camera is perfect for photography enthusiast and professional shooters who want more than the barest of essentials of a full frame DSLR.

The Nikon D750 is also the first full frame DSLR to be equipped with built-in Wi-Fi transmission and a tilting screen. These are both features we’ve become accustomed to on consumer-oriented mirrorless cameras and their inclusion here is a step towards modernizing the DSLR. Whether you’re a working photographer or a simple tourist, you won’t be disappointed with this fully featured full frame camera.”

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Canon 6D

Canon 6D

In our review, we state:

“In the end I found very little that I absolutely didn’t like about the 6D. While there are definitely a few things that concern me, I didn’t feel that any one particular issue that I had with the camera would be an absolute deal-breaker if I wanted to purchase it. I know other reviewers and photographers have made a big stink about the camera being completely useless for strobist work due to being limited to 1/180 for a max sync speed, and while I do agree it would have been nice to see at least 1/200, preferably 1/250, the reality is that it can indeed sync at 1/180th with wireless flashes. For example, the 5D MKII is supposed to be able to sync with flashes at 1/200, but with wireless flashes (such as using PocketWizards) I am only able to reliably sync at 1/160, so when you look at it that way, the 6D does a better job than the 5D MKII. The other issue with a max shutter speed of 1/4000, I can agree that maybe for sports shooters who may actually use 1/8000 that is a let-down, but I am almost certain that most sports shooters don’t even have the 6D on their radars. For the rest of us, in all but the most extreme scenarios 1/4000 is more than adequate to use a large aperture in bright daylight conditions. Otherwise there’s always ND filters available.”

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Sony A7

Sony A7

In our review, we state:

“It almost seems like an obvious choice, but the A7 is wholly deserving of an Editor’s Choice Award for its beautiful design and image quality. Alongside the A7R, the A7 is creating a new market that Nikon has also tried to stake its place in, but this is clearly Sony’s game. Now, this is a full-frame E-mount which means the field of lenses specifically designed for this mount is currently limited. The field should hopefully expand soon. The FE lenses we’ve reviewed are the 55mm f1.8 and the 35mm f2.8. We’d really love to see faster lenses to truly unlock the A7’s potential.”

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Olympus OMD EM5 Mk II

Olympus OMD EM5 Mk II

In our review, we state:

“The sensor in the Olympus OMD EM5 MK II is the single best four thirds sensor that we’ve tested. It’s got a ton of dynamic range, great high ISO abilities, can give you a higher resolution photo if you need, lots of autofocus points that just work, and a heck of a lot going for it. On a personal note, I’m more partial to the simplicity that the Mk I delivers, but we totally see how photographers will relate to this product much more.”

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Fujifilm XE-2

Fujifilm XE-2

In our review, we state:

“The Fujifilm X-E2 occupies a midway point between the entry-level X-A1 and the professional-grade X-Pro 1. The main difference between the X-Pro 1 and the X-E2 is that the latter only has an electronic viewfinder. The X-Pro 1 has a hybrid OVF/EVF, which is one of its most praised features. I find that the X-E2 is easier to work with, and that it produces images that are just as beautiful, if not more so. What sets Fujifilm apart from most companies is its commitment to its customers. Buyer’s remorse doesn’t really exist with Fujifilm’s X series because it continues to release firmware updates that will improve your camera’s performance.”

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Panasonic LX-100

Panasonic LX100

In our review, we state:

“Despite its size for my mitts, the LX100 was a joy to use with superb image quality and manual controls that makes it a strong contender in the premium compact space. It’s retro aesthetic makes it a boon for street photographers because of how inconspicuous it, and its fast-AF guarantees you’ll get most of your shots. The fast Leica glass lends itself to the strength of the LX100’s images. Its sturdiness means it can survive bumps and dings along the way. The LX100’s also a great travel camera, and it’ll easily fit in your jacket pocket in the cold winter months. For all of these reasons, we’re giving it our Editor’s Choice Award.”

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Samsung NX500

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In our review, we state:

“The Samsung NX500 is really quite the camera. It’s highly capable of shooting great images on a vacation and pretty much anywhere you could possibly think of. The camera also has stunning good looks to it.

The RAW files are capable of doing quite a bit at the lower ISO settings but once at the higher settings you’ll need to start relying more on accurate metering. It’s a good camera for many consumers (especially those that want 4K video), but anyone above that may not be as excited.”

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Pentax K50

Pentax K50

In our first impressions review, we state:

“We had nary a complaint about the image quality and were surprised by how much the autofocus improved when using the center focusing point in low light conditions. My only complaint is that the flash sync speed is so low at 1/160th. I would’ve loved 1/250th–and it would have totally been possible.”

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