Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Catch the decisive moments like a modern Cartier-Bresson with a dedicated street camera
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3; Olympus OM-D E-M5
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 is a retro-looking MILC with a 16-megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor. It can shoot RAW stills and HD video. The ISO sensitivity ranges from 200-25,600. With dials for aperture and shutter speed control, it's similar to the DSLR feel, and with a touch-screen menu, it's intuitive for smartphone users, as well. The camera has Olympus' 5-axis stabilization system to minimize motion blur from handheld use. Because the stabilization system is built into the body, it works with any attached lens. Estimated Street Price: $999.
These are just a few examples of mirrorless street shooters. Some additional models to consider include the Fujifilm X-E1 ($1,399), Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 ($1,298) and Samsung NX300 ($749).
Closest to your workhorse DSLR in functionality is the compact DSLR. It has the same mirror trigger functionality, similar placement of controls and an intuitive feel in your hand. These compact DSLRs are typically marketed more toward entry-level and enthusiast shooters, but professionals will find value in their ability to shoot RAW files and for their ability to use the same lenses and accessories as your main DSLR.
Canon EOS Rebel SL1
If you're going to use a DSLR as a dedicated street shooter, but your main pro body is just too big and heavy, think about a mid-level or even an entry-level DSLR from the same manufacturer as your pro body. You'll be able to use any of your lenses and accessories, and many of the entry-level bodies are much smaller than the pro models.
Compact DSLR models to consider include the Canon EOS Rebel T5i ($749) or EOS Rebel SL1 ($649), Pentax K-30 ($680), Nikon 5200 ($796) and Sony SLT-A58 ($598).
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