Leo isn't sure why more manufacturers don't have this, but his Sony A9 does have that. He can hold up the camera above his head and still see what he's shooting, or hold it down by his waist. It's great to be able to get different perspectives like that. Ironically both Canon and Nikon offer movable screens on their low-end cameras, but Mark wants one on a full-format prosumer model. Leo saw a report from Canon Rumors that Canon has patented a very large swivel display for a 1DX style mirrored camera. They don't offer it yet, but they have the patent.
George has a teenage daughter who wants a camera to take pictures with. He doesn't really want to give her a DSLR yet, but he doesn't want to get a cheap point and shoot either. He wants something she can use, grow with, and enjoy with him since he shoots with a Nikon. Leo says that the Nikon D3400 is a great option because it's only $500 and it would use the same lenses as his.
Chris has a granddaughter that wants to take professional pictures, but Chris doesn't want to spend much more than $500. For $600, Leo recommends the Sony Alpha a6000Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Power Zoom Lens, which is an affordable body that leaves room for more lenses if the photography hobby gets serious. Leo also recommends the Nikon D3400 DSLR Camera 2 Lens Bundle, which comes with a broad range of lenses and a memory card.
Mark wants to get a DSLR that will use the lenses from his dad's old OM1 film camera. Leo says the the Olympus OMD is a great choice for a new body, and Mark will need an adapter to fit the lenses in most DLSR cameras.
John is looking for a new camera to shoot real estate. He's thinking of the Nikon D3400. Leo says that's a good option, and it not only shoots great shots, but it can also shoot 1080p HD video. The real benefit of a DSLR is the glass and Nikon makes some of the best lenses.
Tom's Nikon D40 was stolen. He'd like to get a new camera that has similar capabilities, but is smaller in size. Leo says that cellphones these days have more megapixels than that D40 did, and so long as he still has the lenses, the body is easily replaceable. The Nikon D7100 is an option, but since Tom wants a smaller and lighter camera, and he doesn't care about the lenses, a prosumer point and shoot may be the better option.
Brian's wife wants a DSLR for Christmas. Leo says that sensor size drives what camera he'll really want to get. The bigger the sensor, the more expensive it will be. And it will tend to be bigger and heavier. Leo has a Canon 5D Mk. II that he rarely uses because it's so heavy. That's why he likes mirrorless and micro four thirds cameras. They are every bit as good, but they don't have a prism or mirror. They are lighter and simpler.
Dean is looking to get his daughter a DSLR with Wi-Fi, and wants to know the best option: the Nikon D3200 or the Nikon D5200. Leo says that both are excellent platforms. The D5200 is probably more expensive because it has more megapixels. But the truth is, get the one he can afford. The real big expense is the lenses, and either will take Nikon glass.
Dennis is looking to get a new camcorder, but he wants to also shoot stills and doesn't want to carry around two cameras. Leo says that a still camera like the Nikon D3200 is a great option because he not only could take great images with lenses, but also shoot excellent 1080p HD videos.
Doug needs an easy to operate and reliable point and shoot that has a really good macro. His budget is around $200. Here are some good options in that price range:
- Nikon Coolpix P7000
This is a little more at $300, but it has great picture quality.