The best cameras of 2019

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Even for an entry-level camera in stores, they will ask for a rather large amount. Therefore, to begin with, it is important for the buyer to decide for what purposes he takes the camera and on what budget he is counting. We made a series of tips for rationally buying the best camera in 2019, and also chose 10 devices that are the best in this segment.

Top 10 cameras

In order to facilitate your fate, we have compiled our rating of 10 cameras, which will be the best choice for buyers in 2019. We did not divide the cameras into amateur and advanced, but we ranged them according to the price-quality ratio.

1. Nikon D850

nikon d850

High resolution corresponds to high speed.

  • Type: DSLR
  • Sensor Size: Full Frame CMOS
  • Resolution: 45.4MP
  • Lens: Nikon F mount
  • Viewfinder: Optical
  • Screen Type: 3.2-inch touch screen, 2,359,000 dots
  • Maximum continuous shooting speed: 9 frames per second
  • Movies: 4K
  • User Level: Intermediate / Expert

✅ Amazing image quality

✅ Great performance

❌ Low speed real-time viewing

The price can almost immediately frighten the user, but if he is looking for the best camera that you can buy right now, then Nikon’s amazing D850 will almost certainly be out of competition. Thanks to its sophisticated 153-point autofocus system and burst speed (9 frames per second), the D850 is perhaps the best-proven camera.

2. Sony Alpha A7 III

Sony Alpha A7 III

Sony’s entry-level full-frame camera is a brilliant purchase.

  • Type: mirrorless
  • Sensor Size: Full Frame CMOS
  • Resolution: 24.2MP
  • Lens: Sony E mount
  • Viewfinder: EVF
  • Screen Type: 3.0-inch tilting touch screen
  • Maximum continuous shooting speed: 10 frames per second
  • Movies: 4K
  • User Level: Intermediate/Expert

✅ 693-point AF system

✅ 10 frames per second

❌ Limited touch screen control system

Sony’s growing line of mirrorless full-frame cameras offers an excellent alternative to Canon and Nikon DSLRs. The Alpha A7 III delivers an amazing combination of features and performance, making it a brilliant choice for the enthusiastic photographer and even professional. The model highlights an excellent 24-megapixel full-frame sensor and advanced 693-point autofocus (borrowed from the flagship Alpha A9).

3. Fujifilm X100F

Fujifilm X100F

Classic design and controls make the camera perfect.

  • Type: high-quality compact
  • Sensor: APS-C CMOS
  • Resolution: 24.3MP
  • Lens: 23 mm f / 2
  • Screen Type: 3-inch screen, 1,040,000 dots
  • Viewfinder: Hybrid
  • Maximum continuous shooting speed: 8 frames per second
  • Movies: 1080p
  • User Level: Expert

✅ Hybrid viewfinder

✅ Exceptional image quality

❌ No 4K

X100F is a great thing, but certainly not for everyone. This is a relatively compact retro-style camera with a fixed focal length of 35 mm, equivalent to an f/2.0 lens. It is designed for photographers who crave manual external control of traditional 35mm film rangefinder cameras. In general, this is a relatively specialized camera, and most of its owners probably have other devices.

4. Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400

Not the most expensive entry-level DSLR, but one of the best.

  • Type: DSLR
  • Sensor: APS-C CMOS
  • Resolution: 24.2MP
  • Lens: Nikon F (DX) mount
  • Viewfinder: Optical
  • Screen Type: 3.0-inch screen, 921,000 points
  • Maximum continuous shooting speed: 5 frames per second
  • Movies: 1080p
  • User Level: Beginner

✅ Good image quality

✅ Mode of operation

❌ No touch screen

The Nikon D3400 is based on the brilliant D3300 and is the best choice when it comes to entry-level DSLRs. Using the same design and specification as its predecessor, the D3400 adds Nikon’s Bluetooth SnapBridge to transfer images directly to the device, making photo sharing easy. The 24.2MP sensor offers good image quality, and the smart leadership mode is a useful learning tool that provides an explanation of important functions in real time.

5. Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III

Excellent performance in a super small version.

  • Type: mirrorless
  • Sensor Size: Micro Four Thirds
  • Resolution: 16.1MP
  • Lens: Micro Four Thirds
  • Screen Type: 3.0-inch touch screen, 1,370,000 dots
  • Viewfinder: EVF
  • Maximum continuous shooting speed: 8.6 frames per second
  • Movies: 4K
  • User Level: Beginner/Enthusiast

✅ Compact proportions

✅ 5-axis stabilization

❌ Weak battery

OM-D E-M10 Mark III is not a huge upgrade compared to Mark II. However, Olympus has somewhat improved and tweaked the SLR camera to make the device even more attractive to customers. Some will criticize the smaller format of the Micro Four Thirds sensors, but its impact on image quality is negligible, which means the lenses are compact and lightweight, just like the camera itself. Of the pluses: a 5-axis image stabilization system, a decent electronic viewfinder, impressive shooting speed (8.6 frames per second) and video shooting in 4K.

6. Panasonic Lumix ZS200 / TZ200

Panasonic Lumix ZS200 / TZ200

The ideal travel camera – small, versatile and with good zoom.

  • Type: travel compact
  • Sensor: 1 inch CMOS
  • Resolution: 20.1MP
  • Lens: 24-360 mm, f/3.3-6.4
  • Viewfinder: EVF
  • Screen Type: 3.0 inch touch screen, 1,240,000 dots
  • Maximum continuous shooting speed: 10 frames per second
  • Movies: 4K
  • User Level: Beginner/Enthusiast

✅ 1.0 Inch Sensor

✅ Decent 15x zoom

❌ High price

The Panasonic Lumix ZS200/TZ200 is one of the best travel options. This is partly due to the 1.0-inch sensor, which helps the device make much better images. A 15x zoom should be more than enough for most situations, and a built-in electronic viewfinder makes it easy to compose images in natural sunlight. Recording 4K video along with the Panasonic 4K Photo mode is a very useful feature for traveling.

7. Panasonic Lumix GH5S

Panasonic Lumix GH5S

The best video oriented camera.

  • Type: mirrorless
  • Sensor Size: Micro Four Thirds
  • Resolution: 10.2MP
  • Lens: Micro Four Thirds
  • Screen type: 3.2-inch touch screen with variable angle, 1,620,000 points
  • Viewfinder: EVF
  • Maximum continuous shooting: 12 frames per second
  • Movies: 4K
  • User Level: Expert

✅ Multifunctional Touch Design

✅ Brilliant video specification

❌ Weak battery

Lumix GH5S should be considered primarily as a video camera – all thanks to the 20.3-megapixel sensor and built-in image stabilization system. The wide range of video capabilities of the GH5S is impressive: for example, the camera captures cinematic frames at speeds up to 60 frames per second.

8. Canon 800D

Canon 800D

Canon’s best entry-level DSLR offers power and performance.

  • Type: DSLR
  • Sensor: APS-C CMOS
  • Resolution: 24.2MP
  • Lens: Canon EF-S
  • Viewfinder: Optical
  • Monitor: 3.0-inch touch screen with variable angle, 1,040,000 dots
  • Maximum continuous shooting speed: 6 frames per second
  • Movies: 1080p
  • User Level: Beginner

✅ Polished finish

✅ Touch screen with variable angle

❌ Only 95% viewfinder coverage

One of the best entry-level DSLRs, the EOS 800D is an update to the 750D. The resolution remains the same, but it’s a new design with improved ISO performance. Autofocus also got an update over the older model: now with a 45-point layout that is backed up by the excellent real-time AF system. The lack of 4K video and build quality leaves a little sediment, but despite this, the 800D is a great option for beginners.

9. Panasonic Lumix FZ2000

Panasonic Lumix FZ2000

A fashionable camera for a photographer who pursues quality.

  • Type: bridge camera
  • Sensor: 1.0 inch CMOS
  • Resolution: 20.1MP
  • Lens: 24-480 mm, f/2.8-4.5
  • Screen type: 3-inch screen with a variable angle, 1,040,000 dots
  • Viewfinder: EVF | Maximum continuous shooting: 12 frames per second
  • Movies: 4K
  • User Level: Intermediate/Expert

✅ Large 1-inch sensor

❌ Big, heavy and not cheap

From other devices, the model highlights a fast lens with 20x zoom, a large 1-inch matrix with a resolution of 20 MP, an extensive selection of video modes with professional functions. You can only find fault with reducing the sharpness of the image at the edges of the frame, especially at long focal lengths, as well as with a rather short battery life.

10. GoPro Hero6 Black

GoPro Hero6 Black

The king among action cameras.

  • Type: action camera
  • Sensor: 1/2.3 inch CMOS
  • Resolution: 12MP
  • Lens: f / 2.8 wide angle lens
  • Screen Type: 2-inch touch screen
  • Viewfinder: N/A
  • Movies: 4K
  • User Level: Beginner/Intermediate

✅ Sophisticated Design

✅ Great picture quality

❌ Expensive hobby gadget

GoPro Hero6 Black is the best action camera the user can buy. It has many features, including 4K shooting at up to 60 frames per second, as well as super-slow motion video at 1080p at 240 frames per second. Do not forget that the device is waterproof to a depth of 10 meters, has a convenient 2-inch touch screen, and the updated application with QuikStories automatically transfers and edits captured frames.

How to choose a camera?

Budget

First, the user needs to decide how much money he has to buy a camera. This is a good way to evaluate what level of camera he will end up with. Larger, with interchangeable lenses, more attractive cameras for shooting high-resolution images and, for example, digital SLR cameras (DSLR) cost more than 50 thousand rubles.

Use time

First of all, you need to imagine how often you plan to use the camera: daily, monthly or just a couple of times a year. If you need a camera for taking pictures on vacation, then a cheaper model can be a great option. You can advise you to purchase a compact camera in the mid-range. But if you plan to seriously engage in photography, even if at an amateur level, not professionally, you will have to invest in a more serious device.

Purpose of using the camera

The device, which is great for portraits, will not be a suitable camera for a camping trip. If the buyer plans to shoot only high-quality photos in the studio, then the choice should fall on an expensive SLR camera.

Do not forget about one general rule – more compact cameras and cameras with fewer removable or interchangeable parts are best suited for travel.

Camera Type Selection

It can be said that most users are eager to buy digital SLR cameras.

Digital SLR cameras (DSLRs) or single-lens digital cameras consist of a housing and removable lenses. This type of camera provides very high-quality images that can be enlarged to huge sizes and printed, for example, on the entire wall in the apartment. Such devices are not cheap: a good amateur DSLR costs from 50 thousand rubles. The price tag for models that provide professional-quality images starts at 100 thousand rubles.

In addition, purchasing a high-quality DSLR allows you to purchase various types of lenses — for example, wide-angle, macro, or fisheye — without having to purchase a new camera for each lens.

It is worth choosing a DSLR and for the sake of complete control over the process of shooting. Using the camera, you can adjust the shutter speed, aperture, change the ISO speed (photosensitivity) and set all the settings that it needs. However, then you will have to study and test all the settings – not all fans have the desire and time for this. Often, just automatic mode is enough.

DSLR cameras have two drawbacks – they are heavy and expensive. In addition, they are also less practical to wear.

“Point-and-shoot”

The next type of cameras are the so-called point-and-shoot (compact automatic cameras or simply “soap dishes”). These are relatively cheap cameras that are easy to use. “Point and shoot” cameras work like this: the user directs the camera at the subject, zooms in or out, and then presses the button to take the picture. Such cameras require very little effort on the part of the photographer. They usually focus and adapt to lighting conditions.

Perhaps these cameras are an ideal choice for non-professionals. In addition, they are usually very compact, easily fit in a small backpack or small handbag.

Film cameras

This option is already exotic today. Analog (film) cameras have some advantages in terms of image quality. But be prepared for the extra cost and hassle. You will have to pay for the film and display it somewhere, digitize and (or) print the photo.

The brand

The most famous camera manufacturers are Nikon or Canon. If you are looking for an inexpensive device to use it several times a year, you can buy a device of any popular brand. If you choose an advanced camera, it’s worthwhile to study in detail all the offers in the segment for which your budget is enough.