If you’re in the market for a new camera — because your smartphone’s camera won’t cut it or you’re looking to upgrade your current model — ZDNET experts have gathered the best cameras for entry-level photographers all the way to professional users.
For rookies or veterans, the sheer range of options, terms, brands, and accessories when shopping for a new camera can make your head spin — which is why your first step when purchasing a camera should be to consider what you want your new camera to do for you.
Some models will come as body-only with lenses as separate purchases, some will come with a variety pack already included, and others may come with one fixed lens and no other. If you want a camera for special occasions, holidays, or going out only, a compact and travel-friendly camera may be your best bet — but if you want to eventually go pro, you might want to consider spending a little more on a DSLR or mirrorless to give yourself more versatility later.
ZDNET’s top pick for best camera overall is the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III, due to its exceptional image quality and improved autofocus. However, since the camera you purchase will depend on what you want to use it for, we included several other top picks below.
The best cameras of 2023
Best camera for streaming and vlogging
4K Digital Camera
This 4K digital camera works for creating videos, especially for vlogging and HD photography. You can use it as a webcam for live streaming or video calls, and you can take high-quality pictures easily with autofocus and anti-shake. The camera weighs less than a pound — it’s light and portable and runs on two rechargeable batteries.
Best camera alternative for beginners
Canon EOS Rebel T7
This beginner camera bundle gives you all the equipment you need to take high-quality pictures, even in low light. It has built-in Wi-Fi and NFC technology and an optical viewfinder with about 95% viewing coverage.
Best camera alternative for kids
Digital camera for kids
This camera is geared towards kids and teenagers, with enough capabilities to spark a lifelong love of photography. It’s compact and can be used to create high-quality videos and images. Plus, it comes in three colors: Green, pink, and black.