What is the Ultimate Canon General-Purpose Mirrorless Camera?
Do you prefer a Canon DSLR camera? Our Best Canon General-Purpose DSLR Camera recommendations page has these suggestions.
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 ready to photograph any subject that comes along.
A large percentage of those looking for a camera in the general use category will include families interested in capturing memories in high quality.
With the maturity present in Canon's current mirrorless cameras, most models stand ready for general-purpose duty. That makes the decision process harder, but it also means that it is harder to make a bad decision. 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 best Canon image quality we've seen combined with the highest overall performance, especially from an AF perspective (including Eye AF), makes the R5 a game-changer. A pair of R5 bodies are my primary cameras. This is my favorite camera.
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.
Small But Mighty, Very Affordable
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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