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The Best Cameras For Photography 2021

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Are you looking for the best camera for photography to buy in 2021? When it comes to digital cameras, there has never been a better choice on the market. So we have created a list from our experience to make choosing your next camera that bit easier. Whether you’re looking for a mirrorless camera or a DSLR, we’ve tested them all over the years to offer you this guide for world photography day on the best cameras for 2021.

Many factors will influence the camera you choose the price could be one of the most important. So do check our Special Offers Page for the latest promotions and deals. But our selection includes alternatives ranging from entry-level DSLRs to high-end professional-level mirrorless cameras.

What are the best cameras for photography?

The field of photography is rapidly expanding, and sometimes all you need to do is think outside the box. A gimbal camera may be better for your vlogging style than a standard mirrorless camera, and the finest camera phones can be far more powerful and responsive than a traditional point and shoot camera. es all you need to do is think outside the box. A gimbal camera may be better for your vlogging style. See our guide on the best cameras for vlogging.

Should you wish to speak to an expert about any of these cameras or for the best photography setup you can contact us here or use the live chat feature in the corner of your screen. Let’s have a look at some of the greatest cameras on the market right now…

Best cameras for beginners

Nikon D3500 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm AF-P VR Lens the best cameras for photography

1. Nikon D3500

Price – £449


Type: DSLR | Sensor: APS-C | Megapixels: 24.2MP | Lens mount: Nikon F | Screen: 3-inch fixed, 921,000 dots | Viewfinder: Optical | Max video resolution: Full HD | User level: Beginner

Reasons To Buy

  • Great ergonomics
  • Superb image quality
  • Versatile and affordable

Reasons Not To Buy

  • No 4K video
  • Fixed rear screen
  • Screen not touch-sensitive

The Nikon D3500 has long been one of our favourite cameras and is the best camera for beginners. The D3500 isn’t the most sophisticated DSLR on the market, but it handles well and is simple to operate. Its simplicity, controls, and the high quality of the photos it can produce make it our top choice for anybody just getting started. The D3500 is a good camera for photos but lacks a number of features, including a fixed back screen that isn’t touch-sensitive, hybrid on-sensor autofocus, and the ability to capture 4K video.

Nikon’s newest AF-P retractable kit lens is a tiny miracle that focuses incredibly quickly in live view, even without on-sensor phase-detection autofocus. Its 24-megapixel sensor provides super-sharp, super-high quality photos.

Learn more: Nikon D3500

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV Digital Camera with 14-42mm lens – Silver

Type: Mirrorless | Sensor: Micro Four Thirds | Megapixels: 20.3 | Lens mount: MFT | Screen: 3-inch 180-degree tilting touchscreen, 1,037k dots | Viewfinder: EVF, 2,360k dots | Max shooting speed: 8.7fps | Max video resolution: 4K UHD | User level: Beginner/intermediate

Reasons To Buy

  • Latest 20MP sensor
  • 5-axis in-body stabilisation
  • Small body, small lenses

Reasons Not To Buy

  • MFT sensor smaller than APS-C
  • No microphone input
  • No USB-C port

The new Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV is the best version yet with a new 20MP sensor, progressively better in-body image stabilisation, and a new flip-down and tiltable display. The Mark IV is poised to be a new favourite for anybody seeking an entry-level camera that can handle pretty much everything, retaining the 4K video and beautiful aesthetics that made the Mark III so appealing to our customers. This is one of our all-time favourite little cameras. For novices, it’s still a touch costly, but this is a fantastic tiny camera that’s far more powerful than it appears.

Learn More: Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV

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3. Fujifilm X-S10

Price – £949


Type: Mirrorless | Sensor: APS-C | Megapixels: 26.1MP | Lens mount: Fujifilm X | Screen: 3-inch vari-angle touchscreen, 1.04m dots | Viewfinder: EVF, 2,360k dots | Max continuous shooting speed: 30/8fps | Max video resolution: 4K | User level: Intermediate/Expert

Reason To Buy

  • Great sensor 
  • IBIS in a small body
  • Great handling

Reason Not To Buy

  • No weatherproofing 
  • Limited touchscreen controls
  • Not the cheapest

With in-body stabilisation and 4K video, the Fujifilm X-S10 is a terrific camera for vlogging, as well as great for stills. Its build quality and handling immediately stand out, offering it broad appeal, particularly in this price range, to provide probably the greatest combination of performance, quality, and value for APS-C mirrorless cameras now available. A vari-angle back screen is also included.

Learn More: Fujifilm X-S10

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Type: Mirrorless Sensor Size: Four-Thirds Resolution: 20.4MP Lens: Micro Four Thirds Viewfinder: 2.36M-dot OLED EVF Screen type: 3-inch vari-angle touchscreen, 1,040,000 dots Maximum continuous shooting speed: 30fpsMovies: 4K User level: Intermediate

Reasons To Buy

  • Incredible image stabilisation
  • Tiny body with excellent handling
  • Stunning Pro Capture mode

Reasons Not To Buy

  • Smaller sensor struggles in low light
  • Polycarbonate body feels like a downgrade
  • Only 20.4MP

The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III is a fantastic camera that is a suitable successor to the popular E-M5 Mark II. This new camera employs Olympus’ flagship 20.4MP Micro Four Thirds sensor, and while the sensor size is lower than APS-C, the image quality is excellent – especially considering the camera’s ability to capture 50MP photos through pixel shift. Its other abilities are equally amazing, including 6.5 stops of in-body stabilization, 30fps burst shooting (including via Pro Capture mode with 14-shot pre-buffering), C4K and 4K video, Olympus’ brilliant Live Composite modes and plenty more.

Learn More: Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III

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5. Nikon Z5

Price – £1299


Type: Mirrorless | Sensor: Full frame CMOS | Megapixels: 24.3MP | Lens mount: Nikon Z | Monitor: 3.2-inch tilting touchscreen, 1,040k dots | Continuous shooting speed: 4.5fps | Viewfinder: EVF, 3,690k dots, 100% coverage, 0.8x magnification | Max video resolution: 4K UHD at 30p | User level: Enthusiast

Reason To Buy

  • Good price for full-frame
  • Twin card slots
  • Very capable AF system

Reason Not To Buy

  • No weatherproofing 
  • Limited touchscreen controls
  • Not the cheapest

The Nikon Z5 is a sleek entry-level camera with full-frame capabilities at a reasonable price. It borrows a few ideas from professional bodies, with dual card slots and 4K UHD video, though you won’t be burst-shooting with anything faster than 4.5fps. Even so, with complete weather sealing, five-stop image stabilisation, and a stunning electronic viewfinder, anybody making their first foray into full-frame will be spoiled with choice.

What we appreciate best about this camera is its inexpensive price — it’s less than half the price of the Nikon Z6 II – and its handy retractable kit lens.

Learn More: Nikon Z5

Fujifilm X-T4

6. Fujifilm X-T4

Price – £1399


Type: Mirrorless | Sensor:: APS-C | Megapixels: 26.1MP | Lens mount: Fujifilm X | LCD: 3in vari-angle touchscreen, 1.62million dots | Viewfinder: EVF | Maximum continuous shooting speed: 30fps (electronic shutter, 1.25x crop mode) 15fps (mechanical shutter) | Max video resolution: 4K | User level: Enthusiast

Reasons To Buy

  • 6.5-stop stabilisation
  • Top-notch image quality
  • Fully articulating touchscreen

Reasons Not To Buy

  • Expensive for APS-C
  • Average buffer depth
  • Video recording limit

Are you looking for a hybrid camera that can shoot both video and stills? The Fujifilm X-T4 is the best option, with in-body image stabilisation (IBIS), quicker burst shooting, and some successful design improvements. The camera also has a larger battery (which lasts for 500 images per charge) and better focusing in most circumstances. The X-26MP T4’s APS-C sensor is still the best in its class for stills, but its performance as a video camera is where it really shines.

The IBIS is a major plus, and the X-T4 backs it up with a slew of features and a fantastic shooting experience, including a touchscreen that can be completely articulated.

Learn More: Fujifilm X-T4

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7. Nikon Z6 II

Price – £1999


Sensor size: Full-frame Resolution: 24.5MP Viewfinder: 3,690K dots Monitor: 3.2-inch tilt-angle touchscreen, 2,100K dots Autofocus: 273-point hybrid AF Maximum continuous shooting rate: 14fps Movies: 4K at 30p User level: Intermediate/expert

Reasons To Buy

  • 6.5-stop stabilisation
  • Top-notch image quality
  • Fully articulating touchscreen

Reasons Not To Buy

  • Not the most advanced AF
  • Screen isn’t vari-angle

The EXPEED 6 processor in the Z6 II delivers a slew of enhancements, including a new 14fps burst mode (up from 12fps on the Z6) and several useful focusing increases (especially for animal eye/face identification). A new UHS-II card slot joins the current XQD/CFexpress slot, and a software upgrade in February 2021 will provide a new 4K/60p video mode.

It’s a shame there’s a small delay for the latter, but the Z6 II generally improves on the Z6’s strong base. The Z6 II boasts a class-leading build quality that feels more robust than its competitors, and the 24MP full-frame BSI CMOS sensor works admirably at high ISOs.

Learn More: Nikon Z6 II

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8. Canon EOS R6

Price – £2599


Sensor size: Full-frame Resolution: 20.1MP Viewfinder: 3,690K dots Monitor: 3.0-inch tilt-angle touchscreen, 1,620K dots Autofocus: 6,072-point AF Maximum continuous shooting rate: 12fps (mechanical shutter), 20fps (electronic) Movies: 4K at 60p User level: Professional

Reasons To Buy

  • Class-leading autofocus
  • Excellent full-frame IBIS
  • Dual card slots

Reasons Not To Buy

  • Currently expensive
  • Video recording limits
  • Is 20MP enough?

The Canon EOS R6 is a more inexpensive full-frame option that is simply one of the best cameras for photography on the market today. Read our comparison with the EOS R5. This is a great upgrade if you already possess one of Canon’s early mirrorless full-framers, such as the EOS R, or any of its DSLRs. The EOS R6 features best-in-class autofocus, a fantastic in-body image stabilisation technology, and burst shooting capabilities, making it an excellent choice for wildlife or sports photography. Despite the EOS R6’s ability to shoot 4K/60p video, it lacks features such as DCI 4K and has video overheating limits (improved via firmware), making it better suited to still shooters.

Learn More: Canon EOS R6

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9. Sony A7RIV

Price – £3499


Type: Mirrorless | Sensor: Full frame CMOS | Megapixels: 61MP | Lens mount: Sony FE | Screen: 3-inch tilting touchscreen, 1,440,000 dots | Viewfinder: Electronic, 5.76m dots | Continuous shooting speed: 10fps | Max video resolution: 4K | User level: Professional

Reasons To Buy

  • 61 megapixel resolution
  • 10fps continuous shooting
  • Advanced Eye AF

Reasons Not To Buy

  • Quite expensive
  • Rolling shutter in videos
  • Touchscreen could be better

The Sony A7R Mark IV boasts the greatest resolution of any full-frame camera to date. One of the best cameras for professional photography. This camera’s 4K video capacity and 10fps continuous shooting speed – all coupled with in-body 5-axis image stabilisation and one of the world’s most powerful focusing systems, along with the world’s finest (so far) eye AF – make it one of the greatest cameras on the market. However, the vast lens range presently available, both from Sony and third-party lens makers, and the momentum the Sony brand has built up in the professional market are two of the most compelling reasons to use the Sony system.

Learn More: Sony A7RIV

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10. Canon EOS R5

Price – £4299


Type: Mirrorless | Sensor: Full frame CMOS | Megapixels: 45MP | Monitor: 3.15-inch fully articulating touchscreen, 2,100k dots | Continuous shooting speed: 12fps mechanical shutter, 20fps electronic shutter | Viewfinder: 0.5-inch OLED EVF, 5,690k dots, 100% coverage | Max video resolution: 8K DCI or UHD at 30p | User level: Professional

Reasons To Buy

  • Superb autofocus
  • Solid IBIS system
  • Good battery life

Reasons Not To Buy

  • High price
  • CFExpress cards can be costly
  • Some limitations for video

The Canon EOS R5 45MP sensor, which due to a new low-pass filter, creates photos with amazing detail, as well as the EOS-1D X Mark III’s class-leading autofocus technology, which has a massive 5,940 AF points for photography and 4,500 for video. The video specifications of the EOS R5 are nothing short of cutting-edge. It can record uncropped 8K Raw footage at up to 29.97 frames per second in 4:2:2 12-bit Canon Log or HDR PQ (both H.265) in both UHD and DCI, and Canon knows it.

4K capture at up to 119.88 frames per second is also available, and the new Frame Grab function allows you to take high-resolution 35.4MP stills from your 8K film, guaranteeing you never miss a moment. We believe this is the best mirrorless camera for photography and video should you want that hybrid option.

Learn More: Canon EOS R5

FAQ

Which is the best camera to buy for photography?

Most cameras today are excellent for photography but our favourite is the Canon EOS R5 with its 45MP and 8K video makes it a hybrid beauty capturing stunning photos.

Which camera is best for professional photography?

The canon EOS R5 or the Sony A7RIV are some of the best cameras around for professional photography. Their high megapixels sensors make for supreme image quality in the detail.

What camera do most photographers use?

Most photographers today still use DSLR’s and it’s no surprise as these cameras are at the height of their technology much like film cameras when the move to digital came in. However, you will start seeing a shift towards mirrorless cameras and the decline of compact cameras as phones become or accessible.

What are the types of cameras?

The different types of cameras are DSLR, Mirrorless, Compact cameras, Action (Adventure) Cameras, 360 Cameras, Medium Format Cameras and Traditional Film Cameras.

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