Is Watermarking Effective And Necessary?

Is Watermarking Effective And Necessary?

One of the biggest debates that occur between members of the photography community involves watermarks. You see, watermarks are an important part of the photography process because they help you maintain the rights to images you have taken, but there is a large section of the photography community that takes umbrage with the practice of using watermarks. They feel like it compromises artistic integrity and turns the art of taking photographs into a purely commercial endeavor.

If you are looking for a personal opinion, mine is that watermarks are a good idea if they are simple enough to not overshadow the image itself and not appear completely obnoxious. The reason that I feel like this is a good idea is that people steal images on the internet with alarming frequency. By adding a watermark, you can at least ensure that you would know when and where your images are being used. Artists have been adding signatures to their work for hundreds of years, this is a similar kind of signature for you.

Now, with that being said, it is important to understand that watermarks can often be incredibly obnoxious. A lot of photographers add watermarks that are very ostentatious to the point where you would get distracted from the photograph itself because the watermark obscures it in some way. All it takes is putting some thought into your watermark instead of applying one randomly.

One thing that you should keep in mind is that black and white images are particularly dangerous to add watermarks to. This is because black and white photography is all about subtlety and style, it is about using shadows to accentuate certain objects in a way that would ensure that all attention is placed on the right ideas. Nothing would destroy that kind of dynamic more than a watermark because it is by its very definition something that draws attention to itself. The most common mistake that people make here is that they add colored watermarks to their images. This is terrible because it destroys the black and white aesthetic of your art.

Basically, what you need to do is create a watermark that is visible but not overly so. A good way to ensure that your watermark is as subtle as possible is to make it fairly translucent. Opaque watermarks are the dictionary definition of tactlessness. When you have the opportunity to make things visible without ruining their overall quality, why would you do something as silly as making your watermark opaque? Besides, art has a way of getting recognition without a watermark.

Canons New Lenses May Change The World of Cameras Entirely

Canons New Lenses May Change The World of Cameras Entirely

Canon has not always been at the forefront of innovation. Indeed, some of its competitors have far and away been its superiors in terms of creating groundbreaking new technology that pushed the boundaries of photography. The reason for this is that Canon has always focused on its bodies while resting on their laurels when it came to lenses. This is apparently going to change, with the latest batch of lenses Canon is releasing purported to be incredibly innovative in their design.

One of the new lenses that Canon will be releasing is L-quality, much like the eighty-five millimeter f/1.2L, except this one would have a wider aperture. This lens, dubbed the Canon EF 85mm, would be used to complement the narrower aperture lens, allowing for much more detailed pictures to be taken. Apart from this new lens, we can expect some updates to the TS-E 45mm f/2.8 and TS-E 90mm f/2.8 lenses. This update is a long time coming; both of these lenses are rather obsolete when you compare them to L class lenses available nowadays after all. One can assume based on this information that Canon is trying to streamline its collection of lenses and offer them at the best price possible.

We are now heading into territory that people are genuinely interested in: the actually innovative stuff. According to the rumors and reports that are circling the web nowadays, this new lens is going to be a tilt shift lens. It is possible that it would possess macro capabilities built into a TS-E 135mm body with an aperture of f/2.8L. This is a pretty heavy duty lens the macro photographers from around the world would be itching to try out. It remains to be seen if the aperture and magnification would result in top notch picture quality, but whatever the case may be it is important to note that this product is likely to be a game changer for Canon if nothing else, helping the company burst its way back into relevance and cementing its place as one of the top lens and camera manufacturers in the world.

Chinese Tech Company DJI Banned By US Military

Chinese Tech Company DJI Banned By US Military

DJI may be losing one of their biggest clients: the United States army. According to a memo that was going around, the army considers DJI products to be risky, citing cyber vulnerabilities that they had noticed within the product as the primary reason they were cutting all ties with the Chinese tech company. There is a great deal of speculation surrounding the nature of these “cyber vulnerabilities” due to the vague nature of this term.

The Source of The Speculation

There are two reports written by internal parties which probably contributed to the United States army’s decision to eschew all future use of DJI products, both of which were published in May of this year. The first of these two reports were made by the Army Research Laboratory and is titled “DJI UAS Technology Threat and User Vulnerabilities, and the second report was published by the Navy and is titled “Operational Risks with Regards to DJI Family of Products.”

One can infer from the creation of these two reports that the United States military had reason to believe that DJI presented a security risk. After all, they would not initiate investigations into a company without due cause. The army seems to be the only branch of the United States military that suspects security risks associated with DJI products. There is no evidence that the Air Force, Marine Corps or Coast Guard are concerned, although the Navy apparently seems to have some doubts based on their report even though they have not taken any action against DJI. It seems logical that all other branches of the United States military would follow in the army’s footsteps if DJI genuinely does pose a threat.

Outside the military, branches of government have also put a DJI ban into effect. The United States Departments of Energy and Interior are both no longer going to be using DJI products and are prohibiting the use of products manufactured by the Chinese tech conglomerate within their premises. While this information, which has been provided by anonymous sources, has not yet been verified, if this is indeed the case we can expect to see a number of federal agencies following suit very soon.

How Will This Affect Photographers Contracted By The Military?

The memo that the United States army released mentions three hundred personnel that would possess salaried army positions. What is unknown at this point in time is how this sudden change is going to affect contractors, particularly those that are contracted by the United States military in the role of a photographer. Many photographers swear by DJI products and are probably going to be quite chagrined by the fact that they are not going to be able to use their favorite equipment on the job. Many are wondering if the military is going to create some kind of vetting process specifically for DJI products, possibly conducted by an independent third party.

A List of Banned DJI Products

Once the ban was announced, many wondered what products would no longer be allowed. Many assumed that only those products that posed a threat would be prohibited and that a few products would certainly be allowed into military complexes and institutions. However, it turns out that nearly every single DJI product on the market is going to be banned. This isn’t just restricted to hardware either. Any applications or other kinds of software created by or related to DJI or its products are also prohibited. Anyone that is contracted or employed by the United States army is going to have to uninstall DJI software from any tech they possess if they want to take it into military owned premises.

The Nature of The Security Risk DJI Poses

The language that the United states army has used to explain their reasons for not wanting DJI tech to be used within their premises is very vague indeed. They have just cited “cyber vulnerabilities” as the reason for the ban, but this could mean anything. There is no available record of an actual attack that came from a product created by DJI, which means that this ban is a precautionary measure. The military must have a pretty good reason for taking such a precautionary measure because this is not the sort of institution that is predisposed to rash action.

From the evidence that is currently present, it is clear that the main security threat comes from a drone. These camera drones have become increasingly popular in recent times, and a little-known fact about them is that they broadcast their GPS. This is how you are able to tell where your drone is using your sensors. This GPS is transmitted via a radio wave. What this means is that these drones are extremely risky when it comes to covert operations, because they can be used both intentionally as well as unintentionally to spy on United States military sites. Intentional use would involve a mole infiltrating US military premises and broadcasting what they see, and unintentional use would involve someone using a drone and not realizing that someone has hacked into the transmission and can see every single thing that they can. This could potentially reveal things as serious as military exercises, the units present within a particular area as well as how active a certain military base is. All of this information could potentially be used by hostile entities to do some serious harm. This risk is particularly pertinent when you consider the fact that DJI apps are also receiving this data, and these apps are far easier to hack than military grade software which is usually thoroughly encrypted and encoded.

Potential Exploiters of This Security Threat

There are a number of different entities that would be interested in exploiting this security threat. Anyone with decent equipment and hacking know how could hack into the broadcast and see everything that the drone is seeing. For example, about eight years ago, terrorists in Iraq were able to use easily accessible software to hack into feeds that were being broadcast live from Predator drones owned by the United States military. This allowed them to get intelligence that made US military operations impossible to complete successfully.

Additionally, there is a serious problem with DJI drones related to encryption. The radio signals that are broadcast from these drones are not encrypted in any way, which makes these drones extremely easy to hack into. An example of how easy this company’s drones are to hack into can be seen in the fact that a Russian company was able to modify the firmware of particular drones to override limitations that prevented the drones from entering no fly areas. While DJI did claim that they have removed this firmware modification and have made it impossible for it to happen again, it should be noted that this was extremely easy to do the first time around. Hence, there is always going to be a chance that drones made by DJI would be vulnerable to attack via outside parties. We have already learned about how the CIA was able to use smartphones to spy on people. This shows that a DJI drone can also be extremely dangerous, as it can be used through similar means and makes a much more useful spy device.

It is also important to address the elephant in the room: DJI is a Chinese company. It is not breaking news that the United States does not have the best relationship with China. Indeed, after the cold war, these two countries have been rivals through and through. China has consistently been at the forefront of computer based warfare techniques and is one of the only countries that could truly match the power possessed by the US itself. Hence, the United States army might be suspicious about DJI, suspecting that the company might be a front for a Chinese agency that wants to gain intelligence on military tactics and other aspects of the US army.

It should be noted that DJI is a private organization, at least from what evidence can be easily found. There is no evidence stating that DJI has any connections with the Chinese government, nor has the company behaved in such a way that would make it seem like it wants to obtain government contracts. That being said, companies in Silicon Valley don’t have any overt connection to both the US government as well as the US military, but in spite of this, the Edward Snowden leaks proved that there was some aspect of the tech industry working in conjunction with the intelligence agencies based in the US. Intelligence agencies such as the NSA seemed to have unhindered access to the servers of companies as big as Facebook and Google, and all of these shady on goings occurred in one of the most powerful democracies in the world. Hence, it is understandable that the US military would be afraid of China doing something similar to this

How DJI Reacted To This Ban

DJI’s reaction to this ban has been rather odd, all things considered. They had apparently not been informed about the ban and were “surprised and disappointed” when they found out about it according to the verge. The United States military had apparently failed to communicate to DJI that they felt that their products were unsafe. According to the report, DJI is going to try and reach out to the US military and attempt to ascertain the source of the security threat and deal with it. It is unknown if the military would be willing to engage, however. They seemed pretty adamant about banning the use of all DJI devices, and are probably not going to want anything to do with the company anymore.

Conclusion

About half a decade ago, Huawei faced circumstances similar to the ones that DJI is facing right now. This Chinese company was also suspected to be influenced by the government and was investigated as a potential state actor. The legal imbroglio stretched on for several years, with the case going to court several times. There was no evidence that Huawei had anything to do with the government, so the case did not actually lead to anything at all. This case might be similar, but you never know. When you are looking at a world of espionage and cyber warfare, it can be easy to become complacent because the evidence is never properly visible. Maybe this time around the United States army is actually on to something. If the allegations are true, then DJI presents a threat not just to the United States military but to the entire country. Only time will tell whether the ban is justified or not.

It should be noted that the fact that only DJI is being banned is rather odd. It is not the only drone manufacturer based in China. Indeed, there are some other companies that manufacture drones as well, and their encryption is no better than that of DJI. Why, then, is DJI being targeted? These other drones have cameras and broadcast over an easily hackable frequency too, after all. While it is important not to speculate too much or make any undue claims at this point in time, the fact that only DJI out of all of the Chinese drone manufacturers is being banned is rather odd and is certainly a worthy line of inquiry. The majority of smartphones in America are created by American companies, and yet so many of our drones are Chinese. It is possible that the US military will be looking into this at a later date.

How to Take Great Pictures During The Day

How to Take Great Pictures During The Day

As a photographer, you can either love or hate the daytime. A lot of photographers tend to enjoy daytime photography quite a bit because it would allow them to take advantage of the golden hour, a time of the day when all photographs look absolutely stunning. Photographers also appreciate the fact that during the day you have potential stretches of time where you would get phenomenal lighting that you can’t reproduce unless you have ridiculously expensive equipment and the patience to wait for specific situations where you would gain access to this kind of lighting.

On the other hand, there are a lot of people that hate the idea of their photography being subject to something that is not under their control. Artists tend to be very obsessive and controlling, and during the day you usually don’t have any option apart from waiting for the right moment. There is also the fact that the clouds can make or break your picture, and you would be subject to their movements. After all, as glorious as clouds can look in a picture, it is also important to note that you might not be going for that kind of vibe.

Hence, you need to learn to adapt to the way things are. As a photographer, it is your responsibility to make the best of the situation, because paying clients are going to want results no matter what. There are several ways for you to make the most of daylight conditions, and if you practice enough you will find yourself craving daylight because you would have become so adept at manipulating it!

One example of a situation where the light might not be on your side is to take into account the model’s skin tone or the color of the clothes she is wearing. Having the model block out the sun in your shot can create some powerful images with lighter skinned models, and you can use more direct sunlight the darker the model’s skin tone is. It is important that you learn to manipulate the sunlight to your advantage. A common problem that occurs in such situations involves sun gazing shots. These shots are always in high demand, but the problem here is that the model can end up squinting which would not look very good at all. Framing the picture in such a way that the model can tilt her head without looking directly at the sun can help you overcome this problem with ease.

However, these techniques all involve golden hour photo shoots. Any photographer would know that golden hour photo shoots are not always going to be possible. There are going to be times when you would have a photo shoot scheduled at a time like noon, and this is really going to be inconvenient because noon light is quite abrasive and can saturate all of your pictures. Thankfully, there is a way for you to handle this situation with ease. All you have to do is take your model into a shaded area. This shaded area would still be fairly brightly lit due to the noon sun, but it would not be so bright as to make your contrast settings useless. If you are worried about getting adequate lighting, try to get a white wall in the background. This would provide sufficient reflection which would allow for top notch shots to be taken in spite of the daylight conditions.

A way to further improve conditions during daylight is to make the daylight work for you. Reflectors are a good place to start because they can allow you to focus the light into spots that need it more than others. The Flexfill Collapsible Reflector is excellent for such purposes. It has a gold side if you want yellow tinged, sharp light as well as a white surface if the light you need is a bit on the softer side. Further softer light can be acquired through the use of diffusion scrims. These sheets of fabric break the light apart, diffusing it in such a way that the intensity of the light is reduced without providing any actual shade, thus helping you emulate golden hour conditions without actually having to wait for that particular period of time.

There are situations where none of these techniques would work, however. On a windy day, for example, your scrims and reflectors might end up being useless because you would not be able to make them stay in place. In such situations you might be tempted to call the whole shoot off, but rather than making such a drastic decision you should consider going for something a little more practical like using strobes. Strobe lights can really change the lighting dynamic in your pictures, making them excellent tools for you to look into. The main benefit of strobes is that you can emulate studio conditions in the great outdoors. A lot of photographers prefer studio conditions after all. That being said, it is important to note that a lot of the time strobe lighting would diffuse oddly in outdoor conditions which can be quite unflattering to your model.

As a photographer, you are going to have to improve your daylight photography skills. If you love daylight photography, but only in the golden hour, you have to become a great deal more versatile if you want to succeed. Additionally, if you prefer the studio setting, you are going to have to come to terms with the fact that you won’t get that type of setting at all times. If you want to turn your photography passion into a viable career, you will have to learn how to make the daylight work for you. As can be plainly seen above, there are so many techniques available for you to use that there is absolutely no reason for you to worry about how you are going to improve your abilities as a daylight photographer.

Zeiss to Buy Stake in Leica?

Zeiss to Buy Stake in Leica?

Zeiss has made waves in the past few years after a successful collaboration with Nokia which completely changed the way cameras are used in phones. Now, the company may be looking to expand by purchasing a forty-five percent stake in the company Leica that is currently on offer.

This forty-five percent stake is being sold by its current owners, Blackstone Investments, and according to a report by Reuters, both Zeiss and Huawei look to be interested. One interesting development is that Zeiss would be willing to buy the shares, which are collectively worth about 375 million dollars, only if they can buy six percent more to obtain majority ownership of the company.

This poses a problem because the majority share is currently owned by the Kaufmann family who owns the remaining fifty-five percent of the company. It is unlikely that the family would want to part with their majority ownership of Leica, so for the moment the negotiations are at a standstill. It is important to note that bidding has not yet begun, so it is possible that these reports would end up not going anywhere.

Killing The Rock – A Poignant Documentary of How Creativity Can Save Us All

Killing The Rock – A Poignant Documentary of How Creativity Can Save Us All

The key to a genuinely good movie is creating something that has a solid narrative. Too often are we bogged down by things like camera angles and cinematography, and as a result, the real purpose of a movie is lost: telling a story. Even documentaries are meant to have a string of narrative running through them that would help bring the whole film together, and many documentaries miss this mark. Killing the Rock exemplifies the epitome of filmmaking, particularly where documentaries are concerned, and it does so in spite of its exceedingly short runtime of five minutes.

Set amidst the backdrop of one of the most heart rending humanitarian crises of our time, the Syrian refugee crisis, Killing the Rock speaks of the redemptive power of art and how it can represent an intimate connection between all human souls. It focuses on one Syrian refugee, in particular, a man by the name of Abu Raja, and his art form of choice is sculpting. After abandoning his life in Syria, he is forced to start from scratch in neighboring Jordan where this film catches up with him.

The narrative of this film manages to beautifully humanize the refugee crisis and present the Syrian refugees as human beings rather than statistics which is how they are so often portrayed by our media. Through the tale of Abu Raja, we are able to learn many lessons that apply to our own lives as well. Indeed, the director of the film, who produced this documentary on a very tight budget and used several indie and guerilla filmmaking techniques, managed to tie his experience making the film into the subject matter of the documentary as well. Here are some of the lessons we all can learn about art and life from this moving portrayal of how indomitable the human spirit can be.

Work on What You Care About

Your choice of project can end up making or breaking the artistic endeavor overall. Even if the endeavor is not particularly artistic, it is important to note that you need to pick your battles. This isn’t just isolated to the what of your project either. Your “how” is affected a great deal by this mindset as well. If you want to do something, get it done in any way possible. You don’t have to conform to the standard work process that people tout as being the best. You can create your own process as well.

A good example can be seen in the documentary itself. The director of this documentary needed to get things done on a tight budget, which meant that a lot of the conventional techniques he might have gone for would have been difficult to apply. Hence, instead of trying to do what he couldn’t, he made the best of what he had. This goes to show that you can alter your techniques to fit your resources, and this applies to artistic preferences as well.

Express Yourself Through Your Art

The next condition your art needs to meet is that of self-expression. Once you know that a particular artistic pursuit will conform to the things you care about, you need to ask yourself if you are honestly expressing your inner thoughts through this art. All real craft comes from within, and you can see this in Abu Raja’s sculptures. He comes from a land that has been torn apart by war, and his sculptures are often his only outlet for emotions that he hasn’t yet fully processed.

You can follow this dynamic as well. We all have things that we are struggling to express. While the vast majority of us are lucky enough not to have things quite as dark as Abu Raja is going through, we still leave things unsaid. You can use your craft to talk about what your words can’t. Just like Abu Raja, you can create things that would help people understand what goes on inside your mind. This is just one of the many ways in which art can connect all of humanity because no matter how different we are we all experience the same kinds of emotions.

Never Give Up

If there is one extremely poignant lesson that we can learn from Abu Raja, it is that we should never give up on our dreams. Whether we are talking about artistic pursuits or life in general, roadblocks are things that we are going to have to deal with on a regular basis. It can be easy to get a sense of hopelessness when we are faced with a roadblock because we start to look at ourselves as failures. However, failure does not mean that you are never going to be able to finish what you started.

Just look at Abu Raja. He had to leave his entire life behind, and one can only imagine how much art he had to abandon to get to safety. And yet, in spite of all of this hardship, he perseveres. Another thing you can take away from this is that you should always be pushing your boundaries. As long as you consistently try to get out of your comfort zone, you will always be able to make the most of your artistic endeavors every single time. The film portrays this tenacity and determination in Abu Raja beautifully.

Pack Light

This is one piece of advice that you can get specifically for film related pursuits. The film crew for Killing the Rock did not have a lot of time to plan things out nor did they have the sort of budget that would pay for excess baggage. They had to pack as lightly as possible and make do with whatever they were able to bring. While this was not exactly an ideal situation for anyone involved, it is important to note that it pushed them to do new and exciting things with their art. They did not have the same technological advances to rely on, and so they had to focus on honing their craft according to the situation instead.

You can apply this logic to virtually all aspects of your art. Whatever it is that you do, try not to rely on your equipment too much. Instead, focus on using your natural skills to help yourself grow. This is without a doubt the best way for you to create something that would be an artistic challenge for you, and in the process of overcoming this challenge, you would be able to create something that you would be truly proud of.

Work With Others

While there are certain artistic pursuits that you could refer to as solo efforts, collaborative work is infinitely more rewarding. You would be able to bounce ideas off of your teammates and collaborators, and whatever ideas you have will be critiqued so that you can get an objective opinion about them. This can help you avoid being overly critical of yourself because your artistic peers would be providing you with criticism that would be valid. After all, people can be overly critical of themselves at times.

It would also help to have people that are your artistic equals. This way you would not be comparing yourself to them all the time. Rather, you would be focusing on how they can complete your artistic circle instead. By allowing them to do the things you can’t, and doing for them the things that they are unable to do, you would be able to get a much more fulfilling artistic experience. You can see this collaborative effort in the documentary since the entire film would not have been possible without the input and creativity of every single member of the crew.

How to Share Photographing Duties With a Videographer

How to Share Photographing Duties With a Videographer

Photographers occupy a unique space in the artistic community. We tend to have more paid opportunities than a lot of musicians and painters, and these paid opportunities tend to be less soul crushing than those that other creative individuals would have to put themselves through. Hence, we tend to be rather protective of our territory and are often chagrined when we have to share our duties with someone else.

Unfortunately, in the world of photography, there are going to be several instances where you would have to work alongside another person with a camera in their hands. This is because videographers are often hired separately, and you two would have to work together to handle the task at hand in the best way possible. Since we are talking about a creative clash between two highly territorial artists, things can get pretty hairy. Luckily, there are ways for you two to work together without being at each other’s throats the whole time. Read on to get some tips on how to make this cooperation as easy as possible.

Communication

Whether you like it or not, you are going to be working with the videographer for a significant period of time. If you want this period of time to be as productive as possible for the both of you, it is important that you open a line of communication.

One thing is for certain, neither of you is going to be all that eager to start introductions off. However, it is absolutely imperative that introductions actually occur, so it might as well be you that takes this all important first step.

Try to be as cordial as possible. Start off with your name, tell them you’re the photographer, mention how the two of you would be working together. Who knows, if you are friendly enough the two of you might become friends. After all, you are both in similar fields, so there is base for you to build on.

Exchange Ideas

As an artist, planning is one of the most important aspects of your creative process. Hence, while you may be unwilling to change things up for somebody else, you need to realize that the other person is just as ardent about their creative process as well. Hence, the two of you need to exchange ideas, decide on an aesthetic and then follow it. You can meet halfway and create a game plan that would be suitable for everyone involved.

Decide on Your Turfs

Just because you have to work together does not mean you have to be close to each other at all times. You can just set aside space for each other according to your needs! For example, you can take pictures of the guests on one side while the videographer focuses on the food for a little while. This way you won’t be getting in each other’s way, and each of you would be able to work according to your preferences.

A Major Issue With The New Nikon Cameras

A Major Issue With The New Nikon Cameras

There are a number of members of the photographer community that love using Nikon cameras. This company has been at the forefront of innovation in the world of photography for some time now, and many have always appreciated how their cameras managed to amalgamate traditional digital camera technology with other, more modern technological innovations.

That being said, the newer Nikon cameras have a serious problem with them, one that cannot be overlooked. This issue concerns the WiFi capabilities of these cameras. Essentially, when you use a Nikon camera, you would be able to use WiFi only if you are using the SnapBridge app. If you try to use any other apps the WiFi feature would be automatically turned off.

This is highly inconvenient for some photographers who rely on third party applications to produce a finished product. Certain specialized forms of photography such as macro photography need third party apps to be viable. By cutting photographers off from such tools, Nikon is making it harder for them to create their art.

This is particularly frustrating because it comes during a time of increasingly isolationist technological policies. Nikon’s WiFi restrictions are an attempt to force photographers to use SnapBridge, but in doing so the company has taken a side in this ongoing debate, and unfortunately, it is not currently on the side of the photographers.

There is a chance that this was not intentional, and that Nikon users are only experiencing a glitch that can be fixed with an update. Either way, the creator of popular timelapse software LRTimelapse Gunther Wegner has written an extensive article about this lack of compatibility. The photographic community is using said article as a rallying point to potentially get Nikon’s attention and have them fix this problem.

You can show your support by leaving a comment here or at the end of Wegner’s article on his website.

Nikon D3300 vs. Canon T6i: The Best Comparison And Analysis on The Internet

Nikon D3300 vs. Canon T6i: The Best Comparison And Analysis on The Internet

You probably know about the lower price of the Nikon D3300 and the amazing features of the Canon T6i. That’s why I’ve decided to create this Nikon D3300 vs. Canon T6i comparison for you.

My name is John, and in this article, I will let you know the differences and advantages of each camera so you can make an informed decision.

I must say that both options are incredible, but they have different worth mentioning, which is vital for making the right decision.

Are you ready? Let’s start!

Analyzing The Nikon D3300: More Than a Cheaper Camera

For many persons, the principal feature that stands out is the lower price ($300 less than Canon T6i), but it is far more than that. That’s why we will start by reviewing it, so you can know more about its advantages and understand why it is an excellent choice.

Let’s start by analyzing the principal pros and cons.

Pros:

  • Lower price (around $300 less)
  • Super-fast start-up (just 0.4 seconds)
  • Highly-durably battery life (approx. 700 shots)
  • Very large sensor area
  • Amazing ISO for photos of better quality even with low light

Cons:

  • JPEG buffer only has a capacity for 100 shots
  • Doesn’t come with built-in Wi-Fi

Synthesis:

As you can see it comes with handsome features which make it an excellent camera.

One of the aspects that stands out is the larger sensor area (APS-C, 23.5mm x 15.6mm), and as you probably know, a larger area is directly linked to better photos. And it is amazing that this camera can be cheap and still have a large sensor, which is the most expensive part of it.

Another aspect where it shines is in the start-up time, which barely takes 0.4 seconds. One of the fastest cameras on the market.

I also really like its super-long battery life which can last for up to 700 shots. If you check it correctly, you will see that this durability is superior to what the majority of the cameras on the market offer.

Thanks to its great ISO and technology, this camera will bring you photos with amazing quality.

The unique downsides I have to mention are the limited JPEG Buffer (only 100 shots) and that it doesn’t come with built-in Wi-Fi, which is something that most modern cameras include.

Would I recommend it? Totally, it is an excellent choice for a good price. But now let’s check the pros and cons of the Canon T6i.

Analyzing The Canon T6i: Modern With Plenty of Amazing Features

nikon d3300 vs canon t6iAlthough more expensive than the Nikon D3300, that’s not the unique variable you should evaluate, because this camera is modern and comes with plenty of amazing features which are guaranteed to leave you amazed.

Let’s quickly analyze the pros and cons of this camera.

Pros:

  • Fantastic shooting flexibility thanks to the tilt-swivel screen
  • Unlimited JPEG buffer
  • Super-easy to use thanks to its touchscreen
  • Super low shutter lag (just 0.09 seconds)
  • Incredible auto-focus thanks to the 19 AF points
  • Say goodbye to moiré thanks to its anti-aliasing filter

Cons:

  • Short battery life (up to 440 shots)

Synthesis:

As you can see the Canon T6i, even though more expensive, has got pretty amazing features that will translate in better photographs. This totally justifies its price.

If you are tired of cameras with a poor autofocus, then you are going to love this one. Thanks to its 19 AF points this feature will work perfectly at any given time.

Thanks to its anti-aliasing filter, you will be able to say goodbye to the moiré. You know, there’s nothing more than moiré when taking photos, and it often happens when you take photos of objects or scenes that contain repetitive patterns or details like dots. But thanks to this feature you will get rid of it, guaranteed.

The unlimited JPEG buffer is quite good, and so are the many other modern features like built-in Wi-Fi, so you can share your photos with others instantly. It is also super-easy to pair with other mobile devices and pretty easy to use thanks to its touchscreen.

The quality of photos with this camera is outstanding, and the unique con I’d mention is the short battery life, which only lasts up to 440 shots. It is not bad, yet it could be better, especially when you take into account its price.

But would I recommend it? Without any doubt. If you are looking for a modern camera loaded with incredible features, then the Canon T6i is perfect for you!

Now let’s compare both cameras.

The Definitive Comparison: Which One Is Better?

Which camera is better?

That question is a bit too broad and vague because there are several things to take into account, and that is what you will find under this section: a detailed comparison of features.

Battery Life: Nikon DD3300

It is surprising that even with a lower price this camera has a superior battery life. You just need to compare 700 shots vs. 440 shots, that’s 230 shots of difference! That’s why the Nikon DD330 is an excellent camera for long shooting sessions.

It is sad to see that the T6i offers a shorter battery life, if it wasn’t for that problem, it would be even better, but that is the way it is.

Usability: Canon T6i

One of the most important points where this camera defeats the DD3300 is in terms of usability. Even though both of them are quite easy to use, the T6i takes it beyond thanks to its incredible features like built-in Wi-Fi, NFC for easy pairing and the touch-screen.

Therefore, if you want a camera that is used just like a smartphone, then the T6i is your perfect match. Canon has done a fantastic job with it.

Auto-Focus: Canon T6i

If you are looking for a camera with an outstanding AF performance, then you need to choose this one.

First off, the T6i comes with 19 AF points, whereas the D3300 only comes with 1. That’s 18 points of difference, and yes, this is directly translated in the AF performance of the camera. If you want more precision for your photos and hence better results, then you need to buy this choice.

The AF performance is pretty poor with low-light with the D3300, whereas the T6i performs well under all conditions.

Sensor Area: Nikon D3300

The D3300 is the definitive champion in this aspect: 23.5mm x 15.6mm vs. 22.3mm x 14.9mm.

A larger sensor area is strongly linked to better photos, although remember that it is not the unique factor that comes into play. But if you are looking for a larger sensor area, then the answer is clear.

Final Verdict:

As you can see each camera has its own advantages and disadvantages, so it is not a straightforward answer, as both of them have an excellent performance.

But you should take into account this comparison so you can decide which one is better suited for your own needs.

For example, if you are someone who is just starting off yet needs something affordable and good, then the D3300 would be a splendid choice. But if you are willing to pay a bit more for better usability and an amazing AF performance, then the T6i would be an ideal pick.

I hope this review and comparison helped you to pick the right one!

If you have any question or doubt, just let me know, and I will help you further!