Well, that’s another year finished! But lets not forgot just how incredible 2017 was for photography. We saw great improvements to camera technology, watched the biggest brands produce some of their best cameras, and witnessed the first-ever 100 scored by a DSLR on the DxOMark test.
Now, with 2018 in full swing, we take a look back at some of the ground-breaking and largest releases over the past year.
1. Nikon D850
What better way to kick off our Best of 2017 than with the Nikon D850; the first-ever DSLR to score an overall mark of 100 on the DxOMark camera tests.
Released in August, and still continuously selling out everywhere, the D850’s 45.7MP full-frame sensor with 153-point AF system has been a revelation for DSLR users and the Nikon fan base.
With it’s 9fps continuous shooting (possible with vertical grip), low light capabilities, 4K video, 8k time-lapse and MUCH more, the D850 carries it’s huge popularity into the new year.
2. Fujifilm X-T20
Launched at the beginning of the year, the fantastic Fujifilm X-T20 delivers much of the same desirable tech as Fuji’s X-T2. But with a lower price and a smaller body, this has become one of the most sought-after mirrorless cameras of 2017.
The X-T20 is easily one of the best cameras around for enthusiast, with a 24.3MP CMOS III sensor, 4K video recording, 8fps continuous shooting and a desirable tilting touchscreen.
3. Sony A9
What a year 2017 was for Sony. They blew away photographers with incredible releases, and one of those was the Sony A9. So impressive are the features of the A9, that some may see this full frame mirrorless gem as better value than many DSLRs.
Features include a remarkable 20fps at 24MP, super-quick AF, 4K videoing and a tilting touchscreen. However, there is one draw-back for the Sony A9 and that is the £4000 price tag for body only.
Back in September GoPro set about releasing it’s updated Hero action camera, launching the GoPro Hero 6. The Hero 6 is the first to feature GoPro’s new custom designed GP1 chip that promises 2x the performance of the previous Hero5 camera, resulting in improved video recording of 4k/60fps, slow motion capture at 1080/240fps, and better low-light capabilities and stabilisation.
But the biggest news came later that day with launch of the brand new 360 degree GoPro Fusion camera. The 5.2k resolution 360-degree camera of the Fusion includes “shockingly smooth” stabilisation and the ability to capture spherical images at 18MP.
Goes great with Joby GorillaPod 500 Action Tripod
5. Panasonic Lumix GH5
Forever ahead of competitors when it comes to videoing capabilities, the Panasonic Lumix GH5 was a welcoming addition to the GH range. Although there a many mirrorless cameras on the market that boast more megapixels than the GH5’s 20.3MP, the video specs are just incredible.
The superb OLED viewfinder showcases the 4K footage wonderfully, the image stabilisation system is a delight and the superb Depth-From-Defocus AF system brings subjects into focus without delay.
6. iPhone X
A controversial choice when it comes to talking about photographers and their cameras, the iPhone X was still the talk of the photography world when it was released in November.
With numerous updates to it’s previous models, the X topped the DxOMark mobile ratings with a remarkable 101 score for it’s still images – above the Google Pixel 2 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.
12MP dual Wide-angle (f/1.8 aperture) and Telephoto (f/2.4 aperture) rear camera lenses, 4K up to 60fps video recording and an edge-to-edge super retina OLED screen, made the iPhone X a serious competitor in the 2017 camera market.
7. Sony A7R III
Most possibly the biggest release of 2017 came from Sony. Not the A9 but the truly incredible Sony A7R iii. An update to the A7R ii (was that even possible?!), the A7R iii may have been single handily responsible for tempting away many Nikon and Canon users away from their DSLRs.
With a full frame 42.2mp sensor (that’s almost 20MP more than the A9) and improvements to it’s already fast AF system, the A7R iii mirrorless camera became a direct competitor to the Nikon D850.
8. Canon G7X Mark II
Labelled “the best compact camera money can buy” by expertreviews.co.uk, the Canon G7X Mark ii features a much faster processor than the G7X for quicker shooting action.
But, it’s the image quality that really makes photographers sit up and take notice. The 20MP sensor and f/1.8-2.8 lens produce great detail and colour, and allow for great photographer in low-light conditions.