What's the best camera ever

Best camera [2021] - My top 3 recommendations

If your budget is big enough and you are looking for the best camera, I will give you my top 3 recommendations today.

Below you will find detailed descriptions of my recommendations. If you don't want to read everything, you can find one here Quick overview:

14.8 f-stops dynamic range
Large selection of Nikon lenses
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14.7 f-stops dynamic range
Good, but price-intensive Sony lenses
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14.8 f-stops dynamic range
Good, but price-intensive Sony lenses
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Of course, this article reflects my personal opinion.

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Best camera

Why should you trust me?

I have been taking photos since 2005 and have used many different cameras and lenses during this time. I tried many different photography directions and then focused on landscape and architectural photography. I follow the digital camera market very carefully, then a lot of further development is currently taking place here.

The photography is by far my greatest passion. It has a permanent place in my life practically every day. For years I have almost not been on “normal” vacations, I drive away to take photos.

What should the best camera be able to do?

Below are the points that are important to me when choosing the best camera.

Deliver fantastic picture quality

If you're looking for the best camera, of course you want that too best picture quality to have. My recommendations are all on a very high level here. But one thing should also be clear to you: To get the best image quality out of your camera, you also need it very good lenses.

Speed ​​of the camera when operating

If you take photos with your camera, then of course you don't want to have to wait for the camera. That starts with points like that Switch-on time and pulls on the Speed ​​in the menu up to Burst function down. The camera should simply be able to react quickly in all situations.

A great dynamic range

This point plays a role for a very large target group. This is about the camera Details in the lightest and darkest areas of a picture. So that the sky isn't just white and the shadows aren't just black. Dynamic range plays for both Landscape photographers and Wedding photographers a role, but also for that Reportage photography.

Intuitive handling

As far as handling is concerned, I'm talking about one in particular well thought-out layout of the controls, but also from one meaningful menu structure. The camera itself has to feel good. It shouldn't be too long Getting used to it be intuitive to use. Over time you will probably get used to the operating concept of a certain camera manufacturer. For example, I shoot a lot with Canon. It's hard for me to get used to Fuji because I've been shooting with Canon for years. So if you already have a camera and looking for a new one, then you should keep this point in mind.

Speed ​​and precision of the autofocus system

With fast subjects the camera's autofocus system must also be able to keep up, otherwise the images will not be sharp. This is particularly important in sports, animal and reportage photography. But even with children and pets you sometimes need a fast autofocus.

The precision of the autofocus system is in the Portrait photography important. If you shoot a lot with prime lenses at high speed, the focus range on the model is often only very small. Depending on how precise the system is, it decides whether the sharpness is actually on the eyes or on the eyelashes. Also for Wedding photographers the accuracy of the autofocus plays a major role.

Video features

You probably want to use the camera primarily for taking photos. But now video also plays a role. In times of vlogging and YouTube, the best camera also fulfills this area. Parts of the last season of Dr. Houses were filmed with a single lens reflex camera back then. Of course, that also speaks for them outstanding image quality for videos.

4K videos is at least standard here, sufficient Frames per second, different video formats and Connections for external microphones are meanwhile also normal. The cameras presented are also very suitable for filming.

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Since every type of camera has its respective advantages, I have created leaderboards for the respective cameras:

Perhaps it is important to you that the camera is not quite as big and heavy as a single lens reflex camera. Then a system camera is interesting for you. If you need a camera in your pocket, then a compact camera is more of an option. Very universal cameras that have a permanently installed lens are called bridge cameras. But they can no longer be described as compact. Since I primarily come from the field of landscape photography, I have also written my own list of the best for it.

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So it makes sense to think about what you want to do with the camera and which Features are important to you.

The best camera - My top 3 recommendations

With current recommendations for the best camera are primarily SLR and system cameras. There are also very good medium format cameras out there, but I didn't include them in the list. In my experience, medium format cameras are rather special and not made for everyone. Curtain up on what I think is the best camera!

1st place: Nikon D850

Nikon D850

Nikon simply knows how to build SLR cameras. While Canon has been hibernating in terms of further development in recent years, Nikon has listened to the users and built the best camera. A works in the Nikon D850 45 megapixel sensor from Sony. The camera delivers the best dynamic range and is also related to the Handling extremely well thought out. A state-of-the-art autofocus system ensures constant sharpness. The same applies here: so that the camera can also deliver 45 MP, good lenses are a must. she is the perfect all-rounder, only the focus speed for videos can still be improved. Nonetheless, the Nikon D850 currently the best camera for me.

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2nd place: Sony Alpha 7R III

Sony Alpha 7R III

Camera number two is a system camera from Sony. While Canon and Nikon used to dominate the market, Sony has now fought its way forward. One of the main reasons for this is that outstanding sensors, which are now also built into some cameras by Nikon. While the first Alpha 7R still felt like a prototype, the Sony Alpha 7R III is one great thought out and advanced camera. As a system camera, it has the advantage that it is smaller and lighter than a single lens reflex camera. It houses you 42 megapixel sensor, is fast and offers a great picture quality. Sony's own lens park is sufficiently large; lenses from other manufacturers can also be used via an adapter.

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3rd place: Sony Alpha 7R IV

Sony Alpha 7R IV

Of all current full-frame cameras on the market, the Sony Alpha 7R IV has by far the most highest resolution. With the 61 megapixels can therefore also very large prints realize.

The Dynamic range is very good, just like that Handling the camera. Of all system camera manufacturers, Sony currently has this largest assortment in the field of lenses. With this and with adapters for other lens manufacturers, the right lens can be found for every focal length range and above all for every price range.

Due to the high number of megapixels, you need good lenses if you want to use the full resolution. Because of the diffraction blur, you shouldn't close the aperture much further than F4, otherwise the images will become blurred again. The A 7R IV is therefore not suitable for every photographic field. But above all, that's what the camera does for portrait photographers relevant. In combination with good Zeiss lenses, poster-sized prints are also possible.

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Conclusion: which is the best camera for me?

If your budget allows it, in my opinion there is currently no way around the Nikon D850. Many megapixels, fantastic image quality, well thought-out operation and great autofocus are what make this Nikon camera so good. There is also a large lens park that you can choose from.