What’s the best camera you can buy right now? Okay, we admit it – it’s an impossible question to answer, but we’ll do our best to make sure you end up buying the right camera for you. 

You see, the best camera for a pro photographer is a million miles away from the best camera for an adventure sports nut or a novice shooter just making their first steps in photography. 

But if you just want to know what we think are the top ten cameras that are available right now – regardless of user level or price point – then keep on reading.

What we’ve done then is to pick out what we think are the standout cameras in their fields, so you’ll find everything here from cheap and cheerful compact cameras to advanced full-frame DSLRs. 

This will mean that while some have some mouthwatering features and performance, others make the grade because they’re amazing value for what they offer or because they are just brilliant at the job they’ve been designed for.

All these are cameras have been extensively tried and tested by ourselves, so if you want to know any more about any of them as well as check out sample images, just click the link to the full review.

Along the way we’ll explain some of the jargon and the differences between cameras, though if you need a bit more help deciding what kind of camera you need, you can get a lot more information from our special step-by-step guide: What camera should I buy?

On the other hand, you may already have a clear idea of the kind of camera you want, in which case you could go straight to one of our more specific camera buying guides at the bottom of the page. Otherwise read on to find out our picks of the best cameras available right now…

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Best cameras in 2019

Best camera: Nikon Z6

1. Nikon Z6

Nikon’s full-frame mirrorless camera is a triumph

Type: Mirrorless | Sensor size: Full-frame CMOS | Resolution: 24.5MP | Lens: Nikon Z mount | Viewfinder: EVF | Screen type: 3.2-inch tilting touchscreen, 2,100,000 dots | Maximum continuous shooting speed: 12fps | Movies: 4K | User level: Intermediate/expert

High-resolution EVF

Familiar and refined handling

XQD card format has limited support

Limited buffer depth

Our top mirrorless camera until recently was the brilliant Alpha A7 III from Sony, but the arrival of Nikon’s new Z6 means it now just misses out, though it’s very close. Nikon has been late to the full-frame mirrorless party, but the wait’s been worth it. Launching alongside the 45.7MP Z7, the Z6 is hard to beat for the price and offers a stunning blend of features and performance that makes its a brilliant choice for the enthusiast photographer or pro looking for a second body. The 24.5MP full-frame sensor is excellent, while the 273-point AF system (while not quite as sophisticated as the 693-point AF in the A7 III) and 12fps burst shooting should mean you’ll never miss another shot. Handling is polished too, while the large and bright electronic viewfinder is a joy to use. Excellent.

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2. Fujifilm X-T30

Probably our favourite APS-C mirrorless camera right now

Sensor size: APS-C | Resolution: 26.1MP | Viewfinder: 2,360K dots | Monitor: 3.0-inch tilt-angle touchscreen, 1,040K dots | Autofocus: 425-point AF | Maximum continuous shooting rate: 8fps | Movies: 4K at 30p | User level: Expert

Superb value for money

Excellent images and lovely videos

Small body can be fiddly

One card slot

Fujifilm has made a habit of squishing the best bits from its senior models into cheaper offerings once some time has passed, and the X-T30 is the latest camera to arrive with that idea. With so much from the X-T3 inside a more compact body – including the same sensor and processing engine, and largely the same AF system and video capabilities – you really can’t argue with what you’re getting for the money. No other mirrorless camera at this level can touch it right now, and while the more senior X-T3 holds a number of advantages, the X-T30’s small size, feature set and price point makes it that little bit stronger overall.

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Best camera: Nikon D850

3. Nikon D850

High resolution meets high speed

Type: DSLR | Sensor size: Full-frame CMOS | Resolution: 45.4MP | Lens: Nikon F mount | Viewfinder: Optical | Screen type: 3.2-inch tilting touchscreen, 2,359,000 dots | Maximum continuous shooting speed: 7fps | Movies: 4K | User level: Intermediate/expert

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Stunning image quality

Excellent performance

Slow Live View AF speed

SnapBridge connectivity

It may be expensive, but if you’re looking for the best DSLR money can buy right now, then Nikon’s fabulous D850 DSLR pretty much ticks every box. Packing in a brilliant 45.4MP full-frame sensor, image quality is simply stunning. But that’s just half the story. Thanks to a sophisticated 153-point AF system and 9fps burst shooting speed, the D850 is and incredibly versatile piece of kit, just a home shooting action and wildlife as it is landscapes and portraits. The arrival of the Z6 and Z7 might overshadow the D850, but this is still a brilliant camera. 

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Best camera: Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III

4. Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III

Top-notch performance in a super-small package

Type: Mirrorless | Sensor size: Micro Four Thirds | Resolution: 16.1MP | Lens: Micro Four Thirds | Screen type: 3.0-inch tilting touchscreen, 1,370,000 dots | Viewfinder: EVF | Maximum continuous shooting rate: 8.6fps | Movies: 4K | User level: Beginner/enthusiast

Compact proportions

5-axis stabilisation

Smaller sensor than some

Battery life could be better

While the main specification of the OM-D E-M10 Mark III doesn’t offer a huge upgrade from the Mark II, Olympus has refined and tweaked one of our favorite mirrorless cameras to make it an even more tempting proposition for new users and enthusiasts alike. Some will criticise the smaller Micro Four Thirds sensor format (roughly half the area of APS-C) but the effect on image quality is minor and it means that the lenses are as compact and lightweight as the camera itself. Sporting a 5-axis image stabilization system, decent electronic viewfinder, an impressive 8.6fps burst shooting speed and 4K video, it’s no toy – the E-M10 Mark III is a properly powerful camera. If you can wait a little be longer, then Fujifilm’s X-T30 looks like it might be the camera to dislodge the E-M10 Mark III. However, we won’t know until we’ve fully tested it. 

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Best camera: Nikon D3500

5. Nikon D3500

Not the most expensive entry-level DSLR, but we think it’s the best

Type: DSLR | Sensor: APS-C CMOS | Resolution: 24.2MP | Lens: Nikon F mount (DX) | Viewfinder: Optical | Screen type: 3.0-inch screen, 921,000 dots | Maximum continuous shooting speed: 5fps | Movies: 1080p | User level: Beginner

Today’s best Nikon D3500 deals

Good image quality

Guide mode

Fixed screen

No touchscreen

Nikon’s D3500 is our top pick when it comes to entry-level DSLRs. While it shares quite a few features with the D3400, upgrades for the D3500 include a new 24.2MP sensor, better battery life (to a staggering 1,550 shots) and refined exterior controls. The D3500 is a great camera to pick up and use if this is your first DSLR, with its clever Guide Mode a useful learning tool that gives real-time explanations of important features. There’s no touchscreen, but otherwise, this is our favorite entry-level DSLR right now. 

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6. Sony A7 III

Quality results partnered with speedy operation

Sensor size: Full-frame | Resolution: 24.2MP | Viewfinder: 2,359K dots | Monitor: 3.0-inch tilt-angle touchscreen, 921K dots | Autofocus: 693-point AF | Maximum continuous shooting rate: 10fps | Movies: 4K at 30p | User level: Intermediate/expert

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