10 Best Laptops for Photo Editing in 2020 / Best Photography Computers

Posted by Grant Patten on Jun 23, 2020 12:05:45 PM

10 BEST LAPTOPS FOR PHOTO EDITING IN 2020 / BEST PHOTOGRAPHY COMPUTERS

Let’s review the ten best laptops for photo editing available on the market now. We’ll discuss:

  1. Apple MacBook Pro
  2. HP Spectre
  3. Lenovo ThinkPad
  4. Dell XPS
  5. Dell Inspiron
  6. Microsoft Surface
  7. Asus ZenBook
  8. Acer ConceptD
  9. MSI Prestige
  10. Razer Blade

 

1. Apple MacBook Pro (various sizes) | best computers for photo editing

Apple MacBook Pro

The famous MacBook is at the top of our list of best laptops for photo editing simply because its performance is excellent (especially if you opt for up to 32GB of memory) and it can handle high-level processing for programs like Photoshop, Lightroom and Final Cut Pro.

The 16-inch larger screen [Amazon Link] is more expensive than the smaller 13-inch [Amazon Link], of course, but both are excellent machines.

2. HP Spectre x360 15 | best computers for photo editing

HP Spectre x360 15

The HP Spectre [Amazon Link] was rated by Laptop Mag as the all-around best laptop for photo editing.

A stunning 4K OLED display; this display is coated in Gorilla Glass, so it has a high quality, sturdy look and feel, with a touchscreen that is both accurate and responsive. The computer’s discrete graphics card (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q) should allow photographers to do demanding photo editing without any issues.

Colour gamut values are very good: it reproduces 256% of the sRGB gamut.

3. Lenovo ThinkPad P1 Gen 2 | best computers for photo editing

Lenovo ThinkPad P1 Gen 2

Are you a professional photographer looking for a laptop that excels at both image editing and manipulation? Then, the Lenovo ThinkPad P1 [Amazon Link] is the best photo editing laptop for your unique needs.

This computer is compact, lightweight, and highly portable.

The Lenovo P1 has a 15-inch 4K display and supports 100% of the Adobe RGB colour space.

4. Dell XPS 15 7590 | best computers for photo editing

Dell XPS 15 7590

The Dell XPS 15 [Amazon Link] is a laptop geared toward video production, photo editing, and professional use. The dedicated NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB graphics card provides excellent performance and fast speed in graphic design, photography, and photo editing.

The OLED screen is 4K. It has a full SD card slot, which should be useful to photographers.

The XPS 15 and MacBook Pro use the same CPU. Includes 16GB of RAM; can be upgraded.

5. Dell Inspiron 13 7373 | best computers for photo editing

Dell Inspiron 13 7373

Another solid option for photo editing in the Dell line is the Inspiron 13 7373 [Amazon Link].

The generous 256GB solid state drive will be able to store plenty of images at large file sizes. The 1080p display is bright and vibrant.

The RAM is 8GB, though, which should be acceptable for light-to-moderate photo editing work, but heavy-duty, complex photo editing may not be ideal at this modest level of RAM.

6. Microsoft Surface Book 2 | best computers for photo editing

Microsoft Surface Book 2

Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 [Amazon Link] is a powerful little machine that is able to convert into a laptop or a tablet. However, if you wish to use a stylus with the touchscreen, a Surface Pen has to be purchased separately.

The 3000x2000 display is vibrant and impressive, and the 256GB solid state hard drive will be able to store a generous amount of photos.

Colour accuracy is adequate for most graphic design and photo editing. Should you need 100% Adobe RGB, you'll have to connect to an external monitor.

As with the Inspiron, though: the RAM is also 8GB, which should be acceptable for light-to-moderate photo editing work, but could be challenging for highly complex photo editing.

7. Asus ZenBook Pro Duo | best computers for photo editing

Asus ZenBook Pro Duo

The Asus ZenBook Pro Duo [Amazon Link] is an impressive computer with 16GB RAM, so it should be able to handle even complex photo editing work. The 1TB solid state hard drive will be able to store an enormous amount of images at large file sizes.

The 4K secondary touchscreen works seamlessly with the main 15.6-inch 4K UHD OLED touchscreen.

This ZenBook has excellent heat dispersion; there are fans on both sides of the chassis that blow heat outward to the left and right.

8. Acer ConceptD 7 | best computers for photo editing

Acer ConceptD 7

The Acer ConceptD 7 [Amazon Link] is an excellent laptop from an underrated, often overlooked brand. This machine includes 32GB of RAM, which means that it will be able to handle even the most complex photo editing jobs and RAW photo files.

The magnesium alloy chassis is durable, thin, and lightweight, measuring only 0.7″ thick.

The 15.6” 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) screen is more than adequate for most photo editing jobs. This display runs in the Adobe RGB colour space and is Pantone Validated.

9. MSI Prestige 15 | best computers for photo editing

MSI Prestige 15

The MSI Prestige 15 [Amazon Link] is a powerful laptop with 16GB RAM and a 512GB solid state drive. The computer is specifically marketed toward photographers, videographers and content creators.

This computer has an excellent 4K True Pixel display, delivering 100% of the Adobe RGB colour gamut.

The Intel Core i7 U-Processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 work together to deliver “a 40% increase for editing programs such as Photoshop and a 50% faster experience for a fluid creative workflow, especially during multi-threaded processes.” (MSI)

10. Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition | best computers for photo editing

Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition

The Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition Laptop [Amazon Link] includes 32GB RAM and a 1TB solid state drive, making it capable of handling the most complex photo editing tasks.

The 0.7" thin aluminum unibody makes this computer lightweight and highly portable. The computer also has a “vapor chamber cooling” system for maximum performance and comfort.

The 4K OLED touch display will be pleasing to most photographers.

Photo Editing Accessories for your Laptop | Photo Editing Laptop Accessories

If you’re getting a laptop for photo editing, don’t forget about these important accessories:

A laptop sleeve will help protect your laptop against dust, debris and scratches. You could get the “official” one that is usually an accessory to the laptop purchase, or you could get a generic one that fits various laptops of a certain size, such as the RAINYEAR 13 Inch Laptop Sleeve. [Amazon Link]

Having an external monitor is generally better than having just the laptop screen, so consider getting a nice 4K resolution monitor to complement your laptop (you’ll want a monitor that is colour accurate. Computer speed and high performance don’t matter so much if your colours are off!) A good one to consider is the Samsung 28-Inch UE570 UHD 4K Monitor. [Amazon Link]

KwiltGo Personal Cloud Storage DeviceAn external hard drive and/or subscription to a cloud storage service such as Dropbox would be advisable because even if you have a large hard drive on the laptop, you will likely be surprised at how quickly that drive can fill up. A well-reviewed external HD to consider is the KwiltGo Personal Cloud Storage Device. [Amazon Link]

Photo editing software will obviously be essential and some standard options to consider are Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, Photolemur and/or ON1 Photo RAW. Pro Tip: consider getting an external graphics-processing unit (eGPU) if you’ll be doing highly complex image work/editing many RAW photos. Many laptops have a substantial amount of RAM and a powerful CPU, but often lack a powerful graphics processor.

Note: ~8GB of RAM can be a bit tight if you're using both Photoshop and Lightroom, plus other software like a web browser, so if you’ll be using a lot of software simultaneously, always opt for more RAM.

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Note: Front Row’s insurance for photographers automatically includes $5,000 (CAD) Laptops Coverage, at no additional cost.

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Citations:

https://www.techradar.com/news/best-laptops-for-photographers-and-photo-editing-in-photoshop
https://www.findingtheuniverse.com/best-laptop-for-photo-editing/
https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/best-photo-editing-laptops
https://www.windowscentral.com/msi-unveils-prestige-and-modern-laptops-built-creators

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The Best Cameras for YouTube in 2020 | Best Vlogging Cameras in 2020

Posted by Grant Patten on May 1, 2020 10:03:35 AM

The Best Cameras for YouTube | Best Vlogging Cameras

The Best Cameras for YouTubeSource: Royalty-free stock photo ID: 1127191604, Shutterstock

Many of our film insurance customers are avid YouTubers, so we thought it would be useful to assemble this post about our research on the best cameras for recording YouTube videos. Let’s review some of the best cameras for YouTube and vlogging (video blogging) available on the market now. We’ll go from inexpensive to more expensive. We’ll discuss:

Best vlogging cameras under $200 / best vlogging camera cheap / best cheap camera for YouTube / best vlogging camera for beginners

The Canon PowerShot ELPH 190 [Amazon Affiliate Link] features a wide-angle lens with 10x Optical Zoom & Image Stabilization, 720p HD video and built-in WiFi – not bad at all for a camera under $200 CAD!

The YI Lite Action Camera [Amazon Affiliate Link] is under $200 CAD and offers some cool features for such an inexpensive camera, including 4K video at 30 fps, a 2.0” LCD touchscreen and up to 130 minutes of recording time. However, the reality of shooting video for YouTube is that 4K resolution is, for the moment, probably not necessary. It is nice to have that option, though.

The Sony DSC- W830 [Amazon Affiliate Link] has a 20.1 megapixel CCD image sensor with 8x zoom. It can shoot 1280 x 720 HD movies at 30 fps and it includes a neat Sweep Panorama mode, allowing you to capture panoramic shots in 360° full circle.

Best vlogging cameras under $500 / best camera for travel vlogging

If you need a really small and compact camera that can still record amazing image quality (RAW format photos and D-Cinelike videos), check out the DJI Osmo Pocket. [Amazon Affiliate Link] It can shoot 4K/60fps video at 100 mbps. This camera is a popular choice for vloggers and travelers.

The GoPro HERO8 Black [Amazon Affiliate Link] is especially useful for YouTubers and vloggers who like to surf or otherwise film in the ocean because the camera is waterproof. It also has three levels of stabilization and some cool additional features such as Time Warp and Live Burst.

 

The Sony DSC-RX100 [Amazon Affiliate Link] is a nice camera under $500 CAD and suitable for vlogging. It includes an excellent F1.8 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens and a useful Intelligent Auto mode, which detects the lighting of a scene and sets the camera accordingly.

Best vlogging cameras under $1000 / best canon camera for vlogging

Canon Powershot G7X Mark IIIYou can get the Canon Powershot G7X Mark III Digital Camera [Amazon Affiliate Link] for just under $1,000 CAD at the time of this writing. This model features a new-and-improved 20.1 Megapixel 1.0” stacked CMOS sensor. The 4.2x optical zoom lens – while modest – is generally suitable for vlogging purposes. The flip-out LCD screen even has a tilt option for better angles on your selfies.

The Canon EOS M50 [Amazon Affiliate Link] is a mirrorless camera (these cameras have the advantage of being lighter, more compact, and generally better for video). The camera’s Vari-angle touchscreen LCD is perfect for vlogging; you can see what you’re recording without having the screen prevent you from adding an external microphone and/or tripod. The Dual Pixel CMOS Autofocus system is quite advanced for this price level of camera.

The Panasonic LUMIX G85 [Amazon Affiliate Link] is another mirrorless camera that is less bulky than a DSLR, so also suitable for vlogging. The 16-megapixel Digital Live MOS sensor allows the camera to capture excellent quality photos and videos. It has a swing-out viewfinder, excellent ergonomics, built-in stabilization and a great menu system. The camera is also weather sealed, which is essential if you enjoy vlogging in the rain or other challenging environments.

Best vlogging cameras under $2000

The Sony Alpha A6400 [Amazon Affiliate Link] is also an excellent vlogging camera that shoots 4K video (24.2-megapixel APS-C size CMOS sensor). This camera has no record time limit!

For vloggers who prefer to use camcorders, the Canon VIXIA HF G50 [Amazon Affiliate Link] is a very good prosumer camcorder, capable of shooting 4K at 30p (although the 1080/720p options are sufficient for presenting on YouTube). It has a generous 20x optical zoom lens.

The Canon 90D [Amazon Affiliate Link] offers upgrades over the older 80D such as a higher-resolution sensor and a new electronic shutter/faster shutter speed (up to 1/16,000 second).

For reference, here is an example video shot on the 90D:

Important vlogging accessories to consider / YouTube camera accessories / vlogging camera stand / vlog lighting / microphone for vlogging

Joby GorillaPod 1K KitVlogging camera stand

If you’re going to be getting any of the above camera gear, you’ll also want to consider getting a good tripod/camera stand such as the Joby GorillaPod 1K Kit [Amazon Affiliate Link] or the AmazonBasics 60-Inch Lightweight Tripod with Bag [Amazon Affiliate Link].

Vlog lighting

A good mobile light is the Lume Cube AIR Magnetic LED Light. [Amazon Affiliate Link] Although some might argue that they’re a bit overpriced, these little cubes output clean light at 5600K, they have adjustable brightness levels, and they’re waterproof!

Microphone for vlogging

When vlogging – especially outside or anywhere that isn’t completely quiet – you’ll want to get an on-board microphone to go with your camera. This will improve audio quality. A good one is the Rode VideoMicro Compact On-Camera Microphone. [Amazon Affiliate Link]

If you’d like to get even better audio quality for your vlogs and don’t mind spending a bit more for it, consider getting a lav (lavalier) mic such as the Sennheiser EW 112P G4. [Amazon Affiliate Link] This Sennheiser lav kit will get you broadcast quality sound at up to 8 hours of operation time.

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If the camera is more of a photography camera or lower in value, consider Front Row’s photography insurance policy instead: https://photographer.frontrowinsurance.com/

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The Best Budget Cameras for Filmmaking in 2020

Posted by Grant Patten on Apr 1, 2020 7:55:11 AM

BEST BUDGET CAMERAS FOR FILMMAKING

The Best Cameras for Filmmaking in 2020Source: Royalty-free stock photo ID: 685271140, Shutterstock

Let’s review some of the best budget, affordable cameras for filmmaking available on the market now. We’ll discuss:

THE BEST CAMERAS FOR FILMMAKING - Canon 90DCanon 80D and 90D DSLRs – affordable & excellent cameras for filmmaking / best DSLRs for filmmaking

The Canon 80D [Affiliate Link] is an excellent DSLR that offers a useful articulating screen and fast, precise autofocus in live view mode, making it great for video shooters. The colours look great, too.

The 90D [Affiliate Link] is the newer model, offering upgrades such as a higher-resolution sensor and a new electronic shutter/faster shutter speed (up to 1/16,000 second). For reference, here is an example video shot on the 90D:

 

The Canon EOS Rebel T7i [Affiliate Link] is another DSLR appropriate for filmmaking. If you purchase it as a kit, you can get a tripod, filters and other useful accessories included with it. It shoots HD 1080p video at 60fps and offers an HDR mode.

Arguably superior image quality to Canon DSLRs – Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

As great as the Canon DSLRs are, through, some filmmakers argue that other brands offer superior image quality in this price range, such as the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. [Affiliate Link] This camera shoots 4K 4096 x 2160 up to 60 fps with 13 stops of dynamic range. For reference, decide for yourself by comparing this Blackmagic footage to the Canon footage above:

The Blackmagic Pocket 4K has many great attributes, including:

  • Raw recording / great dynamic range (roughly 1 TB per hour of recording)
  • Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) at 220 Mbps
  • Great colour science
  • Great ISO range
  • Large screen

Panasonic G7 kit – great for low-budget filmmaking / best camera for filmmaking on a budget

With the Panasonic LUMIX G7 Mirrorless Camera and Accessory Bundle [Affiliate Link], you can get this camera with useful accessories included like a carrying case and memory card – all for under $750 CAD (at the time of this writing).

In the G line, filmmakers may also want to consider the GH5 [Affiliate Link]. This camera is a better choice if you want to look inconspicuous and do “run & gun” type work. And if you’re looking for cheaper options, the older models are still quite good filmmaking cameras, including the GH4.

The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ1000 [Affiliate Link] may be considered for a “superzoom” option; this camera offers a high-res OLED viewfinder, 12 fps burst shooting and beautiful 4K video.

THE BEST CAMERAS FOR FILMMAKING - Sony A7 IIISony a77, Alpha A6400 and FDR-AX700

The Sony a7 III [Affiliate Link] is a camera to consider for filmmaking and videography as it lets you shoot 4K2 (3840x2160 pixels) up to 10 fps and customize a wide range of video-shooting options.

The Sony Alpha A6400 [Affiliate Link] is also an excellent filmmaking camera that shoots 4K video (24.2-megapixel APS-C size CMOS sensor). This camera has no record time limit!

The Sony FDR-AX700 camcorder [Affiliate Link] is another reasonably priced option that shoots 4K and HDR videos. This camera has incredibly fast, hybrid autofocus (AF) technology.

The Fujifilm X-T3 and X-T30

The Fujifilm X-T3 [Affiliate Link] camera is easy to use, provides great image quality (4K recording at 60p) and is small enough that it doesn't draw a lot of attention. If you want a camera that captures great video & photos, the Fuji X-T3 is ideal.

You could also go for the X-T30 [Affiliate Link], which is essentially a smaller, cheaper version of the X-T3. 4K recording is limited to 30p on the X-T30. The X-T30 is reported (The Verge) to have a better autofocus system than the X-T3, though.

THE BEST CAMERAS FOR FILMMAKING - DJI Osmo PocketBest compact camera / best small camera for filmmaking – the DJI Osmo Pocket

If you need a really small and compact camera that can still record amazing image quality (RAW format photos and D-Cinelike videos), check out the DJI Osmo Pocket. [Affiliate Link] It can shoot 4K/60fps video at 100 mbps.

This camera is a popular choice for vloggers and travellers.

 

More of an investment – Professional cinema cameras / cine cameras

If you’re able to spend more, consider getting a cine camera / cinema camera, such as the Canon EOS C300 MK II [Affiliate Link] or the Canon EOS C200 [Affiliate Link]. Cinema cameras are designed to capture video with a dynamic range that matches or exceeds that of film: ~13 stops or so.

A key advantage most cine cameras have is continuous recording time – they’re generally able to record a lot longer without pausing. DSLRs usually have a 29:59 single recording max length timer.

The Sony PXW-FS5 [Affiliate Link] is a great “run & gun” cinema camera. It can shoot 4K RAW (records data directly from the sensor) and capture continuous HD video at up to 120 fps.

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If you end up buying any of these above cameras (or any other gear) – you’ll want to have the right insurance coverage in place to protect that valuable gear.

Front Row’s DigiGear insurance policy is a good option for insuring your filmmaking gear, including your film camera(s). You can get a quote online, purchase a policy online in 5 mins, or read more about the coverages available here: https://digigearinsure.frontrowinsurance.com/

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DISCLAIMER: Informational statements regarding insurance coverage are for general description purposes only. These statements do not amend, modify or supplement any insurance policy. Consult the actual policy or your broker for details regarding terms, conditions, coverage, exclusions, products, services and programs which may be available to you. Your eligibility for particular products and services is subject to the final determination of underwriting qualifications and acceptance by the insurance underwriting company providing such products or services. This website does not make any representations that coverage does or does not exist for any particular claim or loss, or type of claim or loss, under any policy. Whether coverage exists or does not exist for any particular claim or loss under any policy depends on the facts and circumstances involved in the claim or loss and all applicable policy wording.

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