The best new digital cameras that every snapper needs to see

After a long period of innovation in smartphones, digital cameras are now starting to catch up. Here are some exciting recent additions, including the latest DSLRs and mirrorless models.

  • What is the difference between a DSLR and a mirrorless camera? While DSLRs have a small mirror that bounces light into an optical viewfinder, mirrorless cameras have a digital viewfinder.
  • Which is better: DSLR or mirrorless? There are advantages to both, but many mirrorless models are now offering features never before seen on a DSLR.
  • What are the best new digital cameras in 2019? We wanted to know that, so we went searching for the latest and greatest photographic tech. Keep reading to see our top picks.
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The hottest new digital cameras

Technology always goes through cycles. It starts with a big bang of innovation, which gradually fades into humdrum updates until the next great invention restarts the cycle.

When DSLRs first arrived around twenty years ago, they revolutionized photography. But in recent years, smartphone snappers have been treated to better features than most DSLR photographers have. However, the advent of mirrorless technology has breathed new life into the industry.

To help you navigate the new world of digital photography, we decided to create a helpful buyers guide. Here are the best new digital cameras that money can buy.

Which should I buy: DSLR vs. mirrorless?

Before deciding on your new camera, it’s worth deciding between the two main formats at the top end of photography.

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Mirrorless cameras are generally smaller

The primary difference between a DSLR and a mirrorless camera is that a DSLR has a mirror, and a mirrorless camera…you know the rest.

But what does that mean? Well, DSLRs have an optical viewfinder, whereas mirrorless cameras rely on digital viewfinders and rear displays. However, mirrorless cameras can take multiple images with less delay because they have no mirror to move. They are quieter for this reason, as well.

You might be wondering why anyone would buy a DSLR. But the fact is, mirrorless technology is still quite new. These cameras are capable of remarkable things, but they are finely tuned digital thoroughbreds. Many photographers prefer something tried and tested.

The best digital cameras in 2019

With these considerations in mind, let’s take a look at the hottest new photography tech.

Canon EOS Rebel SL3 DSLR Camera

This cute little DSLR is the smallest and lightest Canon ever made, but the SL3 packs a punch. The camera has Canon’s powerful DIGIC 8 processor on board, while eye-detection technology makes for easier focusing when you shoot portraits. This model also captures 4K video, with an articulated three-inch screen helping you to frame your shots.

Price: $600 USD (body only)

Fujifilm X-T100 Mirrorless Camera

While the X-T100 does not compete with the big guns, this small mirrorless camera offers incredible value for money. You get a 24MP APS-C sensor, a 91-point hybrid AF system, and up to 51,200 ISO. In addition, you get Fuji’s great X-Trans sensor technology and built-in film emulation — all for under $600.

Price: $599.95 USD (body only)

Nikon Z 6 Full Frame Mirrorless Camera

Launched just before Christmas, the Nikon Z 6 provides a great balance between price and features. It delivers stunning images at 24MP resolution, and you can choose between new Z mount lenses and older Nikon lenses. Reviewers also like the electronic viewfinder, the battery life, and the intuitive controls.

Price: $1,999.95 USD (body only)

Canon EOS RP Full Frame Mirrorless Camera

Another lightweight from Canon, the EOS RP offers great full frame photography in an affordable package. The camera has a 26MP sensor, DIGIC 8 processor, and Canon’s fast Dual Pixel autofocus. Video enthusiasts will appreciate the 4K shooting, and this camera can take both EF and EF-S lenses with the help of an adapter.

Price: $1,299 USD (body only)

Olympus OM-D E-M1X Full Frame Mirrorless Camera

Aimed at sports and wildlife photographers, the E-M1X is seriously fast. This thing has Intelligent Subject Detection to help you nail focusing, and you can shoot up to 60 frames per second. It also has impressive image stabilization built in, and the body is designed to survive all weathers. The Olympus even allows you to capture UHD 4K video.

Price: $2,999 USD

Panasonic Lumix S1R Full Frame Mirrorless Camera

Panasonic has teased us with the S1R since Photokina 2018. It was worth the wait. This 47.3MP behemoth uses machine learning to track subjects, and it can combine multiple images into a 187MP composite. You also get an OLED viewfinder, 4K video at 60 frames per second, and up to 60 shots per second in burst mode.

Price: $3,699 USD (body only)

Sony Alpha a7R III Full Frame Mirrorless

It might be the oldest here, but Sony’s a7R III is still the camera to beat. This beautiful beast provides a solid 42.4MP resolution, with outstanding low-light performance. The ridiculous 693-point autofocus system gives you total creative control, and you can shoot at 10 frames per second. Video is also a strong point, and the A7R III has built-in stabilization. However, this camera’s best feature is world-class image quality.

Price: $2,799.99 USD (body only)

The best new digital cameras

No matter whether you’re a first-time buyer or an experienced photographer, this list should have something for you.

What digital camera are you shooting with right now? What do you lust over? Tell us in the comments!

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Meet Mark Myerson

Mark is best known for writing about apps, but he also loves the tactile, hardware side of technology. Being a professional photographer, he's pretty handy with a camera, and he's a self-confessed tweetaholic.

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