The Best Canon Camera – Recommendations for 2022

Canon Camera Recommendations

What is the Ultimate Canon Camera?

Here are the top Canon camera model choices:

  1. Canon EOS R3
  2. Canon EOS R5
  3. Canon EOS R6
  4. Canon EOS R
  5. Canon EOS R7
  6. Canon EOS RP
  7. Canon EOS R10
  8. Canon EOS M6 Mark II
  9. Canon EOS M50 Mark II

As a generalization, the above list is sorted in camera performance, features, and price descending sequence.

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, DSLR lenses in the kit are adaptable, and it is time to move to the mirrorless line-up for all new camera purchases.

What is the best Canon camera for you?

What is Canon's best camera? While I directly answered the question in the list above, again, 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 model 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, and outstanding autofocus performance. However, fast frame rates and incredible autofocus performance are 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 and AF performance 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 useful 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, and especially not necessarily the better camera for you. 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.

The Best Canon Cameras

Canon EOS R3 Buy  ► Rent  ►

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.


Canon EOS R5 Buy  ► Rent  ►

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.


Canon EOS R6 Buy  ► Rent  ►

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.


Canon EOS R Buy  ► Rent  ►

4. 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.


Canon EOS R7 Buy  ► Rent  ►

5. Canon EOS R7

Extreme Performance at an Affordable Price

The R7 was the first APS-C model in the Canon EOS R-series lineup. While the smaller imaging sensor has large cost benefits, the 32 MP resolution is still very high.

Remarkable autofocus capabilities and ultra-fast frame rates make this camera ideally suited for capturing sports action and wildlife. The reach created by the R7's extreme imaging sensor pixel density of makes it a superb choice for birds and other distant or tiny creatures.


Canon EOS RP Buy  ► Rent  ►

6. 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.


Canon EOS R10 Buy  ► Rent  ►

7. Canon EOS R10

Compact, Lightweight, Affordable, High-Performing AF System, Fast Frame Rate, Great Image Quality

The R10 was the other first APS-C model in the Canon EOS R-series lineup. While it is a highly capable camera, the R10 is compact, lightweight, and affordable.

Despite those characteristics, the R10 features an outstanding AF system, a very fast frame rate, and high resolution, three features typically omitted from lower-priced cameras.


Canon EOS M6 Mark II Buy  ► Rent  ►

8. Canon EOS M6 Mark II

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.


Canon EOS M50 Mark II Buy  ► Rent  ►

9. Canon EOS M50 Mark II

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.


The Best Canon DSLR Cameras

If you prefer a DSLR model, here are the ultimate Canon DSLR cameras:

  1. Canon EOS-1D X Mark III
  2. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
  3. Canon EOS 6D Mark II
  4. Canon EOS 90D
  5. Canon EOS Rebel T8i

Canon EOS-1D X Mark III Buy  ► Rent  ►

1. Canon EOS-1D X Mark III

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.


Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Buy  ► Rent  ►

2. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

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.


Canon EOS 6D Mark II Buy  ► Rent  ►

3. Canon EOS 6D Mark II

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.


Canon EOS 90D Buy  ► Rent  ►

4. Canon EOS 90D

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.


Canon EOS Rebel T8i / 850D Buy  ► Rent  ►

5. Canon EOS Rebel T8i / 850D

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.


Why Choose a Canon Brand DSLR or Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera?

Here are some reasons to choose Canon for your next digital camera:

  • Canon cameras are renowned for their impressive image quality with outstanding color rendering.
  • Canon cameras are very easy to use and have a great menu structure.
  • Canon cameras have excellent ergonomics, making them comfortable to use even for long durations.
  • Canon has a very wide range of camera models available and even the least expensive models are feature-filled.
  • Canon's camera technology is extremely mature. The significant bugs have long been worked out.
  • Canon has an incredible range of lenses (extremely important), flashes, and other accessories.
  • Canon (USA minimally) has outstanding customer service, ready to promptly answer questions.
  • My Canon repair service experience has been similarly high (again, referring the USA experience). Although Canon photography gear seldom needs repaired, things, including impacts, happen. Knowing that I can have a camera back in service quickly is important.

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.


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