Nikon D780, Panasonic Lumix, Canon EOS RP: Ditch your smartphone camera for one of these

Smartphone cameras may be good, especially for low-light photography or when it comes to ultra-wide lens. But there is no substitute for pro cams. If you are looking for the best, don't look beyond the Nikon D780, Panasonic Lumix or the Canon EOS


Smartphone cams might have taken giant strides over the last couple of years, especially in lowlight photography and handy features like the ultra-wide lens. Yet, for most serious photo buffs, there’s still no substitute for the Pro Cam. These users don’t mind the extra bulk or the myriad lenses. If photography is serious business for you then check out these pro cams.

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nikon-d780 Price: Rs2 lakh (approx)

Nikon D780

The D780 represents an evolution in the Nikon FX-format DSLR. It boasts of two autofocus (AF) systems that ensure a more versatile and agile performance. We dig the optimised operation layout that allows you to quickly adapt to any shooting situation with a durable body and smooth connectivity. This cam features a 51-point AF system that taken on an algorithm equivalent to Nikon’s FX-format flagship — the Nikon D5.  

The 180K-pixel RGB sensor is employed to enhance the accuracy of the advanced scene recognition system, improving the overall performance of AF, AE (Automatic Exposure), and AWB (Automatic White Balance). This pro cam has a continuous shooting speed of 7-fps and a shutter speed of 1/8000 s — similar to the D850 and is kitted for a stellar lowlight performance. In addition to the 24.5 effective megapixels, the cam can crank up ISO up to 51200 thanks to the rear illumination CMOS sensor and EXPEED 6 image-processing engine. It’s ideal for astrophotography; this DSLR delivers extended long exposure through shutter speed extensions of up to 900s. It’s ready to take on any video challenge you at it. Time-lapse videos are terrific, you can shoot in 4K UHD mode and also switch to slow motion mode with approximately 120-fps super-high-speed continuous shooting in Full HD. 

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canon-eos Price: Rs 1,10 lakh for the body (and close to Rs2 lakh with the 24-105mm kit lens)

Canon EOS RP

Canon’s  lightest Full-Frame Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens camera,  EOS RP is one of the most affordable cameras in Canon’s R Series . It features a 26.2MP CMOS sensor and can shoot 4K UHD Videos. Its compact and light magnesium alloy body is crafted to provide dust and moisture resistance. 

panasonic-lumix-s1 Price: Rs 2 lakh for S1/ Rs3 lakh for S1R

Panasonic LUMIX

The Panasonic LUMIX S1 and S1R, with 24 megapixel and 47.3megapixel full-frame CMOS sensors, include a whole host of benefits like advanced image stabilisation, rich gradation and superior colour reproduction. They are both splash and dust-resistant and can function even in temperatures as low as -10 degrees centigrade. 

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