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The 4 Best Canon Cameras of 2021 Reviews

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Best Canon Cameras

We've tested 16 Canon cameras. Canon is a Japanese multinational company specializing in the development and manufacturing of a wide range of imaging products, from printers to MRI machines. However, they're perhaps best known for their popular selection of cameras and lenses. They cater to a diverse user base, ranging from novice users looking for their first point-and-shoot to professional photographers and videographers, and offer cameras with great ergonomics, easy-to-use menu systems, and very good image quality.

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Best Canon Cameras


  1. Best Canon Mirrorless Camera

    7.6
    Travel Photography
    8.1
    Landscape Photography
    8.1
    Sport & Wildlife Photography
    7.4
    Vlogging
    8.6
    Studio Video
    5.3
    Action Video
    Body Type
    DSLR
    Mirrorless
    Yes
    Sensor Size
    Full Frame
    Tested Lens
    Canon RF 24-105mm f/4-7.1 IS STM

    The best mirrorless Canon camera that we've tested is the Canon EOS R6. This full-frame camera records impressively sharp and well-rendered videos in FHD and 4k, even in low-light environments. It can record 10-bit 4:2:2 color video internally and supports Canon's C Log shooting mode, which effectively expands the camera's dynamic range in video and allows for in-depth color grading in editing. It also features a full assortment of inputs, including a headphone jack, a stereo microphone port, twin UHS-II SD card slots, and a clean HDMI port for connecting an external recorder without any overlays getting in the way. It's also a great fit for landscape and sports photography, with exceptional out-of-the-box image quality and a very fast continuous shooting speed. It features in-body image stabilization, which is helpful if you're shooting without a tripod.

    Unfortunately, depending on your usage habits and choice of settings, battery performance is only mediocre. It can also overheat on occasion, though that can vary drastically depending on real-world conditions. Also, this is a somewhat bulky, heavy camera, so it isn't the most portable option on the market, but it is remarkably comfortable to use. If portability is a big concern, you could also look at the Canon EOS RP, which is markedly more affordable but lags significantly behind in terms of video capability. Overall, the R6 is a great option for both videography and photography.

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  2. Best Canon DSLR Camera

    7.4
    Travel Photography
    7.3
    Landscape Photography
    7.7
    Sport & Wildlife Photography
    6.6
    Vlogging
    7.8
    Studio Video
    4.2
    Action Video
    Body Type
    DSLR
    Mirrorless
    No
    Sensor Size
    APS-C
    Tested Lens
    Canon EF-S 18–55mm f/3.5–5.6 IS STM

    The best Canon DSLR camera that we've tested is the Canon EOS 90D. This crop-sensor DSLR delivers very good image quality out-of-the-box, with a fairly wide dynamic range and good noise handling capability when shooting at moderately high ISO levels. Its autofocus system also does a good job of tracking moving subjects in photography and video. It feels very comfortable to use and has a highly intuitive menu system that you can navigate by tapping on its fully articulated touchscreen. It has a full assortment of outputs and inputs, with a microphone jack, a headphone port, and an HDMI output that you can use to fit an external recorder. Depending on your settings and usage habits, battery performance is good overall, though you can't recharge the camera while in use.

    Unfortunately, it lacks an in-body stabilization feature, making it tricky to snap clear photos at long focal lengths without using a tripod. It also only has one UHS-II SD card slot, which might be an annoyance if you want a live backup of your work or plan on recording long high-resolution videos that can fill a single card very quickly. Also, its APS-C sensor doesn't quite offer the same level of low-light performance in photography compared to full-frame alternatives like the Canon EOS 6D Mark II, though the latter is notably bulkier and lacks many of the 90D's more advanced video features. Otherwise, this camera's overall versatility makes it a suitable option for a wide range of creative work.

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  3. Best Canon Camera For Vlogging

    7.2
    Travel Photography
    7.5
    Landscape Photography
    7.1
    Sport & Wildlife Photography
    7.7
    Vlogging
    5.9
    Studio Video
    4.8
    Action Video
    Body Type
    Compact
    Mirrorless
    Yes
    Sensor Size
    1-inch
    Tested Lens
    Built-In Lens

    The best canon camera for vlogging that we've tested is the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III. This point-and-shoot camera features a built-in livestreaming function that allows you to stream directly to YouTube, though we haven't tested this function. It's very compact and lightweight, which makes it easy to carry around for long recording sessions. The touchscreen interface that you can flip upwards, allowing you to see what's recording even when the camera is in a selfie position. You can shoot 4k video at up to 30 fps without a crop, and the camera does an excellent job of smoothing out camera shake in handheld video no matter what resolution you choose to record in.

    Unfortunately, like many compact cameras, it can overheat very easily when shooting 4k video, so it might be best to stick to shooting in FHD if you plan on recording for extended periods. Also, depending on your usage habits and choice of settings, its battery life is short. If you'd like to use the camera as it charges, you can purchase the PD-E1 USB Power Adapter at an additional cost. Video quality is also somewhat soft and noisy, even when shooting in well-lit environments. The Canon EOS M200 is a viable alternative if you want an interchangeable-lens mirrorless camera with better battery performance and video quality, though it lacks a livestreaming feature. Overall, if you're looking for a highly portable camera that's a good fit for vlogging, the G7 is a good choice.

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  4. Best Canon Camera For Beginners

    7.7
    Travel Photography
    7.6
    Landscape Photography
    7.3
    Sport & Wildlife Photography
    7.5
    Vlogging
    6.6
    Studio Video
    4.1
    Action Video
    Body Type
    DSLR
    Mirrorless
    Yes
    Sensor Size
    APS-C
    Tested Lens
    Canon EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM

    The best Canon Camera for beginners that we've tested is the Canon EOS M50. This compact interchangeable-lens mirrorless camera has a responsive fully-articulated touch screen interface. In Live View mode, you can tap on it to snap photos or adjust your focus point, and you can use it to navigate its highly intuitive menu system, which also features a built-in guide mode to explain some core features to novice users. The camera itself is also very lightweight and quite comfortable to operate, so it's a good fit for long days on the go. Image quality is very good out-of-the-box, and its autofocus system is quite effective at tracking subjects in still photography and FHD video. You can also pair the camera with your smartphone through the Canon Camera Connect App or share photos with other devices over Wi-Fi.

    Unfortunately, its video recording capabilities in 4k are poor, as it can only shoot at up to 24 fps in this resolution with a severe 1.58x crop. Autofocus tracking and stabilization capability also degrade significantly compared to the camera's performance in FHD video. Videos recorded in either resolution also look soft and somewhat noisy when shooting in low-light environments. In addition, depending on your usage habits and choice of settings, its battery life is unimpressive. If you're looking for a beginner-friendly camera with longer battery life and don't mind the bulkier design of a traditional DSLR, the Canon EOS Rebel T8i is a solid alternative. Otherwise, the M50 is a good choice for novice photographers and videographers.

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Compared to other brands


  • Intuitive menu systems. Canon's menu systems tend to be easy to navigate and laid out intuitively. Many models feature a built-in guide mode that can explain core functions to novice users.
  • Great ergonomics. Most Canon cameras are quite comfortable to use, with easily accessible controls and well-textured handgrips that allow you to maintain a secure hold.
  • Impressive photo autofocus performance. Most Canon cameras do a great job of maintaining focus on moving subjects in photography.
  • Very good image quality. Many Canon cameras offer a fairly wide dynamic range and do a good job of minimizing visual noise when shooting at moderate ISO levels.
  • Short battery life for some models. Many of Canon's interchangeable-lens mirrorless and compact models don't have a particularly long battery life, though this can vary in the real world.
  • Poor video autofocus performance for some models. Many of Canon's cheaper models can struggle to maintain focus on moving subjects when shooting in 4k.
  • Some models overheat easily. Some of Canon's compact and interchangeable-lens mirrorless offerings can overheat somewhat frequently, leading to extended interruptions in your recording sessions.
  • Few models offer in-body stabilization. In-body image stabilization is generally only reserved for some of the priciest models in Canon's lineup.

Canon manufacturers cameras that cater to photographers of almost every experience level. However, regardless of their intended user, most Canon cameras do share a set of commonalities. They're often comfortable and easy to use, with intuitive menu systems and ergonomic control layouts, and many feature fully articulated touchscreens. Most of their cameras offer impressive overall image quality, and their autofocus systems tend to be quick and accurate when it comes to tracking moving subjects in both photography and video. That said, while their pricier models offer excellent overall video autofocus performance, their cheaper models can struggle to maintain focus on moving subjects, especially when shooting in 4k. Also, the battery performance of most of their mirrorless offerings can be unimpressive.

Lineup

Canon has a varied selection of model lineups to suit different users and their needs.

 Mirrorless

  • EOS R(X) Series = Enthusiast and professional-oriented mirrorless models using Canon's RF lens mount, with lower model numbers indicating a higher level of overall capability.
  • EOS M(X) Series = Mirrorless interchangeable-lens crop-sensor models that use Canon's M lens mount, with higher model numbers indicating a greater level of overall capability.

DSLR

  • EOS (X)D Series = Enthusiast and professional-oriented full-frame DSLRs designed to work with EF-mount lenses, with lower model numbers indicating a higher level of overall capability.
  • EOS (XX)D Series = Enthusiast-oriented crop-sensor DSLRs designed to work with EF-S lenses but are compatible with EF lenses. Higher model numbers indicate a greater level of overall capability.
  • EOS Rebel/Kiss/(XXX)D Series = Entry-level crop-sensor DSLRs designed to work with EF-S lenses but are compatible with EF lenses designed for full-frame cameras. SL(X) prefixes are used for the smallest DSLRs in this product lineup.

Supercompact/Compact/Bridge

  • PowerShot G(X) Series = Enthusiast-oriented compact cameras with built-in zoom lenses. Lower model numbers indicating a higher position in the model hierarchy
  • PowerShot SX(XXX) Series = Compact and bridge cameras with built-in superzoom lenses.
  • PowerShot ELPH Series = Compact point and shoots aimed at novice users.

Conclusion

Canon cameras are often comfortable and simple to use, offer impressive overall image quality, and have effective autofocus systems, especially for photography. That said, the battery performance of most of their mirrorless offerings can be unimpressive. In addition, while their pricier models offer excellent overall video autofocus performance, their cheaper models can struggle to maintain focus on moving subjects when shooting in 4k.

For more options, check out our list of recommendations of the best mirrorless cameras, the best DSLR cameras, and the best compact cameras.

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