- Rating of the best full-frame cameras
- Best Inexpensive Full Frame Cameras
- The best mirrorless full-frame cameras
- The best full-frame DSLRs
- The best compact full-frame cameras
In addition to the many obvious differences between digital cameras (DSLR/mirrorless, fixed lens versus interchangeable, etc.), there are also less obvious characteristics. Such, for example, is the size and proportions of the sensor (matrix). And on this basis, cameras are divided into full-frame (full frame) and conditionally all the rest, which have a crop factor. The history of this difference is quite deep and goes back to the history of analog film cameras, and those who are at least somewhat interested in photography in detail understand what is at stake.
The editors of SimpleRule magazine have prepared a special review of the best, according to our experts and subject matter experts, full-frame camera models that are available on the market in the first half of 2020.
Rating of the best full-frame cameras
|Nomination||Place||Name of product||Price|
|Best Inexpensive Full Frame Cameras||1||Sony Alpha ILCE-7 Kit||63 542 ₽|
|2||Sony Alpha ILCE-7M2 Body||76 950 ₽|
|3||Canon EOS RP Body||76 800 ₽|
|The best mirrorless full-frame cameras||1||Sony Alpha ILCE-7M3 Kit||157 990 ₽|
|2||Nikon Z7 Body||194 990 ₽|
|3||Sony Alpha ILCE-9 Body||269 990 ₽|
|4||Leica SL2 Body||440 000 ₽|
|The best full-frame DSLRs||1||Canon EOS 6D Body||58 000 ₽|
|2||Nikon D750 Points||83 300 ₽|
|3||Canon EOS 6D Mark II Body||89 990 ₽|
|4||Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body||94 800 ₽|
|5||Pentax K-1 Mark II Kit||212 240 ₽|
|The best compact full-frame cameras||1||Sony Cybershot DSC-RX1R II||347 990 ₽|
|2||Leica Q (Type 116)||385 000 ₽|
Best Inexpensive Full Frame Cameras
First of all, we will traditionally consider a small selection of cameras that can be confidently considered the best in the most inexpensive price category. We emphasize that hereinafter we will talk about very advanced models, including semi-professional and professional ones. Therefore, the term “inexpensive” must be understood taking into account the fact that such equipment is absolutely not cheap, and even the “carcass” itself without a whale lens can cost more than 1000 US dollars, and at the same time be considered inexpensive.
Sony Alpha ILCE-7 Kit
The review will open one of the most popular full-frame cameras manufactured by Sony in the world and Russia. This is the famous Alpha, the ILCE-7 model with a kit lens. This is a good starter option for someone who plans to get serious about photography. For those who already understand more about the topic, we can recommend exactly the same model, only not “Kit”, but “Body”, that is, the carcass itself, which costs at least 10 thousand rubles cheaper than the “whale”, and the lens is already picked up independently according to your personal preferences and plans.
So, this is a Sony E-mount mirrorless camera. CMOS-matrix (hereinafter it will be Full frame, that is, the physical size is 35.8 × 23.9 mm) with the number of effective pixels 24.3 million (24.7 million in total). The maximum shooting resolution is 6000 × 4000. The depth of perception and reproduction of shades is 42 bits. ISO sensitivity from 100 to 3200. There are also extended ISO modes – from 6400 to 25600, which are already implemented for the most part by software algorithms. Built-in matrix cleaning function.
In general, about the matrix in this particular model, it is worth emphasizing the especially positive feedback from users who expected a slightly less pronounced quality for such a price. On the other hand, to unlock the full potential of the matrix, the camera needs really good optics.
The camera is equipped with an electronic viewfinder (EVF) with 2.4 million pixels. EVI coverage – 100%. For the same purpose, you can use a 3-inch swivel LCD screen. The presence of EVI is another serious factor in energy costs, and against the background of a not very capacious battery, this gives not very impressive autonomy – more on this later.
The device can focus automatically, with backlight, including by face or manually. Focusing is quite tenacious and fast.
The camera is equipped with a battery of its own form factor with a capacity of 1080 mAh. This is frankly not enough for such a device, especially with an electronic viewfinder. According to the passport, a full charge should be enough for 340 shots, but in reality, shooting even 300 on a single charge is a great success, but in reality – about 200, and even less in winter. Another part of users is dissatisfied with camera JPEG, although this is already a moot point. Nevertheless, such feedback is present, and further we will also note such a reaction in the shortcomings of other models.
unexpectedly high-quality matrix for such a price category;
tenacious and fast focus;
high quality photos and videos in general.
no image stabilizer;
relatively small battery life.
Sony Alpha ILCE-7M2 Body
Another Sony model continues the selection of relatively inexpensive full-frame cameras, even from the same Alpha line as the previous one, but significantly more expensive and with some fundamental differences. We are considering the “Body” option without a whale lens. This is also a mirrorless device.
Dimensions of the “carcass” – 127x96x60mm, weight – 599g including battery. Classic design with the same thoughtful and refined ergonomics as the previous model, metal body. Implemented protection against moisture at an average level – the device is not afraid of splashes, but you still should not drop it into a puddle. Standard mount – Sony E.
This model has almost exactly the same high quality CMOS sensor with cleaning function as the previous camera. The number of effective pixels is 24 million, for a total of 25 million. The range of physical ISO sensitivity, taking into account advanced modes, is impressive – from 50 to 25600.
Unlike the previous model, here the body of the camera already has a set of devices for optical image stabilization, as well as a method of stabilization by shifting the matrix.
With the viewfinder, the manufacturer here acted in exactly the same way as in the case of the previous version: EVI plus a three-inch diagonal LCD screen. All this in exactly the same way seriously adds to the camera “voracity” in terms of power consumption, which the regular battery does not cover within comfortable limits. This is a common “disease” of many Sony cameras, and users in the mass put up with this, solving the issue proactively – it’s banal to buy an additional battery right away with the device itself.
The device supports automatic exposure, including shutter or aperture priority. Autofocus is as tenacious and “smart” as in the previous model. But there is an awkward moment with focusing – it is impossible to select the focus point with one click. And if many other cameras with the same approach do not meet with complaints from users, then they just complain about the Alpha ILCE-7M2 in this regard.
This model has one more feature – a very expensive “native” optics, which is represented in the Sony assortment in a very limited selection. On the other hand, if you use adapters, then the choice of suitable manual lenses will be simply huge. So this moment when making a decision will need to be thought out especially carefully.
advanced sensitivity modes;
two-factor image stabilization;
relatively low noise at high ISO;
one-touch focus point selection is not available;
very expensive native optics;
Canon EOS RP Body
The third and final point in the first category of our review will be another full-frame mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses, but this time from Canon. In this version, we consider only the camera itself without a lens. Bayonet – Canon RF. The model is brand new, sales started in June last 2019.
The dimensions of the body of the device are 133x85x70mm, weight is 440g without the battery and 485g with the battery of its own original form factor. With the battery, there is a similar problem as in the two previous models. Its capacity for full-fledged work is clearly not enough, and it makes sense to immediately buy an additional one. The manufacturer, at least, more or less honestly says that a full charge is enough for no more than 250 shots.
Now for the key features. This model has a CMOS sensor with 26.2 million effective pixels (total 27.1 million) with the possibility of cleaning. The maximum resolution is slightly higher than that of the two models described above, but not fundamentally – 6240 × 4160. ISO sensitivity ranges from 100 to 40000, and with advanced modes up to ISO25600.
Here, too, an electronic viewfinder is used, plus a 3-inch LCD screen for lovers of this method of aiming at an object. Autofocus deserves special praise. Here it is especially carefully thought out by the developers, the proprietary DualPixel system with firmware 1.4.0 is used. In operation, it shows almost unparalleled speed and accuracy of focusing throughout the frame, with rare exceptions. In the same way, tracking, face and eye recognition from great distances is implemented with high quality and carefully.
Most of the functionality and service capabilities of this camera are largely the same as previous models. It also supports shooting videos in 4K, has dust and moisture protection, supports wireless Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, has HDMI, USB interfaces with support for recharging.
Summing up, we can say that in terms of the combination of pros and cons, the Canon EOS RP, as of March 2020, is still one of the most compact and lightweight “full frames” developed over the past three conventional years. This is despite the fact that its key characteristics, combined with the price, also cause the most positive assessments of experts and ordinary users.
one of the smallest and lightest in its class;
high working ISO;
Wi-Fi и Bluetooth;
USB with support for recharging;
no image stabilization;
The best mirrorless full-frame cameras
In SimpleRule magazine’s second round of the best full-frame cameras, we’ll take a look at four mirrorless models, no longer bound by price tags.
Sony Alpha ILCE-7M3 Kit
Let’s start with the closest relative of the Sony Alpha ILCE-7M2 full-frame mirrorless camera described above. In the name between them, the difference is only one digit, but it means a whole generation, and Alpha ILCE-7M3 is twice as expensive as the “two”.
The dimensions of the device without the lens are 127x96x74mm, the weight including the battery is 650g. The mount is still the same – Sony E. As for the battery, here, unlike the previous three models, the situation is much better. It itself is quite capacious – according to the manufacturer, a full charge is enough for 710 shots, and in reality it comes out a little less. In addition, the device supports operation from an external power supply or power bank. However, the manufacturer’s decision not to complete the device with its own charger from the network looks strange.
This model uses an improved EXR CMOS sensor with 24.2 effective megapixels. The maximum shooting resolution is 6000×4000. The color depth in digital terms is especially pronounced – 42 bits. The ISO sensitivity of the sensor is from 100 to 3200, and advanced algorithmic modes can give an indicator up to ISO25600. The camera has optical and matrix (matrix shift) image stabilization when taking pictures.
An electronic viewfinder with 100 percent coverage consists of 2359296 pixels. 3-inch rear LCD screen – 921600 dots, touch, swivel. The device can shoot at up to 10 frames per second. The burst capacity for JPEG format is 163 shots, for RAW – 89. Coverage of exposure options is from 30 to 1/8000 second.
The autofocus in this model gets some of the best reactions from real users and testers. It is of a hybrid type here, with backlight, you can also focus manually. With automatic focusing, all the power of the device’s firmware algorithms is effectively used – the focus is perfectly focused on the face, even on the eyes of cats and dogs. But there is a nuance here – all the amazing focusing possibilities are not revealed with a whale lens.
Alpha ILCE-7M3 is equipped with all necessary interfaces and means of communication, including wireless. The USB interface here is even 3.0 with support for the recharging function. A significant part of users highly appreciate the flexibility of the camera menu and the possibility of customizing it.
size and weight;
high quality of the resulting “image” in general;
effective matrix stabilization;
high-quality autofocus, including on the eyes;
flexible setup and menu customization;
can work from an external battery;
USB 3.0 with charging support;
wide exposure range;
the screen does not rotate to selfie mode;
inconvenient and long charging.
Nikon Z7 Body
The second number in this part of the review is the production model of another undisputed market leader – the Nikon brand. It will be the famous Z7 – a system mirrorless full-frame camera with interchangeable lenses. In the target plan, it is already directed to a greater extent at photography professionals, which is clearly indicated by its very considerable cost, even in the version of the “carcass” considered here without a lens. Announced in August 2018.
Camera body dimensions – 134x101x68mm, weight – 585g without battery. Mount – Nikon Z. The battery capacity in relation to the power consumption is already significantly lower than that of the previous model – according to the manufacturer’s official data, a full charge is enough for 330 shots. Charging via USB 3.0. The image processing function is entrusted to the powerful updated sixth generation Expeed processor.
Data on the CMOS-matrix largely explains such power consumption of the device – a resolution of 46.89 million pixels, 45.7 million effective. The maximum resolution of the “image” is also much higher – 8256 × 5504 pixels. The depth of shading is 42 bits. Wide range of ISO sensitivity – from 64 to 3200 and up to ISO25600 when extended mode is enabled. There is a function to clean the matrix, as well as image stabilization during photography – optical and by shifting the matrix itself.
Aiming at an object in this model occurs according to the same principle as in all the above-described cameras – through an electronic viewfinder or LCD screen. EVI contains 3690000 pixels, a 3.2-inch diagonal screen has 2100000 pixels.
Main exposure characteristics: shutter speed from 30 to 1/8000 second, manual setting is supported. Exposure metering – spot, center-weighted, and 3D color matrix. 493-point hybrid autofocus with backlight, face tracking and electronic rangefinder.
The set of interfaces in the Nikon Z7, including wireless ones, is very ordinary – the already mentioned USB3.0 with support for recharging, HDMI, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi. The supported memory card type is XQD. Pictures are saved in JPEG and RAW format. Video recording formats are MOV and MP4 with MPEG4 codec. With a moderate video shooting resolution (1920 × 1080), the frame rate can be up to 120 fps, at 4K 3840 × 2160 – no more than 30 fps.
increased matrix resolution;
two-factor image stabilization;
Wi-Fi и Bluetooth;
video recording in 4K;
fps 120 when shooting video at a resolution of 1920 × 1080;
powerful innovative image processor;
logical and well structured menu.
only one slot for memory cards – there may be problems with backup, despite all the ultra-reliability of the existing XQD format.
Sony Alpha ILCE-9 Body
Another Sony Alpha model will continue the selection of the best mirrorless full-frame cameras in the review from SimpleRule magazine, and even the same, repeatedly mentioned ILCE series, but already the 9th generation. There are no such extreme values of the matrix resolution here, but the conditional purpose of the device is different – it is more of a reportage camera, where the combination of speed and quality of continuous shooting is most valued.
The dimensions of the “carcass” are 127x96x63mm, which is relatively large for a reportage model, but cannot be compared with DSLRs. Weight – 673g. The capacity of a full charge of the battery of its own format, “according to the passport” should be enough for 480 conditional shots.
The CMOS-matrix with a resolution of 28.3 million dots (24.2 million effective) used in this model, if you look only at dry numbers, may not differ much from the matrices in the above-described full-frame Sony Alpha series cameras. But in fact, it is one of the most advanced modules in the Alpha ILCE-9 and in many ways makes the camera revolutionary at the time the model was released in 2017.
This multilayer sensor has a built-in memory and is a kind of monolith that functionally combines the photosensitive layer itself, high-speed processing circuits for the received signal, and, in fact, the memory. Such a single structure allowed the manufacturer to significantly increase the speed of reading data from the matrix compared to the conditional average values of models comparable in class by as much as two orders of magnitude (20 times). This became the main and most striking advantage of the described model, and also formed the technological basis for other outstanding characteristics of the ILCE-9.
But back to the rest of the technical characteristics of the camera. The depth of study of shades here is 42 bits. ISO sensitivity range – from 100 to 3200 (in advanced mode – up to ISO25600). There is stabilization – optical and through the matrix shift. The image of the electronic viewfinder is formed from 3686400 dots, the 3-inch LCD (touch, rotary) – 1.44 million dots.
A separate advantage of this camera is the wide support for different types of memory cards: Memory Stick Duo, SDHC, Secure Digital, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo. In this, this one is the complete opposite of the above-described device from Nikon.
In conclusion, it should be said that the manufacturer itself does not position this model as a top one, and even more so as a flagship. It comes as just a great addition to a series of famous “sevens”, and specially, it was originally created for reportage and sports shooting.
revolutionary at the time of the release of the model matrix;
a number of innovations not previously used;
record burst shooting speed;
support for many types of memory cards;
the best of the Sony range for reportage and sports photography.
many users consider the price too high;
no S log when recording video.
Leica SL2 Body
Rounding out this part of our review is a very legendary brand that is associated exclusively with professional photography – Leica and its full-frame mirrorless camera model SL2. This acquisition is already completely from the category for those who “can afford” – the price of the camera on Russian trading floors reaches half a million rubles. This cost is not least due to the novelty of the model – it was introduced quite recently – at the end of 2019.
The highest premium level of the camera is noticeable to any professional as soon as the device falls into his hands. The case, measuring 146x107x42mm and weighing 835g without battery, is made mostly of magnesium alloy, except for the bottom and top cover, which are aluminum. Ergonomics are on top, the grip is deep and secure, textured leather and rubberized surface areas provide additional tactile comfort and ease of holding.
The camera is equipped with a CMOS matrix of 47.3 million pixels (47 million effective). The resolution limit of the “picture” is 8368 × 5584. The depth of perception and reproduction of shades is 42 bits. Optical stabilization plus matrix shift. 5.76 million pixel electronic viewfinder, 2.1 million pixel LCD touchscreen (3.2-inch diagonal).
Special attention should be devoted to focusing. For this model, the manufacturer has assigned only a contrast autofocus scheme, plus a set of almost standard functions such as eye and face detection. Continuous autofocus is supported at the highest shooting speed – up to 20 fps. At such speeds, miracles do not happen, and the contrast detection system does not have time to feed into the EVI what it “sees” itself, so the image in the viewfinder may be less sharp than the result in the picture. Here the photographer has to literally trust his technique.
The developers also responsibly approached the preservation of data, creating all possible insurance in case of emergency situations. So, Leica SL2 is equipped with two parallel slots for UHS-II memory cards, which makes it possible to automatically create backups on the fly and minimize the chance of losing an invaluable frame.
impeccable materials and assembly;
two parallel UHS-II memory card slots;
one of the best video mode integrations on the market;
high-quality continuous autofocus at speeds up to 20 fps;
high professional and technological level of the device as a whole.
The best full-frame DSLRs
The third selection of the review of the best full-frame cameras on the market in the spring of 2020 according to SimpleRule is a little more extensive than the previous one, since here models of such a form factor will be presented that professionals and amateurs will not refuse for a long time, or even never, despite all the advantages of system mirrorless. We are talking about SLR full-frame cameras.
Canon EOS 6D Body
Traditionally, let’s start with the most inexpensive model in the collection and thereby take a break from the exorbitant cost of the Leica SL2 and its neighbors in the nomination. This is a noticeable “old man” on the market, but given that since the first release in the series back in 2012, he has not lost relevance, he should rather be called a long-liver. And it’s certainly one of the most affordable professional full-frame DSLRs on the market in the first half of 2020.
Dimensions of the “carcass” of the camera – 145x111x71mm, weight including battery – 755g. Bayonet – Canon EF. Here we already see a much larger battery capacity, which is typical for SLR cameras in general. For this model, it is commensurate with the “passport” 1090 shots on a full charge.
Actually, to be precise, hereinafter the secret of “long-playing” batteries in SLR cameras is not so much in the capacity of the battery as such, but in the fact that the viewfinder in them is mostly optical, and since there is no energy-intensive EVI, then it sits much less battery while shooting. The viewfinder field of view here is already a little less than that of any of the above-described DSLRs – 97%. The LCD display is, the size is 3 inches diagonally, the image of 1.044 million dots.
The camera is equipped with a CMOS sensor with 20.2 million effective pixels (20.6 million in total). The frame resolution limit is 5472×3648. The ISO sensitivity range is from 50 to 3200 (up to ISO25600 in extended mode). Continuous shooting speed – 4.5 frames per second. Phase detection autofocus with 11 focus points, there is manual focus, adjustment and aiming at the face.
This model supports SDHC, Secure Digital, SDXC memory cards. Data saving formats – JPEG, RAW. Record video in MOV format with MPEG4 codec. The video resolution limit is 1920×1080. Interfaces for communication and connection – USB2.0, HDMI, infrared, Wi-Fi, audio output, microphone input. This model was generally the first in the range of Canon DSLRs to receive Wi-Fi and a GPS satellite positioning module.
In terms of positioning, the Canon EOS 6D fell right into the “gap” between 7D and 5D, and can be recommended equally to advanced amateurs and professionals alike. The former will be able to get acquainted with professional photographic equipment inexpensively in every sense, and the latter will be able to buy a good working version for ordinary tasks. The camera is often positioned on trading floors as a professional camera, but this is a marketing convention.
a wide range of interfaces, including Wi-Fi;
one of Canon’s most affordable full-frame DSLRs.
no image stabilization;
in some moments is clearly obsolete.
Nikon D750 Points
The review will continue with another full-frame SLR camera, already manufactured by Nikon, which, like the previous model, ideally filled the “marketing gap” between the reportage models D610 and D810, which were quite good, but for various reasons did not suit everyone. The D750 is also an “old-timer” – it first went into production in 2014. With positioning, there is also some marketing craftiness here, as in the case of the previous model. Nikon D750 is certainly a decent camera, but a truly pro-level one is half an order of magnitude more expensive.
The CMOS-matrix installed here with 24.3 million effective pixels gives the maximum image resolution of 6016 × 4016. The depth of shading is 42 bits. In terms of sensitivity, the matrix is just exactly between the mentioned D610 and D810: the lower ISO limit is 100 units against 64 for the D810, the upper one is extended to 12800 with the possibility of further expansion in special modes.
The guaranteed shutter life of the Nikon D750 is 150 thousand operations, its capabilities are limited by a minimum shutter speed of 1/4000 second, and therefore it is two times weaker than the D810 with its 1/8000, but do not forget about the much more affordable price of the camera, which is also relevant for other relatively weak points. Where the D750 outperforms both neighboring models is in burst shooting speed. Here it is equal to 6.5 frames per second. The D750 also features the latest 91000-dot RGB metering sensor at the time of its inception.
Autofocus with the new Multi-CAM 3500 II sensor with increased sensitivity up to 3EV also deserves confident praise. The autofocus system includes 51 key points, of which 15 are cross-type. By a combination of factors in terms of autofocus quality, the Nikon D750 outperforms even the more expensive D810 model, which has only the first generation Multi-CAM 3500 sensor.
This version has a Wi-Fi module, and at the time of release it was one of the first models in this class equipped with this type of wireless connection. Other interfaces – HDMI, audio output, microphone input, USB2.0.
Experts also appreciate the use of an inclined display in the D750. Due to the complexity and subtlety, few people managed to successfully solve this approach, and top manufacturers avoided its use for a long time, but in this camera the tilted display does not cause complaints.
The autonomy of the device is even higher than that of the previous one. The MB-D16 battery pack delivers more than 1200 shots on a full charge, according to the manufacturer.
high-quality and accurate autofocus;
relatively fast continuous shooting;
video recording in FullHD with a frequency of 60 frames / sec.
small buffer size during continuous shooting;
not the most convenient and slow “native” NX-D converter.
Canon EOS 6D Mark II Body
Now let’s return to the Canon EOS 6D series and consider its updated version – Mark II. The model is even more expensive than the previous one and is formally considered professional. But then again, even professional full-frame DSLR lines have entry-level models, and the Mark II can be considered just that. The novelty of 2017 remains relevant in the market and is in great demand.
The dimensions of the camera body (we are considering the Body version without a lens) are 144x111x75mm. Weight with battery – 765g. The capacity of the rechargeable battery approximately corresponds to 1200 captured frames. The type of optional battery pack (handle) is BG-E21.
The CMOS-matrix in this device was the main intrigue of the model at the time of its release. Its format has not changed compared to the EOS 6D described above, but the resolution has increased to 26.2 million pixels. But the essence is not in increasing the resolution, but in the cumulative use of effective technologies. So, the matrix in the Mark II supports Dual Pixel CMOS AF and a number of other innovations, including adapting the fastest phase detection autofocus when shooting video and in Live View mode.
The latter is very important, it allows continuous shooting without looking into the viewfinder, but focusing only on the screen. This is even more important, as the touch display makes it much faster and more convenient to select the focus point. As for the viewfinder, the focus points here have increased by half an order of magnitude compared to the previous generation camera of the same series – 45 instead of only 9. The favorable picture is complemented by the presence of 5-axis electronic stabilization, which was first used in the EOS M5 model. It significantly contributes not only to photographers, but also to videographers.
We also see here the ISO sensitivity range extended to 40 thousand units, and at the same time we are talking about real units, and not about those generated by software algorithms as part of the expansion function. Data processing rests on one of the most progressive DIGIC 7 processors at the time the camera was released. By the way, due to the power and speed of data processing, it provides a high (comparatively) burst shooting speed. Here it is 6.5 frames per second.
The buffer is also enlarged here, which is also a positive point – it can hold up to 21 shots in RAW format. Recall that the capabilities of the previous generation EOS 6D were three times more modest. The only point is that the device can shoot video in the maximum resolution of Full HD, but at a frame rate of 50/60 frames per second.
fast continuous shooting;
support Dual Pixel CMOS AF;
rotary touch screen;
5-axis electronic stabilization;
a complete set of wireless communication modules;
one SD memory slot and no UHS-II support.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body
Finally, SimpleRule couldn’t get past the Mark III, the third generation of the EOS 5D. This model is the most expensive among the three Canon cameras presented, despite the fact that it is very old – it was released in 2012, but is still in great demand. “Third Mark” over time even acquired in professional circles the status of a kind of standard.
Camera body dimensions – 152x116x76mm, weight – 950g without battery. A full charge, according to the manufacturer, should be enough for 950 shots. Bayonet – Canon EF. The body is made from the same magnesium alloy as other Canon cameras in this and other series. There is dust and moisture protection of a sufficient level to use the camera in not the most favorable conditions.
Mark III is a classic DSLR with a large full-frame CMOS sensor (matrix) with a resolution of 23.4 million pixels (22.3 effective). It is characterized by ISO sensitivity up to 25600 real units with software extension up to 102400. The maximum image resolution is 5760 × 3840 pixels. The depth of shading is 42 bits.
Burst shooting in the Third Mark is very well implemented – the speed limit is 6 frames per second, and in combination with an expensive and high-quality autofocus sensor (the same as the EOS-1D X pro model is equipped with), this gives an impressive result. The camera can be easily used for a wide variety of work: art photography, reporting, events, sports, and more. Specialized reportage models, of course, give out a much higher speed of the series, but here the developers did not have such a task.
In general, as mentioned above, Mark III is one of the best models in this class in terms of the combination of advantages, but it is not without some drawbacks. So, for example, if the lack of stabilization can still be compensated for by the presence of one in the lens, then a fixed non-rotating LCD screen can already quite noticeably reduce the flexibility of working when shooting video or in Live View mode. The mono built-in microphone can also be compensated with a stereo external one.
high detail images;
flawless automatic white balance;
flexible configuration and reassignment of functions to buttons;
a wide range of professional applications;
time-tested reference model.
no image stabilization.
Pentax K-1 Mark II Kit
Rounding out the selection of the best full-frame SLR cameras is another prominent Pentax brand, namely the second-generation K-1 series. Like one of the Canon cameras described above, the device was called Mark II, and here you need to understand that these are completely different “Marks”. This model is not particularly expensive than the first K-1, at least not at times. And there is nothing strange in this – the developers simply closed some of the inconsistencies of the original model and made some improvements, serious, but without cardinal innovations. The device was announced in February 2018.
The dimensions of the working part of the camera, excluding the kit lens, are 110x137x86mm. Weight without standard optics – 925g without battery and 1010g with battery. Autonomy according to the passport should be enough for 760 shots, but this, as you should understand, is the maximum. The battery pack type is D-BG6. Bayonet – Pentax KA / KAF / KAF2.
The device is equipped with a high-resolution CMOS sensor – 36.4 million effective pixels, which gives the maximum detail of the “picture” 7360 × 4912. The technical color depth is 42 bits. Really high-quality five-axis stabilization Shake Reduction pleases. Continuous shooting, on the contrary, is a little frustrating, since it has not changed from the first K-1 – no more than 4.4 frames per second and a very modest buffer that can accommodate only 17 burst shots in RAW format. In JPEG format, 70 series shots will fit in the buffer, but this is little consolation.
Specialists and ordinary users are almost unanimous in their appreciation of the quality and tenacity of the autofocus system. In this model, autofocus is based on 33 points, of which 25 are cross-points. Mark II also received advanced auto focus algorithms. Focus highlighting, manual adjustment, aiming at the face – all this is also there.
Pentax K-1 Mark II is equipped with a sufficient set of interfaces – USB2.0, HDMI, remote control jack, microphone input, headphone output, Wi-Fi module. The model also boasts a rich package: battery, charger, mains cable, eyecup, strap, separate cover for the optical viewfinder, caps for the sync contact, mount, hot shoe mount and battery pack, disk with specialized software.
a high resolution;
functionality in general;
low burst speed and small buffer.
The best compact full-frame cameras
And the review of the best full-frame cameras according to SimpleRule magazine will end with the shortest, but perhaps the most interesting selection. In it, we will consider two models of compact full-frame cameras. And here we are not talking about “soap boxes”. These are serious cameras, very expensive ones, especially the Leica Q (Typ 116), they just have their own specific area of application.
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX1R II
Let’s take a look at Sony’s compact camera with a lens first. This is the second generation of the same Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R series, which was first released back in 2012. The first version is still relevant, available for sale and enjoys a well-deserved demand, not least due to the significantly reduced cost since its release. So, if the price of the “two” turns out to be completely uncomfortable, it makes sense to take a closer look at the original model, given that the “two” is far from being a novelty – it was released in 2016.
First, about the obvious “chip” – dimensions. Here we see really tiny dimensions of 113x65x70mm, weight – 480g without battery and 507g with battery. The lens, of course, commands respect – this is ZEISS Sonnar T with interchangeable nozzles, 8 optical elements in 7 groups and aspherical lenses.
The difference between the first and second generation RX1R is clearly visible already in the matrix used. Here it is BSI CMOS with a resolution of 42MP versus 24MP for the first generation. The maximum image resolution is 7952 × 5304. Color depth – 42 bits. The sensitivity is in a very wide range from 100 to 25600 real units. If we also add “virtual” ISO here, we get a range from 50 to 102400 units.
Here, of course, there is no longer a mirror optical viewfinder, but there is an electronic one. The first version didn’t even have it. There is also a flip-out LCD screen. The EVI includes 2359296 pixels, and the LCD screen – 1228800. The screen size is the most common for cameras 3 inches.
It is also worth emphasizing that this model is not a continuation of the “very very” first RX1, but a modified version of the RX1R, where the developers decided to remove the low-frequency optical filter. When such a filter was still an innovation, its main task was to remove moiré. In fact, its effect turned out to be ambiguous, since along with the moiré, part of the image detail and even a little sharpness were “removed”. Therefore, users welcomed the abolition of the filter approvingly – moire can be dealt with in post-processing of photographs, while losses in sharpness cannot be compensated in any way.
The set of interfaces is necessary, sufficient, and even more: USB2.0 with support for recharging, headphone audio output, microphone input, HDMI and wireless Wi-Fi and NFC modules. The battery is built-in and has a very modest capacity – according to the passport, a full charge should be enough for 220 shots.
high resolution and matrix quality;
high quality ZEISS lens;
Wi-Fi and NFC;
EVI and folding LCD screen;
the smallest full-frame camera.
Leica Q (Type 116)
And the review of the best full-frame cameras according to SimpleRule is completed by the legendary Leica brand and its compact full-frame camera with the original nomenclature of the name – Q (Typ 116). The model has been time-tested – it was released in 2015, and studied by experts practically under a microscope, since it was practically the only real alternative to the above-described RX1R (one and two) from Sony.
In terms of compactness, the Leica Q could not surpass the previous model, but this was not the task either. The dimensions we have here are 130x93x80mm, the weight without taking into account the battery is 590g and 640g with the battery. The lens is non-replaceable with a focal length of 28mm and an aperture of F1.7. 11 optical elements in 9 groups. There are aspherical lenses.
The resolution of the CMOS matrix here corresponds to 24.2 million effective pixels, the total number is 26.3 million. The image resolution limit is 6000 × 4000. Color depth by hue is 42 bits. The sensitivity range is from 100 to 50000 ISO units. As you can see, the dry figures are not as impressive as those of the model described above, while the price is comparable, and even higher on most Russian trading floors, which causes a persistent feeling of overpaying for the brand. However, Leica is such a brand that it may even be worth a bit of extra money.
The camera is equipped with a 3.68 megapixel electronic viewfinder and a 3-inch 1.04 million pixel LCD touch screen. SDHC, Secure Digital, SDXC memory cards are supported. Connection interfaces – Wi-Fi, USB2.0, HDMI.
Of the obvious advantages of this model, one can single out and emphasize manual focusing, which traditionally for Leica remains the best implemented in the entire digital camera market.
impeccable quality of materials;
the quality of the resulting “image”;
best manual focus;
speed and accuracy of work.
Attention! This material is subjective, is not an advertisement and does not serve as a guide to the purchase. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.