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For most people, a smartphone is sufficient to take still or moving photos, but taking professional-quality photographs or videos requires equipment explicitly made for this. Fortunately, although the camera industry as a whole has been battered by new technologies, camera makers still produce high-quality equipment. So if the talented person is a photographer who needs a high megapixel camera for printing, an artist who works with large format photos, or a street scene videographer, consider giving them (or you yourself!) one of these five cameras. (Prices are accurate at time of publication.)
Sony Alpha 7C
Whether they’re shooting photos, videos, or both, most artists will find Sony’s relatively compact Alpha 7C camera to offer great power and versatility, as it comes with a 24.2MP full-frame CMOS sensor and 5-axis in-body image stabilization. Frame shots are easy with the 3-inch rotating LCD screen or the high-quality electronic viewfinder. Its ISO sensitivity range is between 100 and 51.200, but you can expand it to ISO 50-204000. 4K video resolution is at 3840 x 2160 @ 30/24 fps, which will cover most situations. The Alpha 7C kit also comes with a new Sony FE 28-60mm f/4-5.6 zoom lens, which will cost you nearly $500 if purchased separately.
Purchase: Sony Alpha 7C Full Frame Mirrorless Camera with 28-60mm Lens, $2,201.98 on B&H Photo Video
Canon EOS R5
If you are looking for a high-end camera, the EOS R5 is the ideal choice. When Canon announced this model, the company indicated that it would be its most advanced full-frame unparalleled camera ever. What makes it so advanced? First of all, the 45MP image sensor not only produces high-resolution photos, but can also shoot 8K video. If you want to take advantage of the latter, you’ll need to buy a CFexpress memory card – although in addition to the CFexpress memory card slot, there’s an SD memory card slot for shooting low-resolution videos and still photos. Other great specs include an OLED viewfinder with a resolution of 5.76 million dots and a shooting speed of Full HD images of 20 frames per second. Overall, it’s one of the most popular full-frame mirrorless cameras that have come out in the past few years, and since it’s from Canon, you’ll have your pick of Canon lenses.
Purchase: Canon EOS R5 Full Frame Mirrorless Camera, $3899.00 on B&H Photo Video
Go Pro Hero10
For some vloggers, the non-GoPro camera is a no-brainer, and even GoPro pessimists may find themselves yearning for the latest Hero, which is shot in 5.3K Ultra HD video and captures 23MP stills. It can also produce 8x slow-motion video in Full HD or 1080p. Although it lacks an optical image stabilizer, this model includes GoPro’s latest digital IS (HyperSmooth 4.0), and voice activation means you can tell it when to start and stop.
Purchase: GoPro Hero10 Action Camera$449.99 (was $499.99) on B&H Photo Video
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VII
In a point-and-shoot camera, one of the most important considerations regarding image quality is sensor size. With the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VII, Sony packs a 20.1MP full-frame sensor into a relatively small body. It’s a solid performer, too: it borrows autofocus and burst mode features from Sony’s high-end full-frame mirrorless cameras, so it can focus more quickly and accurately and can capture a rapid series of shots – up to 90fps – in jpeg or RAW formats. . The high-quality Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar T 24-200mm lens offers a beautiful zoom range (8.3x optical zoom) to play with when composing shots, and the camera is equipped with optical and digital image stabilization for clear photos and stress-free video.
Purchase: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VII Camera, $1,298.00 on B&H Photo Video
Fujifilm GFX 50S II
The latest model in Fujifilm’s GFX line of mid-format cameras, the GFX 50S II not only has a megapixel count, but also a 44 x 33mm image sensor. What does this great pricey camera give you? For starters, the sensor and system help reduce noise in low-light settings. The camera also offers in-body image stabilization (for 6.5EV of compensation) and comes with a 3.2-inch touch screen and a 3.69 million-dot OLED viewfinder. And Fujifilm’s high pixel resolution features can produce 205MP images. If a lot of resolution is needed, this is a great camera. (This price is for the body only, but you can buy it as Kit with GF 35-70mm f4.5-5.6 WR Lens for $4,499).
Purchase: Fujifilm GFX 50S II Mid-Scale Mirrorless Camera (Body Only), $3,999.00 on B&H Photo Video