At last Nikon has a professional-level APS-C-format camera to replace the D300S and compete with the Canon 7D Mk II. And it’s a real contender, with an impressive AF system and great low-light credentials that enable it to produce high-quality pictures in a wide range of conditions.

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EOS-1D X Mark II EF 35mmCanon has fine-tuned the handling and controls of the original 1DX in response to user feedback, and delivered a big gain in continuous shooting performance. It also pushes the Nikon D5 all the way for image quality within its standard sensitivity setting. We can expect to see quite a few 1DX IIs at the Olympic games this summer.

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EOS 80D EF-S 18-55mm IS STM LCD Open FSL

Canon has created an excellent camera for enthusiast photographers that makes a worthwhile upgrade from the 70D. It’s well built, with sensibly arranged controls, and has good ergonomics and an extensive feature set. Most importantly, the image quality is superb with lots of detail, especially at the lower sensitivity settings.

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