Digital Life's annual awards for the best gadgets and games of the year is back for the fourth year. Here are the nominees for the 5 camera categories.
Best Overall Camera
Canon EOS 7D Mark II
The original Canon EOS 7D was a cult-classic due to its superb image quality and handling. The Mark II version maintains the status quo with improvements, such as Canon's Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology for fast autofocusing in live-view mode and a new 20.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor with a 65-point autofocus system, making it one of the best APS-C DSLR cameras around.
The X100T does not offer the versatility of mirrorless cameras that allow for lens-swopping. It also comes with manual controls that may not be everyone's cup of tea. But this 35mm fixed lens camera wows with superb image quality, fast autofocusing, compact size, sharp prime lens and great handling, making it a camera that is in a class of its own. It is also ideal for photography purists.
It may not offer a big leap in features from Nikon D4, but the D4S is still one of the fastest full-frame DSLR cameras around. Whether you are shooting sports or wildlife, this 16.2-megapixel DSLR's 51 autofocus points are able to get everything sharp in the shortest time and in full-frame glory.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100
For those who want a digital compact camera with manual controls and great image quality, the Lumix DMC-LX100 is probably the best in the market right now.
Despite its compact body, it comes with a 16-megapixel Micro Four Thirds image sensor, which is larger than the sensors found in most prosumer compact cameras. It also has a fast 24-75mm f/1.7-f/2.8 lens.
Sony a7 II
Combine a compact mirrorless camera body with a full-frame CMOS image sensor and you get the a7 II. It features a five-axis image stabilisation system - the first for a full-frame interchangeable lens camera. Priced slightly over $2,000, it is also one of the cheapest full-frame interchangeable lens cameras.