Which is the best camera you can currently buy? As with finding the best restaurant to eat, the answer depends on your budget and taste. However, this does not mean that we have not developed a guide that will help to buy the right camera based on your photographic preferences.
To find the best camera for you, you need to know the balance between performance and compromise for your photo style. For example, you don’t have to buy a big, powerful beast if you mainly want to do amateur travel photography.
Beginners who want to learn how to take manual photos are better off with a DSLR or mirrorless camera that offers quick access to these controls than with a Compact Premium with a touchscreen.
We took all of these things into account when compiling the list of top ten. Do you want to know what we think is the best camera for most people? Here is the Nikon Z6. It is light, small and affordable for a full-frame camera. it’s compatible with handful of lenses and you can use many more with just one adapter.
We’ve summarized the best options in three main categories: DSLR, mirrorless and compact. Each camera stands out in one way or another. It can be simply because it is the best camera in its class or because it offers excellent value for money. Or maybe it has a unique revolutionary function.
This means that most of these are new, but some are older models whose price has now fallen to an alluring level. Newer ones are not always better, especially if the performance slightly increased and the price increased disproportionately. But you do not have to worry about it, because we chose new and old models that proved to be worthy.
Do you need additional advice? We’ve tested each of them to decide what’s on the list. Simply click the link at the end of the camera description to read our detailed test report with sample photos and detailed information on the most important functions.
We will explain the technical language and differences between the cameras. However, if you need a little more help deciding what type of camera you want, you can get much more information in our step-by-step guide: which camera should you buy?
You had already a clear idea about the type of camera you need. In this case, read on and discover our range of the best cameras available today.
Best camera 2019:
1. Nikon Z6
Type: Mirrorless | Resolution: 24.5MP | Viewfinder: EVF | Sensor size: Full-frame CMOS | Screen type: 3.2-inch tilting | Movies: 4K | Lens: Nikon Z mount | User level: Intermediate/expert | shooting speed: 12fps
With just over a year, the Z6 maintains the position of the best camera. As a fantastic all-round vehicle with excellent maneuverability, nothing prevents it from being versatile, user-friendly and accessible. This means that we get a light and compact body that is always easy to use thanks to the solid and ergonomic handle. A sharp and precise viewfinder with 3.69 million pixels and an attractive and tiltable touch screen are also available. The range of native Z-mount lenses is quickly expanded. However, if you need something that is not covered by the warranty, you can use the F plug with the optional FTZ adapter.
2. Fujifilm X-T30
Sensor size: APS-C | Viewfinder: 2,360K dots | Movies: 4K at 30p | Autofocus: 425-point AF | User level: Expert
Although Fujifilm X-T3 is still one of the most powerful mirrorless cameras on the market, APS-C, the company has successfully integrated most of its technology with the X-T30 plus. Small and cheaper makes it our recommendation for many people. A solid 4-X CMOS sensor with 26.1 megapixels, popular film simulation modes, excellent 4K video functions and a hybrid AF system with AF points with 425 phase-detection are the most important features of this recording. Robust technology while improving overall speed and facial recognition in the eyes (with planned software updates) allows a slightly smoother operation than the previous X-T20. Our only complaint is the low viewfinder magnification, but there are enough useful skills to make it the best APS-C option. The recently announced Nikon Z50 could push the X-T30 off this list as soon as we had the opportunity to test it properly.
3. Sony A7 III
Resolution: 24.2MP | Autofocus: 693-point AF | User level: Intermediate/expert| Monitor: 3.0-inch | sensor size: Full-frame | Movies: 4K at 30p
We love A7 III. Although it is over 18 months old, the third iteration stands out on the market without a full-frame mirror. The heart of the camera – 24 MP full-frame sensor, 4K video, sensor-assisted image stabilization, continuous shooting at 10 fps and a hybrid AF system with 693 points – is quite solid, but with two card slots and a battery with 710 photos for life Good value for money and optimal performance. We have some reservations about the viewfinder and weather protection, but it is still one of the most versatile cameras, mirrorless or other.
4. Nikon D850
Sensor size: Full-frame | Lens: Nikon F mount | Type: DSLR | Movies: 4K | Screen type: 3.2-inch | Viewfinder: Optical
It may seem that mirrorless technology is currently the only option for advanced technologies, but the Nikon D850 is still one of the excellent cameras. You have a 45-megapixel full-frame sensor if you need high resolution. It also offers the 7 fps continuous shooting option, which can be increased to 9 fps with one battery holder. OK, it’s a bit modest compared to Sony A9 II at 20 fps, but it’s still best to capture most types of action. In addition, 4K video recording options and a solid, weatherproof housing are available. One of the features that definitely dominates in mirrorless rivals is its battery life – with 1,800 frames per charge.
5. Nikon Z50
Type: Mirrorless | shooting rate: 11fps | User level: Enthusiast | Lens: Z-mount | Viewfinder: EVF | Sensor size: APS-C
Are you looking for a smaller, cheaper, full-size version of the Nikon Z6 for travel and general photography? The Z50 is perfect for you and is a great introduction to Nikon APS-C cameras. It is particularly suitable for those who want to switch from a Nikon DSLR to a mirrorless SLR because, unlike smaller competitors such as the Fujifilm X-T30, it prefers support because of its deep grip. The Z50 offers perfect photos and has the same best autofocus system like Nikon Z6, which is very suitable for static objects, but it can’t keep up with the Sony A6400 sports performance and action. It is compatible with the new Nikon Z-mount lens and older F-mount lenses using the optional adapter.
6. Olympus OM-D E-M10
Sensor size: Micro | Resolution: 16.1MP | shooting rate: 8.6fps | Type: Mirrorless | Movies: 4K | Screen type: 3.0-inch
While the OM-D E-M10 Mark III main specification does not offer significant improvement over Mark II, Olympus has perfected and refined one of our favorite mirrorless cameras to make it even more attractive to new users and enthusiasts. Of course, the Microsensor is small than the competition, and resolution of 16-megapixel may also be a bit behind, but don’t be put off. Image stabilization based on sensors that many cameras at this level do not offer for lens-based stabilization is a great advantage and also very effective, while 4K video recording and shooting at 8.6 frames per second is also competitive. The recently announced Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III, which we will be testing soon, may become our favorite Micro Four Thirds option. Until now, however, this cheaper model was a good choice for beginners and travelers.
7. Canon EOS Rebel SL3
The two best basic DSLRs that have been seen recently are the Canon Rebel SL3 / 250D and Nikon D3500. While the former are gaining in value, we have chosen this list for the slightly more expensive 250D. With the dubious nickname of being the world’s smallest full-screen 250D DSLR, it’s still a great learning option. Thanks to this screen, it’s a good option for video or vloggers fans. As an upgrade from 200D, it introduces several new features like a new processor and 4K video recording. If you’re new to a “real” camera, the 24.2-megapixel EOS 250D sensor provides great photo enhancement and the smooth AF system works well when taking live photos and videos. There is also an easy to understand interface which is perfect for beginners. The number of lenses available for Canon EF mounts is almost unlimited and the accessories are numerous.
8. Panasonic Lumix ZS200
Sensor: 1-inch | Movies: 4K | Viewfinder: EVF | Type: Travel compact | User level: Beginner/enthusiast | Resolution: 20.1MP | shooting speed: 10fps
With the Lumix ZS200 (also known as Lumix TZ200 outside the United States), Panasonic holds its best title in the field of compact cameras. It combines a large 1.0-inch sensor with a flexible 15x optical zoom in one housing, located on the right side of an inexpensive area (the area where the Sony RX100 series falls). Other useful features include 4K video recording and Panasonic 4K photo modes that allow you to extract fleeting 8 MP photos. Currently, there are undoubtedly stronger and more economical compacts on the market – the Cyber-shot RX100 VII is the best available. For most normal people who do not have such a large budget, the ZS200 / TZ200 is a much more reasonable option.
9. Panasonic Lumix G95
Type: Mirrorless | Movies: 4K | Lens: Micro Four Thirds | User level: Intermediate | Resolution: 20.3MP | shooting rate: 9fps/30fps
If you’re looking for a solid, versatile device and want to take movies and photos, the G90 / G95 is a great option. This camera, which performs many functions of both G85 and GH5S in a video-oriented way, is a camera that can push a lot into its relatively small housing. The design is well thought out, which means that the G90 / G95 works very well and the Micro Four Thirds lenses are so small that the whole system is very neat and compact. For shooters, 4K movies with V-LogL profile with 24p, 25p and 30p frame rates are available, and Full HD recording in fast movie mode can reach 120 fps. The microphone and headphone jacks complement the video-centric functions, but photographers do not have to feel excluded because they are also very efficient in this area.
10. Olympus Tough TG-6
Sensor: 1/2.3-inch | User level: Beginner | Monitor: 3.0-inch screen | Movies: 4K | Type: Compact
If you are looking for a waterproof camera that ventures into places where your smartphone cannot intervene, the TG-6 is the best option. Olympus has done a lot over the years to impress with its TG reporting. Although the TG-6 is a modest improvement over its predecessor (TG-5), it is still the name of a hard or underwater compact camera. The TG-6 is waterproof up to 15 meters, insensitive to crushing up to 100 kg and insensitive to falls from a height of 2.4 m. Can also be used at temperatures down to -10 ° C. Connect everything to a camera that can record in raw format, record 4K 30p video, or record at high speed at 120p in Full HD, and you have something really attractive. There are new underwater modes for underwater photographers. However, if you mainly work on land, you should consider the old TG-5 model to save money.