If you ask married couples to tell stories about their wedding day, they would most likely reach out for their photo album and show their precious moments captured in images.
While most of the world fail to understand the importance of photography, it is undeniable that photography is a significant part of our lives because of three things:
- it shows us what things are important to us,
- it helps us connect, and
- it has its own powerful language.
We may be perceiving photos using our sense of sight, but they appeal to the deeper parts that appreciate the language of beauty and aesthetics. One of the pioneering companies in the photography industry with the most influence is the Japanese giant, Canon.
Canon—the Japanese Giant of the Imaging Industry
Founded in 1937 by Takeshi Mitarai, Canon is a multinational corporation that specializes in the manufacturing of optical and imaging products like cameras, photocopiers, camcorders, printers, and other equipment. It is based in Tokyo, Japan with almost 200,000 employees.
Canon started manufacturing and distributing digital cameras in 1984. The RC-701 of the RC series was Canon’s first product for digital cameras. The RC series was followed by the release of the PowerShot series and the Digital IXUS series.
During the height of digital photography, Canon released the EOS series for the DSLR line, which consists of high-end, professional digital cameras.
The release of the first full-frame mirrorless cameras by competitor giant, Nikon, triggered Canon to go all-in. Hence, EOS R was born. However, it seems that Canon is finally embracing the mirrorless format to directly compete with mirrorless camera market leaders.
An Age-Old Debate: DSLR vs. Mirrorless Camera
The camera body has its own pros and cons. Here are the basic categories that could help you determine which one is for you:
- Size and Weight. In terms of size and weight, DSLR cameras are usually larger and bulkier than a mirrorless camera.
- Autofocus Speed. This changed when recent models of mirrorless cameras now have same-quality autofocus systems. Taking photos of still objects in low-light situations, both the DSLR and mirrorless perform well. However, the DSLR gets a slight advantage when it comes to fast-moving objects in low-light settings.
- Previewing Images. DSLR cameras have an optical viewfinder, which allows users to see exactly what the device will capture. With the mirrorless camera, the preview is shown on a screen, which becomes grainy and dull in low-light situations or when shooting fast-moving objects.
- Video Quality. High-end mirrorless cameras are usually better than DSLR cameras in terms of shooting videos. DSLRs often encounter problems in focusing due to its slower contrast-detection focus method.
- Shooting Speed. Both cameras are able to shoot at really fast shutter speeds, without sacrificing image quality. Generally, however, the mirrorless camera has an edge over DSLR cameras. The absence of a mirror makes it easier for mirrorless cameras to take subsequent images.
- Battery Life. DSLR offers a longer battery life due to its ability to shoot without the use of the LCD. The LCD screen for mirrorless cameras uses up much of the battery life. However, all kinds of cameras come with the removal of external batteries, which means you can carry a spare battery with you.
- Lenses and Accessories. DSLR cameras typically give you access to an arsenal of lenses from the device manufacturer. Compared to mirrorless cameras with very limited lens options, DSLR cameras can give users more flexibility in their camera setup.
So, the verdict is that mirrorless cameras have an advantage in terms of size and weight, convenience, shooting speed, and video shooting capabilities. But DSLR is ahead in terms of autofocus speed, previewing images, battery life, and access to more lenses and accessories. Both types of cameras offer a great quality of output for digital photography.
Looking for the best camera that suits your style? Take a look at our top three best picks:
Experience the Familiar with the Canon EOS R
If you are looking for a versatile mirrorless camera with high-quality output and a good set of lenses, then the Canon EOS R is the one for you. Canon camera manufacturer may be late to the mirrorless camera party, but when it arrived, it arrived in style. The Canon EOS R is a competitively priced camera that has a complete set of awesome lenses that puts its mirrorless competitors at a disadvantage.
In terms of its construction, the EOS R sports a sturdy, ergonomically designed housing that gives great convenience to its users. This camera is also equipped with the new control ring on an adapter or lenses and a touch bar that helps in more efficient settings adjustment.
It has a very responsive touchscreen navigation system for menus and focus locator. Canon equipped the EOS R with a fully articulated touch screen that lets users film and shoots at different angles, including users filming themselves while the screen is facing the front.
The wide selection of lenses offers flexibility in adjusting for that perfect high-quality shot. The lenses are also a bit larger than EF lenses. It also comes with an affordable adapter that lets its users utilize existing lenses.
Video shoots look amazing with the EOS R’s fast and continuous autofocus (0.05 seconds and 5,655 selectable AF positions). Its high-quality performance produces 4K videos at 24, 25, and 30 frames per second (fps).
In terms of photography performance, the Canon EOS R is able to deliver high-quality photos at par with the performance of 5D DSLR and Canon 1 camera series. This 30.3-megapixel (MP) camera is infused with Canon’s signature color science, which greatly improves skin tones.
The Canon EOS R should definitely be on your wish list. Its high-quality performance and sturdy design provide a great experience for its users. This is a Canon product for Canon users. Feel the pride of being a Canon user, especially if you have already been a Canon user since the start.
The Premium for the Professional: Canon 5D Mark IV
Next on our list of the best-performing cameras is the Canon 5D Mark IV. This camera is one of Canon’s top performers and it is priced at a premium. Users of the Mark II and Mark III are well aware of the capability of the Canon 5D product line, but the Mark IV comes with more improvements.
The Canon 5D Mark IV boasts of a new sensor, 30.4 megapixels. Another amazing new feature is the post-production focus shifting capability called the Dual Pixel RAW. Basically, even if you slightly miss your focus on the shot, you can still save the final image and adjust the focus post-production.
In terms of the build and handling, the Canon 5D Mark IV has kept the design, look, and the dimension of its predecessor, the Mark III. This is to give users the feeling that they are holding a familiar device. Some minor improvements from the Mark III design are the optical viewfinder, and a touch deeper grip that secures the camera in the hand much better.
The button layout is almost the same as the previous models. Except for the new switch on the rear portion of the camera, which enables you to use the scrolling dial while the switch is held in place.
The biggest improvement in the Mark IV is the touch-sensitive screen. Mark IV is the first time that photographers actually appreciated the usefulness of the feature. Aside from using the screen for autofocus points, the touch-sensitive feature combined with other buttons also allows for convenience and improvement in the flow of work.
Another improvement in the Mark IV is the Intelligent Viewfinder II, which gives information in the display for shooting modes, shot level, and composition grid. The feature also allows for customization of which information you would like shown.
The Canon 5D Mark IV is one of the latest cameras to receive Canon’s “Fine Detail” picture style. This feature improves the image quality through increased sharpness and individual control over Fineness, Strength, and Threshold parameters.
The Mark IV is a great camera that serves almost all of the photographer’s needs in areas of photography like portraiture, landscapes, nightscapes, weddings, events, architecture, sports, and photojournalism. The Canon 5D Mark IV is a premium model that elevates a photographer’s level of performance.
Professional Quality You Can Afford: Canon 6D Mark II
Last but not the least, we have the Canon 6D Mark II camera.
If you are looking for a simpler and more affordable alternative to the higher-end Canon 5D series, the 6D Mark II is the one for you!
The Canon 6D Mark II uses the same features as the original 6D. It is a full-frame DSLR camera that is targeted to the enthusiast photographers and hobbyists.
In terms of design and build, the 6D Mark II has many similarities with the original. The weather-resistant body houses the Digic 7 processor and a new 26.2-megapixel sensor, which is 6 megapixels higher than the original 6D. What is more impressive is the new maximum ISO setting of 40,000, even higher than Canon 5D Mark IV’s maximum ISO of 32,000.
Another great improvement in Mark II is the increased frames per second from 4.5 fps to 6.5 fps. This is just a little bit short of the 5D Mark IV’s 7 fps.
6D Mark II is equipped with a GPS system that has an automatic geotagging feature. Which records accurate location data without the need for an external mobile app.
Perhaps the most notable improvement from the original 6D is the Mark II’s new autofocus system. It is one of the fastest, most reliable, and most consistent autofocus system designed for crop-sensor cameras.
Like most of Canon’s cameras, the 6D Mark II is equipped with the Dual Pixel Autofocus technology, which is significantly faster than the original 6D’s live view autofocus.
Thanks to Mark II’s articulating touchscreen, using the live view becomes more beneficial than the viewfinder, especially for low-angle and high-angle shots. The downside here, however, is that the use of the live view drains the battery much faster.
The Canon 6D Mark II gives high remarks for actual user experience. Being more affordable than the 5D series, the slight difference in megapixels is hardly noticeable. Mark II is perfect for the hobbyist and enthusiast that aims for professional-level image quality with friendlier usability. Finally, the 6D Mark II is a huge improvement from the usual crop-sensor DSLR.
The Impact of the Canon 5D Generation
The Canon 5D series has already made a mark in the digital photography industry as one of the highest performing product lines for a camera. ~BHphotovideo
Nowadays, most regular people have easy access to these professional-level cameras, considering that a little more than a decade ago. These high-end cameras are reserved solely for professionals. How did we get here and how did Canon start a quality tradition?
Back in the mid-2000s, full-frame digital cameras were only used by professional photographers. The Canon 5D made a breakthrough for the photography industry and introduced a product line that would cater to the regular hobbyists and enthusiasts.
As the 5D product line continued to grow until the present time, more and more improvements came. Competitors were forced to develop their own product lines that would be on par with the 5D in terms of performance and affordability.
5D series is still pushing for more innovations as there are rumors of a possible update to the EOS 5D Mark IV in the shape of the EOS 5D X.
Nothing has been disclosed yet, but the possibility is there.
Digital Photography in the Philippines
As the Canon 5D generation revolutionized the digital photography industry, the photography landscape in the Philippines also flourished. Nowadays, digital photography is a very common hobby and business. How did this development really happen?
Digital photography came into the photography scene in the Philippines during the 1970s. In 1986, Kodak invented the megapixel sensor, which helped boost the industry. Eventually, traditional film photography was sidelined in the early 2000s, when digital point-and-shoot cameras and DSLR cameras were popularized.
Since then, many digital photography businesses and freelancers popped up into the scene and saturated the whole industry, creating a demand for high-quality photography service. Photography is now one of the biggest hobbies in the world, with many hobbyists turning into professionals along the way.
Digital photography has had major significant improvements in just the past 15 years. And the industry continues to flourish with more and more businesses and hobbyists joining the trend and improving products are continuously being released.
If you would like to get into photography, now would be a perfect time. Just make sure to equip yourself with the right knowledge and skills, select your DSLR or mirrorless camera wisely, be serious about the craft, and you will be good to go. Cheers!