Nikon D3300 a HD-SLR camera. Image: thenewcamera.com
Canon EOS 1200D vs Nikon D3300 See and observe the world competition of two giant cameras, Nikon and Canon are always attracting the attention of the enthusiast photography. The novice photographers also provide competition Canon and Nikon as a reference before they decide to buy their first DSLR camera. In general, the beginners are not ready to buy a high-end DSLR cameras, so they focus want to have the entry level SLR camera.
Is the era of 2014 could be a tough competition between the Nikon D3300 to the new Canon EOS 1200D? To determine the winner is not determined by the camera reviewers, however, are determined by consumers and photographers.
The price factor is the main reason for their choices. Therefore, on this occasion, let’s look at the two types of cameras are the Canon EOS 1200D and Nikon D3300.
Nikon D3300 is HD-SLR camera and equipped with a 24.2-megapixel camera photos and 1080p Full HD videos with tack-sharp details, vibrant colors and softly blurred backgrounds. The Nikon D3300 is an entry-level digital SLR camera With its included zoom lens, the new ultra-compact AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II. The camera is equipped with an APS-C format sensor with no anti-aliasing filter and the latest EXPEED processor 4.
Nikon D3300 is operated with the latest EXPEED 4 image processor; the D3300 features a pair of performance improvements to its core. The Model’s ISO range – previously featuring a native high of ISO 6400 expandable to ISO 12,800 – now has a ceiling of 12,800 ISO expandable to ISO 25,600. This latest image processor also allows Nikon to add more features to appeal to video enthusiasts, notably Full HD at 60/50 frame rates for slow-motion footage. Nikon D3300 also features 5 fps continuous shooting, a 3-inch 921k-dot LCD monitor, as well as one-touch full HD 1080p video recording with autofocus, so you can make a movie or video clips with ease.
Similar to the Canon EOS 1200D, then you can also make a variety of creative photo, because the Nikon D3300 offers a broad range of retouching tools, Including post-capture D-lighting, trimming, monochrome conversion red-eye correction, image resizing, image overlay, in-camera raw processing, color balancing, distortion correction, and a miniature effect and different filter effects.
Capture the best moment with new DSLR camera. Image: weheartit.com
Meanwhile Canon just launched the Canon EOS 1200D (Rebel T5) replaces the Canon 1100D and sits just below the ultra-small Canon 100D as the first camera in the line-up. In contrast to its competitors, Canon is only equipped with a sensor resolution of 18 megapixels, while the Nikon D3300 is reinforced with 24-megapixel sensor, but you do not need to be affected by the myth of the sensor. Basically, you can always make high-quality photos with a 10 megapixel sensor, even 8 megapixel cameras that are now being used by many famous smartphone.
The Canon EOS 1200D also has a 3 “LCD, 3 fps continuous shooting. This new EOS camera is also capable of recording 1080p full HD movies with full user control over exposure, focus and sound levels. You can certainly make a movie or a video clip in high resolution, so that you can display on the HDTV television. On holidays and also for other activities, you can use both cameras to create video clips and movies with ease and fun.
Canon EOS 1200D has a built-in Feature Guide and an easy-to-use Scene Intelligent Auto mode. Canon has opted for a companion app for iOS and Android that can help educate and instruct you about how the camera works, in addition to general knowledge of shooting and camera. As with any new cameras, it can be creative with maximizing Creative Filters on Canon 1200D, and you can use five different artistic styles, such as Fish-eye, Miniature effect, and Toy camera, can be applied either before or after a shot are taken, or simply bring a completely different perspective to your images. You are free to imagine creating unique photographs based on the photos that you have taken.
Canon EOS 1200D a new entry level DSLR camera.Image: currys.co.uk
Both the Nikon D3300 and the Canon EOS 1200D is the camera which is very fitting for the beginners as well as those who want to have a camera at an affordable price. You can use the default lens of each camera for a vacation, shooting indoors or for outdoor shooting; both cameras are even capable of making images in low light conditions.
If needed you could always use the built-in flash for shooting at night or dimly lit room. The weight and size of the two cameras is also convenient for you to travel abroad, for example for a vacation to Bali, the world’s last paradise.
If you want to save your money, then you do not need to buy a high-end cameras like the Nikon D800E or Canon EOS 7D. By having a Nikon D3300 or Canon EOS 1200D, although both cameras are just an entry level camera , but with creativity and seriousness, then you only need to buy the original lens manufactured by Nikon or Canon, you can even buy a third party lens such as Sigma, Tokina, Samyang, or Tamron. Your wisdom in finance will make you faster to become great photographer.
The QooCam 8K is the first consumer 360 camera that can shoot 8K resolution. It’s release coinsideds with the GoPro Max, the second generation of GoPro’s 360 camera range. These two cameras are set to battle it out for supremecy, but which one is the better option? While the QooCam features impressive specs the GoPro comes with a range of unique shooting modes and software options which could make it more user friendly. Let’s take a close look at both of these 360 cameras and see which one comes out on top.
QooCam 8K vs GoPro Max
2 x f/2.0
2 x f/2.8
8K @ 30fps – 4K @ 120fps
5.6K @ 30fps – Hero Mode 1440p @60fps
30 MP (jpeg & RAW, RAW+)
16.6 MP (jpeg)
Yes – 4K
Yes – 1080p
Ultra Steady – 6 Axis Image Stabilization
“Hypersmooth” 6 Axis Image Stabilization
With waterproof case (added extra)
Fully Waterproof up to 16ft (no case required)
Shock Resistant Casing
64GB Internal – Up to 256GB Micro SD
Up to 256GB MicroSD
3200 mAh Minutes of Video
1 Hour of Video
Gyroscope, Wifi, Bluetooth
Gyroscope, GPS, Wifi Bluetooth
x2 Microphone, 3.5mm Audio Jack
x 6 Microphone (ambisonic audio)
iPhone & Android
1/1.7“ Sensors, Touchscreen, 1 Shot Panoramas
Reframe App, 360 Time Lapse, Time Warp, Single Lens Hero Mode, LCD Screen, Voice Control
Just looking at the specs the QooCam seems to have the superior hardware. Not only is it capable of shooting 8K video it also has larger sensors for capturing more light. The QooCam also features internal memory and a microphone jack, so how can the GoPro Max compete? While you are likely to get superior quality photos and videos from the QooCam 8K the GoPro Max does have an excellent software ecosystem that makes it easy to use and it also features a rugged design that won’t be as easily damaged.
Both cameras feature a touch screen for full manual control and preview of your shots. These are the only two consumer 360 cameras to feature touch screens which makes shooting with them much less frustrating. Like on a modern DSLR you’ll be able to adjust all settings on the fly, rather than having to connect to an app to do so.
The Max is clad with a toughened rubber coating which protects from scratches and also comes with lens protectors. the Max is definitely built with action shots in mind. The QooCam 8K is more vulnerable and doesn’t feature the same protective design. The GoPro Max is fully waterproof out of the box however the QooCam requires an added case to be used in water.
Video and Photo
The QooCam is the first 360 camera under $1000 to shoot 8K 360 video. This is a huge step up from previous cameras which have so far only reached 5.7K. This huge resolution should make for excellent quality video including sharp details and minimal pixelation. When re-framing 8K video you will be able to punch out a 4K flat image from your 8K 360, a huge increase compared to other cameras. One issue with shooting such large resolution video is the huge file sizes involved, as well as dealing with a complicated and arduous workflow.
The GoPro Max can shoot 5.6K video at 30fps which is around half the pixels of 8K. In comparison with the Insta360 One X the GoPro Max came out favourably with superior quality and colour, however the camera simply can’t match up to the huge resolution offered by the QooCam. Additionally the QooCam utilizes a larger sensor in it’s lenses, 1/1.7’’ CMOS, which is roughly 50% larger than the sensor used in the GoPro Max. This allows the QooCam to capture more light and create greater dynamic range.
Slow motion is another new feature the QooCam has that the GoPro lacks. The Max is limited to 30fps at 5.6K whereas the QooCam can shoot 4K video at 120fps. While the 4K resolution will be noticeably lower quality, the addition of super slow motion makes for a wonderful combination. One saving grace for the GoPro MAx is its Hero Mode which allows you to shoot with just one lens like a normal GoPro action camera, this mode also features stabilization and is a great way to mix traditional video with 360 video.
The Max can also utilise just one of it’s lenses so you can use it like a normal GoPro action camera, without having to worry about the 360 element. GoPro calls this Hero Mode and it allows for higher frame rates but is limited to 1080p. The Qoocam doesn’t yet offer a similar mode but considering the hug resolution it’s capable of shooting in, just using one lens would likely result in superior quality video.
10 Bit Video
While the GoPro is certainly the best 5K camera thanks to GoPro’s excellent video processing chip and color profile, the QooCam 8K simple outguns it. Even without the far higher resolution capabilities the QooCam also offers 10-bit video which allows for a far higher range of colors. If you are someone who takes post processing seriously then the QooCam will offer far greater range and versatility thanks to its ability to shoot 10-bit. Check out this awesome night shot which the Max would never be able to replicate.
When it comes to photography the story is similar. The QooCam offers 30mp photos in RAW and RAW+ whereas the GoPro can only muster 16.6mp with no RAW option. Both cameras have a panorama option that shoots wide angle panoramas in a single shot. The QooCam is actually shaping up to be the best 360 camera for photography and Kandao have an excellent reputation in this field. The only other camera that comes close is the Ricoh Theta Z1 which also features larger sensors.
Reframing is what 360 cameras are used for the most, that is taking a 360 video and turning it into a “normal” video by adding keyframes. It makes for super smooth, stabilized, cinematic video and allows you to control where the camera looks after filming. The GoPro Max App allows you to reframe your video into a 1080p standard video. The App is super intuitive and offers a wide range of options, howver the final quality of the video is limited.
The QooCam 8K, again thanks to that huge resolution, is able to create 4K re-framed video, a first among consumer 360 cameras. The downside is that you will require a pretty powerful desktop setup to be able to handle 8K video editing and the workflow is likely to be arduous.
To GoPro Max was released with a range of software options. Firstly the App, which allows you to automatically create videos using the clips you shoot with, where you can reframe your 5K video into a 1080p quickly and easily. The desktop software allows you to do the same thing on a laptop but with more export options. If you are a Premiere Pro user you’ll also be able to use the reframe plugin to intuitively re-frame video. Using this software you can create some really awesome footage.
Kandao has also released both mobile and desktop software for their QooCam 8K. The mobile app can frame your 8K footage as well as add filters and change speed. The desktop software allows you to stitch and render your video at the highest quality.
Memory: The QooCam has 64GB of built in memory as well as the option to expand this with a MicroSD Card. The Max has no in built memory but its smaller file sizes don’t require as much memory
Audio: The GoPro Max features 6 in built microphones which work together to create 360 audio. The audio is very good and means you don’t require any external audio to record your voice. The QooCam 8K doesn’t have high quality in built audio but does have a 3.5mm audio jack so you can use external devices.
Stabilization: The GoPro Max features GoPro’s hypersmooth 2.0 stabilization which works to completely stabilise all moving video. The QooCam features similar stabilization software but is not as well tested as GoPro’s
While the QooCam certainly outclasses the GoPro Max in terms of hardware its not exactly built to be an action camera. 8K footage will allow you to create very high quality 360 videos and the ability to reframe in 4K is a first and alone makes the QooCam the camera to beat this year. On the other hand the lack of water resistance and no damage protection means it’s not as ready for action shots. What really sets the QooCam apart is the ability to shoot 120fps slow motion video, 10-bit video and the larger image sensors; all of which put the QooCam firmly in the next generation of 360 cameras. The GoPro Max strength lies in its dual video modes and impressive software ecosystem which allows you to edit your footage in many different ways, regardless if you are an amateur or professional.
Nearly two years after the first GoPro 360 camera, the Fusion, comes their second attempt. The GoPro Max ($499) is the next generation 360 camera featuring hypersmooth 2.0, 5.6K video resolution, Hero Mode and a revamped app designed to make using your 360 camera as easy as possible. That last point is an important one because the Fusion was criticised for being too difficult to use for the average person. I’ve been using the GoPro Max for around a month now so I have a pretty good idea of the cameras pro’s and weaknesses. Have GoPro managed to create the best 360 camera ever or are 360 cameras still too complicated to use?
GoPro Max Review
8 Total Score
GoPro Max – It’s GoPro’s Best Camera Yet The GoPro Max is two great cameras in one.
High Quality Video
Hero Mode & 360 Mode
Super Smooth Stabilization
Rugged and Waterproof
Excellent Editing App
Lacks Full Manual Control
No RAW or HDR Mode
Missing Desktop Software
User Rating: 4 (1 votes)
Two cameras in one. The best 360 camera out right now. Includes free SD Card
One of the greatest strengths of the GoPro’s Max camera is its design and build quality. Waterproof up to 5 metres without a case and made from protective rubber casing, the Max is built to handle many hostile environments. In the box you’ll also receive lens protectors which will shield the vulnerable lenses from breaking should you drop the camera. The Max is definitely built with action in mind and it’s sufficiently protected.
The Max is larger than GoPro’s Hero range of cameras but still easily fits in one hand. The Max is also the first consumer 360 camera to be built with a full touch screen display. This alone makes the Max the most user friendly camera to use.
You can adjust all settings from the camera as well as view media right after you’ve shot it. With all other 360 cameras you need to connect to a phone in order to preview your video or change settings. The Max also features voice commands which tend to work most of the time, however I still think manual controls are quicker overall.
The GoPro Max is primarily a camera built for video; either action shots or vlogs, this is what you’ll be using your camera for 90% of the time. Thankfully GoPro have put a lot of effort into making the Max an exceptional video camera with a multitude of options. Some features haven’t made the transition from the previous Fusion camera but overall there is an improvement all-round.
You have two video modes when shooting with the Max; 360 mode and Hero mode. Let’s take a look at both of these and what they should be used for.
The Max is a 360 camera so you are going to be using the 360 mode a lot. This mode will utilise both lenses in the Max to shoot 360 video, you can then re-frame this video to create super smooth, cinematic shots. Alternatively you can upload this 360 video directly to Facebook and YouTube and watch on a VR headset for immersive video. It should be noted that the Max is mostly built around the re-framing process and this is how I’ve been using the camera.
The GoPro Max features two f/2.2 lenses and a video resolution of 5.6K. Frame rate is restricted to 30fps in 360 mode and there’s no way to alter shutter speed. While it’s a shame that there are not as many manual controls as I would like, even in automatic mode the Max produces the best looking video I’ve seen in a 360 camera. The video is sharp, colorful, vibrant and closer to reality than its competitors. In low light environments the camera handles well and doesn’t overexpose or create too much noise in dark areas. The Max utilises a chip designed by GoPro for video processing and likely uses superior quality lenses.
Having this high quality video also allows you to create higher quality framed video, which I’ve found to be the highest quality of any 360 camera so far. Once rendered in 1080p the Max’s re-framed video looks excellent, and when mixed with the unique shots only possible with 360 cameras, makes for some truly amazing video.
The video sometimes struggles when moving indoors and you’ll notice some blurriness. If there was a higher frame rate option then this could be rectified but you’re stuck with 30fps. The Max certainly works best outdoors in daylight. While 360 video still can’t compete with normal video in terms of quality the Max goes some way to bridge the gap and it certainly produces the best quality 360 video of any camera under $500
Hero Mode is the second major video mode that the Max can shoot in. You’ll recognise the name from the Hero line of cameras that GoPro are famous for. Hero cameras use just one lens and Hero Mode on the Max also uses just one of two lenses available to the Max. This allows you to shoot “normal” non-360 video using the Max. When shooting in Hero Mode you’ll be able to shoot in either 1440p or 1080p. No 4K resolution available like in other Hero cameras, but that would be a big ask. You also have a range of frame rates, including 60fps, 50fps, 30fps and 24fps.
The quality of the video when shooting in Hero mode isn’t the most amazing I’ve ever seen. It’s highly likely that your phone will shoot better looking video than the Max in Hero Mode. So, why use it? Well, for a start you can use GoPro’s Hypersmooth stabilization (more on that later) which works exceptionally well to keep video steady. Also, using the GoPro App you can combine 360 and Hero mode video with excellent results. Hero Mode also allows you slow motion video and an extra timelapse mode.
While Hero Mode certainly isn’t the main reason to buy the GoPro Max it’s certainly a welcome addition. This is the only 360 camera out right now that can utilise one of its lenses in this way and essentially makes the Max two cameras in one.
Timewarp / Timelapse
One of the main video modes of the GoPro Max is Timewarp, and it’s one of my favourite features. Timewarp is essentially a moving, stabilized timelapse. You record a timelapse while you move with your camera then re-frame it in the App. When done correctly the results can be quite stunning. You can record a Timewarp in 360 mode, allowing you to pan around the entire field of view, or in Hero Mode where you can return to normal speed at certain points.
Compared to the Max’s video capabilities photography focused features seem somewhat lacklustre. That’s not to say the Max can’t take great looking photos – it can – but there are some missed opportunities.
The GoPro Max can shoot 16.6 megapixel 360 photos. This resolution isn’t particularly impressive and there are competitors out there that can shoot up to 20 megapixel images and higher. having said that, the quality of the optics in the Max are such that it makes up for lower resolution with improved dynamic range and low light performance.
360 photos shot with the Max are vibrant and dynamic, if a bit pixelated around the edges. Certainly when viewed on a mobile device the images look excellent but on a larger screen you may notice the lower than ideal resolution.
Unfortunately GoPro have omitted several features that could have made the max an excellent 360 photography camera. There’s no automatic HDR mode, a feature that made the Insta360 One X a great camera for photos. There’s also no RAW Mode which would allow a more advanced to get the best image possible using editing programmes. These features may be coming in future update (The One X added RAW mode several months after release) but for now you’ll have to make do with standard jpeg images.
One photo mode that is unique to the Max is the Power Pano. This mode allows you to take a single 270 degree panorama in one shot. They look similar to the panoramas you can shoot with your phone, however instead of taking multiple images and stitching them together (usually with many errors) the Max shoots a seamless Power Pano in a single shot.
The photos aren’t the best quality you’ll ever see but they are fun, and thanks to the screen you can take some pretty unique selfies.
When announcing the Max GoPro made a fuss of its audio capabilities. They claimed that the Max could record audio at the same quality as a shotgun mic; this is quite a claim as most internal camera audio is pretty poor. The Max features 6 microphones scattered around its body which is in itself quite impressive. This allows the max to record 360 amibsonic audio which works great with 360 video. But how does it sound? In my tests the Max does indeed perform far better than any other action camera in the audio department. Voices sound clear and crisp an the wind reduction technology works a treat.
It might be a stretch to say the audio is as good as a shot-gun mic (maybe a cheap one) but it’s certainly more than good enough for vlogging and you won’t need to carry any external audio equipment
Hypersmooth 2.0 is GoPro’s new software stabilization technology. It featured in the last version of the GoPro Hero range and now it’s been added to the Max. 360 cameras are particularly ideal for stabilising video because the capture more pixles which can be used for stabilization. Hypersmooth does an amazing job of keeping your video steady while doing activities that other cameras would struggle with. If you are a surfer, skater, biker, climber or you want to record any kind of fast moving activity, then the GoPro Max will be able to capture smooth video even in the most challenging on situations.
Vloggers too will be happy because you’ll be able to move around with your camera without worrying if it’s moving or shaking too much. In essence the Hypersmooth stabilization makes the Max an awesome camera for both action shots and vlogging. Where the Max struggles is low lit indoor environments where you’ll notice shakiness and vibrations while moving.
App & Software
What makes the GoPro Max a pretty great camera isn’t the hardware but the re-vamped app which allows for very vast video creation. You can combine multiple videos, add music, titles, text and transitions within just a few minutes. The App is also able to automatically create and combine the best parts of your videos. The GoPro App is also where you’ll re-frame your 360 video and GoPro have made it as easy as possible to do so.
The App has a multitude of options including changing speed, color, adding filters and combining multiple clips together. Overall the GoPro App is the best App for editing 360 video I’ve come across.
While the GoPro App gives me little reason for complaint, the desktop app that GoPro developed is another story. For a start the main editing program is not available for Windows yet (apparently it’s coming soon) and the GoPro Exporter (which turns your 360 files into usable video files) has some features missing. You can only export your video in HVEC format and not MP4. Again GoPro says these features are coming soon but I’d expect them to available on release.
The GoPro Max has huge potential and is already the easiest 360 camera to use. It has among the best video quality of any 360 camera out now and its App is perfect for creating high quality video quickly. The camera is almost perfect for vlogging thanks to stabilization, a front facing screen and full 360 filming. You get two cameras in one thanks to Hero Mode and the audio is surprisingly high quality. While overall I’m happy with the camera and will continue to use it, it’s clear that GoPro wasn’t quite ready when the release day came. There have been complaints that some features are missing, particularly desktop software. There are also some pretty basic features such as full manual control over shutter speed when shooting video and the lack of HDR or RAW options when shooting photos.
I’m expecting GoPro to continue to support this camera with some pretty big updates, but this isn’t an absolute given. Overall this camera is worth the $499 price tag if you are looking for a next generation 360 action camera.
Price and Where to Buy
Two cameras in one. The best 360 camera out right now. Includes free SD Card
Sexy Photographer with Nikon D800. Image: flickr.com
Ifyouhave plans tobuy anew digital SLR camera, then youneed to considera newcamerato be launchedbyCanoncompetitor, the NikonD7200.This camera isthe successorto forget theD7100, andaccording to thehot newson the Internet, this newNikonwill be strengthenedwith featureslikeRAWbuffer isatleasta triple–sized, AF–ON buttonandenhancedvideo.
Are you ready? AccordingtoNikonRumors, theyexpect anewD7200to bereleasedsometimethisyear. Mostlikelyafter thesummer, possiblyatPhotokinainSeptember 2014.
Alongwiththe launch ofD7200, Nikonalsorumored to also bereleasinglensDXf/1.8zoom lenstocompetewith theSigma18–35mm f/1.8. The 1.8lenszoomsissuedawesomeSigmaknown, andless noticed byNikonandCanon, soifNikonwillmakea similarlens, theNikonloverswill bewelcomedwith enthusiasm.
The Photographer with Nikon.Image: flickr.com
The only way a D7200 might happen this year has to do with the D300s. The D7100 is still an advanced amateur Dx camera, while the D300 is a professional Dx camera. However, Nikon released the D7100 last year as the supposed replacement for both the D7000 and D300s. The D7200 will be the pro version of the D7100. If it is, GPS and Wi-Fi will not likely be built-in as those are more consumer-level wants than professional – especially given you can already buy those options as modules. Nikon D7200 would likely be significantly more expensive so it might not obsolete the D7100, but rather be the professional version of the D7100.
Rumorsaboutthe launch of theNikonD7200has lastedquite along timeon the Internet, andifCanonhadset up asimilarbut moresophisticatedcamerasto rivalNikonD7200? There has been noofficialwordfromCanon, whetherCanonwillalsoimmediatelyprepare abetter product, sothephotographyenthusiastshave a choice.
The future of Nikon D7200? Image: nikonrumors.com
Expectationsofphotography loversateveryrumoristruehowwill they find, ifthe NikonD7200actuallylaunched inSeptember 2014, orcould have beenlaunched earlier, for example,in mid-2014. Theydo notwant to buya newcameralike theD7200, ifnotno significant changes. Theyalsowouldbe disappointedifthesuccessorD7100sold athigh prices.
With theeconomiccrisisthathas not beenrecoveredin the United StatesandEurope, it is possible thatthebeginnerwillbuya camerafromthe previousseries, andtheywillfocustoinvestinadditional lenses, sotheycan stillmakecreativepictures, it can even makemoneyout ofthe businessof photography, for example,be aphotographerfor weddingsorbusiness events. Theymayalsobetryingto trythe opportunitytoselltheir photosonline.
The photographyenthusiastsoftenannoyedbecausethe latest cameras aremeant tobethe successor tothe previous generationwas onlya slight change, so it is notmuch different from thepreviousgenerationcameras. Creativityandinnovationincamera factoryengineersneed to work hardertodelivernew surprises, for example,focusonspeed, notonlyimprovesthe resolution ofthecamera sensor, evenif theneed to addnew featuresthatare unique anddo not exist onanycamera. Weexpectthe NikonD7200will also be moresatisfying, so that it cancompetewithotherDSLRcameras, evenshouldbeable tocompete withthe sophistication ofa varietyof newmirrorlesscameras.
Are you looking for the best dash cam for your money?
This article will show you a few good, but cheap dash cams that just work. If you’re on a budget, you may not care about the latest gimmicks such as Wi-Fi and cloud connectivity.
Instead, you want your dash cam to be reliable, most of all. So you can just set it up and forget about it until the day you need the footage.
You also want it to record decent video, not cinema quality perhaps, but good enough to be able to read license plates should the need arise.
We aren’t going to focus on the latest releases here. The cameras featured below are best sellers that have all been available for at least a couple of years, are known to record quality video, and can be expected to work reliably for long periods of time.
The Yi Dash Cam (full review) is a basic and simple to use car camera from China. It may not be the greatest looking, but it does its job, and does it very reliably.
It actually records better video than some of the more expensive cameras. Its icon-based menu is simple and intuitive. It also has Wi-Fi so you can connect to it with your smart phone (free apps available for Android and iOS).
Note: If you check on eBay, you may be able to find a matte black version of this camera which looks much better. At the time of this writing, the black Yi is only available in Chinese, but the menu is straightforward enough to use even without knowing the language.
Extras: 2″ screen, capacitor, lock file button. Optional GPS in mount, optional CPL filter available separately.
The Viofo A119 v2 (full review) is our best-value-for-money dash cam. It can record up to 1440p resolution at 30 frames per second, or 1080p at up to 60fps. Video quality is great for the price, and reliability is good. This camera has been around for three years already, and it has been a best seller for a very long time,
GPS and a CPL filter are both optional, and cost extra. Wi-Fi is not supported.
The A119 v2 is fairly intuitive to set up and use. Having a capacitor instead of an internal battery makes it more resistant to high temperatures in the car, for example when parking in the sun on a hot day.
Its stealthy wedge shape makes the A119 v2 an inconspicuous addition to your car that looks almost like it was built in from the start.
UPDATE: The Viofo A119 v3 has been released in July 2019. It costs a bit more, but in its most basic configuration you can get it for around $100 (if you go without GPS etc).
If you’re looking for a relatively affordable dashboard camera with great parking protection (buffered parking mode), the A119 v3 is your best option.
As a result, the price of the A119 v2 has gone down. If you don’t need parking mode, the A119 v2 is still the best dash cam for its price. Just be aware that this camera will be discontinued soon — get it while supplies last!
If you want to record the road behind your car as well as the road ahead, the Mini 0906 (full review) is the cheapest good-quality front and rear dash cam on the market. Of course there are cheaper dual-channel dash cams, but most of them record low quality video, especially with the rear camera. The Mini 0906 records 1080p both front and rear, which is a must nowadays if you want to have any chance of catching details like other cars’ license plates.
The Mini 0906’s video quality is good during the day time, both for the front and the rear video feed. At night, front video is good also, but rear video is only average due to the lack of illumination. (If you need better rear video quality, check out the Viofo A129 which is a bit more expensive, but still costs less than $200 unlike the high-end dash cams.)
UPDATE: This camera has been a huge success and is currently sold out on amazon.com, but you can still order it on eBay or Aliexpess (links above). Or check out the Viofo A129 Duo, which is a bit more expensive but delivers excellent value for money.
If you don’t need GPS or a CPL filter, this camera is available for as little as $100 currently. The full package with GPS, CPL, and a hard-wire kit (needed for parking mode) costs around $125 at this time.
Powered by a capacitor, the Mini 0906 is more heat resistant than a camera with a battery.
In parking mode, the Mini 0906 records at a lower frame rate (time-lapse). When an impact is detected, it switches to normal recording for 15 seconds, then goes back to time-lapse mode. Note that you will need a hard-wiring kit for parking mode to work.
We monitor the dashboard camera market every single day, and these are hands down the most cost-efficient devices on the market right now (as of October 2019). If you’re looking to get the best bang for your buck, these are the dash cams to be looking at.
Have a great value-for-money dash cam that you think should be on this list? Let us know!
Nikon D7100 vs Canon EOS 70D, a special comparison
Perhaps you have heard a rumorthat Nikon will launch the Nikon D7200, but you do not need to rush to buy it. You can still rely on the Nikon D7100. This camera is a formidable competitor of the Canon EOS 70D. But in general, both of which are classified as advanced DSLR cameras, and is great for use by a photography enthusiast, even for businesses in the fields of photography, for example, to make pictures in studio, weddings, seminars, workshop and other important events.
Nikon D7100 vs Canon EOS 70D. Image: steves-digicams.com
Each of camera has a feature that is inherited by its predecessor, which of course is more sophisticated. Nikon D7100 get a 51 point focus of the professional Nikon DSLR cameras, the Canon 70D also get a 19 point autofocus module of his brother, the Canon 7D. So you should not hesitate to choose the D7100 or EOS 70D for hobby activities, or professional photography.
The resulting image quality either by D7100 and the EOS 70D is almost as good, and would be difficult to judge which one is the best. However, if you notice more carefully, then the size of the photo sensor on the Nikon D7100 is bigger than the Canon 70D, which the D7100 is equipped with a sensor of 24 megapixels, the Canon EOS 70D whereas only 20 megapixels. Meanwhile, the Nikon D7100 does not have a low pass filter, so the images are also slightly sharper than its competitors.
Canon EOS 70D. Image: lebeautygirl.com
From the aspect of design, the Nikon D7100 body is more robust, because it is made of magnesium alloy metal material that coats the top and back of the camera. The resilience camera against water, dust, humidity level above the Canon 70D, as well as buttons and knobs are also more fully on the Nikon D7100, making it easier for users to quickly change settings. Nevertheless with the Canon 70D holds in a while, you will also be familiar with all the buttons and features provided by Canon.
If you pay attention the Canon 70D, then you will get an LCD with touch screen, and lets you take pictures with the rear LCD screen (live view), for autofocus, video and camera settings. After all, the LCD on the 70D can be rotated, and a lot of photographers who say that the Canon 70D autofocus during live view and video recording is much faster and smoother.
Nikon D7100. Image: digitalcameraworld.com
Meanwhile, the Nikon D7100 also has other advantages, ie you will get a sharper image results because there is no low-pass filter in front of the sensor. In this Nikon you also get a choice of automatic 1.3x crop, and it is very rare you get to the other camera because this Nikon camera gives you two SD memory card slots, so if you shoot in RAW+JPEG, RAW images can be stored on one card and JPEG images on the other, or still images on one and videos on the other.
Both cameras are compatible with the fastest UHS-1 memory cards and with the full 1080p HD video capture modes talked about above, these are required for the best results. On Nikon D7100 you will enjoy 100 percent viewfinder coverage. The LCD screen on the D7100 is 3.2 inches, while the Canon 70D is only 3 inches.
For those who want to buy a new digital SLR camera for the first time and are more likely to videography, the Canon 70D may be more flexible because the autofocus during live view more quickly. You also get WiFi feature to transfer images to other devices such as tablet PCs, smartphones or computers. Meanwhile, the demand for digital SLR cameras that produce a more detailed picture quality and sharp, for example if you want to print the photos in large size, the Nikon D7100 is a better choice, anyway D7100 has a strong body because it is made with the aluminum alloy.
Whichever camera you choose, whether Nikon D7100 or Canon EOS 70D, then you actually have to choose a camera that is equally remarkable. Both cameras fit for you and can be used for a variety of photographic needs, so you do not have to buy the latest camera. You better invest your money in the future to buy the lens, so you can be creative to make it easier for you to become a professional photographer.