Best Cameras

We live in a wonderful era where it is almost impossible to purchase a bad digital camera. Save for the truly cheapo models, you can create stunning imagery and gorgeous videos from anything, be it a smartphone or an action cam or a point-and-shoot or a DSLR or a mirrorless system. From Apple, Canon, and Fujifilm to Nikon to Panasonic, Olympus, Sony, and beyond, everyone makes stunning cameras.

The trick, dear readers, is figuring out which model YOU need.

This "what do I need" generally comes down to a host of things like budget, skill-level, ergonomics, features & specs, image sensor size, lens compatibility, and so on. Do you only have a few hundred dollars to spend? Do you primarily shoot landscapes or sports? Do you want a camera that excels at shooting video and takes nice pictures, or a camera that excels at shooting still images but can also capture video?

So let's dive into our favorite cameras, all of which deliver an excellent balance of overall image quality and value.

Last Updated December 2018  Cameras are not listed in order of preference. Click a link below to skip directly to each section.

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Best Point-and-Shoot Cameras Best Smartphone Cameras Best All-in-One Cameras
Best Cameras Under $300 Best Cameras Under $500 Best Cameras Under $1000
Best Cameras Under $1500 Best Cameras Under $2000 Best Cameras Over $2000
Best Entry-Level Cameras Best DSLR & ILC Cameras: Enthusiast Level Best Advanced & Pro Cameras
  Best Drones & Action Cameras  

Full-Frame DSLR & Mirrorless

35mm image sensors for enthusiasts, professionals, & advanced photographers.

Sony A7 III  nikon-z6  Canon EOS R  Nikon D850 

Nikon Z7  Sony a7R III  Sony a9  Canon 1DX II 

Older Alternatives:
Nikon D810 Nikon D750 Sony Alpha 7R
Pentax K-3 Nikon D610 Canon 5D Mark III
Canon EOS 5D Mark II        


APS-C DSLR & Mirrorless

1.5/1.6x-crop image sensors for entry-level, enthusiast, professional, & advanced photographers.

Fujifilm X-T3  Sony A6500  canon-eos-80d  Nikon D500 

Nikon D7500  Canon 77D  Sony A6300  Fuji X-H1 

Canon SL2  Nikno D5600  Fuji X-T2  Nikon D3500 

Older Alternatives:

Canon EOS Rebel T6i Canon EOS Rebel T5 Nikon D3300
Canon EOS Rebel T5i Pentax K-5 II Nikon D5200
Canon EOS 60D Canon EOS Rebel T4i Nikon D5100
Fujifilm X-Pro2 Fujifilm X-T10 Fujifilm X-A2

Micro Four-Thirds Mirrorless Cameras

2x-crop image sensors for entry-level, enthusiast, professional, & advanced photographers.
olympus-e-m1 mk2  Panasonic GH5  Panasonic G9  Olympus PEN-F 
Panasonic GH5S  Olymps OM-D E-M5 Mark II  Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III  fuji-x-e1 

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G85 Olympus OM-D E-M10
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G7 Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GX8 Olynpus PEN Lite E-PL7


All-in-One (aka Bridge Cameras)

canon-powershot-g1x  nikon-p7700  fujifilm-x100s  olympus-xz-10-ihs 

Canon PowerShot G5 X Canon PowerShot G3 X    
Olympus Stylus SH-2 Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Fujifilm X100T
Canon PowerShot G7 X Canon PowerShot G16 Fujifilm XQ1
Pentax MX-1 Olympus Stylus XZ-2 Nikon Coolpix P330
Canon PowerShot G15 FujiFilm FinePix X-S1    

Entry-Level Compact

canon-a2600  sony-cybershot-dsc-w730  canon-powershot-elph-130--is  canon-powershot-a1400 

Ultra Compact

canon-powershot-elph-110-hs  samsung-mv800  sony-cyber-shot-dsc-wx80  canon-powershot-elph-330-hs 

Olympus XZ-10 iHS Nikon S1200pj PENTAX RZ18



canon-powershot-sx50-hs  sony-h200  nikon-coolpix-p510  olympus-sz-16-ihs 

Panasonic Lumic DMC-FZ2500 Panasonic Lumic DMC-FZ1000 Canon PowerShot SX60 HS


Compact Super-Zoom

olympus-sh-50  canon-powershot-sx280-hs  samsung-wb800f  sony-cyber-shot-dsc-wx300 

Canon PowerShot SX600 HS Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS    
Canon PowerShot SX160 IS Nikon Coolpix S9500


olympus-tg-630-ihs  canon-powershot-d20  olympus-tg-830-ihs  olympus-tg2-ihs 
Nikon Coolpix AW120 Nikon Coolpix AW110
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