Benjamin Kanarek Blog’s Unofficial Camera Picks for 2010

Being in a position to play with a lot of camera gear is fun, yet can be a rather daunting experience.  Being that Christmas is around the proverbial corner, I thought I would share with you a few of my personal favorite, newer products that have caught both my left and right eyes.

Now this list is only a short list and does not represent my annual camera award winners.  But I have to admit that these toys could be potential winners.
They are not presented in any particular order or preference.  One thing… No I was not paid by the manufactures to endorse their products on our blog.

Sony Alpha Nex 5. All I can say is Wow! What an incredible toy this is and really quite capable of outputting some very serious video and still pix content. Very clean 14 mega pixel sensor, compact and a joy to hold.

Sony Alpha DSLR-A850.  One of the best bang for the buck full frame 24.6 megapixel DSLR’s out there.  Keep it at under 800 iso and get absolutely stunning images.  Blow them up to A1 with no problem what so ever.


Sony SLT Alpha A55. A mind boggling great DSLR with incredible output for under $800, 10 frames per second, 16.3 mega pixels, AVCHD video and variable sweep Panorama… Nuff said.

Canon 550D (EOS Rebel T2i/Kiss X4). This Canon can keep up with the big guns at an extremely reasonable price. 18 mega pixel output, Full HD video gives this Canon my thumbs up. Really can’t see the difference in output from that of the Canon 7D. Clean images up to 1600 iso.

Canon EOS 60D. The camera that the 50D could have been, but wasn’t. A great semi pro quality camera at a very reasonable price.  Amazingly good output up to 3200 iso all in 14 bit. Great Full HD video output in a very robust body.

Nikon D7000. One of the best Mid priced DSLR’s out there. Incredibly fast and accurate auto focus, 16.3 megapixel Sony Sensor, Full HD 1080p Video with external microphone jack and up to 25,600 iso. The body is very robust indeed. Nice one Nikon…

Nikon Coolpix P7000. A great in your bag compact that wants to play pro… Nuff said.

Pentax K5. Undoubtably the best Pentax APSC DSLR ever made. In fact one of the best DSLR’s out there at the moment. Noise performance exceptional. iso’s up to 51,200 (still gasping for air!) A wonderfully clean 16.3 megapixel Sony sensor tweaked by Pentax. This sensor is able to outclass several FF camera’s out there. Full HD video with stereo external microphone jack input, 7 fps continuous shooting wrapped in a magnesium body at street prices approaching 1100 Euros’s.

Pentax K-r. Simply put… What the K-x could have been but wasn’t. That is a very good thing indeed.

and finally…

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2. The Lumix has come of age with this powerfully compact “faux DSLR” with 16 mega pixel sensor, very clean Full HD video output and up to 12,800 iso. A very nice package for those wishing to get into the 4/3rds format.

Well there you have it. Now go out there and purchase one of these babies for me… I will never look a gift horse in the mouth.

About Benjamin Kanarek
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Fashion and Beauty Photographer. Some of the magazines I have shot for include: VOGUE (China, Portugal, Brazil, Italia, Paris and South America & Mexico editions), RG VOGUE Brazil, Harper’s BAZAAR (China, en Español & Latin America, Hong Kong, Italy editions), L’Officiel Paris, ELLE (Spain, Portugal and Greece editions), Madame Figaro (France), Cosmopolitan (France and Italy editions), Glamour (France), Votre Beauté, Jardin des Modes, Dépêche Mode, New York Daily News, Fashion District News, New York Times Magazine, W (British edition), WWD, Fashion Magazine (Canada), Flare (Canada), Oyster, Tank, WestEast…