1. Sony RX100
Sony’s first true premium compact is a couple of years old now, but it still packs a punch
Type: Compact | Sensor: 1-inch, 20.2MP | Lens: 28-100mm f/1.8-4.9 | Screen: 3-inch, 1,229K dots | Viewfinder: N/A | Continuous shooting: 2.5fps | Movies: 1080p | User level: Expert
Sony clearly has high hopes for the RX100, describing it as a “game-changing” camera. We’re pleased to report that the images from it are very impressive.
Colours are bright and punchy, without being overly vibrant. Colours are also represented well in the majority of cases, with skies appearing natural and skin tones looking particularly good.
With its larger sensor and wide aperture lens, the RX100 is capable of producing some very creative images with blurred backgrounds.
Sony is keen to emphasise the quality of the lens attached to the RX100, which is produced by Carl Zeiss and features T* coating. It performs very well, with very little ghosting or flare to be found, even when shooting in direct sunlight.
We found it at €369.00
2. Canon EOS Rebel SL1 / EOS 100D
One of the smallest DSLRs available
Type: DSLR | Sensor: APS-C CMOS, 18MP | Lens mount: Canon EF-S | Screen: 3-inch touchscreen, 1,040,000K dots | Viewfinder: Yes, optical | Continuous shooting: 4fps | Movies: 1080p | User level: Beginner
Yes !!! We have not been disappointed by the image performance of the Canon EOS 100D. That 18 million pixel sensor is capable of resolving lots of detail, with minimal evidence of image smoothing at lower sensitivities.
Colours from the Canon EOS 100D are also excellent, being nice and vibrant without going over the top. Having the ability to experiment with Picture Styles also gives you the opportunity to boost elements such as saturation if you think the scene requires it.
We found it at €360
3. Nikon D5300
Replaced by both the D5500 and D5600, but still a good buy
Type: DSLR | Sensor: APS-C CMOS, 24.2MP | Lens mount: Nikon DX | Screen: 3.2-inch articulating, 1,037,000 dots | Viewfinder: Yes, optical | Continuous shooting speed: 5fps | Movies: 1080p | User level: Beginner/enthusiast
A 24MP DSLR with a 3.2-inch articulating screen, 39-point AF system and Wi-Fi connectivity is a good option for someone looking to take their photography more seriously. The control layout is simple, too, so you get to grips with the camera quickly.
We found it at €470.00