How to choose a Best Camera (2016) in Canada?
Digital Camera Buying Guide
A digital camera is a camera that takes video or still photographs by recording images on an electronic image sensor. Most cameras sold today are digital. With hundreds of Digital Cameras to choose from, with such a range of types, sizes, features, and prices, unless you know your exact needs, you could very well end up disappointed with your purchase. Before purchasing, it is advisable to take some time to do a little research by reading reviews, specifications. Our Digital Camera Buying Guide Helps you make the best camera purchase for your needs and budget as well..
Types of Digital Camera
- Point and shoot (budget) Camera: A point-and-shoot camera, also called a compact camera, is a still camera designed primarily for simple operation. Most use focus free lenses or autofocus for focusing, automatic systems for setting the exposure options, and have flash units built in.They are popular with people who don’t consider themselves photographers but want an easy to use camera for vacations, parties, reunions and other events. Zoom range usually less than 15x.
- Compact megazoom Camera: Those who want a step up from a camera phone but frequently can’t get close enough to get the photograph that’s wanted. Zoom range usually more than 20x. Designed for automatic and some manual operation.
- Megazoom Camera: zoom range usually more than 26x. People who want one camera that can shoot both close-ups and players’ faces from the nosebleed seats.
- Enthusiast compact Camera: Photo quality good enough for those who want to get artsy and/or possibly sell their photos. Short video clips. Fast enough for shooting food but usually not action.
- Entry-level interchangeable-lens camera (ILC): Fast enough for photographing kids and pets in motion. Comparable photo quality to an entry-level dSLR, better video quality than most compacts and point-and-shoots.
- Entry-level dSLR Camera: Big, with a relatively large APS-C sensor. Anyone who wants better speed and quality than a compact and prefers shooting using an optical viewfinder.
- Prosumer ILC Camera: Suitable for people who want to get artsy and/or possibly sell their photos. Sensor sizes range from compact-camera-equivalent to those you find in dSLRs. It has EVF
- Prosumer dSLR Camera: Big, with a relatively large APS-C or full-frame sensor. It has TTL optical viewfinder. Suitable for those who want to get artsy and/or possibly sell their photos. video quality is good enough for indie videographers. Fast enough for photographing sports-fast action.
- Pro dSLR Camera: Big, with a large APS-C or full-frame (or bigger) sensor. Interchangeable lenses. Optical viewfinder. Designed for fully manual operation. Photo and video quality that’s good enough to sell to a knowledgeable buyer. Performance fast enough to shoot sports or a bride fleeing the altar.
- Waterproof Camera: A compact model which is also waterproof, for underwater photography
General features of Digital Camera to Evaluate
- Resolution: Image resolution is the detail an image holds. The term resolution is often used for a pixel count in digital imaging. Higher resolution means more image detail.
- Lens: The two fundamental parameters of an optical lens are the focal length and the maximum aperture. The lens’ focal length determines the magnification of the image projected onto the image plane, and the aperture the light intensity of that image.
- Sensor: Most currently used are digital charge-coupled device (CCD) or complementary metal–oxide–semiconductor (CMOS) active pixel sensors. Bigger sensors generally produce better photo quality. CMOS is popular for compact cameras because it allows for greater low-light sensitivity on a relatively small sensor.
- Light sensitivity: A camera’s sensitivity to light is specified as ISO sensitivity. The higher the number, the better the camera’s ability to shoot in low light.
- Viewfinder: An electronic viewfinder (EVF) is a camera viewfinder where the image captured by the lens is projected electronically onto a miniature display.While most consumer cameras these days have eliminated a viewfinder altogether, more-advanced models still have them.
- Image stabilization: IS is a family of techniques used to reduce blurring associated with the motion of a camera during exposure.
- Battery life and type: Most cameras use lithium ion rechargeable battery packs.
- Burst/continuous shooting rate: A measure of the number of frames per second a camera can capture. High frame rate, at full resolution, with autofocus and autoexposure, for a reasonable number of frames is best.
- Video: For typical vacation videos or videos of the kids, you want 1080/30p also referred to as Full HD. If a camera offers a frame rate greater than 60fps, that lets you create slow-motion videos.
- Shooting modes: Most digital cameras support a number of digital camera modes for use in various situations. Professional DSLR cameras modes focus more on manual modes, consumer point-and-shoot cameras focus on automatic modes, and amateur prosumer cameras often have a wide variety of both manual and automatic modes.
Popular Digital Camera Brands in Canada
Best Cameras (2016) in Canada
1. Canon PowerShot SX600 HS
The PowerShot SX600 HS strikes the right balance between a camera’s zoom capabilities and its compactness, making it an ideal travel Zoom-Camera. The slim design packs a high-powered 18x zoom lens but when the lens is retracted, the SX600 is incredibly slim and compact and can easily slip into any pocket.
- Imaging Processor – DIGIC 4+
- Camera Effective Pixels – Approx. 16.0 megapixels
- LCD Monitor Size: 3.0-inch type
- Effective Pixels – Approx. 461,000 dots
- Aspect Ratio – 4:3
- Control System – Autofocus: Continuous, Servo AF
- AF Frame – Face AiAF, Tracking AF, Center
- Metering System – Evaluative, Center-weighted average, Spot
- Number of Shots (CIPA Compliant) – Approx. 290
- Number of Shots (CIPA Compliant) Eco Mode – Approx. 430
- Movie Recoding Time (Actual Usage Time) – Approx. 1hr
- Power Source Battery Pack NB-6LH
- Dimensions (CIPA compliant) – 103.8 x 61.0 x 26.0mm (4.09 x 2.40 x 1.02in.)
- Weight (CIPA compliant) Approx. 188g (6.63oz.) (including the battery and memory card)
- Approx. 164g (5.78oz.) (camera body only)
- Other features- Mobile Device Connect Button, NFC compatibility
Hybrid Auto, Creative Shot, Auto, P, Portrait, Smart, Shutter, High-speed Burst, Handheld NightScene, Low Light, Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy, Camera Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster, Effect, Snow, Fireworks, Long Shutter
- Continuous Shooting – Approx. 3.9 shots/sec. (In P mode)
- Approx. 10.5 shots/sec.- (In high-speed burst HQ mode)
- Wi-Fi / NFC
- 18x optical zoom
- Lack of control in Creative mode
- No touchscreen
2. Nikon D3300
The D3300 makes it fun and easy to preserve those moments in the lifelike beauty they deserve: stunning 24.2-megapixel photos and 1080p Full HD videos with tack-sharp details, vibrant colours and softly blurred backgrounds.
- Monitor Size – 3.0 in. diagonal
- Monitor Type – Wide Viewing Angle TFT-LCD
- 24.2 Megapixel Camera
- CMOS Image Sensor
- Full HD Recording
- 3 inch TFT LCD
- ISO 200 – ISO 6400 Sensitivity
- f/3.5 – f/5.6 Aperture
- Sensor Size – 23.5mm x 15.6mm
- Top Continuous Shooting Speed at full resolution – 5 frames per second
- Battery / Batteries – EN-EL14a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
- Storage Media – SD, SDHC, SDXC
- Image Sensor Format – DX
- Approx. Dimensions (Width x Height x Depth) – 124mm x 98mm x 75.5mm
- Approx. Weight – 410g
- Excellent Guide Mode
- High pixel count
- No optical low-pass filter
- Fixed LCD
- Screen not touch-sensitive
3. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III
The RX100 should appeal to first-time users as well as advanced enthusiasts with its swift autofocus system, customizable options and reliable programmed modes in a svelte chassis.
- 20.9 MP 1″-type Exmor R CMOS sensor
- 24-70mm equivalent F/1.8-2.8 lens
- Continuous shooting up to 10 FPS
- Pop-up electronic OLED viewfinder with 1,440,000 dots
- ISO 160-12800, expandable ISO 100, 125, and 25,600
- 3.0 inch tiltable TFT LCD with 1,229,000 dots
- 1080 60p/24p HD video with full exposure control (MPEG-4/AVCHD)
- Raw/JPEG/ Raw+JPEG
- Steady-Shot image stabilization
- Rear control dial and customizable front control ring
- Built-in WiFi and NFC for sharing and remote camera control
- High quality sensor
- EVF built-in
- Restricted zoom range
- Screen not touch-sensitive
4. Olympus Tough TG-3
The TG-3 is unique among outdoor cameras for its many accessories. Waterproof lens options include a fisheye converter that captures gorgeous wide-angle shots – even underwater – and a tele converter that increases zoom capability from 4x to nearly 7x. Also available are a new LED Light Guide for macro photography and colorful float straps, an underwater housing and sturdy cases.
- Lens Aperture RangeWide – f2.0, f2.8, f8.0
- Zoom – 4x Optical Zoom + 2x Super Resolution Zoom + 4x Digital Zoom
- Focal Length4.5 – 18.0mm (35mm equivalent: 25 – 100mm)
- Image Sensor – 16 Megapixel – BSI CMOS 1/2.3”
- Image Stabilization – Sensor-shift
- White Balance – Auto, One-touch, Cloudy, Sunny, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Underwater
- Focus Mode – Face Detection AF, AF Tracking, AF Lock
- AF Illuminator- Built-in AF Illuminator
- Flash Mode – sAuto, Red Eye Reduction, Fill-in, Off, LED
- Wi-Fi Connectivity
- BatteryLithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery (LI-92B)
- Very quick focus
- Wide aperture f/2 lens.
- GPS and Wi-Fi.
Zoom and focus are audible on video soundtrack.
5. Canon PowerShot SX260 HS
PowerShot SX260 HS digital camera is an ultra-slim camera with a powerful 20x Optical Zoom, Optical Image Stabilization and 25mm Wide-Angle lens is only the beginning of its attractions. ophisticated advancements include improved Smart AUTO that optimizes settings for 58 predefined shooting situations, Face ID that prioritizes pre-registered faces, and GPS for tracking and recording your shooting locations.
Image Capture Device:
- 12.1 Megapixel, 1/2.3-inch CMOS
- Total Pixels – Approx. 12.8 Megapixels
- Effective Pixels – Approx. 12.1 Megapixels
- Focal Length – 4.5 (W) – 90.0 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 25-500mm)
- Digital Zoom – 4x
Autofocus System – TTL Autofocus, Manual Focus
- Canon’s powerful 20x Optical Zoom and 25mm Wide-Angle lens with Optical Image Stabilization delivers stunning images from up close or at a distance.
- A 12.1 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor combined with the DIGIC 5 Image Processor creates Canon’s HS SYSTEM for outstanding low-light performance.
- Excellent Zoom range
- Full HD video with stereo sound
- Great image quality
- Full manual control
- Good Handling
- Battery life reduced with GPS
- No Raw shooting
- Pop-up flash position
6. Samsung NX1
The NX1 comes with a highly innovative 28 MP sensor that records more details without increasing noise beyond the level of a conventional 20 MP sensor. Crop images without worry and print without losing quality.
- Type – BSI APS-C CMOS
- Sensor Size – 23.5 x 15.7 mm
- Effective Pixel – Approx. 28.2MP
- Total Pixel – Approx. 30.7MP
- Colour Filter – RGB Primary
- Mount – Samsung NX Mount
- Usable Lens – Samsung NX Lens (3D Lens Supported)
i-Function – Aperture / Shutter speed / EV / ISO / WB / i-Zoom
Dust Reduction – Supersonic Drive
- Type – Super AMOLED w/Touch Screen
- Field of View – Type
- Super AMOLED w/Touch Screen
- Size- 76.6mm (3.0″)
- Resolution – 1036k dots
- Field of View – Approx. 100%
Memory – External Media – SD, SDHC, SDXC(up to 64GB), UHS-I, UHS-II support
Network and Wireless Connectivity:
- Wi-Fi – IEEE 802.11b/g/n/ac
- Connectivity Support – Bluetooth
- NFC- Yes
- Capacity – 1860 mAh
- Charging – DC 5.0V, 2A via Micro USB port
- Still Image Capturing Time – 500shot (CIPA Standard)
- Dimension (WxHxD) 138.5 x 102.3 x 65.8mm
- Weight – Approx. 550 g (body only)
Application – i-Launcher (Web version included), Power Media Player, Samsung Movie Converter, Samsung DNG Converter, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5
- 15fps shooting
- High resolution back-illuminated sensor
Tilting rather than vari-angle screen
7. Sony Alpha a6000
Sony has come within a whisker of creating the perfect CSC in the shape of the A6000, with just a few niggles stopping it being very good indeed. The camera is also equipped with Sony’s latest processor, the Bionz X, something which is also found in the A7/A7R. Sony claims this to be three times faster than the previous generation.
- 24.3 Megapixel Mirrorless Camera with Lens
- Body with Lens Kit – 16 mm – 50 mm – Black – 3″ LCD – 16:9 – 3x Optical
- Zoom – 4x – 6000 x 4000
- Image – 1920 x 1080
- Video – HDMI
- HD Movie Mode – Wireless LAN
- Size: 4.7 x 2.6 x 1.8 in. (120 x 67 x 45 mm)
- Sensor size – APS-C
- Amazing image quality for the price
- Great EVF
- Small size
- Screen not fully articulated
- No touchscreen
8. Nikon D750
D750 brings Dazzling Image Quality, cinematic video capabilities and pro-inspired handling in a nimble design with a tilting Vari-angle LCD and built-in Wi-Fi connectivity. Enthusiasts upgrading from a DX-format D-SLR will marvel at the D750’s full-frame performance. Pros seeking a primary or secondary camera for fast-paced shoots will appreciate the D750’s familiar handling and speed. And filmmakers looking for a compact D-SLR to bring a production to life or to capture B-Roll will find the D750 a perfect fit. The D750 is a thrilling centerpiece of an exceptional imaging system.
- Effective Pixels – 24.3 million
- Sensor Size – 35.9mm x 24mm
- Image Sensor Format – FX
- Monitor Size – 3.2 in. diagonal
- Monitor Type – Wide Viewing Angle TFT-LCD
- Battery / Batteries – EN-EL15 Lithium-ion Battery
- New 24Mp full-frame sensor
- High quality AF system
- Viewfinder can’t show the image as it will be captured
- Screen tilting rather than vari-angle
9. Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100
The DMC-LX100 is designed to render breathtaking gradation and rich textures in all their natural beauty. It incorporates a new 4/3-inch large High Sensitivity MOS sensor with multiple aspect ratios. By keeping the resolution to 12.8 Mpx* (in 4:3 setting), the amount of light is maintained to improve the S/N ratio, making it possible to capture clear images with minimum noise, even when shot at ISO 25600.
- Leica DC Vario-Summilux f/1.7-2.8 Lens
- 4K Ultra HD Video at 30/24 fps in MP4
- Built-in Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
- 2,764k-Dot EVF
- 12.8MP 4/3″ Type Multi-Aspect MOS Sensor
- Very capable Development
- Great features and compact for landscape photography.
- Top-notch high ISO performance.
- No built-in flash
10. Canon PowerShot N100
PowerShot N100 brings your stories to life. It starts with Dual Capture using a rear-facing wide-angle “Story Camera.” While the main camera shoots the subject, the secondary camera is shooting you, the photographer – easily capture everything from a parent’s pride to priceless double takes.
Image Capture Device:
- Type – 12.1 Megapixel, 1/1.7-inch CMOS
- Total Pixels – Approx. 13.3 Megapixels
- Effective Pixels – Approx. 12.1 Megapixels
- Focal Length – Main: 5.2 (W) – 26.0 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 24-120mm)
- Digital Zoom – 4.0x
- Focusing Range – Main – Auto/Normal: 2.0 in. (5cm) – infinity (W), 12.0 in. (30cm) – infinity (T); Macro: 1.2 in. – 1.6 ft. (3-50cm) (W)
- Autofocus System- TTL Autofocus, Manual Focus
- Built-in Flash – Auto, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Flash Off
- Flash Range – 1.6 ft. – 23 ft. (W), 1.6 – 7.5 ft. (T) (50cm – 7.0m (W), (50cm – 2.3m (T))
Shooting Modes – Auto, Hybrid Auto, P, Dual Capture, Creative Shot1, Portrait, Face Self-timer, Handheld Night Scene, Fisheye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Background Defocus, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Snow, Fireworks, Long Shutter, iFrame Movie
- Easy to use
LCD not visible from front