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HWM+HardwareZone.com Tech Awards 2016: Editor's Choice - Part 1

By Team HardwareZone - 20 Feb 2016

Best Mid-range Interchangeable Lens Camera

Best Mid-range Interchangeable Lens Camera

Bridging the professional and enthusiast segment, mid-range interchangeable lens cameras (ILCs) are more than capable enough for "work" while being small enough to take out for "play", thus serving as a perfect back-up camera for the pro or a great starting point for the serious enthusiast. Ultimately, these cameras serve up excellent images at a very reasonable cost, making them excellent value.

Nominees:

 

  • Canon EOS 760D
  • Fujifilm X-T10
  • Nikon D7200
  • Olympus OMD E-M5 Mark II
  • Samsung NX500

 

And the winner is...

Fujifilm X-T10

To be honest, we were expecting this to go to one of traditional DSLRs given their respective feature sets, but the X-T10 proved once again that it’s not just about pixel counts when it comes to making good images. Images taken at ISO levels up to 12,800 are very usable, while those taken at ISO 25,600 can also be used after a bit of sharpening so that certainly increases the number of situations whereby the camera can get you the images you need/expect.

Sure, the buffer for continuous capture could be bigger (or they could at least offer us the option of taking the continuous shooting rate down a little to better match the buffer size), and the white balance could be slightly better tuned, but those are minor quibbles given the price and the fact that the images hold up well to corrections in post. So, when you pair good handling with great image performance and value, you have your winner.

Scoring Breakdown
Criteria/Model Canon EOS 760D Fujifilm X-T10 Nikon D7200 Olympus OMD E-M5 Mark II Samsung NX500
Performance 8.0 9.0 8.0 8.0 8.5
Design 8.0 9.0 7.5 8.0 8.0
Features 8.0 8.5 8.0 8.0 8.0
User-Friendliness 8.0 8.5 7.5 7.5 8.5
Value 8.0 8.5 8.0 7.5 8.0
Overall 8.0 9.0 8.0 8.0 8.5
Score S$ 1,049 S$1299 S$1,409 S$1,398 S$1,159

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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