- $500 Budget
In terms of a budget-friendly option below $500, I believe that for most people, the best choice would be to simply upgrade your smartphone. Even if you have an older phone, spending a couple of hundred dollars can get you a device with an excellent camera. I've recently had the chance to test out some new phones that I can't reveal just yet, but I can assure you they are capable of capturing amazing content, including some exciting shots with exotic cars. So, make sure you're subscribed and have notifications turned on for my upcoming video where I'll explain why these phones are so impressive and how to use them to their full potential.
However, if you're determined to get a dedicated camera, there are some advantages. It provides a great learning experience for getting familiar with photography equipment, and it can give you a more professional appearance than using a phone. If that's the case, I recommend checking out the Canon T7 or its big brother, the 90D. While these cameras don't have flashy features like high-speed shooting or 4K video, they offer solid image quality with a reliable sensor. The T7, in particular, is an excellent all-around camera that you can find for well under $500, often bundled with a lens, which is quite a deal.
- $1000 Budget
Here's how I would put it: If you lean more towards photography but still want to dabble in video, the Fujifilm X-T30 is the way to go. Fujifilm X-T30 has an articulating screen rather than a flip screen, but it comes equipped with a viewfinder. It provides versatility for both photography and video.
- $1000 Budget
- 100 - 32000
The Sony ZV-E10 is designed with a strong focus on video, featuring a flip screen and various video-centric features like unlimited recording. It's loaded with options that set it apart from others in its class. Sony also has the A6400, which is quite similar to the ZV-E10 but includes a viewfinder. However, it comes at a slightly higher price point, so you should have a strong preference for Sony and the viewfinder to justify the extra cost.
- $1500 Budget
- 100 - 51,200
This is an intriguing topic because the landscape of cameras has evolved significantly in recent years. In the past, my favorite cameras used to be high-end APS-C models like the Canon 90D, which dominated the scene for quite some time. However, there has been a dramatic shift over the last few years, with full-frame cameras offering outstanding image quality becoming more affordable. These cameras, while offering slightly fewer features and perhaps slower frame rates compared to their higher-priced counterparts, are still remarkable in terms of what they deliver for the price.
One of my top choices might not be as well-known, but it's definitely worth considering: the Nikon Z5. While I haven't done a full review of it yet, it closely resembles the Nikon Z6, which I recently featured in a video. The Z5 boasts a 24-megapixel full-frame sensor, which is quite impressive. It comes with a range of excellent features, some of which are on par with more professional cameras. Notably, it has dual card slots, making it suitable for events or wedding photography. Additionally, it offers 4K video capabilities across the board. All in all, it's an amazing camera considering its price point.
Nikon may not have the widest selection of lenses compared to some other mirrorless brands, but the lenses they do offer are well-suited for this kind of prosumer-level camera. Especially for those looking to step into the world of entry-level full-frame photography, the Nikon Z5 is a camera worth considering.
- $2000 Budget
- 160 - 12,800
Around the $2,000 mark, you'll find the Fujifilm X-T4. This camera is truly remarkable, and I'm quite fond of it. I've had the chance to shoot with it extensively, and it's a fantastic piece of hardware. The X-T4 offers a unique, manual interaction style, and it not only looks amazing but also feels fantastic in your hands. You can expect excellent results from this camera. It supports 4K video at up to 60 frames per second, boasts impressive frame rates, and delivers outstanding image quality. The only downside is that it's an APS-C camera, so in low-light situations, you may notice a difference compared to full-frame options. However, it still excels in many aspects.
- $2000 Budget
- 100 - 51,200
Now, let's talk about my current favorite camera in this price range, the Nikon Z6. This camera is perfect for hybrid shooters because it offers 4K video recording, even at 60 frames per second, although there's a crop factor at that setting. It features one of my favorite video profiles and provides the capability to record raw video onto external recorders. The Z6 also offers a wide range of video features, making it an excellent choice for videographers. For photographers, it boasts phenomenal image quality with its 24-megapixel sensor. The camera even has dual card slots, which is a practical feature. While Nikon may not have the most extensive lens lineup in this category, the lenses they do offer are well-suited for this style of camera.
- $3000 Budget
For a budget of around $3,000, my top recommendation is the Canon EOS R6, and there are several compelling reasons behind this choice.
Firstly, the Canon EOS R6 is an outstanding hybrid camera that excels in many aspects. While its resolution stands at 20 megapixels, which may seem lower for certain applications like landscapes or studio work, the quality of this sensor is excellent. It offers remarkable image quality with impressive dynamic range and low-light performance. This makes it a great option for various scenarios, including low-light shooting such as wedding photography.
The camera comes equipped with dual card slots and features a flip screen, making it versatile for both photography and video shooting. This flexibility is particularly valuable if you're into shooting cars or need to capture shots from unique angles.
Canon EOS R5
- $4000 Budget
- 100 - 51,200
When it comes to a budget of up to around $4,000, my recommendation is a clear and unequivocal one: the Canon EOS R5. This camera is, without a doubt, the best you can get in this price range, and there are several compelling reasons for this choice.
For photographers, the Canon EOS R5 offers a staggering 45+ megapixels, ensuring stunning image quality across various genres, whether you're shooting sports, wildlife, studio portraits, landscapes, or anything else. The hardware is top-notch, with a superior viewfinder, a larger screen, and a versatile flip screen. It also features dual card slots compatible with CFexpress cards, which is a significant advantage.
But where the Canon EOS R5 truly shines is in its video capabilities. This camera is a powerhouse for videographers, offering 8K video recording, and it can even capture 8K in raw format. If you prefer 4K, you can record at up to 120 frames per second, and the footage is oversampled from an 8K sensor, resulting in exceptionally high-quality video. It supports 10-bit video, which provides ample color depth for post-processing.
- $5000 Budget
- 100 - 32000
Now, if your budget is in the fortunate range of $5,000 and beyond, there's a camera that stands head and shoulders above the rest – the Sony Alpha 1 (Sony A1). In fact, if cost isn't a concern, the Sony A1 is the ultimate camera to buy, offering a multitude of exceptional features.
At first glance, the Sony A1 may seem similar to the Canon EOS R5, as it boasts a high-resolution sensor with over 50 megapixels and has the ability to shoot 8K video and 4K at 120 frames per second, just like the R5. It also features dual card slots, which is a practical advantage.
However, where the Sony A1 truly distinguishes itself is with its stacked CMOS sensor, enabling incredibly fast readouts. This technology allows you to shoot at an astonishing rate of up to 30 frames per second with 50 megapixels, all without experiencing viewfinder blackout, artifacts, or rolling shutter effects that are typical in non-stacked CMOS sensors. Furthermore, you can shoot at this rapid pace in complete silence, making it ideal for scenarios like weddings or quiet environments.