Getting a new camera can be a complicated affair filled with numbers and confusing specifications, making the research ahead of a buying decision an annoying one.
In an attempt to try to make that research easier we are going to round-up all of the compact, mirrorless, and DSLR cameras that we think are the best out of the bunch for the year of 2016.
Check them out below.
The Leica Q is an extremely expensive camera but like most things, you really get what you pay for with cameras. In particular, the Q features a 24.2MP full-frame sensor, 28mm f/1.7 lens, 10fps continuous shooting, and the ability to record film at 1080p.
Sony RX100 IV
Sony’s RX100 IV is an impressive CSC for such a small camera, featuring a 1-inch 20.1MP sensor, a 24-70mm, f/1.8-2.8 lens, 16fps continuous shooting, and a 4K movie shooting mode.
The Fuji X100T is a great little camera that features retro themed design with some high-end specifications, featuring a fixed focal length of 35mm with an f/2 aperture, along with the ability to shoot 1080p videos from the 16.3MP sensor.
Fuji sort of changed the game with the X100T and the X70, they are both great-looking cameras with awesome specifications. In particular, the X70 a great 16.3MP APS-C sensor with a 28mm, f/2.8 lens, all of which comes along with some classic controls.
Panasonic Lumix LX15
The Panasonic Lumix LX15 has not been released yet but it was announced in 2016 so we count it. The camera is set to be one of the best 1-inch type cameras with an 20.1MP sensor, 24-72mm, f/1.4-2.8 lens, and the ability to shoot 4K video.
Canon PowerShot G7 X II
Canon’s PowerShot G7 X II is definitely worth a mention on this list, at around £450, it’s one of the cheapest compact cameras with a 1-inch sensor, while featuring a 20.1MP sensor and a 24-100mm, f/1.8-2.8 lens.
Sony Alpha A7R II
The Sony Alpha A7R II is Sony’s highest resolution full-frame camera, it features a 42.4MP sensor with the ability to shoot movies at 4K and to shoot continuously at 5fps.
If you want a micro four thirds camera then you should take a look at the Olympus Pen-F, which combines a 20MP sensor with a sleek retro design.
The Fuji X-T2 is our favourite mirrorless camera of this lineup, it has a sleek black design that makes it look fantastic, with a range of great features such as a 24.3MP APS-C sensor and 4K shooting, sadly, it is quite expensive.
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
We marked the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV on our best tech products of 2016 list and for good reason, it’s a fantastic full-frame CMOS DSLR with a 30.4MP sensor, along with the ability to shoot film at 7fps and a 3.2 touchscreen monitor.
The Nikon D500 was the runner-up for the best camera of 2016, it’s a great all-rounder for the practicing photographer with a 20.9MP sensor along with one of the best autofocus systems around.
Canon EOS 750D
If you are looking to get started with DSLR photography then you might want to go a bit cheaper, and you can’t do much wrong with the Canon EOS 750D, which is just £600 but includes a range of features that should be great for the beginner.