2016 is coming soon… So for these last days of 2015, I’ll be listing down the best of 2015 regarding all the tech put in categories such as Smartphones, Cameras, Tablets, and some other gadgets and services I liked about this year.
Why not call this segment: “Best Everything: 2015”
Let’s Start with the Cameras:
Best Budget Compact – That’s pocket-friendly in two ways!
Canon PowerShot SX600 HS
The Canon PowerShot SX600 HS delivers easy automatic shooting options, very good photo and video quality, and a useful zoom range with optical image stabilization in a slim, lightweight package and at a reasonable price.
Though it has been reported for having a bad autofocus at times, and also isn’t preferred for indoor use i.e. in artificial lighting, Canon PowerShot SX600 HS has been a go-to option for the snapshooters wanting a simple step up from a smartphone without sacrificing on-the-go sharing.
Price: Around ₹15,000 (USD 229)
Best Advanced Compact – That has a fast lens and 4K video
Sony’s RX100 range has been a revelation. Now on its fourth version, this is one of the most desirable compact cameras on the market. Its combination of a compact body, pop-up electronic viewfinder and a fast lens paired to a large sensor, makes it a great ‘prosumer’ compact.
The RX100 IV adds a few new tricks, particularly for videographers. The 960fps high-speed video mode means you can create great slow motion clips. This is at much-reduced resolutions, but you can shoot 250fps video at 1080p quality – that’s impressive.
Sony’s also added 4K video support and you can capture 17-megapixel stills during video capture.
That said, if you’re not interested in the new video capabilities, you might be better off saving some money and opting for the still excellent RX100 III. The IV’s improved electronic viewfinder is great too, but the III is considerably cheaper and still takes fantastic photos thanks to that fast lens and large sensor.
You can’t lose either way, though.
Price: RX100 IV- ₹65,131 (USD 948) RX100 III- ₹51,749 (USD 748)
Best midrange DSLR- For Rich fellas (Who have the money and love the quality)
It’s not the cheapest camera in its class, but the Nikon D750 delivers an excellent combination of quality, performance, and features for its price.
The Nikon D750 delivers the best photo quality and continuous-shooting performance in its price class, along with a nicely well-rounded feature set.
Price: Around ₹1,12,000 (USD 1896.95)
Best DSLR entry level – For the Family Photographer
The Nikon D5500 delivers excellent photo quality as well as a performance that can keep up with your kids and pets.
The D5500 uses a 24MP sensor with no anti-aliasing effect, which produces some of the highest resolutions we’ve seen in from an APS-C camera.
It’s easy for beginners to handle but has plenty of features to keep .more advanced users happy too — and Wi-Fi is built in.
Lightweight and compact with everything the family photographer needs, the Nikon D5500 maintains its position as a great general-purpose DSLR.
Price: Around ₹49,000 (USD 696.95)