5 Popular Camera Brands and their Top Cameras for 2019

Are you thinking of investing in a DSLR camera but not sure which brand to go for?  Innovative specifications, latest features, unique design, and best functionality are the hallmark of a good camera brand.  But what makes the best camera for you is how that tool fills your needs and satisfies your wants.  Let us look at some of the top brands and their most popular cameras for 2019.

Canon

Canon cameras have been popular among professionals and serious amateurs for decades.  The high-quality camera boasts of superb picture quality, stunning performance, and advanced specifications and this has helped in creating a loyal fan base of its own.  Canon has made lenses, 35 mm cameras, movie cameras, video cameras and digital cameras for professionals and other users and was founded in 1937.  Their professional camera line has been a favourite of sports and wildlife photographers since the original Canon F-1 was introduced.  Their professional digital EOS camera was the first full frame digital SLR for sale that had tested image quality of its sensor that beat Kodachrome, the benchmark of quality for many photographers.  Products range from the simplest point and shoot, to professional video cameras that have interchangeable lenses.

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark IV – much loved y the professionals for its versatility.  Great image quality, rugged build, various 4k video limitations, LCD fixed in place and still very much the pro-favourite all-rounder in the EOS line.
  • Canon EOS Rebel T7i/EOS 800D – big features in a small body.  All-cross-type AF system, Dual Pixel CMOS AF is great, and Viewfinder presents 95% coverage.  No 4K video.
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II – APS-C sensor, weather-resistant design, great response overall.  Targeted at outdoors photographers for sports, wildlife or anything in between.  No Wi-Fi or 4K video.
  • Canon EOS Rebel SL2/EOS 200D – for beginners.  Many entry-level DSLRs suffer from being somewhat bland on the spec sheet and uninspiring to use, but the EOS Rebel SL2 adds a handful of useful technologies.
  • Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II – this is a compact type camera with a sturdy body and lovely default image quality.  This camera boasts a 1in sensor, Raw shooting with post-capture adjustment, and full manual control over exposure and focus to get your images looking their best in camera.  Lens a little soft at wide-angle and No 4K video.
  • Canon EOS 5DS R – is a megapixel monster that delivers exquisite detail.  Full-frame CMOS sensor, superb detail, great AF performance, restricted ISO range, no 4k video.  One of the most obvious choices for anyone needing masses of detail to be recorded in their images.
  • Canon EOS M50 – mirrorless tiny but mighty camera.  Great viewfinder and touchscreen, lovely image quality, build quality could be better, 4K crop factor.  This camera offers DSLR-like handling, strong autofocus and sound image quality in a very compact form.

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  • Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III – Aps-C sensor and a zoom makes this on of a kind.  Excellent sensor-to-size ration, refined touchscreen interface, battery life, video limited to Full HD.  Not the newest camera, but the only compact to combine an APS-C sensor with a built-in-zoom lens.
  • Canon EOS-1D X Mark II – as good as it gets.  Full-frame CMOS sensor, incredible response, very strong AF tracking, touchscreen control could be better.  The EOS-1D series is the darling of sports photographers worldwide, and this most recent iteration bring many layers of new technology to broaden its appeal among working professionals.

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Nikon

Nikon has set up new standards in terms of performance and product design.  It has become a world leader because of its credible commitment to maintain, enhance and incorporate the latest innovation and advanced technology in its product line.  Formed in 1917, Nikon started making cameras in 1946.  After making rangefinder cameras for several years, the Nikon F professional 35mm SLR system is what really made the brand start to stand out in the minds of photographers.  Professionals and anyone who desires a high-quality camera system uses Nikon.

  • Nikon Z6– full frame mirrorless camera, high resolution EVF, 12fps burst shooting, XQD card format has limited support, limited buffer depth.  This camera offers great features and performance that should keep both professionals and enthusiasts happy.
  • Nikon D850 – is a full-frame CMOS camera still the choice of many professionals.  Brilliant image quality, excellent AF performance, live view AF speed, SnapBridge is far from perfect.  One of Nikon’s most desirable DSLR cameras, great for wedding, landscape, portrait and wildlife photography.
  • Nikon D3500 – a great entry into the world of photography.  APS-C CMOS sensor, very affordable, great image quality, no 4K video, no built-in sensor cleaning, includes a 1,550-shot batter life that is better than every other camera in its class.
  • Nikon D750 – Full frame camera without killing the bank.  Lightweight body, excellent dynamic range, no 4K video, LCD isn’t touch sensitive.  Intended as a compact, light and more affordable full-frame solution.
  • Nikon D7500 – APS-C CMOS sensor, great image quality, advanced AF system, only one card slot, LCD screen only has 921 dots.  While Nikon’s D500 may appear to have a few advantages over the D7500 on paper, the fact that this newer model borrows many key features from its sibling and costs significantly less, makes it a better proposition overall.
  • Nikon D5 – full-frame CMOS sensor, brilliant AF system, high-ISO performance, big and heavy.  Pretty much as good as it gets in Nikons current DSLR line-up with regards to speed and response for the action-shooting photographer.
  • Nikon D5300 – DSLR, plenty of physical control, great image quality, no 4K video capture.  Despite being updated by the D5500 and D5600m its still a great option for those getting into photography, with a feature-set that rivals newer models at the same price point.
  • Nikon Coolpix P900 – huge zoom, good autofocus, tiny sensor means average images, no RAW shooting.  It’s the most affordable and considerably smaller P900 that deserves consideration if high-zoom photography is what you are looking for.
  • Nikon Coolpix W300 – deep waterproof capabilities, 4K video recording, metering could be more consistent, can be fiddly to operate.  Nikon’s waterproof compact manages to partner its well-rounded spec sheet with good looking design.

Sony

Sony video has always had a fine reputation and a large following, especially among professional users.  When Sony took over the Minolta line of still cameras, they added that to their stellar reputation.  Aligned with the high-quality optics of Zeiss, Sony has some of the best video an still cameras around.  Sony APS-C and full frame digital SLRs are superb tools.  Sony sees to have really made a huge impact in the APS-C and full frame mirrorless camera world.  Sony mirrorless cameras combine high quality imaging with advances and improvements in size and form factors to end up with an amazing camera system.

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  • Sony a7 III – the latest model in Sony’s line-up of powerful a7 cameras, which aren’t quite the top tier, but also costs a little less. 35 mm Full-frame back-illuminated CMOS sensor and a still photo capture resolution of 24.2 megapixels.  Also capable of 4K recording with high dynamic range. (HDR)
  • Sony a6400 – latest addition to Sony’s camera line sits just below the a6500 and above the 6300.  it works in the Sony e-Mount space, sporting an APS-C sensor to give a 24.2MP resolution capability.  The 11fps shutter speed and the ISO range of 100-32000 ensure that this camera fits in at the top.

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  • Sony Cyber-Shot HX80 – a compact point-and-shoot budget camera.  It features a CMOS sensor with 18.2 megapixels and boasts a dazzling 30x optical zoom and a tilt able LCD screen.
  • Sony Alpha a9 – a powerful pick for pro photographers.  This is a compact interchangeable lens camera with a 35mm full-frame back-illuminated CMOS sensor that’s stacked directly onto memory for extra fast image processing.
  • Sony a6500 – features include a 5-axis image stabilisation so you can shoot even if you don’t the steadiest hands.  It also has an electronic viewfinder an LCD monitor, 425 phase-detection auto focus points and 4K video recording.

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  • Sony a99 II – the a99 II is not your typical SLR, it uses a stationary translucent mirror that enables Sony’s Hybrid Phase Detection AF System.  This auto-focus system uses the camera’s image sensor for 399-point auto-focus, but the translucent mirror bounces light up to a dedicated 79-point auto focus sensor that can continue to focus on your subject between shots.
  • Sony Cybershot RXO – Sony’s action camera has an ultra-compact design like GoPro’s action cameras and has the rugged specs you would expect from this type of camera; waterproofing down to 10 meters, shock proofing for falls from up to 2 meters, and crush-proofing.    Inside this durable housing, the camera packs a CMOS sensor with 15.3 megapixels behind a 24mm f/4.0 Zeiss lens.  This camera is capable of shooting in continuous 16 frame-per-second bursts, can record video in Full HD and capture slow-mo videos.
  • Sony Cyber-Shot RX10 IV – blends the simplicity of a point-and-shoot camera with the capability of a much more complex camera.  CMOS sensor with 20.1 megapixels behind a 24-600mm zoom lens that offers 25x optical zoom.
  • Sony Cyber-Shot RX1R II – comes with a 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor boasting 42.4 megapixels.  It has a fixed 35mm f/2.0 Zeiss lens capable of shooting macro photos of subjects just 20 centimetres away.  With a retractable electronic viewfinder and tiltable LCD screen, giving plenty of flexibility.

Olympus

In business since 1919, Olympus has been making cameras since 1936.  Already a designer of innovatively small cameras, Olympus really made waves with the OM system of 35mm SLRs.  Olympus has been a leader in high quality, compact photo equipment for professionals and other serious users and the trend continues with an innovative line of digital cameras, both SLR and mirrorless.

  • Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II – great build and quality handling, 5-axis in-body stabilisation.  The Olympus OM-D E-M5 II is a worthy update, with upgraded image sensor and processor and a fully articulated touchscreen.
  • Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III – is an entry-level mirrorless camera.  Smart styling with tilting touchscreen, clear high-res electronic viewfinder, modest 16.1 MP count.  The camera also has 5-axis image stabilisation, simple yet effective controls and 4K movie capture.
  • Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II – is a powerful sports/action camera featuring 15fps burst and an impressive image stabilisation.  Complex menu system and is 20MP enough?  It is designed for speed with 15fps continuous shooting and an amazing 60fps mode with the focus locked on the first frame.
  • Olympus OM-D E-M1X – a mirrorless camera for the pro sports market.  With integrated grip for bigger battery capacity and duplicated horizontal/vertical shooting controls and a dual processing system that dramatically ups the game for autofocus tracking, with a new AI system for recognising and tracking subjects.

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  • Olympus PEN E-PL9 – Mirrorless retro chic design camera.  4K video, no viewfinder, 16.1 MP count.  Comes with a 180-degree selfie/vlogging screen and 4K video.
  • – Mirrorless camera, no 4K video.  While attractive to look at, it is a serious camera with logical controls, a high-res tilting touch screen, and effective sensor-shift stabilisation.

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  • Olympus PEN-F – a beautiful retro design mirrorless camera, but at a price.  Features a 20-3MP image sensor, 5-axis image stabilisation, advanced controls and a built-in viewfinder.

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  • Olympus TG-5 – a compact camera with a tough build and 25-100mm zoom lens.  This camera can take pretty much any punishment you throw at it; you can crop it from a height of 2.1m, submerge it in 15 =m of water, freeze it down to -10C and even try crushing it with a 100Kg weight.

Fujifilm

Opening as a photographic film manufacturer in 1934, Fujifilm, AKA, Fuji has been a leader in the global photography market for decades.  Cameras and photographic equipment have been made under the brand names Fuji, Fujinon, Fujica, Fujifilm, Fotorama, Instax and FinePix.  Digital cameras range from small point and shoot cameras to medium format cameras, with their APS-C sensor mirrorless cameras being favoured by both pros and hobbyists.

  • Fujifilm X-T3 – a real multipurpose body, with a sensor and features to keep up with full-frame cameras.  Best all-around mirrorless camera from Fuji.  Weatherproof, ergonomic body, dual UHS-II SD card slots, 3-axis tilting LCD, excellent autofocus, incredible video options.  If you shoot in RAW, the X-Trans 4 sensor captures more information than ever before.  The rear LCD doesn’t flip forward and no colour histogram while shooting.

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  • Fujifilm X-H1 – this camera is a little bigger making it a better match for longer or heavier lenses.  Most obvious reason to choose this is IBIS.  The IBIS in the X-H1 works well, so if you shoot primarily handheld without stabilised prime lenses, then this versatile Fuji Camera is an obvious choice.  Using IBIS to control ISO levels on an APS-C sensor camera is a big advantage as you can shoot handheld at much slower shutter speeds than you would do otherwise.  If you need to be able to shoot handheld in low light, this is the camera to get.
  • Fujifilm X-T100 – a super compact entry-level mirrorless camera.  With a built-in electronic viewfinder, 3-way tilt touch screen, 4K film ability and includes a detachable grip.  The perfect first camera if you are new to photography.

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  • Fujifilm X-T30 – essentially a smaller, lighter version of the X-T3.  It uses the same processor, same phase-detection system, and even the same frame rate capability.  If you want the     X-T3 but can’t afford it, this the camera to buy.  Features 425-point phase-detect autofocus system, excellent face detection capabilities, small and light and 4K video.
  • Fujifilm X100F – hybrid viewfinder, sharp and fast lens, highly customizable, in-lens ND filter.  With the F model, Fujifilm has created an incredibly versatile, high quality rangefinder camera with style!  The sharp lens, professional image quality, and no-hassle compact size makes this the perfect everyday carry camera.
  • Fujifilm GFX 50R – roughly the size of a DSLR, this camera combines incredible image capturing performance of a medium format camera, the hand-held familiarity of a DSLR, and the irresistible film-like design we all know and love in a Fujifilm camera.  For serious photographers looking for the exceptional image quality of a medium format camera.