Whether you’re looking for your next DSLR, mirrorless camera or compact camera, our round-up of best cameras include only the best to suit your needs. With dozens of models to choose from, figuring out the type you want is the crucial first step towards decision-making.
If you are pursuing photography as a serious hobby, a traditional digital SLR that can deliver in terms of control and image quality would probably be you’re looking for. For novices and light travelers, a compact point-and-shoot will suffice, whereas those looking to get closer to the action during sports events and safari trips will need a superzoom feature or high speed shutter. Going on an extreme adventure? We’ve got you covered with the best waterproof,and shockproof camera.
Read on for our favorite picks.
Canon EOS 6D, $1,499.00
Now lighter than ever, the Canon EOS 6D DSLR captivates us with its 20.2 Megapixel Full-Frame CMOS sensor, and a wide ISO range of 100–25600 (expandable to L: 50, H1: 51200, and H2: 102400) delivering incredible image quality even in low light conditions.
The DIGIC 5+ Image Processor delivers enhanced noise reduction and exceptional processing speed. Users can capture fast action with continuous shooting up to 4.5 fps and record full HD videos with manual exposure control, multiple frame rates, and a full-frame sensor. The built-in WiFi transmitter allows you to wirelessly upload images through your mobile device via Canon’s free EOS Remote app. Perfect for travel and nature photography, the built-in GPS allows location data to be recorded while shooting.
In short, this camera’s compact and lightweight frame, brilliant low-light performance, and easy to use app-linked features makes it a winner in the DSLR category for its performance and price point.
Best Compact Camera
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS50, $358.95 + Free Shipping on Amazon
For a point-and-shoot camera that is lightweight, fits in your pocket, has a long zoom, great picture quality and a good viewfinder, look no further.
The Leica 24mm DC Vario-Elmar lens and durable 30x optical zoom brings your subjects closer with incredible clarity, combined with the high sensitivity MOS Sensor you can now capture more detail without any image noise in low-light environments.
Use the Live View Finder to get the shot you need. Its high 1.166k-dot resolution, with approximately 100% color reproduction, delivers stable framing and superb visibility, in any light condition.
For Time-Lapse Recording, simply set the start time, shooting interval and the number of images needed. The camera takes care of the rest automatically, in Full HD quality.
Best Mirrorless Camera
Bridging the gap between compact cameras and DSLRs are mirrorless cameras. Also known as compact system cameras, these offer an excellent balance of convenience and image quality. They are smaller in size and lighter, utilizing lenses that are just as big and powerful as a DSLR’s.
The mirrorless design makes it easier for high-speed shooting, and even the best DSLRs can no longer match the speeds of the best CSCs. They excel partly because the mirrorless system means there are fewer moving parts, and partly because many models are now pushing ahead into 4K video which demands for better processing power.
Fuji X-T10 Silver Mirrorless Digital Camera Kit with XC 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OIS II Lens, $899.00 + Free Shipping on Amazon
The FUJIFILM X-T10 uses the new Auto Focus system. It offers the conventional 49-point Single Point mode for high speed and precision, as well as new Zone and Wide/Tracking modes that track subject movement across a larger 77-point area, substantially improving the camera’s ability to capture moving subjects. The camera body weighs just 13.4oz/381g, while maintaining the optimum balance between width and height.
Despite the compact size, the FUJIFILM X-T10 has a full set of controls. You can shoot in Program (P), Shutter Speed Priority (S), Aperture Priority (A) or Manual (M) by combining the Shutter Speed Dial with lens’s aperture settings.
The design allows quick and simple selection of exposure mode to suit each scene. Exposure compensation can even be used when shooting in the Manual mode.
With a wide selection of interchangeable lenses, you can get definitely get the most out of your FUJIFILM X-T10 as you grow into your photography hobby. The current line-up of 18 lenses covers ultra-wide angle to telephoto, and includes five fast-aperture prime optics.
Best Video Camera
Love taking video footages? The Panasonic Lumix G7 is one of the most video-centric affordable compact system cameras in the market and its main standout feature is its ability to shoot in 4K (3,840 x 2160) resolution.
The G7 has a 1040K-dot Free-Angle touch screen display, allowing the screen to be flipped and rotated up to 270 degrees. You can accurately capture shots that would be near impossible without a tiltable screen and take some pretty epic selfies, especially overhead and ground level shots. If you’re looking for a camera to shoot YouTube videos, his one’s for you.
The 4K photo capture feature allows you to easily extract frames from a 4K video sequence (filmed at 30 frames per second) and save them as photos, allowing you to essentially turn any scene in a video into a set of sharp, vivid photos.
Best Waterproof Camera
Apart from being waterproof and submersible, Olympus isn’t shy to claim that the TG-3 model is basically lifeproof. For those constantly out on extreme pursuits in extreme conditions, the TG-3 stands up to the four major challenges facing any adrenaline-crazed adventure shooter: it is submersible up to 50 feet; freezeproof to-10°C; shockproof to 7 feet; and crushproof to 220 pounds of pressure. So whether you dunk it, leave it outside, drop it or sit on it, the TG-3 will handle the abuse proudly.
The camera is WiFi-enabled so you can transfer images to your computer wirelessly. It also delivers spectacular high-resolution photos and smooth HD videos even in low light. It’s incredibly rugged, yet boasts a super-bright f2.0 4x zoom lens, and sophisticated features like next-generation GPS, Interval Shooting and time-lapse movie options, four variable macro shooting modes, and system accessories that further expand its capabilities.
This is the camera you take to places you never dared take a camera before!
Available in red and black.
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