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If you want to start getting really creative with your photography, then a DSLR is pretty much the first choice for most, offering a great blend of top-notch image quality and polished performance.
There’s also a wealth of choice out there to suit pretty much any enthusiast's budget, and with Black Friday on the horizon, there’s certainly going to be some deals out there for you to take advantage of.
But before you go clicking ‘confirm order’ when these deals start appearing, let’s take a look at some of the key factors you need to consider to ensure you pick the right camera for you.
Ease of use
If you’re new to DSLR photography, you might want to consider an entry-level model like Canon’s EOS Rebel T7i (known as the EOS 800D outside the US) or Nikon D3400. While image quality can rival much pricier models, these DSLRs are designed to make using them as easy as possible, often coming with helpful guide modes to help you get to grips with the camera’s various functions.
Image quality, sensors and chips
DSLRs fall into two distinct camps - those with APS-C sized sensors, and those with full-frame chips. APS-C sized sensors have long been used by entry-level and mid-range DSLRs, and provides a good balance between system portability, image quality and cost.
Full-frame sensors are used in many high-end enthusiast and professional DSLRs. With a larger physical size, it gives them better light gathering capabilities and the space to cram even more pixels on the sensor.
Most of the Black Friday deals are going to be focused more on APS-C format DSLRs - there’s much more choice, but that’s not to say you won’t be able to potentially pick-up a full-frame DSLR at a good price.
4K video can be hard to find
4K is becoming a much more popular feature on cameras, though DSLRs have been slow to feature this – with the exception of the EOS 5D Mark IV, the latest Canon EOS DSLRs all feature 1080p video capture, while there’s only a handful of Nikon DSLRs offering 4K capture. And, as these are the latest models, they’re unlikely to be discounted on Black Friday. If 4K is a must, then you’ll want to look at a mirrorless camera, where this feature is much more widely found.
Connectivity for creatives
Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth connectivity are becoming standard features on many new DSLRs, allowing you to transfer images from your camera to smart device and onto social media without the need for a computer. This can be really handy for some photographers, but if this isn’t a key concern for you, slightly older models don’t always have this functionality. If it’s not a deal breaker for you, these older models are likely to be more heavily discounted this Black Friday, without too many compromises to image quality.
If you’re buying your first DSLR, then opt for one that comes with a bundled lens. These are normally what are known as a standard zoom lens (or kit lens) and covers a broad focal range from landscapes to portraits, making them a great choice if you’re starting out. The minimal extra outlay over the body-only price makes them an even more tempting choice.
Be careful though as Canon and Nikon both offer non-image stabilized and stabilized versions of the same lens. You want to go for the stabilized version (make sure ‘IS’ is in the lens title for Canon, and ‘VR’ for Nikon). The kit will cost fractionally more, but it’s worth the extra outlay to avoid unwanted camera shake.
As well as a standard zoom lens, some dealers on Black Friday will also be bundling a second lens to tempt buyers. This is normally a modest telephoto zoom lens that allows you to get even closer to the action, and you can make a decent saving compared to buying it individually. Make sure you know what you’re buying, as these second lenses can be old models, so the money saved might not be as great as it first appears.
Our deal predictions
We're pretty certain that dealers will be looking to discount some of their DSLR stock. Don't expect the latest and greatest models to be discounted, but don't be put off - we reckon they'll be some cracking cameras to suit all budgets that are likely to be heavily discounted.
Below we've picked out some key models that we think you should look out for, from entry-level bargains to full-frame powerhouses.
Many of the Black Friday deals are likely to be focused towards beginners, with a raft of entry-level DSLRs being discounted. We reckon the Nikon D3300 is likely to be a prime model - it’s been replaced by the D3400 (a minor upgrade, but does feature Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity options), so dealers are going to be wanting to shift these from their shelves. It's a great introduction to DSLR photography, with a cracking 24MP sensor and an easy-to-use interface perfect for beginners, backed up by a solid performance and great battery life.
The same can be said for Canon’s EOS Rebel T6i (otherwise known as the EOS 750D outside the United States). Recently replaced by the EOS Rebel T7i / EOS 800D, we reckon this means dealers are likely to be discounting this great DSLR heavily. There's a great 24.2MP sensor, while the T6i also benefits from a brilliant vari-angle touchscreen display and polished control layout that makes it really easy to use, while there's Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity on offer as well.
If you’re looking to upgrade from your entry-level DSLR, then Nikon’s D7200 is brilliant option. Recently replaced by the D7500, this is still a cracking enthusiast DSLR and we reckon you should be able to pick it up at a bargain price. Packed with features, a decent performance and an excellent 39-point AF system, the D7200 is topped off with a cracking sensor to make it an ideal camera for enthusiasts – especially if you already own some Nikon lenses.
There’s also Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Canon's top-of-the-range APS-C DSLR. A real sports and action orientated camera, this 20MP DSLR can shoot at 10fps, while the 65-point AF system is incredibly sophisticated. While it hasn’t been replaced, it’s getting a little old now and there might be a new one on the horizon early next year, so we could expect dealers anticipate this and offer some decent discounts.
Canon’s EOS 5D Mark III is still available, despite the EOS 5D Mark IV being around for a year now, and is ripe for some Black Friday discounts. Still one of the most advanced full-frame DSLRs we've seen, it's packed with features for the serious photographer, including a 22.3MP full-frame sensor, 8fps shooting, 61-point AF system and rock-solid build quality.
It’s a similar story with the Nikon D810. It’s just been replaced by the D850 and should be discounted as dealers look to make way for Nikon's brilliant replacement. Don't ignore this brilliant DSLR though - considerably cheaper than the D850, the 36.3MP sensor is still one of the best around, while its 1200-shot battery life, the 51-point AF system and excellent handling ensures that the D810 doesn't disappoint.
That’s not forgetting the D610 - Nikon’s most affordable full-frame DSLR is the oldest camera in its line-up, so there’s bound to be some good deals on offer. The 24MP sensor might not rival the resolutions on off of some of the competition, but it doesn't disappoint, while the easy to use controls make this one of the most accessible full-frame cameras out there.
Fujifilm Australia is rolling out the Christmas discounts super-early this year, with the camera-maker announcing a cashback promotion that could save you up to $1,300, which runs until January 7, 2018.
The offer includes up to $300 cashback on selected mirrorless cameras and X-series lenses, up to $700 on selected GF-series lenses and up to $1,300 cashback on one of Fujifilm’s best medium-format pro cameras when purchased together with a GF-series lens.
To claim the cashback, you’ll need to purchase the items from a participating Australian dealer, with a list provided on Fujifilm’s Cashback website.
Once a purchase has been made, buyers can head to the website, fill in their details and add a scanned copy of the tax invoice, then choose how they’d like to receive the money. Fujifilm promises to pay back within 28 days of registration, with claims closing on January 31, 2018.
So which cameras are worth buying as part of this promo? Well, the X-T2, as far as we are concerned, is one of the best mirrorless cameras in 2017, with the more entry-level X-T20 ranking at number three in our list. Along with the not-bad X-Pro2, there’s up to $300 cashback available starting today.
If you’ve already got one of these Fujifilm cameras, but are jonesing for a new lens, there’s up to $700 available in cashback when buying one of the GF series lenses mentioned above, or up to $300 on selected XF series lenses.
For the pros
Professional photographers and the enthusiasts now have the opportunity to bag the Fujifilm GFX 50S plus a lens (choose from the GF23mm, GF45mm, GF63mm, GF110mm, GF120mm and GF32-64mm) in a single purchase to save up to $1,300 during this cashback promotion. Right now, the 51.4MP GFX 50S is $9,888 at CameraPro.
The GFX 50S features a weather-sealed body, a sensor that’s about 1.7x larger than a full-frame camera and a removeable and replaceable EVF, not to mention picture quality that’s excellent.
For decades, the DSLR (digital SLR) has been the top choice for anyone who wants to take their photography to the next level. Whether you're a beginner or a pro, a DSLR offers three key ingredients: manual controls, excellent picture quality and interchangeable lenses.
Mirrorless cameras are another option of course. They're smaller, mechanically simpler and, like DSLRs, they take interchangeable lenses. If you want to know more about how they compare, read this: Mirrorless vs DSLR cameras: 10 key differences. Or, if you want to know more about different camera types in general, check out our step-by-step guide: What camera should I buy?
Don't want to spend a lot on DSLR and need a basic entry-level camera, then you can head over to the list of best DSLRs under Rs 50,000.
In between entry-level and full-frame DSLR are a whole range of models aimed at different users, different levels of experience and different budgets. Here's our pick of the standout DSLR cameras you can buy right now in India:
Canon's EOS 5D series of cameras has a rich heritage – the original EOS 5D bought full-frame photography to the masses, the Mark II unleashed Full HD video capture for the first time on a DSLR, and while the Mark III became a firm favourite amongst photographers. The 5D Mark IV pretty much tweaks and improves on everything before it. With a new sensor that delivers pin-sharp results, a 61-point AF system that's incredibly advanced and some very polished handling, the EOS 5D Mark IV has to be one of the best DSLRs we've seen. A serious investment, but you won't be disappointed.
Read the full review: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
The full-frame Nikon D810 might be getting a little old compared to rivals (there are rumors we might see a replacement later this year), but this Nikon is still a great buy. It's built like a tank, it handles beautifully and it doesn't cost the earth - well, when compared to the EOS 5D Mark IV that is. The D810 follows the D800E and ditches the anti-aliasing filter that's usually placed in front of DSLR sensor. This is in order to maximise its formidable resolution, which while it has been eclipsed by the Canon EOS 5DS and Sony Alpha A7R II, still delivers stunning results with huge amounts of detail. If you're into sports, action and wildlife photography, the Nikon D5 and D500 have faster continuous shooting speeds, but neither can match the D810's outright image quality and value for money.
Read the full review: Nikon D810
With 50.6 million effective pixels, the 5DS is by far the highest resolution full-frame DSLR on the market. The same goes for the 5DS R, which is identical to the 5DS, but features an anti-aliasing cancelation filter over the sensor to help resolve a little more detail. Pixel-packed sensors can be compromised, but not here. Image quality is superb, with fantastic detail, well controlled noise and good dynamic range. The 5DS is now the benchmark for full-frame image quality, but it's not quite perfect. There's no Wi-Fi or Ultra HD video recording, and huge image file sizes necessitate decent memory cards and a fast computer. The 5DS out-resolves any other full-frame camera on the market in our lab tests.
Read the full review: Canon EOS 5DS
Nikon has taken their flagship D5 DSLR and most of its high-end features and distilled all of this into a smaller, but still very durable metal body. The full-frame sensor is replaced by an 20.9MP APS-C sized chip. That does mean the D500 can shoot at a rapid 10fps and the high ISO performance is that bit better, while the 153-point AF arrangement is perhaps the best autofocus system out there right now. A brilliant all-rounder, it excels at fast action like sports and wildlife photography, but still has the chops to shoot landscapes and portraits. If the cost is a bit steep, then Nikon's just announced the D7500 that sits below that D500 and inherits many of its tech, including the 20.9MP sensor.
Read the full review: Nikon D500
Just like D500 above, the EOS 7D Mark II borrows much from its big brother, the EOS-1D X (that's now been replaced by the EOS-1D X Mark II), bringing 10fps shooting and a professional autofocus system to the amateur market. Now you can shoot action and sports like the pros, but at a price within the reach of enthusiasts. The EOS 7D Mark II isn't just a high-speed specialists, it's a terrific all-round camera. It's tough, with an alloy body and weather-sealed controls, it has a great sensor with an advanced dual-pixel hybrid autofocus system, and it's a powerful video camera too.
Read the full review: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Cheaper than the D500 and while it doesn't offer quite the same pro-spec performance, the Nikon D7200 does offer a bit more in the way of resolution. Using Nikon's excellent 24-megapixel APS-C format sensor with no anti-aliasing filter, it produces some of the sharpest images you'll see outside of professional full-frame cameras. The D7200 doesn't match the D500's sheer speed or out-and-out build quality, but it can still shoot at 6 frames per second for up to 100 JPEG photos or 27 raw files, and it uses a tried-and-tested 51-point autofocus system that offers a range of advanced features. The D7200 though is probably overshadowed a bit now by the arrival of the D7500, but that does mean you should be able to find a D7200 at a good price.
Read the full review: Nikon D7200
Like the looks of Nikon's D810 further up the top, but don't want to shell out quite that much, then look no further than the 24MP full-frame D750. It doesn't have that magnificent 36-megapixel sensor that the D810 does, but its 24-megapixel alternative still delivers top quality results, especially at high ISO settings. The D750 is also a bit more versatile than the D810, with a faster 6.5fps continuous shooting speed, a handy tilting screen and a lower price – and you still get the enhanced autofocus system and Picture Control 2.0 options of the D810.
Read the full review: Nikon D750
At the opposite end of the spectrum to some of the full-frame DSLRs here, the D3300 is cheap as chips, has one of the sharpest APS-C sensors there is and a neat retracting kit lens. It's proof that you don't have to pay a fortune to get a great camera, and we say its sheer value for money makes it just as impressive as much more advanced (and much more expensive) alternatives. It has the same 24-megapixel non-antialiased sensor as the best of Nikon's APS-C format DSLRs, and although the controls are designed to be simple for novices, in the right hands the little D3300 is a match for cameras costing far more. Recently replaced by the D3400, the spec and design is pretty much identical, but the newer model offers better connectivity. If that isn't a key consideration, the D3300 is the better buy.
Read the full review: Nikon D3300
Pay a bit more cash over the D3300 and you get a quite a bit more camera for your cash with the Canon EOS Rebel T7i ( The new 24.2MP sensor delivers stunning image quality with impressively low noise levels at high ISO sensitivities. The EOS Rebel T6i (known as the EOS 750D outside the US) also receives much-improved autofocus and exposure metering systems over Canon's older T5i / 700D, as well as built-in Wi-Fi with NFC pairing. Although outwardly similar to its T5i / 700D predecessor, that does mean you get the same articulating, touch-sensitive screen to enjoy. A very capable piece of kit for those looking to get into DSLR photography. With the arrival of the new EOS Rebel T7i / EOS 800D in the range (we'll be testing it very shortly), you might be able to track down a good deal.
The K-1 offers a rugged build and a full-frame sensor at a relatively affordable price. It's not cheap, but it compares favourably with the likes of the Nikon D810, Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Sony Alpha 7R II. Pentax's Pixel Shift Technology is clever, and it's great that the company has managed to produce a mode that can be used when the camera is handheld, although the impact is subtle. Less of an all-rounder than the 5D Mk III, the K-1 makes an excellent camera for landscape, still life and portrait photography, or any genre that doesn't require fast autofocus and which benefits from a high pixel count for detail resolution.
Read the full review: Pentax K-1
In 2017, it’s almost impossible to avoid new camera rumors coming out of the woodwork every single day, even with CES 2018 just a few months away and Photokina 2018 less than a year out. But, with a finger on the pulse of the latest industry trends and rumors, and with a bit of our own tech knowledge, we’ll look at what the biggest names in the camera industry may be dreaming up.
We’ve culled through every single one of the latest camera rumors, from wild speculation to the most convincing leaks, and brought you the biggest and the best. With these rumors, we can start to piece together a rough picture of products that major camera companies might be aiming to release, and what thirsty photographers will be able to get their hands on in the near future.
Now, it’s time to really dive into all of the juiciest camera rumors from every major manufacturer, from Canon to Olympus.
Canon rumors: Canon has already released the EOS-1D X Mark II, EOS 5D Mark IV and EOS 6D Mark II, what else are we possibly going to see? They’ve recently released the EOS M5, but will we see a full-frame mirrorless camera from Canon?
Fujifilm rumors: Fuji's been extremely active recently – we've had the GFX 50S, X-T20 and X100F, while last year saw the phenomenal X-T2 and X-Pro2, but we could see the 24MP sensor make its way into updates for the X70 and X-E2S?
Panasonic rumors: With a slew of announcements at Photokina including the long awaited Lumix GH5, things are a little quiet at the moment.
Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III
Canon's premium PowerShot compact camera could get an overhaul
Predicted specs: New APS-C size sensor | 24-120mm zoom lens | Dual Pixel CMOS AF
Eager photographers are going to get their hands on the new PowerShot G1 X Mark III soon, according to new information from CanonRumors. With the Mark II now being well over three and a half years old, we kind of saw it coming. If the rumors are, in fact, solid, the spec will take a huge leap ahead as well. Instead of the weirdly-sized 1.5-inch sensor, the Mark III is probably going to get the same 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor that's offered in devices like the EOS Rebel T7i (EOS 800D), while it'll also get the latest DIGIC 7 image processor and Dual Pixel CMOS AF. Zoom range is likely going to to stay the same at 24-120mm, but the jury's still out on whether or not we'll get a built-in EVF.
Canon full-frame mirrorless camera
If the rumors are true, Canon is working on a full-frame mirrorless camera
Predicted specs: The sensor from the 1D X Mark II or 5D Mark IV | Existing lens mount
is also reporting gossip that Canon is making a mirrorless full-frame camera, and the best thing is that it's probably going to use an existing lens mount, which is in all likelihood causing the engineers at Canon some major problems.
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A gentle upgrade over the ageing D750 would strengthen Nikon’s FX offerings
Predicted specs: Full-frame 36.3MP sensor | 4K video recording | Tilting touchscreen
Over the last three years or so, the D750 became a renowned and inexpensive full-frame choice in Nikon’s stable, but it came out more than three years ago and could really use an update to compete with a number of more recent full-frame arrivals. Nikon Rumors has reported that a Honduran newspaper – of all places – has reported that a D760 is incoming, so what could this mean? If the D820 is released with even more pixels, could we be seeing the D760 make use of the 36.3MP sensor to replace the current 24MP chip? A high shutter speed of 1/8,000sec might be in the cards, which is probable because the D750’s maximum 1/4,000sec shutter speed is an understandable compromise to help it to be more reasonably priced, but a compromise regardless.
It wouldn’t be likely that such a camera would launch without 4K video recording, especially after the 4K-enabled D500 and D5. It’s also likely that it will have a tilting display like the D750, but Nikon would probably want this to match its D500 sibling in including touch sensitivity, too.
Nikon Df II
Perhaps Nikon will turn its retro-styled FX SLR into a retro-styled FX CSC?
Predicted specs: Mirrorless design | Class-leading electronic viewfinder | Nikon F-mount
Everyone got understandably excited about the DF when it was announced, but its high price and relatively low pixel count compared to the D810 made it more of a luxury item. The traditional controls also aren't quite as well implemented as on Fuji's X-T1, which was launched at about the same time.
It's feasible that the Df II will only fix the handling problems of the Df and have a higher resolution sensor – maybe even using the D5's 20MP sensor. Still, it's no secret that Nikon has lost some of its market share to Sony and its Alpha 7-series of full-frame retro-styled compact system cameras, and Nikon really needs to get back into competition.
Rumors have been floating around for a while that Nikon has a full-frame mirrorless camera coming soon, and the Df design has the potential to be an ideal starting point – albeit with a few major changes, like the removal of the mirror and the inclusion of an electronic viewfinder.
With 2017 being Nikon's centenary year, we could still see Nikon launching the DF II before the end of the year.
Nikon 1 system
Will we ever see another Nikon 1 mirrorless camera again?
The last Nikon 1 system camera was the 1 J5, announced way back at the beginning of April 2015, and we haven't seen any sign of a new model since then.
The arrival of Nikon's new range of DL compact cameras at the beginning of last year, all featuring 1.0-inch, 21MP sensors, with specifications that seemed to cast a shadow of the current 1 system offerings, with many people questioning the need for Nikon's current mirrorless offering now these compacts had arrived.
These models though, after over a year of delays have been cancelled, but there hasn't been a whiff of a 1 system rumor in ages either. Could Nikon be quietly be surrendering?
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Sony Alpha A9R
Could Sony launch a high-end pro-spec mirrorless flagship camera?
Predicted specs: Full-frame 70-80MP sensor | Same body as Alpha A9
With the arrival of the fabulous looking 24MP, 20fps Alpha 9, what can we expect next from Sony?
While the full-frame 42MP Alpha 7R II is clearly still has one of the best sensors available, we can't help but speculate that Sony are going to try and get even more pixels on a full-frame sensor, potentially almost doubling the resolution offered by the A7R II and pitting it against medium format cameras.
Put this sensor in the Alpha A9's body with its more polished control layout and the Alpha A9R could be a monster of a camera.
Sony Alpha A7 III
Rumors are growing that we could see an update to Sony's enthusiast full-frame mirrorless camera
Predicted specs: Full-frame 24MP sensor | Joystick AF control | Advanced AF system
That means we could see the 24MP sensor make its way into a more affordable body, and while we don't expect to see it capable of rattling off 20fps to rival the A9, we should see a serious speed increase too.
We'd also be surprised if the A7 III gets the same awesome 693-point AF system as the A9, but again, we'd expect to see a big leap over the AF system in the A7 II. To quickly toggle between AF points, expect Sony to give the A7 III the same mini joystick that's on the A9.
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A new sensor and processing engine, plus an improved AF system look on the cards for Fujifilm's pocket premium compact camera
Predicted specs: 24MP APS-C format sensor | 28mm equivalent lens | Improved AF system
We've just had the X100F announced with a number of new improvements, so we can expect Fujifilm to turn its attention to the X70 update next.
We'd be incredibly surprised if it doesn't get a resolution upgrade, increasing the pixel count from 16 million to 24 million as we've seen with Fuji's other recent announcements.
We reckon Fujifilm will stick with the 28mm equivalent prime lens, but it might be tempted to up the ante a little by increasing the maximum aperture from f/2.8 to f/2 for even better low light performance and depth of field control, but it may 'just' use a new optical design or coatings to boost performance.
Or perhaps we'll see multiple versions - maybe one with a fast 50mm f/1.8 equivalent optic.
Fujifilm has been working hard on improving the autofocus systems in its cameras, and this seems likely to continue, so we can expect the X70F to focus more quickly than the X70, with better low-light responses.
A moderate update to Fujifilm affordable rangefinder-style mirrorless camera
Predicted specs: 24MP APS-C format sensor | Touchscreen | 4K video capture
The current rangefinder-styled X-E2S sits alongside the popular X-T10 in the Fujifilm mirrorless range. While one of the newer models, it's the odd-one-out when it comes to its sensor, utilising the ageing 16MP chip, so we'd expect a X-E3 with a 24MP sensor to fall into line with the rest of the range.
AF is likely to be tweaked for snappier performance, while we could see a touchscreen and 4K video capture.
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Olympus OM-D E-M10 III
It's still one of our favorite mirrorless cameras, but the E-M10 II is almost two years old now. Will we see a refreshed model soon?
Predicted specs: 16MP Micro Four Thirds sensor | Core features to remain the same | 4K video
The Olympus OM-D E-M10 II is one of our favorite mirrorless cameras - it's a compact powerhouse of a camera with great handling and spec, but it's now almost two years old now and with the likes of Fujifilm's X-T20 giving it some stiff competition, we would be surprized to see a Mark III model.
43rumors.com is reporting that we'll see one very soon, and has even got hold of what it believes to be the specification. From the looks of it, the core specification will remain the same, with the E-M10 III featuring the same 16MP resolution and excellent 5-axis image stabilization, though we're likely to see 4K video capture. Focusing could also get a bump up to 121 points.
Logitech is making its debut at the Gitex Technology Week 2017 with a slew of products that it hopes will “improve the technology function across businesses” in the region. The products include a new AV console, a 4K-enabled desktop camera, and a premier video conferencing solution that is meant for smaller scale video conferencing.
Logitech aims to “revolutionize smaller scale video conferencing” with the MeetUp, a sleek all-in-one setup that has a 120-degree field of view, 4K optics, and an integrated audio optimized for huddle room spaces. The devices features three camera presets to deliver a clean image, as well as has sound-isolating mics and voice-optimized speaker setup to ensure everyone in the meeting is seen and heard clearly (additionally, companies with larger rooms can buy the Logitech Expansion Mic to record sound beyond eight feet). The Logitech MeetUp is Microsoft Cortana certified and can be used for voice commands on any Windows 10 system.
Logitech SmartDock for Skype for Business
The Logitech SmartDock is jointly developed by Microsoft and is a dock for your Microsoft Surface with custom software running on top. It supports a range video and audio devices certified for Office 365 and Skype for Business environments. The dock sports an 180 degree rotating mount, dual 1080p display (via HDMI), 3x USB 3.1 ports, motion detection, full integration with Skype and Outlook calendar, easy content sharing, and more.
Logitech BRIO Desktop Camera
The Logitech BRIO is an all-purpose desktop video camera that has a few nifty features up its sleeves. It’s meant to be used for streaming, broadcasting and collaboration purposes, and features a 4K camera with Logitech RightLight 3 with HDR which helps create clearer videos regardless of the lighting conditions you are recording in. The device also sports 5x zoom, adjustable field of view (65°, 78°, and 90°), and support for Windows Hello and infrared facial recognition applications.
Most entry-level and mid-price DSLRs sport an APS-C sized sensor, with the physical dimensions of the chip measuring 23.6 x 15.7mm (22.2 x 14.8mm on Canon DSLRs).
A full-frame sensor on the other hand has larger dimensions of 36 x 24mm - the same size as a frame of 35mm film, hence the name 'full-frame', and offering a surface area 2.5x larger than an APS-C sized sensor.
This allows for larger photosites (pixels to you and I) on the sensor, delivering better light gathering capabilities, which in turn means better image quality - especially at higher sensitivities.
Full-frame DSLRs used to be the preserve of professional photographers, but as the costs have dropped and lower-cost models have started to appear, many serious amateurs and enthusiasts can now enjoy the benefits of full-frame photography.
We should also mention full-frame mirrorless cameras. These aren't DSLRs strictly, but the Sony A7 series cameras like the brilliant Alpha A7R II and now the Leica SL are muscling in on the full-frame DSLR market, and are particularly interesting for those who also need to shoot video.
With Black Friday just around the corner, there's bound to be some great deals to be had on a full-frame DSLR as well. If you're not sure where to start, here's our pick of the best full-frame DSLRs you can buy right now:
It may be pricey, but the Nikon D850 is the ultimate full-frame DSLR you can buy right now. The 45.4MP full-frame sensor delivers detail-rich images with brilliant dynamic range and excellent high ISO noise performance, while the advanced 153-point AF system is hard to beat. Add in 7fps burst shooting, a rock-solid build and refined handling and the D850 is pretty much at the top of its game for any subject you want to shoot. A brilliant piece of kit.
Read our in-depth Nikon D850 review
The 5D Mark IV pretty much tweaks and improves on everything the Mark III offered. This includes a brilliant new 30.4MP sensor that delivers pin-sharp results, an advanced 61-point AF system that's incredibly sophisticated, a pro-spec performance, 4K video and some very polished handling. Put this all together, along with a host of other features and it all combines to make the EOS 5D Mark IV one of the best DSLRs we've seen. Now overshadowed by the mighty D850 as our full-frame DSLR of choice.
Read our in-depth Canon EOS 5D Mark IV review
The D850 might have replaced it, but the D810 is still a brilliant full-frame DSLR. Images from Nikon's 36.3MP monster are bursting with detail, while its 1200-shot battery life puts the 50.6MP EOS 5DS in the shade. The 51-point AF system copes well with tricky focussing situations, mainly because both the AF and metering systems are taken from the now ex-range-topping Nikon D4S. Excellent handling and relatively modest dimensions further ensure that the D810 doesn't disappoint.
Read our in-depth Nikon D810 review
With 50.6 million effective pixels, the Canon EOS 5DS is by far the highest resolution full-frame DSLR on the market today. The same goes for the 5DS R, which is identical to the 5DS, but features an anti-aliasing cancelation filter over the sensor to help resolve a little more detail should you need it. Pixel-packed sensors can be compromised, but not here. Image quality is superb, with as you'd expect fantastic detail, well controlled noise and good dynamic range, making it the ideal choice for the landscape or studio photographer. The EOS 5DS is now the benchmark for full-frame image quality, but it's not quite perfect. There's no Wi-Fi or 4K video recording, and huge image file sizes necessitate decent memory cards and a fast computer.
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Can't quite stretch to one of our top three options? Then the Nikon D750 should be at the top of your list. The D750 still packs a cracking 24.3MP sensor and is as weatherproof as the D810, yet it's roughly 25% cheaper. Compared to its baby brother, the D610, the D750 has a superior 51-point AF system, as well as more advanced metering and video capabilities. That's not forgetting the wider sensitivity range, useful tilting screen and Wi-Fi connectivity. Its continuous shooting speed of 6.5fps isn't quite as fast as some may have hoped for, but on the whole the Nikon D750 is a well-rounded, well-priced choice for enthusiast photographers.
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The D5 is Nikon's latest flagship DSLR, and it certainly doesn't disappoint. 20.8 megapixels might seem a bit stingy, but it means the D5 can shoot at 12fps continuous shooting, while the extended ISO range of ISO 3,280,000 has never been seen before in a camera. That's even before we get to the autofocus system - with a coverage of 173 AF points (99 of which are cross-type), the sophistication and speed of the AF is staggering. The ability to shoot 4K video is restricted to three minutes however, but that aside the D5 is a phenomenal camera that's used by professionals the world over.
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Choosing between the EOS-1D X Mark II and Nikon D5 will most likely depend on which manufacturer you're already tied to with your lens system, but the two cameras are otherwise pretty closely matched. With the EOS-1D X Mark II, Canon has created a very powerful and versatile camera that's a great choice for professional sport and news photographers thanks to a blistering 14fps burst shooting. It doesn't have the outrageous sensitivity range of the Nikon D5, but it's very capable in low light, delivering excellent images within its standard sensitivity range.
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Sony has made some significant changes from the original A99 for this latest iteration, and the result is a camera that should satisfy a broad range of users. The high-resolution 42.2MP sensor at the camera’s heart is the A99 II’s greatest asset, while 4K video quality is also very good. At the same time the camera maintains much of what we loved about the A99, with excellent handing and the benefits of the SLT system presenting very real advantages over more traditional DSLRs. The arrival of the mirrorless Alpha A9 though takes the shine off a little.
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Canon has certainly made some significant improvements over the outgoing EOS 6D, packing in a host of new features including a fresh sensor, a faster processor, a much more credible AF system and a stronger burst rate. It's a much more well-rounded and better specified camera than the EOS 6D, but it's not without its issues. These niggles dull what is otherwise a very nice full-frame DSLR that's a pleasure to shoot with. It will certainly please Canon users looking to make the move into full-frame photography, but others might be better served elsewhere.
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The K-1 from Pentax offers a rugged build and a full-frame sensor at a relatively affordable price. It's not cheap, but it compares favourably with the likes of the Nikon D810, Canon 5D Mark III and Sony Alpha 7R II. Pentax's Pixel Shift Technology is clever, and it's great that the company has managed to produce a mode that can be used when the camera is hand-held, although the impact is subtle. Less of an all-rounder than the 5D Mark III, the K-1 makes an excellent camera for landscape, still life and portrait photography, or any genre that doesn't require fast autofocus and which benefits from a high pixel count for detail resolution.
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If you want to go full-frame, you're not just restricted to a DSLR. Sony's growing range of mirrorless full-frame cameras offer a great alternative and the Alpha A9 sits at the top of the range. The AF system Sony has blessed this camera with is not only incredibly quick, the tracking performance needs to be seen to be believed. Partner that with incredibly fast 20fps burst shooting, and a large and bright EVF that doesn't blackout when you're shooting, and you've got a camera that can mix it with the best that Canon and Nikon have to offer when it comes to shooting action. The Alpha A9 doesn't fail to impress.
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