Digital Life Awards 2015: The best cameras

Digital Life Awards 2015: The best cameras
Sony α7 II interchangeable lens camera.

Best overall camera & interchangeable lens camera (full-frame)

Editor's choice: 

Sony's α7 II

Not so long ago, a full-frame DSLR could cost nearly $10,000 and weigh more than 1.5kg.

Sony's α7 II costs only a fifth of that sum and is about a third of the weight, but still has a full-frame image sensor.

This mirrorless interchangeable lens camera may be light in weight but it is solidly built.

Its tough magnesium-alloy body resists dust and moisture, so you can concentrate on shooting instead of worrying about the weather.

A more pronounced grip and re-designed button layout make the α7 II a joy to handle.

Its new 117-point phase-detection autofocusing (AF) system, together with 25 contrast-detection AF points make catching the action that much easier. Furthermore, it is the first full-frame mirrorless camera to have an in-body optical 5-axis image-stabilisation system.

Despite competition from its own cousin, the α7 S, and three fantastic full-frame Nikon DSLR cameras ain the Best Interchangeable Lens Camera (Full-Frame) category, the Sony α7 II still stood out for its affordable pricing, compact size, solid build and superb image quality.

When it came to the Best Overall Camera category, it was a difficult decision.

The Fujifilm X100T, with its classic rangefinder styling and handling, has a special place in our hearts.

Nikon's D4S is a professional's dream full-frame DSLR workhorse that will never fail. However, these cameras are not for everyone.

Then, there is Canon's EOS 7D Mark II, the successor to the fantastic 7D, for which people have had to wait five years. But if you compare it with Sony's a7 II, the Sony camera wins on image quality.

The battle went down to the wire.

In the end, it was between the Sony α7 II and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100.

Best prosumer compact camera

The LX100 is a compact camera that fulfils many needs for any camera user, whether a professional photographer or a weekend shutterbug, with its fast Leica lens and Micro Four Thirds image sensor.

But Sony's α7 II has better image quality. It is not that much bigger than the LX100. And it offers users the option of changing lenses. Dollar for dollar, the Sony α7 II is better value for money but it won by only the slimmest of margins.

Reader's choice:

Best overall camera
Canon EOS 7D Mark II
43.4 per cent of total votes

Best interchangeable lens camera (full-frame)
Sony 7 S
26.4 per cent of total votes

Best overall camera finalists:
Fujifilm X100T
Nikon D4S
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

Best interchangeable lens camera (full-frame) finalists:
Nikon D4S
Nikon D750
Nikon D810

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