While it is a hot topic that mobile phone cameras are catching up, the quality of dedicated cameras like DSLR and micro four-thirds mirrorless cameras are still at the top because of the bigger sensor they use which equates to high dynamic range you have with your DSLR cameras. I pondered and came up with 6 must-have features for a dedicated camera in 2020. These are the things I consider when buying my camera in 2020.
Disclaimer: Please take note that while this article speaks about what I will look for in a camera this 2020, it may not be the one that is more important based on what you need or what is required of you.
Slow Motion 120 FPS
Right off the batt, the ability of the camera to shoot video in 1080p with at maximum 120 FPS is something I will surely look for in a camera. That is because I am doing video most of the time that Slow motion is something I need, to get variety on my footages. Four K at 60fps is appreciated but for the moment, 1080 at 120FPS is good for me.
I can’t imagine a camera with no 120fps. This new decade, i think 120fps is a must for any camera that will be released moving forward. It’s because camera processors are more powerful than ever. With the dominance of youtube and any other video streaming platform like Tiktok and Instagram, it would be nice to have a slow-motion with your videos.
Easy Transfer to Mobile Phone
While it is now a necessity for our digital devices to have wifi and blue tooth, the camera for 2020 should have at least both wifi and Bluetooth to be able to transfer images and videos, raw and jpeg format on photos so users are able to edit or post the photos and videos on the go. We are now so used to getting instant gratification, I think that most people would like to have this feature on their camera.
Robust Mobile App
This normally goes hand in hand with Bluetooth and Wifi functionality but I made a separate one for the mobile app because this is something special. What I mean with a robust mobile app is that it must have an app that will allow users to take a photo or video remotely using their phone. That should be the least. Then comes being able to do timelapse and any other different modes of shooting by just selecting it on your mobile app. In 2020 this is something that any camera should have.
Then it could beyond like social media sharing or photo editing and video editing which is so rare unless you are Adobe. But it would be a nice addition if camera brands can pull it off.
Compact Design, Light and Easy to Pack
This is where mirrorless cameras shine. And with micro four-thirds, it is simply its core and philosophy in terms of design and ergonomics. This means that cameras will need to be smaller and lighter without compromising usability and performance. Gone are the days when you travel you bring along a huge camera bag and another bag for your clothes. Most mirrorless cameras now fit on your body pouch and will definitely save space with it.
There is no excuse for not having a smaller camera. Most electronic components now have shrunk reasonably that it is almost a sin not to create small gadgets these days. Even full-frame mirror-less cameras nowadays are smaller than ever before. Take for example the Sony A7 series which I am very envious of their small size and which I am furious because of their expensive price points.
Weather Sealing – Dust and Water Resistance
This is another feature that I feel that every camera should have. Because of the fact that you bring your camera anywhere and everywhere, it always gives you peace of mind knowing that your camera can withstand at least water and dust so you won’t have to worry and not be limited to what you can do with your camera. Olympus went beyond this by making their cameras freeze proof and shockproof.
Another very important for me is Image Stabilization. They are named differently depending on which manufacturer created it.
Olympus calls in In Body Image Stabilization (IBIS) and another bonus is that Olympus’ pro lens has also another level of image stabilization on the lens itself aside from that on the body. The result is you would be able to shoot handheld on your camera at slower shutter speeds with no shake or blurriness. This is very important in very low lighting conditions.
In conclusion, these 6 that I have mentioned above are far from perfect. At least I have mentioned those that are very important to me as with my current level in photography and video. These things could entirely be changed next year or the years to come depending on my priorities changes or not. After all, it is always nice to have guidelines on what you need in a camera to make sure you are not buying it just because it is the most saleable item right now. Think about the long term and not short terms.
I want to hear your thoughts on this. What are your must-haves in 2020? Do comment on the comment section below and let’s start a conversation.