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HWM+HardwareZone.com Tech Awards 2017: Editor's Choice - Part 1
By Team HardwareZone - 7 Mar 2017,9:00am

Best Mid-range Interchangeable Lens Camera

Best Mid-range Interchangeable Lens Camera

Bridging the professional and enthusiast segments, these mid-range interchangeable lens cameras (ILCs) have all the features you need for photographic "work" while being small enough to take out for "play". They also serve as a perfect back up camera for the pro or a great starting point for the serious enthusiast looking to turn pro.

 

Nominees:

  • Canon EOS M5
  • Fujifilm X-T2
  • Nikon D500
  • Olympus EM-1 Mark II
  • Sony A6500

 

And the winner is...

Fujifilm X-T2

The Fujifilm X-T2 consistently turned in better images with better detail and less noise than the competition in all the situations we put it in. We like that it got both the internal and interface upgrades from the X-Pro2; for example, the focus-selector joystick certainly helps in terms of selecting focus points and during menu navigation.

The inclusion of the focus-selector joystick also helps it to bridge the gap in usability, compared to the competition. And while it doesn’t have the biggest buffer, the ability to go for 42 frames at 14 fps is more than sufficient, especially when you add the scary accuracy of the camera’s autofocus system. It’s also able to produce 4K video with support for output to external monitors and audio monitoring, making it a better all-rounder. To top it all off, the X-T2 is also S$400 cheaper than the next best Nikon D500, which means you can use the savings for a couple of extra batteries to even out the better battery capacity on DSLR cameras.

Scoring Breakdown
Criteria/Model Canon EOS M5  Fujifilm X-T2 Nikon D500 Olympus OMD E-M1 Mark II Sony a6500
Performance 8.0 9.5 9.0 8.5 9.0
Design 8.5 8.0 8.0 8.5 8.0
Features 8.0 8.5 8.5 9.0 8.5
User-Friendliness 9.0 8.5 8.0
(adjusted down from 8.5)
8.0 8.0
Value 8.5 8.5 8.0 7.5 8.5
Overall 8.0 9.0 8.5
(adjusted down from 9.0)
8.5 8.5
Price (body-only) S$1,499 S$2,599 S$2,999 S$2,848 S$1,949


For more details on how we selected our winners, check out the full reviews and articles listed at the References section at the end.

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