This article will give you details as well as pros and cons of every camera on the list.
I did find a newer version of one of my cameras there and I have to say it’s a great one. So maybe I’ll take their word for it the next time I’m about to update my camera gear!
The best camera you can buy isn’t always the one that costs the most money. People want different things from their cameras, so while pros will want a powerful DSLR at the heart of an extensive system of lenses and accessories, it will be big, heavy, awkward and almost certainly not the ‘best’ camera for the rest of us.
Photography enthusiasts want the best combination of performance and versatility for their money, which could be a DSLR or a mirrorless camera – both take interchangeable lenses. Or maybe what you actually need is a high-end compact camera with the controls of a digital SLR in a body you can fit in your pocket? Or a long-zoom bridge camera capable of tackling just about any subject under the sun?
And the fact is that for many of us a camera is just a tool. As long the picture quality is good enough, the camera just has to be easy, affordable and effective. So we’ve picked the 10 best cameras you can buy right now across this whole spectrum of users, and along the way we’ll explain the pros and cons of each type.
1. Nikon D810
The top DSLR for quality conscious experts and professionals
The Nikon D810 has an ultra-high resolution full frame sensor and a surprisingly affordable price tag for a professional camera. In fact, many well-heeled enthusiasts have scraped up the cash to buy it too. It has no anti-aliasing filter in front of the sensor which produces even sharper fine detail. The D810 is a classic DSLR which shows the view through the lens via a mirror (which flips up at the moment of exposure) and an optical viewfinder, and it’s at the centre of a huge range of lenses and other accessories for both amateurs and pros.
2. Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Pro performance on an amateur budget, and perfect for action
One of the reasons the Nikon D810 is so expensive is its full-frame sensor. Most non-professional DSLRs, though, use smaller APS-C size sensors, which deliver quality that’s almost as good at a much lower cost. This is the sensor size used in the Canon EOS 7D Mark II, which designed for sports, action and wildlife photography where speed and responsiveness are paramount. It’s the first enthusiast DSLR to shoot continuously at 10 frames per second, matching the speed of professional DSLRs like the Canon-1D X and Nikon D4s but at a much lower cost.
3. Fuji X-T1
A mirrorless camera that looks and works like a top DSLR
Mirrorless cameras (also called compact system cameras) are really catching on. They take interchangeable lenses, just like DSLRs, but instead of using a mirror and an optical viewfinder they display the image captured ‘live’ on the LCD or, if they have on, in an electronic viewfinder. The Fuji X-T1 is one of our favourites. It looks, feels and handles just like a traditional 35mm film SLR and Fuji’s excellent X-Trans sensor delivers rich, film-like colours and high levels of detail.