We all agree on statement that buying the best digital camera have never been easy.
The entire entry level market of cameras has been shaken up due to mirrorless cameras and smartphones. At the same time, pro features such as 4k video recording and fast frame rate features have dribbled down to the enthusiast models.
Nowadays Buying a digital camera is totally different experience due to Smartphone cameras getting latest features and are more portable when compared to DSLRs.
In this article we have highlighted some of our favorite models after testing almost all the cameras currently available in market.
We are continuously going to update this list to bring you the best cameras even if you are on limited budget.
Best Digital Cameras 2018
|Canon EOS 5D Mark IV|
|Sony’s Alpha A9|
|Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II|
|Panasonic Lumix ZS100 / TZ100|
|Canon EOS Rebel T7i / 800D|
1) Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is one of the latest pro level SLR. This camera looks a lot like the 5D Mark III and comes with a 30MP sensor that use Canon’s Dual Pixel AF technology.
Other features of this camera includes image processor that capture up to 7fps, an improved 30MP image sensor and 4K video recording functionality.
It comes in a reasonably sized full-frame body, weighing in at 1.8 pounds and due to its deep, accommodating grip it will fit comfortably on your hand.
When compared to 5D Mark III, the battery life of 5D Mark IV using optical viewfinder (950 shots) isn’t quite as good, but is better via Live View (200 shots).
The only downside of this camera is it doesn’t come with built-in flash but, it’s not a big issue for most pros, who normally rely on studio lighting.
Rear controls of EOS 5D Mark IV includes Menu and Info along with a column of buttons to the left of the LCD. These column of buttons includes “Zoom, Picture Style/Split View, Play, Rate and Delete” buttons and other controls such as the Q button feature that could be adjusted via touch or by using the rear joystick.
This camera has a built-in GPS and Wi-Fi feature that lets user beam images to their smartphone using the iOS and Android Canon Camera Connect app. So, for travel photographers it is one the best camera for capturing quick, candid moments.
Due to all these features Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is one of the best digital slr camera and is included in our Best Digital Cameras 2018 list.
2) Fujifilm X-T2
If you are looking for one of the fastest shooting mirrorless camera that gives the highest quality images, then you should check out Fujifilm X-T2.
X-T2 comes with a 24MP APS-C X-Trans III image sensor that gives an incredible autofocus system and can track moving targets easily even at 8fps.
When it comes to design, the front side of this camera comes with a customizable Fn2 button and a controls. Both of these are easily accessible via your right hand.
The bottom corner of this camera have a focus toggle switch (Manual, Continuous, Single) and users will need to adjust it using their left hand. There is a Shutter Speed dial at the right side of top plate.
The rear LCD of Fujifilm X-T2 is 3 inches in size, having viewfinder being one of the largest and its brightness can easily be boosted for use in outdoor conditions due to it’s very crisp 1,040k-dot resolution.
X-T2 also includes a number of film emulation modes similar to other Fujifilm X cameras.
The built-in Wi-Fi feature in this camera makes it possible to easily transfer images directly to your iOS or Android devices for quick online sharing using the free Fuji Cam Remote app. This app also comes with plenty of manual controls and a feature to set a focus point by simply tapping on your phone’s screen.
While testing this camera when we switched to continuous autofocus mode, the 8fps burst rate was maintained. So, Fujifilm X-T2 gives an incredible hit rate in terms of focus.
This camera also comes with feature to shoot video up to 4K quality.
So, if you are looking for the best mirrorless camera that Fujifilm has made to date, we would recommend X-T2. It is the best choice for photographers who normally shoots fast-moving action and looking for best small digital camera.
3) Nikon D500
The Nikon D500 is totally aimed at professional photographers and serious enthusiast who are looking for a smaller but at the same time a lighter camera than comes with a full-frame (FX) model like the D5 and D810.
D500 is also designed keeping in mind the professionals who might be looking for the camera having focal length magnification of DX-format sensor.
Other features of this camera includes but not limited to having
- 4K video recording feature.
- APS-C CMOS sensor up to 20.9MP.
- This camera also comes with a 3.2-inch tilt-angle touchscreen.
One notable thing about D500 is its APS-C sensor that comes with comes 20.9 million pixels, that is comparatively less when compared to other 24MP DSLRs from Nikon of same format. This is helpful when capturing photos or videos in low-light.
The only downside of this camera is that it comes with a maximum continuous shooting rate of 10 fps which is comparatively less when compared to D5 that can hit 12fps and also comes with the ability to record 4K UHD movies.
For videographers D500 is better option when compared to D5 as D5’s 4K recording capability is only limited to maximum three minutes, that when compared to D500 is less as D500 can shoot 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) 30p/25p/24p video up to 30 minutes.
Another awesome feature that make the Nikon D500 better when compared to D5 is the presence of new SnapBridge technology, that enables the camera to easily linked to any smart phone or any another smart device using Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connectivity feature.
This makes D500 a better option for travelers as once the connection will be made the images will then be transferred automatically to the user’s phone whenever they will shoot, and it will make it easier for them to share these pictures via the internet when they will pick up their phone.
4) Sony Alpha A9
If you are a Professional Photographer, then you may remember the time when if you wanted a full frame professional quality camera it had to be either a Canon or Nikon DSLR. There was no third option.
Nowadays, Sony’s growing range of full-frame mirror less cameras offer some of the best alternatives and Alpha A9 is one of the best.
The Sony’s Alpha A9 doesn’t fail to impress us with it’s incredibly fast 20fps burst shooting, and offers almost all the features and functionalities a Professional Photographer might be looking for in Canon or Nikon DSLRs.
- Comes with a capable and Incredibly fast AF technology.
- Blistering performance.
- Its viewfinder doesn’t blackout like some Canon and Nikon DSLRs.
- Easy customization options.
- 24MP sensor.
- Perform 60 AF/AE tracking calculations per second.
- Offers 4K video recording features.
- T doesn’t come with XQD card slots.
- Difficult to balance with long lenses.
- Weather sealing not too good when compared to Canon and Nikon DSLRs.
- limited touchscreen control options.
- Low Battery life.
When compared to 42.2MP Alpha A7R II it has very fewer pixels but still it offers a slight resolution advantage over the Canon 1D X Mark II and Nikon D5 20-odd megapixels but it’s basically architecture of chip and it is one of the key elements here.
The stacked design Alpha A9 comes with a high-speed processing circuit and an integrated DRAM memory module that helps to push data through the sensor and results in sensor that allows to read data 20 times faster than normal. This would have been only possible otherwise if user enables the Alpha A9 to shoot 362 JPEG images or 20fps for 241 raw files.
The EVF on A9 is bigger and better when compared to large EVF on Alpha A7R II and A9 can record Full HD at 120fps at up to 100Mbps.
So, if you are looking for the biggest competitor of Nikon and Canon then, Sony Alpha A9 is the one you should go with.
5) Fujifilm X100F
Fujifilm X100F is another addition to the Fujifilm’s X100 series that has been long considered the best affordable camera for photographers.
This latest version, X100F keeps the historic design of previous models but at the same time, many different features of this new model can be compared to the top notch pocket cameras currently available in market such as the sensor resolution of Fujifilm X100F is increased to 24MP, and this new model includes an improved autofocus system.
The X100F model measures in at 2.9 by 5.0 by 2.1in (HWD) and at the same time weighs only about a pound. This model comes with a fixed 23mm f/2 lens and an APS-C image sensor.
The rear display of this camera is a fixed LCD panel without the support for touch input. It is 3 inches in size. The viewing angles of this camera are very strong, and at full brightness, it makes it very easy to see the image even under very bright sunlight.
One of the best thing about Fujifilm X100F camera is the Film Simulation settings to be available on this camera. Users can quickly shoot images with a Standard look.
This camera also lets its users transfer images directly to their smartphones or tabs using the free Fuji Camera Remote app available for both iOS and Android devices in order to share images on their social media accounts directly.
The X100F also comes with built-in ports including micro HDMI port, microphone input, and micro USB port.
The lens of Fujifilm X100F is almost same i.e. 23mm f/2 lens that comes in the earlier X100 models.
The only downside of this camera is that its lens lacks stabilization and the video quality of this camera is limited to 1080p.
Other than that The Fujifilm X100F comes with almost everything some of the best compact digital cameras have and is a good choice if you are looking for camera other than those offered by Nikon, Sony and Canon.
6) Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II
Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II is aimed at Professionals and enthusiasts looking for more creative and better options without going through the complexity of most SLRs. E-M10 Mark II is one of the Olympus’s advanced OM-D cameras and offers features that were not available initially in Olympus cameras.
- Smaller in size.
- Comes with an excellent EVF.
- Gives many different customization options and versatile.
- It comes with a smaller sensor.
- Doesn’t support 4k Video recording.
- 4K time-lapse available but only at 5fps.
- Doesn’t comes with vari-angle screen.
When compared with the original E-M10, the E-M10 II comes with 16Mp Four Thirds type sensor having TruePic VII processing engine and is capable of shooting jpeg and raw still images and at the same time Full HD movies.
For stills and video modes, in order to reduce blur or shake Olympus have improved image stabilization system in order to operate it over 5 axis instead of 3 and have given this camera 4 stops of shutter speed instead of 3.5.
Olympus Mark II comes with a 2,360,000-dot OLED finder which is significantly a better option when compared to OM-D E-M10’s 1,440,000-dot electronic viewfinder.
It is not possible to record 4K videos with Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II. On the other hand, this camera comes with an improved EM10’s time lapse feature having the ability to create 4K time lapse movies in-camera.
So, if you are looking for a creative camera having almost all the features of a Professional SLR then, OM-D E-M10 Mark II is a good choice.
7) Panasonic Lumix ZS100 / TZ100
ZS100 (also known as TZ100 outside the US) is almost similar in size when compared to the earlier ZS/TZ-series cameras but have a much larger sensor.
This enables the pixels of ZS100 to be 2.4x bigger when compared to the models such as Lumix ZS70 and is one of the best additions to the Panasonic Travel Cameras.
Pros and Cons of this camera are as follows
- It comes with a 1.0-inch sensor.
- Includes 10x zoom lens.
- Offers Touchscreen control.
- Built-in Wi-Fi Feature.
- Records 4K video.
- Small electronic viewfinder.
- Fixed screen is another drawback.
- handgrip could have been better.
larger 1-inch type device with 20.1 million effective pixels. One inch sensors have become very popular in the past few years, first with Sony’s RX100 range, and more lately, with Canon’s latest G series compact cameras.
A 1.0-inch sensor that comes Panasonic Lumix ZS100 / TZ100 straightaway raises it above the most travel cameras offered in same category. A 1.0-inch sensor is the same found in some of the best Panasonic’s bridge cameras.
This camera also includes a new Venus Engine processor and a 25-250mm f/2.8-5.9 zoom lens.
The optical zoom up to 10x makes the Panasonic ZS100 belong to an entirely new category of travel cameras having premium quality super zoom lens.
Panasonic ZS100 also comes with 4K video recording capability at about 30 frames per second (fps) and at the same time 4K Picture modes are also present giving this camera ability to shoot 8MP still images at 30 fps.
Another premium feature this camera comes with is its ability to record jpeg and raw files too having shutter speed 60-1/2000 sec.
While testing this camera what we don’t understand is that although Panasonic Lumix ZS100 / TZ100 comes with a built-in Wi-Fi connectivity feature but still NFC technology is missing.
So, if you are looking for a high end camera that comes with incredible performance and high-end features then Panasonic Lumix ZS100 / TZ100 is a good choice.
8) Canon EOS Rebel T7i / 800D
Canon EOS Rebel T7i is one of the best entry-level DSLRs. It is also known as the EOS 800D outside the united states and is an updated version of EOS Rebel T6i / 750D.
The improvements in this new model includes but not limited to new design having high ISO performance, Autofocus of T7i is also better compared to older version of this model and have a 45-point arrangement that comes with excellent live view Auto Focus system.
The newly designed graphical interface of this camera is more appealing to new users. Some of the pro’s and con’s of this camera includes
- Provides Excellent touchscreen control.
- User-friendly interface.
- Comes with touchscreen controls.
- Comes with a Live View AF feature.
- Better image quality.
- No 4K video recording feature.
- Body comes with a Plastic finish.
- Viewfinder coverage is only 95%.
Canon’s has established itself as one of our favorite entry-level DSLRs. It’s packed with a range of features perfect for the new user, while the polished handling makes it a pleasure to use.
Since this camera offers the same 24.2MP resolution similar to it’s earlier version T6i / EOS 750D, but the sensor of this new camera has been overhauled and uses almost similar technology used in EOS 80D. Due to this new sensor we get an improved autofocus performance too.
When it comes to sensitivity then Rebel T7i / 800D offers range of ISO100-25,600 that’s an expansion over the 12,800 ISO ceiling of earlier T6i model.
Even in this camera model Canon has stuck with the same vari-angle 3.0-inch touchscreen display having resolution of 1,040,000 dots but with a slight boost in resolution and at the same time increase in size to 3.2-inches (matches the Nikon D5600),
The only downside of this camera is that it doesn’t offers 4K video capturing feature that is becoming more of a standard in most cameras at the moment. T7i only offers video recording up to Full HD having ability to captured at 60p.
Canon have also equipped Rebel T7i / 800D with image stabilization system that enables to shoot hand-held footages at 5-axis.
This camera is fundamentally designed to work with video not stills and at the same time have the ability to counter unwanted camera movement.
EOS Rebel T7i / EOS 800D also offers a new 18-55mm kit lens that is being currently offered as a starter kit along with the camera.
So, we can say that the only thing that is absent from EOS Rebel T7i / 800D is the ability to record 4K video and at the same time quality of exterior materials of this camera also disappoints a little bit but despite this all T7i / EOS 800D is one of the best DSLR for Photography and video recording in HD.
The Best Digital Cameras Buyer’s Guide
From simple point-and-shoot compact Cameras to high end Professional level full-frame DSLRs, we have explained the differences.
Now it’s up to you to decide which camera suits your needs and requirements.
DSLRs are at the moment considered the best choice for ‘serious’ professional level photographers, and at the same time there are some great options available for students too. You can take a look at all the Highest quality cameras available from our list above and get the best one that suits your needs since it is only a one-time investment.
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