Digital cameras have been consistently improved since their first arrival. However, there is a clear divide between the digital cameras that have been designed for general consumption and the digital cameras that have been created for the professional photographers. The new advanced cameras for professional photographers have been designed to be easily transportable with a high level of technology which has proved to be a difficult balance.
One of the most important aspects of the professional standard digital camera is the lens and the ability to focus. There is a time and a place for auto focus but this is not always on a professional shoot, you need to be in control of your own shots. We have been having a look at the latest models to hit the shops and seeing what they offer in terms of size, focussing, shots and memory. So, if you are looking for a new professional camera and are unsure which model to go for take a look at our snapshot review.
PowerShot G12 Complete Shot Control
Canon Have been making cameras for many years and have created a wide range of professional cameras including the PowerShot G12 which is an incredibly robust well built camera for professional use. This Camera has received good reviews in spite of the large size and weight. It has a retractable lens so it does not take up as much space in your bag to carry around.
The lens has a second wheel which means that you can manually control the shutter speed and the multi angled screen means that you can line up your shots with complete ease. To ensure an accurate picture Canon has incorporated a spirit level feature so you can guarantee a straight shot.
The image quality of this camera has been widely praised, it has a 10 megapixel CCD sensor and a DIGIC 4 processor which means that it produces high quality shots even in situations with limited lighting.
In fact the only thing that this camera has been criticized for is its slightly bulky appearance which is a small price to pay for a high quality reasonably priced professional camera.
PowerShot S95 for Work in the Field
If size is an issue for you when you are in the field then the Canon PowerShot S95 would be a better option for you. It is smaller in size and has a retractable lens and flash so its overall appearance is incredibly compact and it weighs in at only 193g.
Like the PowerShot G12 the PowerShot S95 gives you manual control over the focus and zoom, many cameras can get confused by the subtleties of light and dark when they are in auto mode so manual controls allow you to make the exact shot you want.
The Canon PowerShot S95 has a stabilisation mode built into the camera to prevent shaky shots and blurred images; this is a real bonus for areas of photography like wildlife photography where you have limited time to catch shots.
The only disadvantage of this camera is that due to its sleek appearance there is not much in terms of grip, this could prove difficult if you were taking shots in adverse weather.
Canon PowerShot SX130 for the Semi Pro
For the enthusiast or part time pro Canon has created a variety of models that perform at an incredibly high level, the Canon PowerShot SX130 is one such camera. The appearance of this camera is quite funky with its smooth lines and curvy shape, it has a fold away flash and retracting lens so is easy to transport. The viewing screen is of a very high quality and it has a good zoom function which is great for the keen enthusiast. It does not have a manual focus function which might prove frustrating for the professional photographer.
It is the lower price end camera that would be great for the amateur or as a back up camera if you were out in the field although it would be advised to take spare batteries. It has been reported widely that although the AA batteries feature means that you can replace them and carry on with your shoot that the camera consumes standard AA batteries at quite a rate.
Canon EOS 60D
This is a great camera for the photography enthusiast; it is more lightweight than many digital cameras on the market but still robustly built. It has been designed to fit comfortably into your hands giving you a stronger grip on the camera which provides more stability. To ensure that you don’t end up with shaky shots for any other reason the camera has an inbuilt stabilisation sensor.
To make taking your shots even easier the Canon EOS 60D has a swivel screen and a variety of autofocus options to ensure clear and concise shots. To bring out a more creative side to your shots Canon have included a variety of different filters in this camera to produce specialised shots.
For those who are frequently in a rush the inbuilt technology in the camera means that you can make changes to the pictures from the camera itself, they don’t need to be transferred to a PC for updates or changes. This is because the DIGIC 4 processor allows for different applications to be within the camera making your life easier and giving you more control over your shots.
With so many great digital cameras on the market you will be able to pick the one that completely fits in with your style of photography.