What is the Ultimate Canon General-Purpose DSLR Camera?
You may have noticed that all DSLR camera models have dropped off the top cameras list. Canon is focusing on mirrorless models, they are outstanding performers, and it is time to move to the mirrorless line-up for all new camera purchases.
A camera destined for general-purpose use needs to do everything well, and often, those looking for a general-purpose camera will be relying on just a single camera. This camera must be capable of photographing any subject that comes along in any scenario it is in.
A large percentage of those looking for a camera in the general use category will by families interested in capturing life's memories. I assure you that life moves fast — you need to capture it in high quality.
With the maturity present in Canon's current cameras, most models stand ready for general-purpose duty. That makes the decision process harder, but it also makes a bad decision unlikely. I'll explain my choices for the above list of recommendations.
1. Canon EOS R5
Phenomenal Camera, Outstanding AF System, Up-To-20 FPS, Ultra-High Resolution, Full-Frame Imaging Sensor
With the R5, Canon brought their much-loved 5-series to the EOS R-series mirrorless interchangeable lens camera lineup. The success of these models was reflected in inventory levels, with these cameras continuously backordered for about half a year.
The EOS R5 features the best image quality available in a Canon camera combined with impressive overall performance, including outstanding AF performance (including Eye AF) and a continuous shooting rate reaching 20 fps. The R5 is a game-changer. A pair of R5 bodies are my primary cameras, and I like nothing better.
2. Canon EOS R6
Most of EOS R5 Features with Lower Resolution (Imaging Sensor and EVF) and Price, Full-Frame Imaging Sensor
The R6 brings us most of the R5 features for a lower price. Also lowered is the resolution of the electronic viewfinder and the imaging sensor. While low in comparisons, the 20 megapixel resolution is adequate for a large percentage of uses.
3. Canon EOS R
Great Value, Full-Frame Imaging Sensor
Canon's first mirrorless full-frame interchangeable lens camera delivered big, and it is now a great value.
4. Canon EOS RP
Small But Mighty, Affordable, Full-Frame Imaging Sensor
Despite its small size, the compact EOS RP has a great feature set, and the full-frame image quality is excellent. This camera is a great value.
Top-of-the-line APS-C Performance and Image Quality, Feature-Loaded, Compact
With a fast frame rate, excellent AF system, ultra-high resolution, and an extensive feature set, the M6 Mark II is a great choice for a wide variety of uses.
Excellent APS-C Image Quality in a Tiny Package
When tiny size and light weight are desired features, the EOS M series mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras become especially attractive. These little cameras are packed with features and the current models all perform very well. I find the M models with an EVF (electronic viewfinder), including the M50 Mark II, especially great cameras to work with.
Often, the lens is the limiting factor in a camera's image quality, and the easiest way to improve your camera's image quality is to put a better lens in front of it. The General-purpose Lens Recommendations will help you select the right lens for your camera.
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If you insist on acquiring a DSLR model, here are the ultimate Canon DSLR cameras:
High Resolution, Great Technology, Superb Overall Camera Choice
The #1 Canon general-purpose camera choice is not a low-budget model, but it is a fully featured and technology-loaded camera with a high resolution full frame imaging sensor that delivers very impressive image quality in even challenging scenarios. Canon's original 5-series cameras, initially bringing us an affordable full frame body and later disrupting the video marketplace with an extraordinary quality:price ratio, were huge hits. The 5D Mark IV builds on those initial qualities and brings many incredible new ones including Dual Pixel CMOS AF (with Movie Servo AF) and 4k video. Still photographers have plenty to drool over with this camera including excellent dynamic range, a solid frame rate, very high resolution and of course, the awesome Canon color you love.
Affordable Full-Frame Camera with the Latest Technology
The Canon EOS 5D-series made full-frame imaging sensor-format cameras affordable, and the Canon EOS 6D-series models took that affordability to an even more attainable level. For a moderate price, the 6D-series cameras deliver full-frame image quality greatness, and in addition to having the most-needed features, the Mark II version brings a technology roll-up with it.
A Really Good Camera at a Modest Price
When you want a really good camera but do not want to pay the price for a full-frame model, the 90D is probably the right option for you. The size of this camera makes it easy to handle, and the large, bright viewfinder is a pleasure to look through. The 90D's overall great performance and huge feature set make it the ideal choice for a high percentage of people.
Small, Light, Affordable, Great Value, Excellent DSLR Image Quality
There are numerous reasons why Canon Rebel Digital SLR cameras are so popular (many of your friends probably own them). That these cameras are easy to take with you, are feature-filled, and provide great image quality are solid reasons. That image quality is not sacrificed for any of those reasons is another driving factor for this popularity. Those features for a wallet-friendly price may be the most influential of the reasons.
If the Rebel T8i price is still above your budget, check out our Cheap, Budget, Bargain, Best Deal Camera Recommendations.
As mentioned, the lens is the limiting factor in a camera's image quality and the easiest way to improve your camera's image quality is to put a better lens in front of it. The General-purpose DSLR Lens Recommendations will help you select the right lens for your DSLR camera.
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