Best Canon Digital Cameras iMore 2021
Some of the best digital cameras this year come from Canon. Founded in the 1930s, Canon has consistently put out top-of-the-line tools for photographers. Whether you're looking for a DSLR, point and shoot, or a mirrorless, here are our picks for the best Canon digital cameras of the year.
- Best Canon camera ever: Canon EOS R5
- Best budget point and shoot: Canon PowerShot ELPH 190
- Best beginner DSLR kit: Canon EOS Rebel T7
- Best entry-level full-frame mirrorless: Canon EOS RP
- Best pro action shooter: Canon EOS 1D Mark III
- Best intermediate DSLR: Canon EOS 90D
- Best full-frame mirrorless for most: Canon EOS R6
- Best for vlogging: Canon EOS M6 Mark II
- Best pro DSLR: Canon 5D Mark IV
- Best advanced point and shoot: Canon PowerShot G7X Mark III
- Best instant camera: Canon IVY CLIQ 2
- Best crop sensor mirrorless: Canon EOS M50 Mark II
Best Canon camera ever: Canon EOS R5Staff Pick
The R5 is the newest flagship full-frame camera in Canon's mirrorless lineup. With 45MP, dual memory card slots, up to 20fps, 1,053 AF points, IBIS, 8K video, and an ISO range that produces sharp photos in any light, the R5 has enviable specs. It's expensive, yes, but it currently outperforms others cameras in its class and will be relevant for years to come. And you can still use your favorite classic DSLR lenses when you invest in Canon's lens adapter mount adapter. Dollar for dollar, spec for spec, this the best Canon camera on the market today.
Best budget point and shoot: Canon PowerShot ELPH 190
When you need a small but well-balanced point and shoot, this is the one to grab. Compact enough to pocket, Canon's PowerShot ELPH 190 has 20MP and built-in image stabilization, so you get clear shots every time you press the shutter button. The 10X optical zoom inside this model helps you hone in on subjects at a distance and grab tack sharp photos. You'll also get Wi-Fi and NFC for sharing and transferring photos, plus 720p HD video capability. Grab it in blue, red, or black.
Best beginner DSLR kit: Canon EOS Rebel T7
If you're upgrading from a point and shoot to a DSLR for the first time, the Canon EOS Rebel T7 kit is the best place to start. The internals include a 24.1MP crop sensor, built-in Wi-Fi and NFC tech, a nine-point AF system, and an onboard flash. The controls and menu system are easy to learn yet advanced enough to make this a camera you can grow into overtime. This kit comes with Canon's highly-regarded 18-55mm lens. The files Canon outputs on the T7 work perfectly with any photo editor, including Adobe Photoshop.
Best entry-level full-frame mirrorless: Canon EOS RP
The Canon EOS RP is a full-frame mirrorless camera that's a good fit for all ages and skill levels. It has a 26.2MP CMOS sensor, 4K video recording, a 3-inch variable angle touchscreen, and built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Controls are logically placed, and the menu system is easy to navigate. The grip is beefy enough not to strain your fingers while the camera remains small enough to use for an extended period. This is a take-anywhere full-frame camera that's sure to please those looking to make the jump into the world of photography.
Best pro action shooter: Canon EOS 1D Mark III
It's the priciest DSLR on our list of the best Canon digital cameras and the most feature-rich. The highly-regarded 1DX Mark III has a 20.1MP sensor, dual CFexpress card slots, an ISO range that's unbeatable, and a 191-point AF system. It shoots up to 20fps and is the best Canon camera for action and wildlife photographers. This is a beast of a camera built like a tank, so it's not the camera you want to take hiking, but the dynamic range and autofocus make it a favorite amongst professional action shooters.
Best intermediate DSLR: Canon EOS 90D
The Canon EOS 90D is a crop sensor DSLR with built-in WI-Fi and Bluetooth. It has the familiar feel of a DSLR without being too heavy for days when you're out on the hiking trail or capturing memories of the family. The touchscreen on the back helps you frame and view photos, while the eyepiece lets you frame photos the traditional way. There are 45-points of focus on the 90D, and it shoots 4K UHD at 30fps. If you're stepping up from a point and shoot or like to take action shots, the 90D is a good choice. Bonus: you can use this camera as a webcam.
Best full-frame mirrorless for most: Canon EOS R6
There's no getting around the fact that most full-frame cameras are expensive, especially when they're new releases. The Canon EOS R6 comes fresh to the market with a 20MP sensor, 4K 60fps video, and 5-axis in-body image stabilization. It's a versatile full-frame mirrorless camera that ranks as one of the best Canon digital cameras out today. Everyone from professionals who need a backup body to those making the switch from crop sensor to full-frame will love the intuitive controls, sturdy body, and excellent image quality found in the newly released R6.
Best for vlogging: Canon EOS M6 Mark II
If you live stream or produce YouTube videos, you want this video creator kit. The Canon EOS M6 Mark II is a mirrorless camera with 32.5MP, 14fps continuous shooting, Dual Pixel CMOS AF, and it shoots 30fps in 4K. With a swivel screen, you can set the M6 Mark II up on a desk or tripod, frame yourself perfectly, and start streaming in seconds.
Best pro DSLR: Canon 5D Mark IV
Pros worldwide trust Canon's 5D line for its versatility, superb image quality, and extensive lens collection. Their latest professional DSLR is the 5D Mark IV. This full-frame model has a 30.4MP sensor with an impressive ISO range that captures bright, crisp images day or night. The 5D Mark IV also has 4K Motion JPEG video that shoots at 30fps, plus Full HD, allowing for 60fps shooting. The autofocus in this camera is smooth and accurate and grabs 7fps when grabbing images continuously.
Best advanced point and shoot: Canon PowerShot G7X Mark III
If you want a pocketable point-and-shoot with a little more under the hood, grab the Canon PowerShot G7X Mark III. It has a tilt LCD and shoots 4K, so it's perfect for vlogging or videos of the family. It's no slouch in the photo department either. This tiny camera has 20.1MP, a 2x optical zoom, and built-in optical stabilization.
Best instant camera: Canon IVY CLIQ 2
We love today's best instant cameras. They're fun, affordable, and small enough to tuck in a pocket—the Canon IVY CLIQ 2 prints out stickers using ZINK technology. There's a large selfie mirror on this camera, a built-in printer for instant results, and a MicroSD card that lets you save photos to share to social media.
Best crop sensor mirrorless: Canon EOS M50 Mark II
Ideal for beginners and enthusiasts, the Canon M50 Mark II strikes the right balance between point and shoot cameras aimed at beginners and pricier DSLRs and full-frame mirrorless models. The M50 Mark II has a 24.1MP APS-C sensor, shoots in 4K UHD at 24fps, and has a built-in OLED EVF with touch and drag autofocus. This is a smallish camera with a deep, comfortable grip that's right up your alley if you take family, vacation, or action photos. The M50 Mark II comes in black and white, and there's a 15-45mm kit lens included.
Best action zoom: Canon PowerShot SX540 HS
Those who take pictures of birds or action on a football field will want the Canon PowerShot SX540. The 50X zoom gives you the power to get up close to action and animals far away without moving your feet. The SX540 has built-in Wi-Fi and NFC to share images, and it comes with a 20.3MP CMOS sensor. You can also grab video in 1080p Full HD. If you're into action or wildlife photography or love to take photos of your kids who can't sit still, this is one of the best Canon digital cameras around.
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These are the best of the best Canon digital cameras this year. Which is right for you? It's the one that fits your specific needs. Some will need a heavy-duty DSLR and all the DSLR accessories at their disposal, and others may only require a pocketable point and shoot.
The model I think tops the Best Canon Digital Cameras list is the Canon EOS R5. This full-frame camera snaps beautiful, high-resolution photos and video and is useable for any style of photography.
If you want an inexpensive point and shoot you can take to the beach or use for family photos, pick up the Canon PowerShot ELPH 190. It has a 10X optical zoom, image stabilization, and the price is nice. And if you take pics of wildlife or action from a distance, the Canon PowerShot SX540 is the camera you want. It has a built-in 50X Optical Zoom and a 20.3MP sensor that work in tandem to deliver stunning image quality.
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