As the year 2015 draws to a close and we transition into the new year, it helps to take a look back at all the great gear that rocked the photography industry over the past year. Here’s a roundup of some of the more innovative entries to hit the photography scene in 2015!
Canon EOS 5DS
Meet the DSLR camera that broke the 50MP barrier—the Canon EOS 5DS
/5DS R. It’s the first DSLR to feature a full-frame 50.6 MP CMOS sensor, allowing it to capture 8712 x 5813 effective pixels. Why does one need so many megapixels on a DSLR? Cropping and printing—the ability to crop and print to your heart’s content while still retaining enough resolution for high quality prints make Canon’s new series of 50MP cameras a great addition to the professional photographer’s arsenal. The primary difference between the 5DS and the 5DS R is that the latter features low-pass filter cancellation to help the camera deliver even higher resolution images.
Nikon Coolpix P900
You can’t have a list of photograph innovations in 2015 without mentioning what Nikon has accomplished with its unmatched 83x Super Zoom point and shoot, the Nikon Coolpix P900
. The P900’s lens is impressive, with a focal length range of 24mm to 2,000mm. The dynamic fine zoom can digitally boost that range to approximately 4,000mm with little to no degradation in image quality. There’s something uniquely satisfying about being able to zoom in on a ship sailing across the horizon, a bird in a far off tree, or the surface of the moon. With its small 16MP image sensor it wouldn’t be fair to expect DSLR quality prints. Still if you are looking for the most zoom for your buck, the P900 reigns supreme among cameras in its class.
Samsung has managed to pack a lot of photography power into a compact camera that could easily be mistaken for a point and shoot, with its NX500 Mirrorless Digital Camera. The camera makes use of Samsung’s growing arsenal of interchangeable NX-mount lenses and contains many of the features found on their flagship mirrorless camera, the NX1, including 4K HEVC video, a 28.2MP APS-C sensor, 205 Phase-detect autofocus points and the same DRIMe V image processor. Add a 3.0” tilt-touchscreen monitor and a stylish compact frame and you have one of the best interchangeable lens cameras (ILC) under 1000$ to hit the market to date.
Sony Alpha a7R II
It’s the full frame camera heralded by many to be the model
to switch from DSLR to mirrorless this year, the Sony Alpha a7R II. With its 42MP full-frame BSI sensor, the a7R II fits neatly between the Nikon D810 (36MP) and the Canon 5DS R (50MP) in terms of image resolution, but where it really stands out from its competitors is its internal UHD 4K video. With 399 autofocus points, Wi-Fi and NFC communication, shutter vibration suppression and ISO up to 102,400 (25,600 for 4K video), it’s clear that Sony decided to throw all its latest and greatest technology onto the successor to its flagship series.