No, this time I’m not contemplating any changes in my photographic equipment collection – well, at least not in the immediate future. But I do like to keep in touch with what is going on in the photography world. And my eye fell on two articles that illustrate my interests.
First up is a comparison of the image quality of two Nikon cameras, one of them “full-frame” (the D810) and the other a brand-new APS-C: the lovable D500. The basic question is simple: how good is the Nikon D500 when it comes to the final result, i.e. the image? The Photography Life website says:
Given the D500’s ability to effectively match the D810 on the noise front up to ISO 6400, and perhaps beyond, some may wish to reconsider their thoughts regarding the traditional DX and FX platform considerations. The weight/size/cost savings of the DX platform, the benefits of being on the same body style for both visible and infrared photography (one set of lenses vs. two), and the 50% crop factor for wildlife, and how often I take full advantage of the D810’s full 36 megapixels certainly have me questioning whether the D500 and the DX platform are a better fit for my needs.
This point of view somewhat coincides with my own decision, last year, not to invest in an FX-camera. Just like the author, I wasn’t convinced that the added cost and the added weight would be worth a bit more depth of field and perhaps somewhat sharper pictures. Let’s face it: I’m not a pro photographer, and I’ve spent already enough money on camera stuff. Also: I have to carry all that material all day long when we’re on holiday – so every gram counts! All that and the fully-articulating touchscreen of the Nikon D5500 still make me very happy each time I take it out on an excursion.
The other item I wanted to mention is pictured above: the Hover Camera (thank you, DIY Photography). This is a lightweight, intelligent camera that also happens to be a drone (or vice versa). It is supposed to be easy to use and somewhat autonomous, and it will do video as well as still pictures. The Hover Camera is not yet a product you can buy, but it may well show the way that at least some of the action camera market will follow in the coming years: less multifunctional, but a lot easier to use. I like the concept, but I’m still waiting for a version that can follow me while I’m driving my motorcycle on twisting roads ;-)