Here are the top Canon camera model choices:
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.
What is Canon's best camera? While I directly answered the question in the list above, sorted by performance, features, and price, there is no single "best" or "ultimate" camera for everyone, and many photographers need more than one model. Different needs can best be accommodated by different cameras, even if the budget is unlimited.
Canon makes a wide range of camera models and each has a niche – each is the best for certain photographers and scenarios. For example, the best camera for sports will have a very fast frame rate, allowing a precise moment in time to be captured. However, a fast frame rate is typically of little concern for landscape photographers. While sports photographers might appreciate the extremely high resolution images highly sought by landscape photographers, few are willing to give up the fast frame rate to get that feature. Price is frequently a factor for consideration, with size and weight being other common camera buying factors.
The entire list of camera specifications is huge, and we provide a tool to help you compare cameras using this objective information. This info is certainly good and valuable differentiators exist there, but there is much more to the story. Just because one camera's specs are better than another does not mean that it is the better camera, especially not necessarily the better camera for you as there is more to the decision process than is revealed in the specs.
Experience is extremely helpful in determining model differentiation, and this site's in-depth reviews tell the full story. However, reading all of them requires a lot of time. Thus, the relevant Canon camera recommendations featured here are intended to accelerate your decision-making process.
The recommendations below are designed to point you to the short list of cameras that are best suited for your needs and budget. Further below, I'll give the reasons for the above list of answers to the broad which camera is best question.
1. Canon EOS R3
The Ultimate Professional Canon Camera, Incredibly High-Performing
When getting the shot is imperative, the extreme EOS R3 is the camera to pick up.
While the R3's 24 MP resolution is not high for a full-frame camera, the quality of those pixels is so high that it outperforms higher resolution models. Also, the R3 otherwise outperforms all other models.
The 30 fps continuous shooting rate is sure to catch the perfect moment and the large, blackout-free, high-speed refresh viewfinder ensures that action is perfectly framed. An out of focus image is of no value, and to that regard, the R3's incredible Eye-Tracking and subject detection AF ensures that your perfectly timed and framed shot is also perfectly focused.
This professional-grade camera is sure to put a smile on your face every time you pick it up and again when you review the results. If there is action involved, this is a camera I want in my hands.
2. Canon EOS R5
Phenomenal Camera, Outstanding AF System, Up-To-20 FPS, Ultra-High Resolution
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.
3. Canon EOS R6
Most of EOS R5 Features with Lower Resolution (Imaging Sensor and EVF) and Price
The R6 brings us most of the R5 features for a lower price. Also lowered is the resolution of the imaging sensor and the electronic viewfinder. 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, Very 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, Affordable
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.
If you prefer a DSLR model, here are the ultimate Canon DSLR cameras:
The Ultimate Professional Canon DSLRCamera
When you need the fastest, most rugged, most dependable and most feature-filled DSLR camera Canon makes, this is the one you want. The 1D X III is frequently the first choice for those capturing the action at the Olympics, the Super Bowl and (put any other major event here). This camera is not small, light or inexpensive, but when getting the image matters greatly, this is most often the chosen DSLR model.
High Resolution, Great Technology, Superb Overall Camera Choice
As I write this, only the Canon EOS R5, EOS 5Ds, EOS 5Ds R have a resolution advantage over the 5D IV within the Canon DSLR lineup. Canon's original 5-series cameras, initially bringing us an affordable full frame body and later disrupting the video-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 (including Video Servo AF) and 4k video. Don't worry, 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.
Here are some reasons to choose Canon for your next digital camera:
I have been using Canon brand cameras as my primary models since the very early days of digital photography. I own and have owned high-end Sony and Nikon camera kits. While they are also great, each having advantages, none has made me want to switch from my primary Canon kit.