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Benefits of Canon crop cameras

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Cameras with APS-C sensors from Canon have the following advantages:

  • affordable cost of cameras
  • affordable cost of lenses
  • wide range of optics
  • convenient and simple control
  • reliable performance
  • good color

The above properties made Canon crops really popular. In addition to the fact that the cameras themselves are relatively inexpensive, it is not a problem for Canon to find a good native lens at an adequate price.

About adapters and optics

No wonder everything adapters for cameras of other brands are made mainly under the Canon EF mount. After all, this system has in its arsenal a huge fleet of inexpensive and high-quality optics, which other companies cannot boast of.

Even on the latest cameras, like Panasonic S5, it is easier for people to buy an adapter with a Canon lens than to take their own optics. Moreover, Canon lenses adapt both to third-party crop cameras, and to full-frame and even medium format. But when you use Canon optics on third-party cameras, this inevitably leads to problems with autofocus. This problem is not present in native cameras.

So, for example, you can safely use any Canon EF full-frame SLR lenses as crop SLRs (800D, 850D, 250D, 90D etc.), and on crop mirrorless cameras (Canon m50 and others) - for mirrorless you will need Adapter. At what, on crop mirrorless you can use EF lenses with speedbooster for more light and almost full frame field of view. And autofocus will be excellent, which is almost unrealistic when EF lenses are used on cameras from other brands.

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Range of optics is a very strong point of this system.

The disadvantage of adapting SLR lenses to mirrorless ones is the bulkiness of the design. The point of mirrorless crop cameras is compactness and lightness. Mirror optics, as a rule, are no different. But users of Canon EF-M croppers have the option to choose from compact and lightweight mirrorless lenses. Within this system, some people call them expensive, but compared to other brands, EF-M optics cost 1.5-2 times cheaper. At the same time, it is of high quality and almost weightless.

Just like on other mirrorless cameras, you can always buy good Chinese lenses.

Simplicity and reliability in use

Canon technology has very high ergonomics of use. Bright, high-quality screens (even in budget models), intuitive touch controls, a clear and reliable autofocus system - all this distinguishes Canon cameras favorably.

In comparison, the AF system in Fujifilm cameras - this one is still a dance with a tambourine. It is working, but you need to comprehend Zen, find out the pitfalls and nuances so that everything works as you want. At Canon, everything works well and intuitively right away and without a tambourine.

Excellent color reproduction

Another nice thing about any Canon cameras is the good color right out of the box. You do not need to delve into the nuances of the settings and spinning RAW files for a long timeto achieve a pleasant skin tone. The camera will do this automatically.

In general, you can pull a good color out of any camera. But somewhere it happens easily, but somewhere you need to get a tambourine. So, it's better - without a tambourine.


I can not ignore the shortcomings of crops from Canon. At the moment (early 2022), Canon crops have limited options for shooting video. Competitive cameras give more detailed 4K video, give more settings for video shooting profiles.

In terms of photography, Canon crops have relatively low ISO performance. Noise/loss of detail starts at ISO 1000. Fujifilm Cameras in this regard, we have gone much further.

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However, Canon crop cameras remain super popular.

When choosing a technique, it is worth looking at the complex, and not chasing the maximum parameters.

Plus, it is important to accurately set goals - what exactly do you want to do with a particular camera. If the task statement sounds like “I want to shoot everything in a row - portraits, landscapes, family, nature, reportage, birds", then you can generally take any camera, they are all created for this (except Sony due to disgusting ergonomics and reliability and micra 4/3 due to low image quality).