Digital cameras iof the 2017

Okay, we admit it – it’s an impossible question. The best camera for a pro photographer is a million miles from the best camera for an adventure sports nut. So what we’ve done is pick out what we think are the standout cameras in their fields. This may be because they have the most amazing features and specifications, because they’re amazing value for what they offer or because they are just brilliant at the job they’ve been designed for.

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:

Best compact cameraBest bridge cameraBest travel cameraBest waterproof camera
Best DSLRBest DSLR for beginnersBest full frame DSLRCanon vs Nikon: which DSLR should you buy?
Best CSC/mirrorless cameraMirrorless vs DSLR: 10 key differences

New and exciting cameras are coming out all the time, of course, and we’ve got a whole bunch on our shortlist that we want to get in for a proper review, including the latest models from Nikon, Olympus, Canon and Fuji.

If you want to know what else might be coming along later this year, take a look at our in-depth Camera Rumors 2017 article.

But if you just want to know what we think are the top ten standout cameras you can buy right now – regardless of user level or price point – then keep on reading. These are cameras we’ve tried and tested ourselves, so if you want to know any more about any of them, just click the link to the full review.

The 10 best digital cameras in 2017

Fuji’s update to the X-T1 may look similar at first glance, but there have been some big improvements and perhaps the biggest of all is the autofocus. A huge leap forward compared with the system found in the X-T1, AF tracking of moving subjects is very snappy, while the level of sophistication and customisation is impressive. Add in 8 frames per second burst shooting, a clever double-hinged rear display, bright EVF, Fuji’s excellent 24.3MP X Trans III CMOS sensor and plenty of body mounted controls and you’re left with one of the best cameras available today.

Read the full review: Fuji X-T2

The 10 best digital cameras in 2017

Canon’s 5D series of cameras has a rich heritage – the original EOS 5D bought full-frame photography to the masses, the Mark II unleashed Full HD video capture for the first time on a DSLR, and while the Mark III became a firm favourite amongst photographers. The 5D Mark IV pretty much tweaks and improves on everything before it. With a new sensor that delivers pin-sharp results, a 61-point AF system that’s incredibly advanced and some very polished handling, the 5D Mark IV has to be one of the best DSLRs we’ve seen.

Read the full review: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

The 10 best digital cameras in 2017

Nikon has taken their flagship D5 DSLR and most of its high-end features and distilled all of this into a smaller, but still very durable metal body. The full-frame sensor is replaced by an 20.9MP APS-C sized chip, so it hasn’t got quite the same resolving power as the D7200, but it does mean the D500 can shoot at a rapid 10fps, while the 153-point AF arrangement is perhaps the best autofocus system out there right now. A brilliant all-rounder, it excels at fast action like sports and wildlife photography.

Read the full review: Nikon D500

The 10 best digital cameras in 2017

Once, if you wanted a professional quality full frame camera it had to be a Nikon or Canon DSLR. But Sony has changed all that with its mirrorless A7 series cameras, and the A7R II is its highest resolution model. Its 42.4 megapixel sensor is second only to the 50-megapixel sensor in the Canon 5DS for resolution, yet the A7R II is only two-thirds the size and weight of the Canon. It has a high-resolution electronic viewfinder and 5-axis image stabilization built into the camera body, and the full-time live view that’s integral to the mirrorless design gives Sony’s A7-series cameras a real advantage for video.

Read the full review: Sony Alpha A7R II

The 10 best digital cameras in 2017

Nikon’s D3400 might have replaced it, but the D3300 is still our top pick when it comes to entry-level DSLRs. Why? Unless you want improved connectivity, then the D3300 is pretty much identical to the D3400 and quite a bit cheaper. The 24.2MP sensor resolves bags of detail and like much like pricier Nikon DSLRs, it does away with an anti-aliasing filter to maximise image sharpness. This is also a very easy camera to live with thanks to its clever Guide Mode feature. This is great for first-time users as it gives real-time explanations of important features to help you learn as you shoot.

Read the full review: Nikon D3300

The 10 best digital cameras in 2017

While there are a raft of premium 1.0-inch compact cameras out there, we’re still huge fans of the LX100 from Sony. Its multi-aspect ratio sensor only delivers 12 million pixels, even though the sensor has 16 million, and it’s just a little too big for the average pocket. Otherwise, it’s a dream. Somehow, Panasonic has squeezed a mirrorless camera sized Micro Four Thirds sensor into its compact camera sized body, and a 4x zoom lens to go with it with a maximum aperture of f/1.7-2.8. It’s topped off with traditional external controls for lens aperture and shutter speed, and it’s like using a beautiful classic camera with all the advantages of modern digital imaging.

Read the full review: Panasonic Lumix LX100

The 10 best digital cameras in 2017

We loved the original E-M10 for its size, versatility and value for money, but the E-M10 II adds features that take it to another level. The old camera’s 3-axis image stabilization system has been uprated to the 5-axis system in Olympus’s more advanced OM-D cameras, the viewfinder resolution has been practically doubled and the continuous shooting speed, already impressive at 8fps, creeps up to 8.5fps. 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. It’s small, but it’s no toy – the E-M10 II is a properly powerful camera.

Read the full review: Olympus OM-D E-M10 II

The 10 best digital cameras in 2017

Similar in size to earlier ZS/TZ-series cameras, Panasonic however has managed to squeeze a much larger sensor into the ZS100 (TZ100 outside the US). This enables the pixels to be about 2.4x bigger than they are in models like the ZS50 / TZ70, and this helps the ZS100 produce much higher quality images. The zoom lens isn’t quite so extensive though, but you still get an electronic viewfinder that makes it easier to compose images in bright sunny conditions and in addition to 4K video recording, there’s Panasonic’s 4K Photo mode to help capture 8MP images of fleeting moments. It all adds up to be a powerful compact camera.

Read the full review: Panasonic Lumix ZS100 / TZ100

The 10 best digital cameras in 2017

One of the best entry-level DSLRs out there, the EOS Rebel T6i (Called the EOS 750D outside the US) packs in a 24.2MP sensor that delivers stunning image quality and also receives much-improved autofocus and exposure metering systems over Canon’s older T5i / 700D, as well as built-in Wi-Fi with NFC pairing. Although outwardly similar to its T5i predecessor, that does mean you get the same articulating touchscreen to enjoy, allowing you to navigate the menus and make setting selections with you a few taps. With an excellent range of lenses, this is a great entry into the world of DSLR photography.

Read the full review: Canon EOS Rebel T6i / EOS 750D

The 10 best digital cameras in 2017

Our final camera is a ‘bridge’ camera, a type that we don’t normally like very much because the ultra-zoom design forces the makers to use titchy 1/2.3-inch sensors the same size as those in point-and-shoot cameras. You get the look and feel of a digital SLR, but you certainly don’t get the image quality. But the Panasonic FZ1000 is different. It sacrifices a huge zoom range in favour of a much larger 1-inch sensor. It’s a compromise most serious photographers will applaud. You get a 16x 25-400mm effective zoom range, which is pretty handy even if it doesn’t match the 50x or 60x zooms of most bridge cameras, but you also get a massive jump in quality – this is the same size sensor you get in the Sony RX100 III. The FZ1000 also offers full manual and semi-manual controls, the ability to shoot raw files and 4K video. It’s big and pretty expensive, but it’s in a class of its own amongst bridge cameras.

Read the full review: Panasonic Lumix FZ1000

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The 10 best digital cameras in 2017


45 thoughts on “Digital cameras iof the 2017

  1. Doesnt matter what brand the camera is, good photography is based on the photographer, lenses and capturing to trying to get that one special shot or being at the right place at the right time.

  2. Actually not only is there no such thing as a professional camera, there is really no such thing as a professional photographer, unless that photographer is making money ( a living ) from it. You could make a living from selling images taken with a pinhole camera, it all depends on the market you are aiming at.\n\nThe best camera, is the one you own, since it is the only one you can take photos with. I hate lists like this. They are all based on things like number sold, star ratings on various sites or what the editor has, had or would like. Add to that the fact that you never see a list of every camera available, with the ability to choose those you think are the best 10 from that list. It would just be far too confusing for anyone…\n\nThen you have the camera manufacturers, paying to have their camera listed..

  3. Samsung nx1 have to be on this list. A superp mirorelss camera.

  4. What about a Nikon L330? Is that good enough for pro photography?

  5. You can tell techradar is full of BS when there’s no Sony Alphas on the list!

  6. need to do your research first before you post such articles. the price listed for the 7D Mk ll is totally wrong, that’s the price of a discontinued 7D, the mark ll is around \u00a31100-1200

  7. I thought the price for the 7D Mkii was a tad low. Clicked on the link, to be taken to a page for a second hand 7D Mki – the previous model. I think your page needs an update, it is misleading in it’s current form.

  8. (\u256f\u00b0\u25a1\u00b0)\u256f\ufe35 \u253b\u2501\u253b says:

    I don’t think you understood what I meant. It is certain that canon, Panasonic, and Sony all make good cameras. I’m not being biased towards Sony in any way, all I’m saying is that from this list, they should have added some Sony cameras such as the a7 because they are actually really good.\nI’m not a professional photographer so I’m can’t technically judge what makes a camera

  9. (\u256f\u00b0\u25a1\u00b0)\u256f\ufe35 \u253b\u2501\u253b says:

    No one here is a sony fanboy, fact is that sony does make much more better cameras that this and you cannot refute that.

  10. (\u256f\u00b0\u25a1\u00b0)\u256f\ufe35 \u253b\u2501\u253b says:

    No Sony RX100????? U SUCK!!!!!!!

  11. Pathetic and worthless article that is financially influenced and/or biased at best or woefully ignorant at worst. Anyone who knows anything about cameras would expect to see the Sony A7RII at the high price range, and the Sony a6000 at the lower price range on that list. Rod Lawton has lost all credibility.

  12. Where is Pentax? K5IIs,K-3 Both great cameras!!Along with others in the pentax lineup!

  13. I am very confuse I need help. What is the best Camera out there? Any advice?

  14. These articles are paid for by the manufactures, I guess Pentax wouldn’t pay, or to these people the Pentax K-1 DSLR Camera Body Only, Full Frame, 36 Megapixels, HD 1080, 100% Optical, isn’t worth the box it came in.

  15. This is a flawed article because you are comparing apples to oranges. No reviewer worth his weight in Leicas would rank cameras of different categories into a list of the 10 best. To compare a bridge camera or a point and shoot to a DSLR or a full frame Leica is ludicrous. If deciding to buy a DSLR one will not even consider a pinky finger nail size sensor because the image qualities would be so far apart. This article I take with a grain of salt.

  16. Warning. The camera prices shown with the Sony A7R2 are misleading. Many are for the A7R which is a different and cheaper camera than the A7R2. Don’t buy the wrong camera by mistake. Techradar needs to fix these price links.

  17. There is. A professional camera is more robust for example, more made to be reliable, etc.

  18. don’t forget to use professional picture hooks, otherwise the pro hammer will be a waste of money lol

  19. Would be a great point if there were not cheap hammers that fall apart and quality hammers that perform consistently for years. While a high end pro tool is indeed little extra value in the hands of an amateur, tool quality and performance does make a difference in the hand of an expert. Otherwise there would be no pro market, and every pro photographer would be using point and shoot cameras.

  20. There is no such thing as a professional camera. It is the photographer that is either a professional or not. The camera is a tool. Now let me go find my professional hammer so I can hang that picture i took.

  21. Can you people not read. Go back and read it again. The very first camera is a Sony A7R ii

  22. What? How could you not have any of the Sony A7 series cameras on this list?? Cheaper than your top pick and far superior by every measure, and can use just about any lens. Wow, major miss there.

  23. I think the article was edited. Also what a nice guy, calling me an idiot, thanks

  24. The list was modified you dumb idiot. See I can call people stupid names too instead of just making a comment.

  25. 1. Sony A7R II where is it where is itttttt wheheheheeeeeeeeeee, open your eyes dumb idiot it’s on the 1st place\n\n4. Sony RX100 III

  26. Wow, what a bad list. Where is the Sony R100? Where is the A7II, or the video king the A7s? Very messed up.

  27. Talk about not reading. It says a year ago on that comment. LOL!

  28. I think he sayed it because it wasn’t there before, they probably made an update

  29. 1. Sony A7R II……. \n4. Sony RX100 III……….\n(better work on the reading comprehension)

  30. What a joke. Seriously, no Sony’s on this list? The a7ii, a7S and the new a7Rii are three of the cutting edge cameras on the market. Stupid list.

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