Cameras have come a long way since the days of physical film, but today there is no beating a digital dSLR when it comes to meeting the specific needs of professional photographers. Here is the camera that earned itself the most votes this year.
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Price: R53 995
There was no doubting the utter domination of Canon’s latest EOS 5D in the minds of South African consumers – it won with a whopping 57.9% of our readers’ votes despite costing a just-as-whopping R53 995 for just the body.
It was up against some serious competition, too, but not even the likes of Nikon’s excellent D3400 or the Olympus OM-D EM1 Mark II could catch it.
The combination of cutting-edge hardware, exemplary performance and that very impressive 61-point autofocus clearly wooed the South African camera-buying public, as did the option to shoot 4K movie clips at 30fps. Those excellent front-line features coupled with fantastic ease of use and some very attractive looks did the job, giving the camera a well-deserved landslide victory.
I’m genuinely surprised that Olympus’s OM-D EM1 Mark II didn’t sweep in and take the award – I’m a big fan of micro four-thirds cameras and have been drooling over the Mark II ever since it was announced in early 2016, as Olympus was clearly targeting professional users with something more lightweight and easy to use than traditional dSLRs. I loved the idea of the Mark II, but clearly more megapixels and more professional polish are the readers’ preferences, and I totally respect that.