The best photo cameras

If you’re in the market for a new camera, you’re in luck. The industry has had an explosion of innovation that has pushed consumer and pro level cameras to a whole new level. Features like onboard eye tracking smart technology, low light autofocusing, and 4K video, of which one would never have dreamt of as being available on film cameras just a few decades ago, are now becoming the norm. 

                        —By Aaron Joseph Cunningham

Nikon Z 6 ($2300)
EISA camera of the year 2019-2020

The Nikon Z 6 has a very robust build, intuitive handling and excellent image quality in most shooting conditions. The auto-focus includes Eye Detection AF, which makes for easy and accurate focusing on the subject no matter where they are placed in the frame. The viewfinder is large and sharp, which provides an accurate preview of how your image will turn out. The in-body stabilisation greatly improves image sharpness with every lens used, including F-mount DSLR optics. All these features are really just the tip of the iceberg, which is why this EISA picked this as their best all-around camera of the year.

Fujifilm X-T3 ($1900)
EISA advanced camera 2019-2020

Fujifilm takes its popular X system to the next level with the X-T3. The new 26-megapixel X-Trans CMOS 4 image sensor was designed to deliver extremely detailed images. The camera also boasts continuous shooting at up to 30fps and super fast autofocus, which makes it perfect for people who love to take action photos. The X-T3 comes with some impressive video features, like 4K recording at 60 fps.

Canon EOS RP ($1650)
EISA best buy full-frame camera 2019-2020

The EOS RP is a great option for those looking for an affordable entry into the full-frame mirrorless market. The 26.2-megapixel sensor and powerful DIGIC 8 processor deliver excellent image quality for an entry level camera. Another major advantage of this camera is it’s 4779-point hybrid autofocus system that can even focus in very poor lighting conditions. Existing Canon users will be happy to know that the EOS RP is compatible with all RF lenses, and with a simple adapter all EOS EF and EF-S lenses are also compatible with. Streamlined controls and an LCD touchscreen make this camera very intuitive and easy to use.

SONY RX100 V1 ($1600)
EISA compact camera 2019-2020

For those in the market for a compact camera the Cyber-shot RX100 VI may be a good option. It features state-of-the-art photo technology inside a very compact body, which houses a retractable electronic viewfinder and built-in flash. It also boasts an impressive 24-200mm, which should cover most of your needs, especially when you consider that it’s a compact camera.

20.1 megapixels will deliver plenty of detail and the 24fps burst mode will allow you to get those action shots locked in. Sony’s fast and reliable eye tracking autofocus allows the photographer to make sure their subjects are always sharp. The tiny camera also records video at 4K and does super slow motion.

HuaweI P30 Pro ($600-1000)
EISA best smartphone 2019-2020

If you are in the market for a new phone and want the best camera possible, the Huawei P30 Pro has made some significant advancements in mobile photography. Low-light photos on this camera are by far the best you can get on a smartphone. The camera also has ultra-wide angle, portrait, and periscope 5X telephoto features, which beat all of the competitors. The P30 is also water-resistant, has a nice screen, and great battery life. RAW format recording and up to 512GB of storage make the Huawei P30 the perfect phone companion for serious photographers.

SONY α6400 ($1650)
EISA photo/video camera 2019-2020

If you are a content creator who shoots as much video as still photography, the α6400 could be a very powerful weapon in your arsenal. Its compact, portable body makes it great for vlogging on the go. The major selling point of this camera is definitely Sony’s innovative Real-time Tracking and Real-time Eye AF, which does a great job keeping your subject in focus no matter where they move in the frame.

It also comes equipped with 4K high dynamic range recording and S-Log profiles for pro-level colour grading. The flip-up screen can face forwards for vlogging, and the camera likewise comes with a microphone socket for high-quality sound recording. And if it’s still photography that you want to shoot, the 24-megapixel images are sure to meet the needs of most entry level photographers.

Written on: February 4, 2020