Favourite Gear of the Year 2016

Gear of the Year 2016

Below is my personal list / preference for the best or most exciting camera releases of 2016 divided into various catagories.

If I was asked to sum up 2016 I’d say it was the year that mirror-less CSC’s systems really came of age and in doing so they now offer a real and genuine alternative to their bulky DSLR rivals.

Anway here’s list of my prefered cameras.

Full Frame DSLR

The Pentax K-1

(Quality, value for money , a spec sheet to die for, a real dark horse)

High End APS-C ( cropped) DSLR

The Nikon D500 (puts Canon’s EOS 7D II to shame?)

High End Mirror-less CSC

Fujifilm X-T2 (Suberb) and Sony Alpha A6500 (Excellent but expensive)

Entry – Mid-Level DSLR / CSC

Panasonic Lumix G80 & Pentax K-70 (Great value, superb spec’s)

Full Frame Mirror-less CSC

Sony Alpha A7R II (reigns supreme at the moment)

High End -Enthusiast Fixed Lens Compact

Panasonic Lumix LX15 & Canon PowerShot G5X

Superzoom – Bridge Camera of the year.

Sony Cyber-Shot RX10 III (so long as money is no object)

Disappointment of the Year

Canon EOS 5D IV

( Over priced, lacks 000mph’s & just isn’t exciting and I used to be a EOS owner)

Sony Cyber-Shot RX100 V (£1000 for a compact, DOH, come on Sony)

Wildcard – Surprise of the Year

Olympus OM-D EM1 II

( Micro Four Thirds enters the “Pro” world, unchartered waters for Olympus)  

Mark Baynham (Decemeber 2016)


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