By now, you should have seen our Reader's Choice Tech Awards and the first installment of our Editor's Choice Tech Awards. The second part of our Editor's Choice shifts to consumer electronics, those gadgets and devices that we are loathe to live without nowadays. Here are our picks for the best consumer devices in 2009, starting with digital cameras:
For the Semi-Pro DSLR category, we restricted our scope to offerings in the S$3000 price range that weren't full-frame, yet offered higher-end functions like HD video recording. Of course the products should also be launched and available in our test window period between December 2008 and November 2009.
The Canon EOS 7D is one compelling camera for the photography enthusiast, with its fast eight frames per second continuous shooting speed, flexible AF, impressive low-noise performance at high ISO settings and large 18MP-sized photos. That fast continuous shooting speed is a real draw for sports photography enthusiasts who don't need to shoot full-frame or have a tighter budget.
The 7D is also an attractive offer for videographers, offering Full HD 1080p video capture at an affordable price. The small body of the 7D compared to a larger, more expensive and heavier professional HD camcorder lets the videographer shoot more flexibly and travel lighter. Plus the large range of available DSLR lenses gives more options to shoot with.
The solid, weather-sealed build ensures that this is one camera you can confidently bring with you where you want to go, and the well-placed controls makes shooting with this camera a pleasure. From all angles, the Canon EOS 7D is a sure winner.
|Criteria/Model||Canon EOS 7D||Nikon D300s|
|Price||S$2699 - 3249||S$2999|