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Casey Owen Neistat is a YouTube personality, a vlogger, filmmaker and co-founder of a social media company called Beme. Neistat and his brother Van have created the HBO series called The Neistat.

To carry out his work effectively, Neistat uses these cameras:

Canon EOS 80D Digital SLR Camera

Neistat is a huge Canon fan. Late 2016 he upgraded his camera from a Canon 70D to an 80D.

Features

45-point all cross-type Auto Focus system: this camera features a 45-point all cross-type AF which makes it great in dim light and can work with most EF lenses. It has four AF area selection modes such as single point AF, zone AF, large zone AF and 45-point AF auto-selection. The single point and zone AF modes entail selecting one from 9 predefined zones while large zone entails selecting one from three zones.

Intelligent viewfinder: the 100% viewfinder enables the photographer can access the settings easily and that he can have the object on sight for instant capturing. This viewfinder displays AF points, AF mode, a grid display, a horizontal electronic level among other options. These options can be hidden from display in case the photographer simply wants to view an object uninterrupted.

24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor: this feature helps the photographer capture high resolution images and capture high ISO speeds of 16000 for still photographs expendable to 25600 and a speed of 12800 for movies expendable to 16000 or 25600.

Built-in WI-FI: the camera’s aperture, shutter speed, ISO, focus and shutter can be operated wirelessly from a compatible iOS or Android device. This is done using the free Canon connect app. Once you have installed the app in your device, you can remotely control the camera from a distance. This is a great option for difficult shots. With this app, you can look through the images without taking the camera out the bag and save them on your smartphone. You can also share images from the camera to DLNA devices such as HDTVs or to smartphones. Via LAN images can also be shared between two Canon cameras. Other cool things you can do wirelessly are printing and social network sharing.

Enhanced dual pixel CMOS Auto Focus: this feature allows for fast and smooth live viewing and movie shooting. This technology ensures fast, accurate AF with no loss in the quality of the image with increased coverage to 80% of the image plane. It also allows easy and natural switching between objects. With the help of Movie Servo AF, subject movement is captured smoothly and precisely.

Built-in NFC (Near Field Communication): with the Canon Connect Station CS100, you can easily transfer images and videos to a compatible Android device.

Full HD 60p: this feature allows the camera to capture high quality and high definition movies that can be easily shared in MP4 format.

3-inch touchscreen LCD II monitor: this feature allows the camera to capture movies and still photos at different angles. This camera has 2700 of vertical rotation and 1750 of horizontal rotation. This makes it perfect for making movies that require the capture of subjects at different angles. The LCD screen is smudge-resistant. Options such as zoom, image changing and menu settings can be accessed using touch AF.

7560 pixel RGB+IR metering sensor: this feature allows accurate exposure and has a color tracking mechanism that senses precise skin color and AF.

Digic 6 image processor: the processor helps in providing high quality images and processing speeds in images and videos. High light sensitivity ensures high resolution and reduced noise while shooting in a dark environment at ISO 12800. The camera also has distortion correction capabilities.

Anti-flicker abilities: the camera notifies the photographer of flicker on the viewfinder. The Anti-flicker shooting option captures images in peak light to compensate for flickering light.

Durable shutter: this camera features a powerful mechanical shatter that has electronically controlled speeds of up to 7 fps. The shatter is tested up to 100,000 cycles making the camera reliable and predictable when capturing each frame.

7.0 FPS shooting: the camera can shoot up to 7.0 fps making it an excellent camera for fast action.

Pros

  • Excellent build quality
  • Improved menu system
  • Awesome LCD screen
  • Incredible AF performance
  • Has a headphone jack

Cons

  • No 4k video recording

Frequently asked questions

Q: What is the comparison between the 80D and 7DII? Which one should I purchase?

A: The 7DII is somehow cleaner at high ISO compared to the 80D. On the other hand, the 80D has a higher dynamic range at base ISO which makes it the best choice when it comes to pushing shadows. The 7DII is great for sports shooting while the 80D is an excellent choice for everything else.

Q: Does the 80D come with a charger and battery?

A: Yes. It comes with one charger and one battery.

Q: Is the touchscreen as good as the 70D camera?

A: Yes. The touchscreen is excellent.

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I have used this camera for about three weeks now. The battery lasts long for after taking about 1300 photos. The camera’s meter is relatively accurate and battery takes two hours to charge. I found that the AF is great even in dim light. It is fast and works well with different lenses.

The camera also has a bright viewfinder with a range of options for composition. I also love the fact that the camera has a more post processing latitude.

The camera felt good in my hand with all the buttons in the right places. My best feature was the LCD screen which is smudge resistant and can be rotated.

Overall, this is a great camera that is worth every penny. I recommend it.

Sony a7S II ILCE7SM2/B 12.2 MP E-mount Camera with Full-Frame Sensor, Black

After having a conflict with Canon on the replacement of his lenses, Neistat decided to buy the Sony A7sII and actually made a video of Canon versus Sony.

Features

12.2MP Full frame sensor: this feature comes with a CMOS sensor and BIONZ X image processor. Therefore, this camera shoots at ISO 50 to 4096004(2). The extra large pixels generate high quality images with reduced noise.

4k movie recording: this feature has full pixel readout, no line skipping and no pixel binning. This results in high resolution images. You can also shoot 4k in super 35 millimeters format and capture uncompressed 4:2:2 Full High Definition or 4k QFHD through HDMI. It also has an AF with 169 points. This is twice as fast compared to the A7s.

Precise focusing in low light: this camera can capture contrast in light as low as EV-4.

5-axis SteadyShot: this feature helps in 4k video recording. It compensated for blur caused by shaking, walking or running from directions such as vertical, horizontal, yaw, pitch and roll. Stabilizing effects can be viewed on the viewfinder/LCD screen.

14-bit RAW still image: this feature allows for user selectable compressed or uncompressed RAW still image. The benefit of the uncompressed RAW is that it increases the benefit of the wide dynamic range giving smooth rich color while the compressed RAW allows for convenient file sizes.

1080/120p Full HD: this camera features 120fps in high definition resolution. Videos are saved at 100mbps or slow motion footage of 12mbps or 16mbps.

Picture profiles: video functionality is enhanced through picture profiles such as S-Gamut3, Cine/S-Log3, and S-Gamut3/S-Log3 which make it easy to correct color and generate wide dynamic range. The camera also offers Gamma Display Assist.

2.4 million dot XGA OLED Tru-finder: this feature comes with a high viewfinder magnification that displays clear images on the whole view area. The Tru-finder is coated with Zeiss T which reduces reflections on the viewfinder. OLED Tru-finder can be used to monitor factors affecting the displayed image.

Durable shutter: the shutter has a braking feature that reduces front and rear vibration by 50%. The electronic front curtain shutter can be used for less vibration. This reduces camera shake that can blur images. Silent shutter mode ensures that you shoot with no noise.

Built-in WI-FI and NFC: you can operate the camera from your iOS or smartphone device wirelessly and transfer the photos or movies to your device.

PlayMemories camera apps: A7sII features camera apps to help you personalize your camera according to your needs. You can personalize functions such as time lapse and motion shot. The apps can also be used to shoot, share and save to your videos and photos to your smartphone device without the need to connect to your PC.

Wider lens compatibility: this camera can work with E-mount lenses, Sony A-mount among others with optional adapters10. E-mount lenses are great for video shooting with a range of models such as smooth focusing, powered zoom control and silent aperture control. 5-axis image stabilization allows you to enjoy excellent handheld shooting freedom with mountable lenses.

Pros

  • Great low light performance
  • Bright and accurate viewfinder
  • Silent shooting
  • Has lens adapters
  • Sensor, processor and software produce beautiful images

Cons

  • Acts up in humid environments

Frequently asked questions

Q: Is this a multi-region camera?

A: Yes, this is a multi-region camera.

Q: How is the Auto Focus on video compared to Canon’s dual pixel Auto Focus?

A: It is not good at auto focusing compared to cameras with dual pixel Auto Focus.

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I wasn’t sure if I should upgrade to this camera but I was glad that I did. The internal 4k is great. Having the option of cropping videos is a great convenience for me. The high ISO, on the other hand, works better in low light which is an improvement from A7s. The 14-bit RAW options of compressed and uncompressed are great and the battery life is longer than its predecessors. However, it is not long enough. I also love the S-Log3 and customizable button mapping.

The problem I have with this camera is that it is 8 bit. I think Sony could make the body larger and upgrade to 10 bit. Furthermore, the menu buttons with regard to the HDMI output are mapped incorrectly. Which means that if you choose 1080p 24fps from the HDMI menu it will output 1080p 60 fps. But if you are not using an external monitor the monitor operates just fine. I discovered that the solution was choosing 1080i. The camera lacks a button that records to both the eternal monitor and camera’s memory card.  All the same, this is an amazing camera. Fixing these flaws will make it the best camera in the market. I recommend it.