Each year photographers anticipate the latest features, designs, and innovative additions to the cameras they love. Some are looking for upgrades to systems they have fallen in love with, others are looking to add to the gear, and some are looking to try to bring new life to the scenes they capture. 2020 has seen some great improvements to the well-known brands photographers tend to gravitate to, but there have been some surprising upgrades to other systems that you’ll want to know about too. Here, we are giving you the rundown on the top ten best cameras that are on the market in 2020.
Best Cameras of 2020
This is Nikon’s first full-frame mirrorless camera. It features a 24.5 megapixel BSI sensor, Optical Low Pass Filter, and 6 image processor. It is able to shoot video at 8-bit 4K UHD 30p without cropping. Images come out clear, crisp, and clean. This is by far one of the more superior mirrorless cameras released in 2020.
- The photo quality is outstanding. Even when shooting in low-light settings there is little noise or pixelation.
- Video capture rivals the competitors.
- Tilting viewfinder and touchscreen settings.
- In-body image stabilization.
- The battery doesn’t last as long as other mirrorless cameras on the market.
- Uses a Z mount, which means you have to purchase expensive lenses to fit the body and those are sub-par.
- Doesn’t use an SD card but an XQD system instead.
Fujifilm also jumped on the professional mirrorless camera bandwagon with its release of the X-T4. This APS-C mirrorless camera features an in-body image stabilizer, touchscreen varied-angle LCD viewfinder, and overall intuitive design.
- Long battery life.
- WIder ISO range (160-12800).
- Video features that include full HD recording, 240fps for slow-motion playback, internal DCI/UHD 4K recording up to 60fps
- Slightly heavier than other mirrorless cameras.
- The LCD can get in the way when shooting still life.
- You would expect an updated processor and sensor with a higher price tag.
The Sony A7 III full-frame mirrorless camera is packed with a number of features that make it an exceptional camera for all types of photography and varying levels of photographers. Its ergonomic design and processing upgrades
- 693 point autofocus system.
- Impressive performance in low-light settings..
- Auto ISO system
- A low-resolution viewfinder makes images look more pixelated.
- Has a dual card slot but only one is capable of supporting higher-speed UHS-II cards.
- Lacks weather sealing along the bottom of the camera.
The body alone will cost you just a little over $800, but getting a bundle can be a better deal. This camera is designed for those who are hobbyists or those just looking for an affordable professional mirrorless camera for everyday use. It features a 20.9mp CMOS sensor, can shoot 4K video up to 30p, titling rear touchscreen, and offers up to 11 fps shooting.
- User-friendly even with its many creative modes.
- Mid-range price makes it a more affordable camera for beginner photographers.
- Outstanding image and video quality.
- Need to purchase an F-mount adapter if you want to use other DSLR lenses, and very few lenses are available to use with this camera.
- Lower resolution viewfinder compared to others on the market.
- No accessory port, though there is a Bluetooth system, you won’t be ab;e to use some key accessories like the WR-10 radio frequency flash system.
- Much shorter battery life at only 320 shots per charge.
- AF settings and performance are subpar and can be challenging to understand.
Reasonably priced beginner camera that is easy to use and learn on especially those interested in travel and family photography. It features an advanced auto-focused system, the ability to shoot in 4K, Wi-Fi quick connection to smartphones, and much more.
- Advanced Autofocus system that allows you to capture clear and crisp settings.
- Touchscreen capabilities make auto-focus much easier to set quickly.
- WiFi capabilities that allow you to send images to your smart devices
- The viewfinder doesn’t provide as for review.
- Poorly organized menu items.
- The lens available is limited.
- Menus are more difficult to comprehend and navigate if you are just beginning photography.
This more compact and lightweight camera is ideal for those looking to gain a better understanding of photography and those looking for a quality camera to perfect their skills. This micro four-thirds camera features a hybrid autofocus system, it is designed with image stabilization, OLED viewfinders, and has a durable weather-sealed body. It can shoot UHD 4K video as well.
- Upgrades in design making it more comfortable and easier to use.
- Good image quality for the price.
- Image stabilization is up to par with competitor cameras.
- In-camera customization for JPEG images as well as the ability to convert to RAW in-camera.
- Offers 50mp high-resolution mode but you will need to use a tripod to actually benefit.
- Autofocus needs improvement.
- Menus are not clearly organized.
- Battery life could be better
This compact camera has had a major update. It features the latest Fujifilm 26MP X-trans APS-C sensor and processor combo, high-end interchangeable lens, but on a compact frame that is easier to grab and go for daily use.
- The Autofocus system allows for tracking as well as face and eye detection. Even when shooting video it maintains continuous autofocus.
- Capture 4k video up to 200 Mbps.
- Built-in 4-stop ND filter.
- No image stabilization system, so you are bound to see some motion blur unless using a tripod.
- Autofocus speed is slower than you’d like with the other upgrades that have been implemented.
- Menus are unnecessarily complex.
This unique compact camera has been specifically designed for those in the vlogging realm or those wanting to get into visual content creation. It has a fantastic autofocus system, which easily captures bokeh images or vibrant videos. This camera also features a hot shoe 3.5mm mic port and side flipping screen making it great for shooting video.
- Compact size making it easier and convenient to take out of the home, it fits in your pocket.
- Features a 24-70,, f/1.8-2.8 lens.
- Has a three-capsule built-in mic with the ability to mount a mic for better audio capture.
- A short battery life of only about 45 minutes.
- Video stabilization needs improvement.
- Not able to change lenses.
This camera may not please the professional photographers but is ideal for those who want a compact camera to take on the go. It sticks with a micro four-thirds format, incorporates a number of new features that make typical challenging shots (like shooting the night-sky) more fun and successful. It has a built-in ND filter, dual SD card slots, and easy to use controls.
- Light and compact, even when bringing along interchangeable lenses.
- Designed with shortcut buttons like metering, burst, timer, flash, and others to easily change from one mode to another.
- A three-inch touch screen that can tilt.
- The record button is inconveniently placed and often result in accidentally recording video instead of adjusting the shutter release.
- For those not used to the Olympus menus setup, they can be difficult to navigate.
- The viewfinder is not as accurate with image playback as most other viewfinders being used by competitors.
Another compact camera design with the vlogger in mind. This camera features an innovative audio system that can be set as directional or tracking to work better with the camera’s face detection system. It is a four-thirds CMOS sensor that features an electronic image stabilizer and can capture 4K video up to 120p.
- Directional built-in microphones with tracking technology make it easier to reduce background noise.
- Includes a selfie shot mode.
- Uses an electronic image stabilization system, which causes footage to be cropped.
- Images tend to come out soft because when shooting in auto mode the camera avoids using a small aperture.
- The built-in flash is rather ineffective because it works on a slower flash sync speed.