Best Digital Cameras iMore 2020
While using your smartphone for photography will get you plenty of great photos, having a dedicated digital camera gives you the ability to greater control how your photos turn out. Plus, having a separate camera keeps the storage on your phone from filling up the thousands of photos. Whether you're looking for your first DSLR, you want to upgrade to something a little better, or you want a reliable point and shoot camera, here are the best digital cameras you can buy in 2019.
- Beginner DSLR: Nikon D3500
- Beginner mirrorless camera: Olympus E-PL9
- Rugged point-and-shoot: Olympus Tough
- Mirrorless camera for the pros: Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II
- Amazing 4K video: Sony A7R III
- Best all-around DSLR: Canon 80D
- Great action cam: GoPro Hero 5
This is the basic D3500 model, which comes with the standard 18-55mm lens and an ƒ/3.5-5.6 aperture. Nikon bills this as a DSLR that's as easy to use as a point-and-shoot camera, and that's mostly true. This is a 24.2-megapixel (MP) shooter that can shoot full HD 1080p video at up to 60 FPS and has built-in Bluetooth to view photos right on your phone.
If you're looking to step up your photography game from just your smartphone, the Olympus E-PL9 is an entry-level mirrorless camera that comes packed with a few great features. Its 3-axis image stabilization helps keep all your photos looking sharp, and it has wireless capabilities through the Olympus Image Share app. You can transfer your photo to your phone in a snap. Although it can film a video in 4K, its lack of audio outputs for a microphone, and no viewfinder make it much more suited for point-and-shoot-photography.
If you want a more traditional point-and-shoot digital camera, the Olympus Tough is designed to go everywhere with you. It's not only weatherproof — so hot and cold climates aren't any trouble — but it's also waterproof to a depth of 50 feet and has shooting modes that make underwater pictures pop. Its 4X optical zoom means you don't always have to get right up close to the subject of the photo. Plus, its built-in Wi-Fi makes it easy to get pics over to your phone.
Olympus's high-end OM-D E-M1 Mark II has everything a pro photographer could want in a camera. It's lightweight, weatherproof body makes shooting a breeze regardless of the conditions outside. The Olympus has included its fantastic 5-axis image stabilization to ensure all your shots come outlook as sharp as possible. It's not short on features either with 4K video, an ISO range of 64- 25,600, built-in Wi-Fi, and eight customizable buttons. The OM-D E-M1 Mark II is a top-of-the-line mirrorless camera of any pro!
Sony's made a name for itself with its mirrorless full-frame cames in recent years, and the Sony A7R III is an absolute beast for any pro. With gorgeous stabilized 4K video that can shoot at 30 or 24fps, a wide range of different lenses, and a lightweight body, you can take the A7R III with you everywhere. Go grab fantastic videos and stills of all your adventures!
With Canon's fantastic selection of lenses, user-friendly software, and all the accessories you could ever need, the Canon 80D is perfect for someone looking to upgrade their photography game. Its 3-inch LCD screen can fold out and flip around, making it super good for grabbing shots from tough angles and its 45-point autofocus system is one of the best in the business.
Even though the Hero 5 isn't GoPro's newest model, it still packs a serious punch in the action camera genre. With fantastic and simple touch controls, the ability to record in 4K, and its amazing waterproofing (up to 10 meters), the GoPro Hero 5 can go with you everywhere and capture the most intense action.
Different cameras for different skill levels
There are a ton of different cameras out there and its best to choose one that's going to fit your lifestyle as well as skill level.
If you're looking to get into photography more seriously, the Olympus E-PL9 is a great little camera that functions very similar to a point-and-shoot but has great features and additional lenses that takes your photos to the next level.
If mirrorless isn't your style, check out the Nikon D3500 for a more traditional DSLR. While this is Nikon's beginner model, Nikon has a huge variety of lenses, meaning you can easily build out a kit that works for you.
Already know a lot about photography and looking to step into the big leagues? The Canon 80D is a fantastic DSLR with fast and reliable autofocus, a wide selection of lenses, and (although still expensive) a reasonable price for the number of features it includes.
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