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The 7 Best Digital Cameras - Summer 2024 Reviews

Updated Jul 02, 2024 at 02:50 pm
Best Digital Cameras

Digital cameras come in all shapes and sizes, with models designed to cater to a range of budgets and experience levels. These include conventional DSLR cameras with comfortable ergonomics and established lens ecosystems, mirrorless models with cutting-edge autofocus systems and advanced video specs, and travel-friendly point-and-shoots, not to mention more niche models like retro-chic rangefinder-style cameras and bridge cameras with built-in superzoom lenses. With such a wide range of cameras on offer, it can be hard to narrow down your options.

Thankfully, we've done some of that work for you. We've bought over 100 cameras, and below, you'll find the best digital cameras that we've tested and recommend. We've limited the focus here to interchangeable-lens cameras, but if you're looking for a compact fixed-lens camera, you can check out our selection of the best compact cameras. And if you're just getting started with photography, you might be better served by our best cameras for beginners. Finally, if you're looking for a camera to shoot videos with, check out the best 4k video cameras or the best vlogging cameras we've tested.

  1. Best Digital Camera

    The Canon EOS R6 Mark II is the best overall camera we've tested. This enthusiast hybrid camera is well-built, has excellent ergonomics, and is well-suited to a wide range of photo and video work. Its high-resolution full-frame sensor captures excellent image quality, with plenty of dynamic range to preserve detail and impressive noise handling in low light. The camera is also a video powerhouse, with uncropped 4k recording at up to 60 fps, internal 10-bit 4:2:2 color, and a very effective in-body image stabilization (IBIS) system.

    That said, Canon's RF lens ecosystem is still being built out, so there aren't as many lens options as an alternative like the Sony α7 IV. The Sony is a fantastic option in its own right, with a higher-resolution sensor, similar video specs, and a very reliable autofocus system. However, it has a slower max burst rate, particularly when shooting uncompressed RAW files, and doesn't support external RAW video output. You can't go wrong with either of these cameras, but the Canon has a slight edge for those reasons.

    See our review

  2. Best Digital Camera For Video

    If you need a camera for advanced video work, the Panasonic LUMIX S5 II offers incredible value for its price. It doesn't have features like RAW video output or internal ProRes support out of the box (you'll have to get the Panasonic LUMIX S5 IIX or purchase an "upgrade key" at additional cost for that). However, it's still a very capable video camera with plenty to offer for most shooters. That includes 6k open gate recording and oversampled 4k recording at up to 60 fps, plus a dedicated Slow & Quick mode for slow-motion capture. The camera also has an excellent IBIS system, and its full-frame sensor is well-suited to shooting in less controlled lighting conditions.

    If you need those more advanced features, the Fujifilm X-H2S is a fantastic alternative with an APS-C sensor. It's a video powerhouse that supports external RAW video recording and internal Apple ProRes codecs from the jump. The stacked design of its sensor also keeps rolling shutter distortion to a minimum, which is great for sweeping action shots. That said, the X-H2S is pricier than the Panasonic and is likely overkill for most people. Lens options, on the other hand, are more readily available and more affordable for Fuji's X mount.

    See our review

  3. Best APS-C Digital Camera

    If you prefer the portability and generally lower price offered by a smaller sensor, consider the Fujifilm X-T5. At 40.2 megapixels, its sensor has the highest resolution of any APS-C sensor on the market, giving you stunningly detailed images and lots of leeway to crop in your photos if needed. With its portable design, dedicated exposure dials, and three-way tilting screen, the X-T5's photography-first design is also great for street or travel photos.

    Though it's aimed primarily at photographers, the camera has some surprisingly impressive video specs, with internal 10-bit capture, Log recording, and 4k video at up to 60 fps without a crop. The Fujifilm X-H2 uses the exact same sensor as the X-T5 and is tailored even more towards pros and hybrid shooters, with a CFexpress card slot and 8k video capture. Still, it's bulkier and pricier, so we recommend the X-T5 for most people. If you want to save even more money, you can buy older used models in the X-T series, like the Fujifilm X-T4, which still holds up very well despite having a lower-resolution sensor and lacking some of the latest video features.

    See our review

  4. Best Mid-Range Digital Camera

    A long-awaited update to Sony's APS-C lineup, the Sony α6700 is one of the best mid-range cameras on the market. With advanced video specs that bring it up to today's standards—including 4k 120 fps capture, internal 10-bit 4:2:2 recording, and IBIS—it's a great choice for hybrid and video shooters. It's no slouch for photography, either, with a 26-megapixel backside-illuminated APS-C sensor that captures stunning images with plenty of detail and dynamic range, along with best-in-class autofocus.

    That said, the camera does have some limitations. If, for example, you need RAW video output, the Fujifilm X-S20 has you covered and also supports 6.2k open gate recording. 4k recording is, however, capped at 60 fps on the Fuji, and its autofocus system is less reliable. Sports and wildlife shooters may also prefer the slightly pricier Canon EOS R7, which has better ergonomics and faster burst shooting but a more limited lens selection.

    See our review

  5. Best Entry-Level Digital Camera

    Canon is king when it comes to entry-level models, with a range of affordable, easy-to-use bodies at different price points. The best of these is the Canon EOS R10, which marries the familiar ergonomics and intuitive interface Canon is known for with a great APS-C sensor, some surprisingly advanced video specs, and one of the best autofocus systems you can find at this price point. The biggest drawback is that lens selection for Canon's RF mount is still quite limited, but if that isn't a dealbreaker, there's plenty to love here.

    Alternatives with more established lens lineups include the Fujifilm X-S10 and the Sony α6400. The Fujifilm is one of the few cameras at this price point with IBIS, which can help you get smoother handheld shots, though its autofocus is much less reliable than that of the R10. Meanwhile, the α6400 is behind the times for video features and has a less intuitive user interface and ergonomics, but there are a wide range of native and third-party E-mount lenses to choose from. Its AF holds up quite well, too, and it's a little cheaper.

    See our review

  6. Best Budget Digital Camera

    If you're on a tighter budget, the Canon EOS R50 is one of the best-value mirrorless cameras you can get, short of buying a camera secondhand. Like the Canon EOS R10, it features a simple interface and intuitive controls that are ideal for beginners, but it has a more compact body. On top of that, it has a good autofocus system, albeit a simpler version of the AF found on the R10, and good video features for the price, including 4k recording at up to 30 fps.

    As part of Canon's RF system, it's compatible with both APS-C and full-frame lenses. Though overall lens options are still relatively limited, that makes it a great choice if you see yourself upgrading to a full-frame body down the line. The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV is a good alternative if you want something even more compact. It's part of the Micro Four Thirds system, so it makes for a more portable overall kit and even includes IBIS, a rarity at this price point, but its autofocus isn't nearly as reliable.

    See our review

  7. Best Cheap Digital Camera

    You could argue smartphones have replaced truly "cheap" interchangeable-lens cameras, but the Canon EOS Rebel T7/2000D is one of the most affordable interchangeable-lens cameras you can still buy brand new. You won't find top-notch build quality or too many extra features at this price point—the T7 doesn't even have a flip-out touchscreen. But if you want to get a feel for photography beyond pointing your phone and tapping a screen, this camera will get you there without spending a fortune.

    While this is a very pared-down camera, it still features a great APS-C sensor capable of capturing excellent photos, especially when paired with a good lens. On that front, if you outgrow the kit lens, you'll have plenty of options within Canon's well-established EF/EF-S ecosystem, which includes quite a few high-value lenses that won't break the bank. For a mirrorless alternative, the Canon EOS R100 is a solid, cheap option with a similarly pared-down design. There are fewer lens options, so we prefer the Rebel T7, but the R100 may be an attractive alternative if you want something more portable.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Nikon Z f: The Nikon Z f is a full-frame mirrorless camera designed to resemble a vintage Nikon SLR. It's an excellent camera for style-conscious shooters and street photographers, with a more portable design than the Canon EOS R6 Mark II, but its ergonomics can take some getting used to, and it has slightly worse video specs. See our review
  • OM SYSTEM OM-1 Mark II: The OM SYSTEM OM-1 Mark II is an excellent digital camera with a Micro Four Thirds sensor. It's a more portable system than the full-frame Canon EOS R6 Mark II, with even quicker burst shooting and more effective IBIS. However, it's less well-rounded for video work and has a less reliable autofocus system. See our review
  • Sony α7C II: The Sony α7C II is a full-frame camera with a compact body. Borrowing its sensor from the Sony α7 IV, it captures excellent overall image quality. However, it has worse ergonomics than the Canon EOS R6 Mark II. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jul 02, 2024: We reviewed the article to ensure it's still current, with some minor touch-ups throughout for clarity of text.

  2. Jun 03, 2024: We revamped the Notable Mentions section, removing all previous Notable Mentions and adding the Nikon Z f, the OM SYSTEM OM-1 Mark II, and the Sony α7C II.

  3. May 08, 2024: We renamed the Fujifilm X-T5 the 'Best APS-C Digital Camera' to more accurately convey its place in the market. As a result, we also removed the Fujifilm X-H2 from the Notable Mentions to compare it directly with the X-T5 as a pro-oriented alternative, and we added the Nikon Z 6II as a Notable Mention instead.

  4. Apr 10, 2024: We added the Fujifilm X-H2 to the Notable Mentions because of its high-res sensor and impressive video capabilities.

  5. Mar 14, 2024: We've replaced the Sony α7 IV with the Canon EOS R6 Mark II as the 'Best Digital Camera' because it's currently on sale and has a few advantages.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best overall digital cameras for most people to buy, according to their needs. We factor in the price, feedback from our visitors, and availability (no cameras that are difficult to find or almost out of stock in the U.S.).

If you would like to choose for yourself, here's the list of all our camera reviews. Be careful not to get caught up in the details. There is no single perfect camera. Personal taste, preference, and shooting habits will matter more in your selection.