These are the best cameras in the world right now

Trying to find the best camera for you? It can be a slightly overwhelming decision, but our in-depth guide to the best cameras of all kinds is here to help you work out which one is your perfect match. So whether you’re looking for a mirrorless camera, DSLR or action cam, we’ve done all the testing and heavy lifting to help you arrive at the right decision.

 

Our regularly updated guide is based on our in-depth testing of all the latest cameras, which means it’s packed with the latest advice. And for those who are worried about what’s coming around the corner, we’ve created a short ‘coming soon’ section below for confirmed models that are in the pipeline this year.

How do you decide the best camera for you from our shortlist below? There are a few factors to bear in mind when making your decision. The obvious one is budget, so our list contains options from ranging from beginner DSLRs to high-end professional mirrorless powerhouses.

As you can see below, the best cameras come in all different shapes and sizes. The Fujifilm X100V, for example, is a superb street photography sidekick, but it’s not particularly versatile. Looking for an all-rounder? The full-frame Nikon Z7 II is a top choice and offers fantastic handling and speedy performance for hobbyist shooters.

It’s a great time for anyone who’s looking to upgrade from their smartphone to their first ‘proper’ camera, too. We’ve seen some very strong enthusiast-level all-rounders launch recently. The Fujifilm X-S10 and Nikon Z50 both offer versatile, travel-friendly mirrorless photography at good prices. Experienced photographers, though, may prefer a full-frame model like the Canon EOS R6 or Nikon Z6 II. The Sony A1, meanwhile, is arguably the best mirrorless camera ever made, if overkill for most.

 

Every camera in our list has earned its place because it offers something special or unique. That could be top-end performance, impressive handling or simply excellent value for money. From stills-focused pro models to the ultimate vlogging options, every camera featured represents the best in its particular class.

 

Our overall pick for the title of best camera for most people is Fujifilm X-T4. Versatile, powerful and distinctive, it’s the best hybrid camera on the market at the moment. But that doesn’t mean it’s the perfect option for you, especially if you’ve already invested in lenses from another manufacturer. The Sony A7 III, for example, is a slightly older option that continues to represent outstanding value for money.

Look through the entire guide below and you’re sure to find a camera that best fits your shooting needs. Every entry is a proven performer – all you need to do is pick which one best fits your needs and budget.

Coming soon…

 

Concerned about camera launches that just around the corner? While the arrival of new models won’t instantly make our recommendations below any worse, it’s always good to know you’re investing in the best camera at the right time. So here’s a short guide to the latest confirmed camera launches for 2021.

 

The big two ‘development announcements’ we’ve heard recently are for the Canon EOS R3 and Nikon Z9, which are both high-end, professional mirrorless cameras for sports photographers. For the vast majority of photographers, these will be overkill, but it’ll be fascinating to see what treats they do deliver when they both launch later in 2021. 

 

Beyond those two, there are only rumors of a Nikon Z30 (expected to be a hobbyist mirrorless camera), Fujifilm GFX50S (likely to be a medium format camera) and Sony A7 IV. But given those remain just speculation right now, they shouldn’t factor too much in your buying decision right now. As of today, these are the best cameras you can buy, and they’re all cracking options in their genres.

Sony A7 III

Still one of the best full-frame cameras around

SPECIFICATIONS
Sensor size: Full-frame
Resolution: 24.2MP
Viewfinder: 2,359K dots
Monitor: 3.0-inch tilt-angle touchscreen, 921K dots
Autofocus: 693-point AF
Maximum continuous shooting rate: 10fps
Movies: 4K at 30p
User level: Intermediate/expert
REASONS TO BUY
+Great 24MP sensor+Sensor-based stabilization
REASONS TO AVOID
Weather-sealing could be better Some EVF tearing
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