Best Camera For Filming And Photography

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Best Camera For Filming And Photography

The best 4K camera for filmmaking in 2022 for photographers & videographers

By Rod Lawton published 1 day ago

The best 4K cameras are excellent tools for vloggers and filmmakers and these days they’re pretty affordable

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  • Stills and video 
  • Video first

Before you invest in the best 4K camera for video, you’ll need to think about what type of content you want to shoot. Whether you’re looking for a camera that shoots high-quality stills and 4K video or you’re a filmmaker looking for a video focussed camera, our list includes the best of both worlds. RELATED ARTICLES

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We’ve updated this buying guide to include two important new cameras. The Panasonic GH5 II is an update to Panasonic’s top-selling GH5, with numerous important and worthwhile improvements – though we suspect the Panasonic GH6, now expected in 2022 due to delays, will quickly steal the limelight. 

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This guide concentrates on the rapidly growing list of hybrid stills/video cameras that can handle all types of content creation. This is where all the action is happening at the moment, as mirrorless cameras move upmarket and start to eat into the territory of professional cinema cameras – but at a fraction of the price.

These days, mirrorless cameras have such amazing 4K capabilities they really challenge professional cinema cameras. The powerful Panasonic S1H and the remarkable Panasonic S5 are two cameras paving the way for 4K-ready mirrorless cameras. If you want even more resolution, the Canon EOS R5 and the Sony A1 are now capable of shooting in 8K which while it sounds great on paper, is probably a bit overkill for most vloggers, commercial photographers and filmmakers. For most scenarios, a camera that shoots decent 4K video is more important than one that shoots at higher resolutions due to massive file sizes and processing power needed to edit them. Not to mention how long these videos take to transfer and share!

The Sony A7S III offers incredible 4K footage but as it only shoots 12MP stills, the file sizes are comparatively small. This is the opposite of the Canon in terms of specs but many would consider it to be the best mirrorless 4K camera on the market though it’s certainly not cheap!

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The best 4K cameras for video in 2022

STILLS AND VIDEO

In this section we list the best ‘hybrid’ cameras – fully functional stills cameras that can also capture 4K video at a professional level. These are cameras that are split 50:50 between stills and video (all right, some may be 60:40!) for photographers, videographers and content creators who need to capture both.(Image credit: Panasonic)

1. Panasonic Lumix S5

If you’re after top-quality video and amazing stills even in low light, the S5 trumps

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: MirrorlessSensor: Full frameSensor resolution: 24.2MPLens mount: L-mount4K frame rates: 60, 50, 30, 25, 24p4K sensor crop factor: 1xStandard ISO range: Dual Native ISO, 100-51,200Memory cards: 2x SD/SDHC/SDXC (1 UHS II, 1UHS I)TODAY’S BEST DEALS

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REASONS TO BUY

+Best in-class video performance+Compact full-frame quality+Magnesium frame and vari-angle screen+Dual SD card slots

REASONS TO AVOID

-Only Contrast AF

The Panasonic S5 comes a very very close second to the Fujifilm X-T4 with its impressive video and photo capabilities. In fact, as far as full-frame cameras go, this is probably the best value you can get. It benefits from a smaller build than the Panasonic S1 but uses the same 24-megapixel CMOS sensor. It’s autofocus has been improved, it features a tough, weather-resistant body and has 6.5 stops of in-body stabilization so that even handheld video is smooth. It’s capable of recording 4K vieo at 60p, 4:2:0 10-bit internally with an APS-C crop or 4K at 30p 4:2:2 using the entire sensor. 

For stills photographers, it offers a high-resolution shooting mode that combines 8 shots into a 96MP image resulting in raw files that are 165Mb in size. The Lumic S1 and the Lumix S1H might’ve been Panasonic’s first leap into full-frame mirrorless cameras but we think the Lumix S5 is much more exciting – especially for the price. The one downside is that it uses contrast-detect AF rather than phase-detect AF which is what the Sony A7 III and Canon EOS R6 use but there are lots of features that make it a great choice for shooting 4K video.(Image credit: Fujifilm)

2. Fujifilm X-T4

The X-T4 proves that not everything is about full-frame

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: MirrorlessSensor: APS-CMegapixels: 26.1MPLens mount: Fujifilm XScreen: 3in articulating touchscreen, 1,620k dotsViewfinder: EVF, 3.69 million dotsMax continuous shooting speed: 30/15fpsMax video resolution: 4KUser level: Expert/professionalTODAY’S BEST DEALS

REASONS TO BUY

+6.5-stop in-body stabilisation+4K video at up to 60/50p+High-speed shooting

REASONS TO AVOID

-New and expensive-Autofocus can be twitchy

As far as APS-C sensor cameras go, the Fujifilm X-T4 is up there with the best. It offers advanced video capabilities such as 4K at up to 60P which will give you a smooth, 2x slow-motion effect. It can also capture 10-bit video internally whereas most 4K cameras only capture 8 bit. If you connect it to an external monitor, the Fujifilm X-T4 is also capable of saving video at 10-bit 4:2:2 which means it can detect way more replicate colors more accurately than when shooting at 4:2:0. The Fujifilm X-T4 is the first camera in Fujifilm’s X series to benefit from in-body stabilization which not only reduces or eliminates the need for a gimbal, it means you can shoot at a much slower shutter speed when in low light environments. Its fully articulated screen makes it perfect for shooting from the hip or shooting overhead and when you’re not using it, it can be flipped in on itself so that the screen is protected. Even though the X-T4 uses a phase-detect auto focus system, it has been known to ‘hunt’ occasionally but we still think this is a great value, all-rounder camera.

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3. Sony ZV-E10

If size, portability and 4K video are your top priorities the ZV-E10 is a no brainer

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: MirrorlessSensor: APS-C CMOSMegapixels: 24.2MPLens mount: Sony EScreen: 7.5cm TFT screenWeight : 346gMax continuous shooting speed: 11fpsMax video resolution: 4KTODAY’S BEST DEALSCHECK AMAZON

REASONS TO BUY

+Compact size+Fully articulated screen+Affordable

REASONS TO AVOID

-No viewfinder-No in-body stabilization-No mode dial

The Sony ZV-E10 is Sony’s latest APS-C camera release, offering 4K video, a 24.2MP sensor and 11fps in continuous burst mode. It’s more compact than the A6000 range and unlike the Sony ZV-1, it has an interchangeable lens mount with more than 60 lenses to choose from. It’s the first Sony APS-C camera with a fully adjustable variety-angle screen which is a big advantage for filmmakers. It features a 3-capsule direction mic on top of the camera, which you can attach a clip-on wind muffler to ut also has an external mic port. If you’re a stills photographer the lack of a viewfinder might be a drawback but for anyone who wants to primarily vlog or shoot video, it shouldn’t be an issue.(Image credit: Canon)

4. Canon EOS R5

Forget 4K, the R5 can shoot incredible quality 8K video too

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: MirrorlessSensor: Full frameMegapixels: 45Lens mount: Canon RFMonitor: 3.15-inch vari-angle touchscreen, 2,100k dotsViewfinder: OLED EVF, 5,690k dots, 100% coverage, 0.76x magnificationMax continuous shooting speed: 12fps mechanical shutter, 20fps electronicMax video resolution: 8KUser level: ProfessionalTODAY’S BEST DEALS

REASONS TO BUY

+Best AF on the market+Best full-frame IBIS+8K video is astounding

REASONS TO AVOID

-Video recording limitations-Standard 4K is just okay

When Canon released the Canon EOS R5, it paved the way for the future of mirrorless cameras. With a 45MP sensor, 20fps burst shooting and super-fast autofocus, as far as a stills camera goes it’s hard to beat. Then we get to its video capabilities which again are pretty impressive. Despite the bad rep it has received for overheating when recording 8K video the Canon EOS R5 is still a landmark camera. Canon has since released firmware updates that help with the overheating issue but haven’t solved it completely. It’s also worth noting that the camera will only overheat when recording continuously for more than 20 – 25 minutes. If you’re recording lots of short clips you shouldn’t experience overheating issues. If it wasn’t for the high price point, the Canon EOS R5 would’ve taken the top spot on our list. When you also factor in how expensive some of the best Canon RF lenses you’re looking at spending thousands to get a complete video set up. (Image credit: Nikon)

5. Nikon Z6 II

The Z6 II boats impressive AF, can shoot 4K 30p un-cropped and it finally has two card slots

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: MirrorlessSensor: Full frame CMOSMegapixels: 24.5MPMonitor: 3.2-inch tilting touchscreen, 2100k dotsContinuous shooting speed: 14fpsViewfinder: EVF, 3,690k dots, 100% coverageMax video resolution: 4K UHD at 30p (60p via update)User level: Enthusiast/ProfessionalTODAY’S BEST DEALS

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REASONS TO BUY

+Two memory card slots+Improved burst shooting+Superior AF performance

REASONS TO AVOID

-No articulating screen-4K 60p will be cropped

The Nikon Z6 II is a light refresh of the original Z6, with a second memory card and processor bringing a bump to burst shooting, now up to 14fps, and the promise of 4K 60p video via an update. However, 60p video is cropped and the camera still lacks an articulating screen, limiting its appeal for video and vlogging. Existing Z6 owners won’t see a need to upgrade, but new buyers will get a very capable camera at a pretty good price. The dual card slots are a definite plus point, Nikon’s in-body stabilization is very good, and the best Nikon Z lenses are some of the best on the market right now.(Image credit: Sony)

6. Sony A7C

A compact full-frame camera with excellent AF and 4K 30p video

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: MirrorlessSensor: Full FrameMegapixels: 24.2MPLens: Sony E mountLCD: 3-inch vari-angle touchscreen, 921k dotsViewfinder: EVF, 2,359k dotsMaximum continuous shooting speed: 10fps, 115 raw, 223 JPEGMax video resolution: 4K 30pUser level: EnthusiastTODAY’S BEST DEALSVIEW AT AMAZONView at AmazonView at Amazon

REASONS TO BUY

+Small(ish) body+Excellent retracting lens+Side-hinged vari-angle screen

REASONS TO AVOID

-Unambitious video specs-Unappealing silver and black finish-Not especially cheap

The Sony A7C’s specifications are unambitious to say the least, particularly in terms of its video capabilities, but its practical performance, from its handy vari-angle screen to its excellent AF system, make very effective. But why have we included this and not the mighty Sony A1? Because the A7C does the right job at the right price, where the A1 is overkill for most users. We will leave it to you to decide if the silver  A7C’s two-tone design is appealing, but for us it does not have the quality ‘feel’ of the other A7 models. With that new 28-60mm retracting lens, the A7C is also compact. The main thing for video shooters is the very useful vari-angle screen, the in-body stabilization and Sony’s superb autofocus system.

Read more: Sony A7C review(Image credit: Panasonic)

7. Panasonic Lumix GH5 II

A refreshed GH5 that keeps Panasonic’s technology bang up to date

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: CSCSensor: Four ThirdsMegapixels: 20.3MPScreen: 3.0-inch vari-angle touchscreen, 1.84m dotsViewfinder: Electronic, 3,680kLens: Micro Four ThirdsContinuous shooting speed: 12fps (6k 30fps, 4k 60fps)Max video resolution: 4kUser level: ProfessionalTODAY’S BEST DEALS

REASONS TO BUY

+6.5-stop image stabilization+Powerful 4K video capture+Fast continuous drive rates

REASONS TO AVOID

-MFT sensor smaller than APS-C rivals-As big as an APS-C DLR!

The GH5 II isn’t an upgrade as such – it’s more like a refresh that keeps the GH5 up to date. For a Micro Four Thirds camera, it’s pretty chunky but it at least doesn’t feel unbalanced, even when shooting with premium lenses such as the Panasonic Leica 12 – 60mm. Its still image and video capabilities aren’t earth-shattering like some cameras are today but regardless, it’s able to deliver high-quality video and photos. It has in-body stabilization so you can create smooth handheld video, a fast burst mode for shooting stills, 4K streaming capabilities and it handles very well. The fully articulated screen makes it a great choice for videographers, bloggers or photographers who like to shoot from the hip or overhead. 

With the release of the long-awaited Panasonic GH6 we can’t be sure how much longer the GH5 II will remain on the list as GH6 is a much more advanced bit of kit but until we can test it and put it through its paces, it’s the GH5 II will stay. 

VIDEO FIRST

This section contains cameras that are designed for video first and stills second (or, in the case of the EOS C70, video only). The Sony A7S III is a classic example; a stellar 4K camera that can also capture 12MP stills. The Lumix S1H is another; a big, heavy beast that does have a 24MP sensor but leans so far towards video that the stills capability is more of a bonus. The Canon EOS C70 looks like a mirrorless camera, but it’s really a cinema camera. We include it as an example of one of the best cinema cameras for handheld video, vlogging and one-person filming.(Image credit: Sony)

8. Sony A7S III

The 4K video quality is astonishing but it’s useless for taking stills

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: MirrorlessSensor: Full frameMegapixels: 12.1Lens mount: Sony FEMonitor: 3-inch vari-angle touchscreen, Fully articulating 3-inch touchscreen 1,440K dotsViewfinder: OLED EVF, 9,437K dotsMax continuous shooting speed: 10fpsMax video resolution: 4KUser level: ProfessionalTODAY’S BEST DEALS

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REASONS TO BUY

+Incredible low light performance+Stunning AF, even for video

REASONS TO AVOID

-No 6K or 8K video-Still images only 12MP

It took Sony five years to upgrade the video-centric A7S II to a Mark III, but the wait has been worth it for keen enthusiast and professional moviemakers. It might not boast 6K or 8K video resolution of some of its rivals, and with only 12.1MP it’s not a powerhouse super-stills machine either. But apart from a big and expensive cinema camera, it’s the only camera that can shoot 4K at 60p full frame with no crop, recorded internally, in 10-bit 4:2:2 with no limitations on recording time and with all the advanced AF functions still working. The 12MP resolution means the A7S III is pretty poor as a stills camera, but an absolute natural at 4K, so it is tilted more towards video than stills. However, sports fans should note it can shoot stills at 10fps and has an incredible 1,000-shot raw buffer (using new CFexpress Type A cards).(Image credit: Blackmagic)

9. Blackmagic Pocket Cinema 4K

Ideal for anyone wanting to shoot with professional codecs such as ProRes and Raw

SPECIFICATIONS

Sensor: Micro Four ThirdsDynamic Range: 13 StopsLens Mount: Micro Four ThirdsMonitor: 5-inch LCD touchscreenMax video resolution: 4KStandard ISO range : Dual native ISO 400 and 3200TODAY’S BEST DEALSCHECK AMAZON

REASONS TO BUY

+Excellent range of ports+5-inch LCD screen+Shoots RAW video+Micro Four Thirds lens mount

REASONS TO AVOID

-No flip-out screen-No built in ND filter-No Continuos AF

If you’re primarily a filmmaker or videographer and looking for a camera strictly for video, the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema 4K is a cine camera without the high price tag. Even though it was launched back in 2018, it’s still a popular choice among filmmakers who need Pro-Res and Raw recording. It has a Micro Four Thirds sensor which means there are a huge number of Olympus, Panasonic and third-party lenses available both brand new and secondhand. It can shoot up to 4K 60p with no crop factor and has 13 stops of dynamic range. With a Canon LP-E6 battery, you could argue it’s a bit of a mix-match of a camera and although it only has 60 minutes of battery life you can plug it into the mains for continuous recording. It features one SDXC card slow and one CFast 2.0 slot which supports 4K Raw. The one downside to the camera is it doesn’t have a flip-out screen but if you’re a serious filmmaker you’d probably want to invest in one of the best on-camera monitors anyway.(Image credit: Canon)

10. Canon EOS C70

Canon’s first video-centric RF mount camera boasts an incredible 16 stops of dynamic range

SPECIFICATIONS

Sensor size: 26.2 x 13.8 mm (Super35)Sensor resolution: 4096 x 2160 (8.85 MP)Card slots: SDXC x 2Lens mount: RFMax shooting resolution: 4KDisplay size: 3.5-inchEVF: NoTODAY’S BEST DEALSCHECK AMAZON

REASONS TO BUY

+4K up to 120fps, 2K up to 180fps+Dual Gain with 16 stops dynamic range

REASONS TO AVOID

-No RAW output-Cannot use PL lenses

The Canon EOS C70 is Canon’s first RF mount cinema camera offering powerful video capabilities. It features Canon’s Super35 sensor, Dual Gain Output, a massive 16 stops of dynamic range and 4K 120fps / 2k 180fps. It also includes a game-changing touchscreen which makes accurately focusing quicker and easier. The C70 bosts the deep learning iTR AFX system from the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II which offers head detection and extremely accurate autofocus. If you don’t want to invest in expensive RF lenses, you can use an adapter to mount EF lenses onto it. Canon’s new speed booster will also enable you to use them with an extra f-stop and a full-frame angle of view. Where the C70 falls down is that it doesn’t record RAW and you can’t use PL glass on it – for that, you’ll have to step up to the Canon C300 Mark III.(Image credit: Panasonic)

11. Panasonic Lumix S1H

Capture high quality stills and impressive 6K video

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: MirrorlessSensor: Full frameSensor resolution: 24.2MPLens mount: L-mount4K frame rates: 60, 50, 30, 25, 24p4K sensor crop factor: 1xStandard ISO range: Dual Native ISO, 100-51,200Memory cards: 2x SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS II)TODAY’S BEST DEALS

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REASONS TO BUY

+6K video capture+Effective as a stills camera too+V-Log, LUTs and cinema features

REASONS TO AVOID

-No raw video capture-Continuous AF not that reliable

With the Lumix S1H, Panasonic has used its considerable video experience to bring many of its high-end VariCam features to the Lumix S range. The controls, the interface and certainly the hardware have been build for video and cinematography, and the fact it’s also a very serviceable 24MP stills camera is a bonus. It’s a truly compelling ‘bridge’ between conventional system cameras and higher end cine gear, especially for existing Panasonic videographers. It’s expensive, though, and specialized too, so not necessarily the first choice if you need to keep the cost down – though it does make the ‘regular’ S1 seem like second best now. Its official Netflix accreditation is a major plus point, but its continuous AF proved pretty patchy in our tests so that, combined with this camera’s considerable size and weight, rules it out for vlogger style run-and-gun style videography. However, a recent upgrade to offer ProRes RAW output via HDMI to Atomos Ninja V devices adds to the credentials of the S1H as a cinema camera offering at a regular camera price point.

Best cameras for photos and videos 2022

By Jason Parnell-Brookes published December 20, 2021

We’ve rounded up the very best cameras for photography and video, making it easy for you to pick a model that suits your shooting style.

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  • Best camera overall
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  • Best for fast images
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  • Additional information on the best cameras

A truth, universally acknowledged, is that someone in possession of the need to take photographs must be in want of one of the best cameras. But which camera? There are so many on the market, each described by marketers as the pinnacle of human achievement, that it can be confusing, and hard to decide between them. Happily, we’re here to help with this list of the best cameras currently available.

There are two main types of camera on the market once you come up out of the compact and smartphone types: the DSL, and the mirrorless. The main difference is that DSLRs use a mirror and prism arrangement to pipe the view through the viewfinder directly down the lens, while on a mirrorless the viewfinder acts as a screen on which you view a live feed from the camera sensor. Mirrorless cameras are newer tech, and tend to be smaller and lighter. For a more thorough comparison, have a look through our guide to DSLR vs mirrorless cameras.

Note that this guide is separate to our article on the best cameras for astrophotography, as here we’ve focused on more generalist models. If you are specifically looking to get pictures of the night sky, you might want to have a flick through the above article as well as our round-up of the best lenses for astrophotography. But if you want a camera suitable for multiple types of photography, then here are some of our favorites.

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BEST CAMERA OVERALL

Sony Alpha A7 III

A low light behemoth, the Sony A7 III can practically see and focus in the dark

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: MirrorlessSensor: 24.2MP, Full-frame 35mmLens mount: E-mountISO range: 50-51200 (204800 for stills)Viewfinder size/resolution: 0.5-inch, 2.35 million dotsVideo capability: 4K UHD 30FPSWeight: 650gSize: 126.9mm x 95.6mm x 73.7mmMemory card type: 1x SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I/II compliant) 1x Multi slot for Memory Stick Duo/SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I compliant)TODAY’S BEST DEALS

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REASONS TO BUY

+-3EV Autofocus range+93% AF point coverage

REASONS TO AVOID

-Only 24MP stills-Older model mirrorless

From its expandable 204800 ISO ability to the -3EV autofocus range, the Sony A7 III is a winner for anyone looking to shoot in low light. Though it only shoots 24.5MP stills which may be a little on the low side for this price point, it’s actually the key to its incredible ability to keep image noise low on its full-frame 35mm sensor.

A hybrid shooter, the A7 III also captures video footage excellently at 4K UHD 30fps, though it does top out at ISO 51200 as it can’t make use of the expanded option as it does for stills. However, that’s still practically seeing in the dark so we’ll let it off. It has a great CIPA-rated battery life and can shoot 710 still photographs on one charge (likely much more in real world shooting conditions). 

Thanks to the lens mount users can choose from the wide range of E-mount lenses on offer which give tremendous options when it comes to any style shoot. Even though this has now been superseded by the latest Sony A7 IV it’s still a fantastic camera in a compact form, and now even more affordable thanks to the latest iteration from its line-up.

  • Read our Sony A7 III review

BEST MIRRORLESS CAMERA

Nikon Z6

A beautifully clear EVF make composing scenes a breeze, it’s great at everything and bad at nothing

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: MirrorlessSensor: 24.5MP, Full-frame 35mmLens mount: Z-mountISO range: 100-51200 (204800 expandable)Viewfinder size/resolution: 0.5-inch, 3.69 million dotsVideo capability: 4K UHD 30FPSWeight: 705gSize: 134 x 100.5 x 69.5 mmMemory card type: 1x SD/SDHC/SDXC and UHS-II, 1x XQD/CF ExpressTODAY’S BEST DEALSVIEW AT AMAZON

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REASONS TO BUY

+Good noise handling+Feels great to use

REASONS TO AVOID

-Lenses are good, but limited range-Not as good as the Z6II for video

The Nikon Z6 is more accessible than its bigger (more expensive) brother the Z7. Sure, it has lower stills resolution, but the form factor and five-axis in-body image stabilization is identical. In fact, even though it lacks some of the extra frills the Z7 has, the Z6 actually has lower image noise because it shoots at only 24.5MP – making it ideal for capturing the night sky, especially when teamed up with a good astro lens.

Five stops of IBIS, sharp Z-mount lenses, and the ability to use Nikon’s back catalog of lenses through the FTZ adapter mean the Z6 is a go-to for almost any kind of shooting. Wildlife, sports, portraits, landscapes, product photography, you name it – the Z6 can do it. For fast captures it runs at up to 12fps for stills, and has eye/animal eye AF (if updated to the latest firmware version) to make sure you never miss focus again. If you need the professional video capture of ProRes RAW then the Z6 outputs 12K raw video to an external recorder – but you might need to have this set up at a Nikon service center first.

BEST MICRO FOUR THIRDS CAMERA

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III

A crazy amount of features sitting in a tiny form factor make the OM-D E-M5 Mark III an easy choice for those wanting to dabble in mirrorless with none of the drawbacks of a smaller system

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: MirrorlessSensor: 20MP, Micro Four ThirdsLens mount: Micro Four Thirds mountISO range: 200-25600 (64-25600 expandable)Viewfinder size/resolution: EVF OLED, 2.36m dotsVideo capability: C4K 24fps, 4K UHD 30FPSWeight: 366gSize: 125.3 x 85.2 x 49.7mmMemory card type: SD, SDHX, SDXC (UHS-II compatible)TODAY’S BEST DEALS

REASONS TO BUY

+Lightweight and portable+Five stops in-body image stabilization

REASONS TO AVOID

-Feels budget in the hand-Battery could last longer

A brilliant recent addition to the Olympus OM-D line-up, the OM-D E-M5 Mark III replaces the Mark II with a better image sensor now capable of capturing 20MP stills and improved image stabilization ability. Amazingly, it even records video well too, fitting C4K video on the small Micro Four Thirds sensor with options for 4K UHD at 30fps and full HD slow mo at 120fps.

Perfect for those who want to avoid to step-up from entry-level cameras but aren’t ready for the high-end professional bodies, the OM-D E-M5 Mark III provides excellent specs at a reasonable price and all in a teeny, tiny, lightweight body which could even slip into a coat pocket. It’s perfect for solar or lunar photography, as well as sports or wildlife thanks to the 10fps stills shooting, extendable to 15fps with continuous autofocus or which can ramp up even higher to 30fps in Pro Capture mode, though the focus will be locked on the first frame. Overall, the OM-D E-M5 Mark III is a lightweight MFT camera body that can keep up with the bigger mirrorless and DSLR competition.

BEST BUDGET CAMERA

Nikon D850

The D850 is strong, sturdy and reliable with incredible stills and video detail, fast autofocus and low image noise making it perfect for any kind of photography

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: DSLRSensor: 45.4MP, Full-frame 35mmLens mount: F-mountISO range: 64-25600 (102400 expandable)Viewfinder size/resolution: Optical, 0.75x magVideo capability: 4K UHD 30FPSWeight: 915gSize: 146 x 124 x 78.5 mmMemory card type: 1x SD/SDHC/SDXC and UHS-II, 1x XQD/CF ExpressTODAY’S BEST DEALS

REASONS TO BUY

+Capture huge images with 45.4MP stills+Impeccable weather sealing

REASONS TO AVOID

-Larger and heavier than mirrorless-Can’t use latest Z-mount lenses

If you need a camera that can do anything, and we mean anything, then the Nikon D850 is the first camera you should pick up. Even though it’s four years old (at time of writing) it still competes with the best mirrorless cameras around today. It’s equally at home shooting wildlife or sports with up to 9fps (with additional battery grip) or capturing portraits with amazing clarity when paired with one of the huge range of F-mount lenses in Nikon’s heritage.

Traditionalists will like the optical viewfinder as it allows them to view the scene directly, rather than through a screen (something you can’t do with mirrorless cameras). 4K UHD 30fps video gives awesome detail to movie footage and slow motion video capture can be achieved through the use of the 1920 x 1080 30p (x4) option providing 120fps full HD video to slow down fast-paced action by four times.

Shoot anytime in any conditions with its renowned weather sealing and rugged body capable of taking a real pounding. It even lights up with backlit illuminated buttons which show major camera settings for use in the dark, making it ideal for astrophotography without ruining night vision.

BEST BEGINNERS DSLR

Canon EOS Rebel SL3

The lightest APS-C DSLR body in the world makes the EOS Rebel SL3 ultra portable and a helpful in-built tutorial option keeps things simple for beginners

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: DSLRSensor: 24.1MP, APS-CLens mount: EF-S mountISO range: 100-25600 (51200 expanded)Viewfinder size/resolution: Optical, 0.87x magVideo capability: 4K UHD, 24fps, or Full HD 60fpsWeight: 449gSize: 122.4 x 92.6 x 69.8mmMemory card type: SD, SDHC, SDXC (UHS I only)TODAY’S BEST DEALSVIEW AT AMAZON

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REASONS TO BUY

+Small form factor+Useful vari-angle touchscreen

REASONS TO AVOID

-Limited AF points when using viewfinder-Cramped button space on device

Also known as the EOS 250D, the Canon EOS Rebel SL3 is suited to any photographer who wants to lose weight, in the camera bag that is. Billed as the lightest DSLR in the world with a movable screen it’s certainly ideal for travel photographers, those wanting to take a camera with them on holiday, or if their gear acquisition syndrome has them bogged down with a camera bag full of heavy kit.

The vari-angle touchscreen makes it easy to compose images whether held up above or down low to provide fresh vantage points without the need to climb up or lay down in awkward positions. Pros will want to give this camera a miss though as it’s much better suited for beginners or semi-pros since it only has 9AF points and can only utilize UHS-I SD cards – great for keeping the cost down. 

There’s even a useful Guided UI mode that puts the camera into a kind of tutorial mode to help guide users new to photography (and the camera) through shooting options. Creative Assist mode works by providing a set of filters, effects, and color adjustment tools to perfect images while shooting, or used to improve images after capture – perfect for creatives that don’t want to get bogged down with image editing software, at least initially.

BEST FOR STREET AND FAST PHOTOGRAPHY

Fujifilm X-T4

Beautifully classical styling meets excellent modern features with unbelievable burst speed, and highly detailed C4K video capture

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: MirrorlessSensor: 26.1MP, APS-CLens mount: X-mountISO range: 160-12800 (80-51200 expandable)Viewfinder size/resolution: 0.5inch OLED, 3.69 million dotsVideo capability: DCI 4K 60fpsWeight: 526gSize: 134.6mm x 92.8mm x 63.8mmMemory card type: SD, SDHC, SDXC (UHS-II and V90 compatible)TODAY’S BEST DEALS

REASONS TO BUY

+6.5 stops of IBIS+15fps stills shooting

REASONS TO AVOID

-Limited ISO range-Not as high res as class competitors

Fujifilm has packed a lot of camera into a small body in the X-T4 and certainly operates well enough for semi-pros to shoot with and even professionals should they want a second body. As standard it can capture stills at a blistering 15fps mechanically, and should you want to go further this little camera can use an electronic shutter with a 1.25x crop mode to reach up to 30fps – that means sports, wildlife, or any fast-paced action (even tracking solar or lunar events) is perfectly suited to the X-T4.

Nail focus every time thanks to the 425 AF points dotted throughout the X-T4’s frame as it uses a hybrid of contrast and phase-detection for accurate autofocusing. Never worry about losing a shot again as it conceals two helpful SD card slots which are both UHS-II compatible to keep up with the fast burst speed and C4K 60fps video shooting. Aided by its classical and wonderfully elegant styling the Fujifilm X-T4 is more reminiscent of the older SLRs with none of the drawbacks thanks to its latest mirrorless features. A beautiful camera with great specs makes this one of the best APS-C cameras you can buy. 

BEST FOR BEGINNERS

Nikon D3500

A small, lightweight option for DSLR enthusiasts who want a camera that can perform well in either stills or video capture but doesn’t break the bank

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: DSLRSensor: 24.5MP, APS-CLens mount: F-mountISO range: 100-25600Viewfinder size/resolution: Optical, 0.85xVideo capability: Full HD 60fpsWeight: 365gSize: 124 x 97 x 69.5 mmMemory card type: SD, SDHC, SDXC (UHS-I only)TODAY’S BEST DEALSVIEW AT AMAZONView at AmazonView at AmazonSee all prices (5 found)

REASONS TO BUY

+Small and lightweight, supremely portable+APS-C image sensor

REASONS TO AVOID

-Fixed rear screen-Only 5fps in stills mode

An entry-level, do-it-all camera, the Nikon D3500 is designed for those who want to get started in photography without committing the big bucks. A crop-sensor body, the D3500 adds an extra 1.5x crop to all lenses, which is useful for astrophotography, wildlife, and sports because it means longer reach with cheaper lenses, making distant subjects appear larger in the frame.

Its 24.5MP stills produce more than enough detail for photographs to be used online and in print, matching that of many flagship DSLR cameras across brands. This gives extra scope to crop in on subjects should composition need tweaking after capture. The D3500 records 60fps full HD video footage which is great for a camera of this size and price point. It means smooth movie capture perfect for YouTube, social media and more. It looks small and lightweight even when compared to mirrorless cameras which are known to be smaller than DSLRs. That, plus the reasonable price make this camera perfect for beginners.

It has 11 autofocus points which sit quite central in the frame. But that’s not so much of an issue since you can autofocus, lock the focus and recompose, but it does mean that focus is slightly missed when using wide apertures on telephoto lenses as the movement between focus and shutter release changes the distance of lens to subject, so users should be aware of that.

BEST FOR ONLINE CONTENT CREATORS

Panasonic Lumix G100

A great compact mirrorless designed with the content creator in mind that makes shooting a breeze without getting into the nitty gritty technical details

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: : MirrorlessSensor: : 20.3MP, Micro Four ThirdsLens mount: : Micro Four Thirds mountISO range: : 200-25600 (100 expandable)Viewfinder size/resolution: : LCD, 3.68 million dotsVideo capability: : 4K, 30fps and Full HD 60fpsWeight: : 345gSize: : 115.6 x 82.5 x 54.2mmMemory card type: : SD, SDHC, SDXC (UHS-I only)TODAY’S BEST DEALS

REASONS TO BUY

+180 degree rotating free angle monitor+Can shoot vertical videos

REASONS TO AVOID

-Lack of in-body image stabilization-4K 30fps video only (not 60fps)

This compact mirrorless camera is aimed at a content creator market who want to focus on producing good quality stills and video content for use on YouTube, Facebook, and other social media platforms. It comes with a 180 degree rotating monitor screen for selfie shooting, and it simultaneously enhances depth of field while using face tracking so that it can keep both you and the background nice and sharp.

While there is no in-body image stabilization (a surprise as this is the case with almost all the mirrorless bodies on this list) it does have 5-axis IS. This hybrid approach to image stabilization uses the lens’ optical stabilization and combines it with the camera’s electronic stabilization to produce smooth results. Note, however, that this drops to 4-axis IS when shooting 4K video.

Pushing forward on the content creator design the G100 also features intelligent microphone audio designed by Nokia called Ozo – this changes the directionality and sensitivity of the in-built microphone based on face-recognition for clearer audio without the need for an external mic.

Other upsides to this compact mirrorless include vertical video capture for social media posting without the need to edit into different aspect ratios and simple Bluetooth connectivity with a dedicated button to share content to a smartphone. 

CONCLUSION

Overall, there are many different cameras to suit each individual photographers’ needs. If you’re a beginner looking to get into photography for the first time you may want to get something a little less intimidating and choose a compact mirrorless or entry-level DSLR which can help guide you through camera settings and filters to make the best creative choices upfront. However, those looking for a little more from their kit can rely on the bigger mirrorless and DSLR camera bodies to benefit from powerful in-body image stabilization, fast burst shooting speeds, high quality 4K video capture, and an interchangeable lens format to suit almost any shooting conditions.

It’s not all about the camera body though. Lenses play a huge part in creating the image, so take some time to research what lens ranges are available (if the camera you’re looking at allows for interchangeable lenses) because some have more than others. Wide-angle lenses offer a bigger field of view for landscapes and astro, but telephoto lenses zoom in to far-away subjects like birds and athletes. Each will come with different maximum apertures, altering the camera’s settings whilst shooting to maintain good exposures. 

It’s also important to bear in mind that you’ll likely need a tripod too, especially if you’re interested in astrophotography or landscape photography. That way you can keep the camera steady with low ISO sensitivities (reducing image noise) and/or use longer shutter speeds to capture beautiful blurs of moving subjects like waterfalls or star trails.

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