Full frame cameras are undoubtedly the best solution for those who want to take photos with high image quality.
Nikon and Canon were the masters, but today other brands such as Sony or Panasonic have entered the market as well, also making beginner’s SLR cameras and mirrorless cameras cheaper and accessible to everyone.
1. Nikon D780
We start right away with Nikon and its professional model. The last born keeps its modern and efficient references. It retains its 24 megapixels which use it brilliantly.
Still, it’s a small build compared to others in this line of SLRs. It is not a featherweight and its massive block suggests an ability to withstand all the vagaries of life and travel. The case is sober and the shortcut and control keys are numerous.
The control screen on the right shoulder of the device remains practical and intuitive. The menu is also still intuitive and the touch is appreciable. It facilitates navigation. On the other hand, it will be necessary to forget the possibility of moving it. No kneecap will allow it.
On this model, Nikon decides to get rid of the built-in flash, which is often considered unnecessary by amateurs who prefer an external flash. The optical sight is very comfortable. 2 storage locations are present and accompanied by an HDMI port and a microphone and headphone output.
On the performance side, the camera is fast and only the autofocus in low light comes to darken the picture. The limited burst mode but remains effective nonetheless. However, it is complex to start. Electronic noise management is excellent up to 6400 iso.
Finally, regarding video, Nikon offers 4k ultra HD recording at 30 images per second. If you want to shoot at 120 frames per second, you will have to go back to a full HD recording. The video image quality remains good.
Concretely, we like the management of low light sensitivity, responsiveness, and efficient tracking autofocus, the pleasant optical viewfinder, the double storage space, the tropicalization, and the headphone and microphone socket.
On the other hand, we regret the limit of recording at 30 images per second in burst mode with tracking which remains a little tight, and the high light management is also limited.
2. Canon EOS 90D
Head to the competition from Nikon with the latest Canon camera. Here again, the brand’s identity remains intact. The 90D is intended to be a camera with great photographic potential. A little lighter than its big brother, the design does not change a bit.
Like Nikon, the body is not as small as a compact, but neither is it as large as older SLR models. The template is well-positioned between ergonomics and compactness. In addition, there is a well-marked handle. The optical sight is nice. The screen on the right shoulder is also large and can display all the necessary information.
Overall construction looks solid with the arrival of weather resistance. However, the case seems hollow and the plastic construction is not sexy especially for a high-end case. The device is intended primarily for advanced photographers with an impressive number of buttons and possibilities. Beginners will however be able to navigate by taking the time to understand the box.
The menu is accessible and quick, but the choice of menu customization remains limited. The touch screen on the ball joint allows you to film and see the rendering directly. This is one of the biggest advantages compared to Nikon.
In terms of performance, responsiveness is very good thanks to the arrival of the Digic 8 processor which significantly improves the performance of the device and more particularly that of speed. The burst mode is well mastered as well as the management of electronic noise up to 6400 iso. In contrast, the attitude housing is still fair especially for a product in this range.
Finally, concerning the video, Cannon remains number one. The 90D comes with serious arguments like the ability to record 4k ultra HD at 60 frames per second for extra rendering.
Concretely we like the good viewfinder, the tropicalization of the device, the pleasant overall ergonomics, the screen on a ball joint, the very good reactivity, and the efficiency of taking 4k videos without cropping.
On the other hand, we regret the low-cost finishes, the lack of mechanical stabilization, and the still limited working latitude.
3. Pentax K-70
We end this part on professional devices with the Pentax brand. At first glance, the K-70 has a robust and square build. The black coating gives it a very serious look. The placement of the buttons is clear and efficient and will allow everyone to navigate. The wheel allows navigation in the menu always fluid.
The rubber grip and the hollow handle provide a firm grip. This Pentax is placed at the top of the basket and allows great beginners to access the high end. The optical viewfinder offers a 100% field of vision and the rear screen on the ball joint offers a good definition. Moreover, Pentax incorporates a night mode that has appreciated which reduces eye fatigue.
The device is on the whole sturdy and resistant to dust, dripping, and cold temperatures down to -10 °. The build quality is excellent.
In terms of performance, responsiveness is not its strong point. The results are however reasonable and do not spoil the use. The device is a bit long and noisy even when the light conditions are right. The electronic noise management is perfect up to 12800 iso and exceeds the 2 big ones in this world. The quality of the pictures is excellent. Exposure and dynamics are much better than at Canon.
Finally concerning the video, nothing exceptional on the horizon. The mode remains classic, allowing full HD recording at 60 frames per second.
Concretely we like its simplicity, the intuitive menu, the 100% optical sighting, the screen on a ball joint, the tropicalization, and the overly integrated retouching.
On the other hand, we regret the autofocus still lagging behind, the non-touchscreen, and the still too classic video mode.
4. Canon EOS 250D
Back to beginners, we start with Canon. This case has the advantage of being extremely compact. The well-dug handle offers a good grip as long as you have small hands. The grown-ups of this world will be a little more embarrassed. Canon decides to mash the shooting modes and leave only 7. The choices are wise and practical once in the field.
The swivel touch screen facilitates navigation between the menus and the existence of a guided interface for beginners makes it easier to get started for amateurs. The small or big flaw for some of this Canon is the optical sight. While most competing models go for a 100% field of view, the 250D shuts down at 95%.
In terms of performance, the responsiveness of the camera is excellent thanks to the combination of dual pixel autofocus and the Digic 8 processor. The mixture works wonders even in low light. The burst mode is correct and the same art in points as well.
Canon has made a great effort on this site to homogenize everything. The image quality is very good even at high sensitivity or during a large latitude of exposure. The management of electronic noise is very well managed up to 3200 iso. Finally, regarding video, the device allows recording in 4k at 30 images per second at the cost of a large frame. Too bad, moreover the recording in full HD will not escape either.
In concrete terms, we like the user-friendly menu, the swivel screen, the fast hybrid autofocus, and the image quality.
On the other hand, we regret the somewhat narrow optical sight, the lack of sensor stabilization, the too few features, and the video cropping.
5. Nikon D3500
We end with Nikon. The D3500 is characterized by reduced size and a contained weight. The device and its lightness absolutely do not give it a high-end design. However, the whole exudes solidity. The apprehension is also good and without false notes. If you are an advanced photographer, you will regret the few customization possibilities. Overall, the potential of the device is limited by this lack of possibilities. On the other hand, the snap bridge application is free and especially practical for the management of the pictures via his phone.
On the performance side, we can say that responsiveness is its main strength. On this point, he signs a faultless. Burst mode hits 5 fps and can do much better. It is, therefore, a shame to see the buffer memory so limited thus restricting the possibilities of burst shots. Electronic noise is also well managed up to 3200 iso. We will absolutely avoid taking pictures in 25600 iso which will not really give anything great.
Finally, concerning the video, it will be necessary to be satisfied with a recording in full HD at 60 images per second. No ultra HD or 4k in the program.
Concretely we like the quality of construction, the very good responsiveness of the device, the image quality, the guide mode for beginners very well done, and the built-in flash.
On the other hand, we regret the screen without ball joints, the lack of details for the videos, and the buffer memory too limited compared to the possibilities offered by the D3500.