Wedding photography necessitates expertise and patience, thus a wedding photographer must be skilled. However, a wedding photographer must have the best wedding photography camera as his plus-one in order to capture all of the happy, candid, and spectacular wedding images of the bride and groom on their big day. The best wedding photography cameras are easy to use and transport, adaptable and effective in the photographer’s workflow, and offer excellent value for money.
1. Canon EOS 6D
The Canon EOS 6D is the world’s smallest and lightest full-frame DSLR. The 6D has a 20.2 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, a built-in wireless transmitter, an integrated GPS module, the DIGIC 5+ image processor, an 11-point autofocus array, a 63-zone dual-layer iFCL metering sensor, an expanded ISO range of 50-102,400, a 3.0-inch LCD monitor with 1,040,000 dots, a continuous shooting speed of 4.5 frames per second, and 1080p Full HD video capabilities.
With a cheaper price tag, a smaller and lighter body, and a more streamlined control layout than the popular 5D Mark III, the Canon EOS 6D brings the full-frame DSLR experience to the public.
It also boasts a few capabilities that its bigger sibling doesn’t, most notably built-in wi-fi and GPS, however there are unavoidably some significant tradeoffs, such as only 11 AF points, 97 percent viewfinder coverage, and slower 4.5fps burst shooting (the 5D Mark II has 61 AF points, 100 percent viewfinder and 6fps burst shooting).
The better-specified Nikon D600, which takes a somewhat different strategy to making full-frame more cheap, is also a formidable competitor for the EOS 6D.
The EOS 6D weighs 755g and dimensions 144.5 x 110.5 x 71.2mm, making it significantly lighter and smaller than the 5D Mark III, making it ideal for use as a travel camera. The 6D retains a part-magnesium alloy body, which should make it more robust in the long run than plastic-bodied cameras and adds a welcome amount of weather-proofing for dust and moisture protection.
On the deep hand-grip and around the thumb-rest on the back of the camera, there’s a textured area, and the 6D is the right size for anyone with small to normal-sized hands. On the front of the 6D is an infrared port on the handle, a depth-of-field preview button that is far too small and awkwardly placed, a self-timer bulb, and a monaural microphone.
The Canon EOS 6D, like other semi-pro cameras, has two control wheels: a small one on the top of the handgrip and a large, spinning dial on the back. All high-end Canon EOS cameras have this back ‘fast control dial,’ which is used to make quick exposure adjustments. It takes a little getting used to compared to more traditional control dials, but you’ll get used to it quickly and it’s simple to’spin.’ Underneath the dial is a dedicated Lock switch that turns it on and off.
Instead of the little joystick on the back of the 5D Mark III, the 6D has a traditional four-way controller built into the rear control wheel. It’s a touch “spongy” to use, but it’s probably more appropriate for the 6D’s target demographic than the love-it-or-hate-it joystick. The Quick button, which opens the Quick Control panel, is located just above it. This allows you to easily set numerous parameters via the LCD screen, using the four-way controller to move among the various options, depending on the shooting mode you’re using.
The Quick Control panel, which lets you see and set the camera’s important controls at a glance, is especially well-suited to novices and tripod work. To change a setting, you press a button and then turn either the top control dial or the rear control dial. The settings are also displayed on the main LCD panel as well as the status LCD on the 6D. A tiny fifth button turns on the status LCD display light, allowing you to utilize it in the dark.
The EOS 6D has two LCD displays: a 3-inch color LCD on the back and a smaller status screen on the top. It also lets you to use the LCD screen to analyze the critical sharpness of your images. The optical viewfinder features a magnification of 0.71x and dioptre correction, but it only covers 97 percent of the scene, compared to 100 percent on the 5D Mark III, so you can’t be sure what the camera is taking.
For customers who seek more advanced exposure control, the EOS 6D offers all the standard serious manual and semi-automatic shooting settings via a chunky and prominent dial on the top-left of the camera body, which has a central lock button to prevent the dial from accidentally moving.
Canon regards to this advanced mode as the ‘creative zone,’ and it includes all of the standard controls, such as Program, Aperture, and Shutter Priority, as well as full Manual mode. Scene Intelligent Auto, a beginner-friendly auto shooting mode, lets you to change just a few important parameters using the LCD screen, automatically setting the aperture and shutter speed for you, with the Creative Auto mode also allowing you to customize the Picture Effect and aperture.
Seven beginner-friendly modes are available in the Scene menu, including the handy Handheld Night Scene and HDR Backlight control. The power switch for the 6D is positioned beneath the shooting mode dial, similar to the 5D Mark III, however the latter’s useful Multi-Function button has been deleted.
Users can alter the ISO level to one of 12 positions between 50 and 102,400 once the EOS 6D is in one of the ‘creative zones’ (you need to to enable the ISO 50, 52000 and 102,400 modes via the “ISO Speed Settings” menu option). Because the 6D lacks a built-in pop-up flash (you’ll need to budget for an additional flashgun), you’ll be able to photograph in practically any lighting scenario without resorting to flash. There are three Auto focus modes available on the EOS 6D (One Shot, AI Focus, and AI Servo), as well as six preset, auto, kelvin, and custom white balance settings.
There are four metering modes, including a tighter 1.5 percent Spot metering mode, useful in tough lighting settings as an alternative to the superb and consistent Evaluative metering system, and the viewfinder displays all critical exposure information, including the ISO speed. The 6D has an 11-point auto-focus system with only one cross-type point in the middle, which pales in comparison to the 5D Mark III’s 63-point system, 41 of which are cross-type points, five of which are the extra sensitive double-cross type, and the Nikon D600’s 39-point AF module.
The 6D does have one ace up its sleeve when it comes to auto-focusing: the center point stays operational down to -3EV, which is the equivalent of moonlight, making it the most sensitive DSLR on the market in low-light. In practice, the 6D was able to lock onto the subject in almost pitch-black lighting conditions. While the camera’s small number of AF points makes it less suitable to tracking moving subjects, if you primarily use the central AF point, you’ll appreciate its ability to focus swiftly and correctly in almost any setting.
2. Nikon D750
The Nikon D750 is a full-frame DSLR camera with a brand new 24.3-megapixel FX format sensor with an OLPF / anti-aliasing filter, a lightweight weather-sealed monocoque body, an ISO range of 50-51,200, Full HD (1080p) movies at 50p/60p, the latest Expeed 4 image processing engine, new Multi-CAM 3500II FX 51-point auto-focus system that is sensitive down to -3 EV Other features include a 1,230-shot battery life, microphone and headphone connections, dual SD memory card slots, a 150,000-actuation kevlar/carbon fiber composite shutter mechanism, in-camera time-lapse mode, and HDR exposure blending.
The Nikon D750 features an external design that is quite similar to the cheaper D610 model, and it feels extremely well made. It is also substantially smaller and lighter (only 750g) than the D810 camera that sits above it in Nikon’s ever-expanding DSLR lineup.
The Nikon D750 sports a monocoque body shell whose rear and top plates are composed of metal, but the front plate is constructed of carbon fiber. That doesn’t make it any less durable; in fact, the D750 is waterproof to the same degree as the D810.
The right-hand grip is more comfortable and deeper than the D610’s, especially when using the camera for extended periods of time. When viewed from behind, the Nikon D750 has a shooting mode dial on the left shoulder of the camera body. A centered locking pin stops users from changing the shooting mode by accident. P, A, S, M, U1, U2, Scene, Auto, and Auto with Flash Off are all options on the dial, which are nearly identical to those on the D610.
The U1 and U2 positions make it considerably easier to retrieve entire sets of camera settings than the D810’s separate Shooting Menu Banks and Custom Settings Banks. The only complaint we have is that there are only two of them; in our opinion, the green Auto and Auto with Flash-Off options may have been removed to make place for more and more relevant U3 and U4 locations.
The D5000-series debuted the Effects shooting mode, which offers seven different filters that can be applied to both still photographs and movies. The Night Vision effect is especially noteworthy, as it raises the camera’s sensitivity to a stunning ISO 102,400, however the image is monochrome rather than color.
For stills, you can utilize the optical viewfinder or enter Live View mode to preview the effect. Because the camera needs a lot of processing power to create the effect, the recording is slowed down (depending on the chosen effect), resulting in footage that can feel staccato. Also, in Effects mode, the camera controls almost everything – exposure, shutter speed, white balance, ISO, file format, and quality – so you’re only being creative in terms of the arty effect you apply.
The so-called Release Mode Dial, which was also carried over from the Nikon D610, is located beneath the shooting mode dial. Single-frame, Continuous Low, Continuous High (now 6 frames per second, 0.5 frames per second quicker than the D600), Quiet (delays mirror return until the user lets off of the shutter button), Quiet and Quiet Continuous (3fps) modes, Self-timer, and Mirror lock-up are among the release mode options. The final of them is only helpful if you buy the MC-DC2 cable release; while you can use the shutter release button in Mirror lock-up mode, pressing it causes more vibration than the mirror itself, undermining the purpose.
However, if you have the ML-L3 infrared remote control but not the MC-DC2 cable release, the Remote control mode choice in the main menu also contains a “Remote mirror up” option, which you can activate via the shooting menu. If neither is available, the Nikon D750 has a user-configurable Exposure Delay Mode, in which the mirror is raised when you press the shutter release, and the real exposure occurs after a one-, two-, or three-second delay, depending on what you select in Custom Function d10.) This dial also features a locking pin, as you might assume.
The Nikon D750’s viewfinder image isn’t the biggest on the market, with 0.7x magnification (using a 50mm lens focused at infinity), but those upgrading from an APS-C model will find it delightfully massive. The 100 percent frame coverage is a nice touch, and it shows that Nikon designed the D750 to be a serious camera for serious photographers. Because the viewfinder eyepiece is different from the D810’s, it can’t use the same accessories. The camera boasts a fantastic 51-point phase-detect autofocus technology.
The Multi-CAM 3500FX auto focus module in the D750 has been enhanced to provide increased sensitivity (down to -3EV) and support for lens-teleconverter combinations as slow as f/8. Even in low-light circumstances, we found the system to be very capable.
The auto focus system is blazingly quick in normal light and with the correct lens installed, allowing you to catch even the fastest-moving subjects with ease. The Group Area AF mode, which was borrowed from the D810, allows you to assign 5 AF points that may be shifted across the 51-point array as needed, making it easier to track smaller moving subjects.
The Nikon D750 has a two-position (AF-M) focus mode selector on the front, similar to the D610. As with the D810, cycling through the available choices (single, 9-, 21-, and 51-point dynamic, 3D tracking, auto area, and group area) is similar.
3. Sony A7R III
The Sony A7R III is the company’s most recent full-frame professional 35mm compact system camera. It has the same back-illuminated full-frame Exmor R CMOS sensor as its predecessor, the A7R II, with a resolution of 42.4 megapixels and no optical low pass filter, but the new Mark III comes with a long list of substantial enhancements that make it an entirely different beast.
The A7R III has the fastest continuous shooting speed of 10fps with full AF/AE tracking (up from 5fps on the A7R II), a faster hybrid AF system with more contrast AF points and a thumb-operated AF joystick and AF On button on the back, dual SD card slots, a much larger capacity battery (finally! ), upgraded electronic viewfinder and a touchscreen LCD, 5.5 stops of image stabilisation rather than 4.5 stops, 14-bit
Sony has resisted the urge to make major modifications to the third generation of the A7R camera, which appears to be very identical to its 18-month-old predecessor at first glance. However, if you look closely, you’ll see some minor but significant modifications that make this current version easier to use, following in the footsteps of the flagship A9 camera from last year.
From the front, the A7R III has a wider handgrip than the Mark II, owing to a larger capacity battery that nearly doubles the CIPA-rated battery life to 650 shots, finally resolving one of Sony’s mirrorless camera range’s most prevalent concerns. As a result, the A7R III is slightly heavier than the Mark II, but it’s also simpler to carry and can shoot for a full day on a single charge.
The camera’s other physical modifications are on the back, where Sony has incorporated a thumb-operated joystick to adjust the AF point, which is something that several competing cameras now provide and is a much more natural technique than using the navigation pad, as on the Mark II.
Another improvement is a new AF-On button, which makes it a breeze to back-button focus with your thumb rather than half-pressing the shutter button, which is a method that many photographers swear by. The primary victim of these modifications is the AF/MF switch on the A7R II, which must now be changed via the Function menu.
The awkwardly placed one-touch video record button on the A7R II has been relocated to the right of the viewfinder, a much better location, while the C3 button has been relocated to the rear-left of the camera. Under the memory card cover, you’ll find not one, but two SD card slots, however only one of them supports the quickest UHS-II standard, which is a squandered opportunity for such a quick-shooting camera.
Finally, Sony has included a PC Sync port as well as USB-2 and USB-C / 3 ports, the latter of which allows you to power and tether the camera simultaneously. The A9’s continuous shooting/bracketing dial, which is placed to the left of the viewfinder on the A9, should have been reproduced on the A7R III.
Which leads us to one of the A7R III’s most significant improvements: its continuous shooting speed. While the 42-megapixel Mark II was no slouch, the new Mark III takes things to the next level with 10fps burst shooting with Full AF/AE tracking for up to 76 JPEG / RAW images or 28 uncompressed RAW images in one high-speed burst, available with either the mechanical or completely silent electronic shutter. It, like the A6500 camera, can shoot continuously at up to 8 frames per second in live view mode.
Only professional sports DSLRs like the Canon EOS 1Dx and Nikon D5 could shoot at more than 10 frames per second not long ago, thanks to lower-megapixel sensors, so it’s a tribute to Sony’s technical team that this is now achievable on a high-resolution camera like the A7R III.
If you need even more speed, the 24-megapixel Sony A9 can shoot at a blistering 20fps with full-time AF, but you’ll have to give up 18 megapixels to get that, which most photographers don’t require in most situations. The A7R III, in our opinion, offers the best blend of resolution and shooting speed of any camera on the market right now.
The new A7R III is not just speedier when it comes to photography, but it is also faster in other aspects. Because the prior version took so long to start up, many customers simply left it on in sleep mode all the time, which didn’t work well with the limited battery life. The Mark III, thankfully, starts up nearly instantaneously and is ready to shoot in less than a second, and its overall operation feels much snappier.
Sony claims that the A7R II’s auto-focusing speed has been improved, with Sony claiming that it is 2x faster at locking on to your subject, 2x faster at tracking a moving subject, and 2x faster at recognising and focusing on an eye using the dedicated Eye AF mode, ideal for shooting portraits, all at light levels as low as -3EV. We noted a significant difference between the two cameras in all of these areas when we compared them side by side, so if you had any difficulties with the previous model (as many people did), the new A7R III fixes them and more.
The A7R III’s 399-point focal plane phase-detection AF system works well with non-native lenses, including Sony A-mount lenses when used with a LA-EA3 or LA-EA1 mount adapter, and a wide range of third-party lenses when used with an appropriate adaptor. We used Metabones and Sigma adapters to test the A7R III with a variety of Canon lenses, and the AF speeds were typically the same as when the lens was mounted on a Canon DSLR. Note that Eye AF now works with non-native lenses, which was not possible with the Mark II.
The Sony A7R III has in-body 5-axis image stabilization, but it now gives 5.5 stops of correction rather than the 4.5 stops of its predecessor, putting it on level with most of its main competitors. The in-body mechanism means that the A7R III can stabilize any lens, not only those with the Sony FE designation, albeit third-party lenses without any electronic contacts only get three axes of correction and you have to manually input which focal length you’re using.
4. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is a new digital SLR camera from Canon. The 5D Mark IV has a 30.4 megapixel CMOS sensor, 7fps continuous shooting with full AF/AE tracking, internal 4K movie recording (4096 x 2160 pixels) at 30/25/24 fps and 8.8 megapixel in-camera 4K still frame grab, an expandable ISO range of 50-102400, 61 focusing points with 41 cross-type AF points plus the ability to use extenders with all telephoto lenses for f/8 AF The 5D Mark IV is also the first EOS camera to use the Dual Pixel RAW file format, which allows you to fine-tune photographs in post-production by altering or correcting point of sharpness, shifting foreground bokeh, and decreasing image ghosting.
In terms of looks, the 5D Mark IV is remarkably similar to its predecessor, measuring somewhat smaller (150.7 x 116.4 x 75.9mm) and weighing 50 grams less (890 grams total) than the previous Mark III edition. The magnesium alloy body of the 5D Mark IV should make it more durable in the long run than plastic-bodied cameras, and it also has a nice amount of weather-proofing for dust and moisture protection.
On the back of the camera, there’s a textured region on both the deep hand-grip and around the thumb-rest, and the 5D Mark IV is the right size for someone with regular to large hands. An infrared port on the handle, a depth-of-field preview button, a self-timer lamp, a relocated port for a remote shutter release, and a monaural microphone beneath the camera logo are all found on the front of the 5D Mark IV.
The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, like other semi-pro cameras, has two control wheels: a small one on the top of the handgrip and a large, spinning dial on the back. All high-end Canon EOS cameras have this back ‘fast control dial,’ which is used to make quick exposure adjustments. It takes a little getting used to compared to more traditional control dials, but you’ll get used to it quickly and it’s simple to’spin.’ The effects of this dial are toggled on and off by a dedicated Lock switch.
Because the quick control dial takes up the space where a four-way controller would normally go, Canon has included a small joystick on the back of the camera for menu navigating. This joystick performs admirably, but it lacks the pleasant feedback and ease of use of a traditional four-way controller. On the back of the EOS 5D Mark IV, there’s a new AF area selection button that allows switching the autofocus point easier when holding the camera to your eye.
The Quick button beneath this reveals the Quick Control panel, which is especially useful for novices and tripod work. This allows you to set various parameters via the LCD screen, using the joystick to navigate through the various options, depending on which shooting mode you’re in.
The 5D Mark IV is the most recent EOS camera to include a touchscreen. Pinching and swiping are among the multi-touch motions that may be used to select shooting modes, change settings, track faces, select auto-focus points, and focus and take a picture in Live View mode. Swipe from image to image and pinch to zoom in and out in playback, just like on an iPad or other tablet device.
It’s quick and easy to capture the moment with the ability to concentrate and shoot the shot with a single press of your finger on the screen. To change a setting, you press a button and then turn either the top dial or the rear dial. It takes a little practice to remember which buttons do what and which dials to turn. The settings are displayed on the main LCD panel as well as the status LCD on the 5D Mark IV. A fourth, smaller button enables the status LCD display light, allowing you to utilize it in the dark.
This camera has two LCD displays: a 3.2-inch color LCD on the back and a smaller status panel on the top. On lesser DSLR cameras, the rear LCD has to handle both roles, but all of the camera’s main settings are viewable from above on the smaller panel on this model. This speeds up the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV’s operation while simultaneously extending the battery life.
Because the main LCD panel has a superb VGA resolution of 1,620K dots, you may find yourself using it more than you expected. It also lets you to use the LCD screen to analyze the critical sharpness of your images. With a magnification of 0.71x and dioptre correction, the viewfinder provides 100 percent coverage.