B&H Photo has been a staple in the photography and videography businesses since it was founded in 1973. Though we service more industries today, cameras remain the lifeblood of our business. We sell a wide variety of digital cameras from all the top brands like Canon, Nikon, Sony, Panasonic, Olympus, Fujifilm, Pentax, Leica, Samsung, and more. Digital camera types include Digital SLR cameras (DSLR), Mirrorless System cameras, Point-and-Shoot cameras, Medium Format cameras, and more. Read below to find out which camera type best suits your needs.
DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) cameras largely replaced film-based SLRs during the 2000s. DSLRs are the most advanced and versatile cameras available to consumers today. They give you the most control over how your pictures are taken, and are thus meant for more serious amateur photographers and professionals. DSLRs allow you complete control over exposure settings, including aperture priority, shutter priority, and various program modes. Their fast autofocus produces great shots when shooting fast-moving subjects or scenes. They also utilize an interchangeable lens system, enabling photographers to use the most appropriate lens for whatever they are shooting. Finally, DSLRs have large sensors, which generally produce higher-quality images. Learn More About DSLRs.
Mirrorless system cameras are very similar to DSLR cameras in that they use interchangeable lenses, have large sensors, and allow the photographer to use the camera in full manual, automatic, or semi-automatic modes. The main difference is the size. Mirrorless cameras are closer to the size of compact point-and-shoot cameras because they do not have the optical viewfinder that DSLRs have. Optical viewfinders use a system of mirrors that accurately show the scene about to be photographed. Mirrorless cameras forgo those for electronic viewfinders or LCD screens, which preview the scene about to be photographed. This makes them quieter, smaller, and lighter, which is ideal for more serious photographers who value discretion and portability, from wedding and theater photographers to travel photographers. Learn More About Mirrorless Cameras.
Images, and the devices that capture them, are my focus. I've covered cameras at PCMag for the past 10 years, which has given me a front row seat for the DSLR to mirrorless transition, the smartphone camera revolution, and the mainstream adoption of drones for aerial imaging. You can find me on Instagram @jamespfisher.
Shopping for a digital camera We're here to help. Our reviews cover everything from pocket-friendly models to high-end gear for pros. It's a diverse space that can be difficult to navigate if you don't spend all of your free time reading photo blogs and talking about your favorite new lens on an enthusiast forum.
Our goal is to help you find a camera that suits your needs, regardless of whether you're a family photographer looking for something better than a smartphone, or an enthusiast trying to decide between an SLR and a mirrorless camera system.
If you have an idea of what type of camera you want, check our top overall recommendations below. Otherwise, scroll down for a detailed look at the most popular camera classes and our favorites in those categories.
The Canon EOS R6 Mark II is our favorite full-frame camera for most people. It snaps attractive 24MP photos and has a class-leading autofocus system that smartly recognizes people, animals, and vehicles. With 12fps (mechanical) and 40fps (electronic shutter) bursts available, it's especially suitable for action shots, while stabilized 4K60 video should please filmmakers and vloggers.
If you want a full-frame camera, the R6 Mark II should be near the top of your list. The big sensor means you can get soft, defocused backgrounds, while the best-in-class autofocus system ensures wildlife and sports specialists won't miss their shots. It's also an easy sell if you already own Canon SLR or RF lenses. Creators with Sony glass can look to the a7 IV as an alternative because it offers competitive performance for the same price.
The Canon EOS R7 is a mirrorless camera tailor-made for photographers who want to capture sports, wildlife, and other subjects that call for fast, accurate autofocus. And the R7 excels at identifying people, pets, wildlife, and race cars. The 32.5MP APS-C format image sensor matches well with telephoto lenses, offers plenty of resolution for crops, and supports 4K60 video for cinema and vlogs. Weather-protected, magnesium construction makes the R7 a camera you can take out into the world.
The R7 is a good fit for photo enthusiasts and pros alike, especially those with an eye for action photography and a need for 15fps subject tracking. As a main camera, the R7 is versatile enough for landscape and studio work, too, while video is an option for cinema projects. Family photographers may miss a built-in flash, however, and should look at the EOS R10 or Fujifilm X-T30 II instead. We also see the EOS R7 as a good backup camera for pros with an EOS R5 or R3, as well as SLR holdouts looking to upgrade from an EOS 7D or 90D series body.
The GoPro Hero11 Black is the camera for video-first creators who want to document outdoor adventures, dives, extreme sports, or just vlog. It supports 5.3K60 and 4K120 resolution, records incredibly stable footage without the need for a gimbal, and is small enough to mount pretty much anywhere. The 8:7 format sensor offers flexibility to pull out 16:9 and 9:16 video from the same clip. Optional accessories like the Media Mod cage and microphone, as well as the ultra-wide Max Lens mod, make it a bit more versatile than budget action cams. We also like that it's waterproof to 33 feet.
The Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 is one of the more affordable full-frame cameras available and we especially like its extra-wide 20-60mm kit zoom, which is particularly useful for cityscapes, landscapes, and vlogs. For the price, it's also hard to beat the full-frame 24MP photos and 10-bit 4K; we really love the way the S5 handles, too. On the downside, its L-Mount lens system isn't as fully-formed as rivals Canon or Sony. Its contrast-detection focus system isn't as good for action shots as alternatives that rely on phase detection, either.
If you're looking to make vlogs and want the full-frame look, the S5 is a solid starting platform. Its front-facing screen, 5-axis sensor stabilization, and 10-bit 4K are all marks in its favor. For photography the picture quality is excellent, and a 96MP multi-shot mode is an option for landscape, architectural, and macro specialists. For action, the 6fps tracking focus system is limiting, though, so think about a fast crop-sensor camera like the EOS R7, or a midrange full-framer like the Sony a7 IV if you need more speed.
Fresher cameras from other manufacturers give it a run for its money, but the crop-sensor Sony a6400 still offers capable subject tracking, 11fps drive, and 4K30 video. The huge library of E-mount lenses it supports is also a major selling point because it gives you so many options to expand your creativity.
The Sony a7 IV is a real do-it-all mirrorless camera. It sports a 33MP full-frame sensor, a plus for wildlife photogs who want to crop but don't want to spend big on a 7R IV model, superb tracking autofocus with 10fps, and stabilized 10-bit 4K60 video for vloggers. There are loads of lenses available too, with plenty of both affordable and high-end options. Third-party lens makers, including Sigma and Tamron, bolster Sony's FE lens line.
Creators shopping for a full-frame camera that can handle nearly any task should take a close look at the a7 IV. The SLR-style body pairs well with lenses big and small, while a front-facing LCD is an option for present-to-camera video. It's an easy pick as an upgrade for creators coming from a Sony a6000-series mirrorless or older a7. If you have Canon lenses or accessories, the EOS R6 Mark II is likely a better fit as is the Z 6 II if you're on the Nikon ship. But for photogs without system baggage, the a7 IV is a great starter camera, especially for folks who want to try different lenses.
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VII is, simply put, the best pocket camera out there. It sports a big Type 1 sensor for blurred backgrounds and good results in tough light, along with a long 24-200mm equivalent zoom for versatile coverage and a clever pop-up viewfinder. Autofocus is topflight too, while a stacked CMOS sensor supports 20fps bursts and 4K video.
The RX100 VII is a camera for die-hard photogs who want a quality camera with a pocketable form factor, price be damned. Its lens covers a wide range of angles, so you can get an epic landscape views and zoom in on the local fauna, too. Meanwhile, the EVF supports eye-level shots for photography.
The EOS R10 is the most affordable entry-point to the EOS R system, but it offers much better than basic performance. We love its versatility as an easy-to-use automatic camera for beginners and a fully manual one for long-time enthusiasts. Creators of all skill levels can benefit from autofocus that can identify and track people, pets, birds and wildlife, and motorsports vehicles at a 15fps pace. If you're stepping up from a Canon Rebel SLR, you can use the EF-EOS R adapter to bring your current lenses along for the ride.
Out of all the recent attempts to make a camera just for vlogging, we think the Sony ZV-1 is the best option. The pocket camera sports a front-facing screen and a really, really good microphone, along with a bright f/1.8-2.8 zoom and Type 1 sensor for defocused backgrounds. For video, 4K30 and 1080p slow-mo are available.
The ZV-1 is the camera to get if you want to start vlogging, but don't want to buy a ton of lenses, accessories, and other gadgets. You might still want to add a gimbal for Steadicam-smooth footage, but you can get sharp videos and good sound from the ZV-1 right out of the box. Sony also has a swappable lens model, the ZV-E10, for more advanced creators, but that model requires you to invest in some additional accessories to get the best results. 59ce067264