The best camera for photography 2023: top picks for every budget


Whether you’re a new enthusiast or experienced shooter, the best cameras for photography have the skills to upgrade your stills game. We’ve extensively tested the top options from the biggest names in photography, including Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fujifilm, Panasonic and more. You’ll find our favorites ranked in the list below, spanning a range of budgets.

We think the best camera for photography overall is the Sony A7 IV. With an impressive full-frame sensor and top-spec autofocus, it’s a powerful all-rounder that can tackle almost any kind of photography. If that’s beyond your budget, the Canon EOS R10 is our favorite entry-level option. Though it lacks the features of a premium model, its compact build and modern autofocus abilities make it the best beginner camera you can buy.

From premium compacts to full-frame flagships, our guide covers the top photography cameras in every genre, divided by skill level: enthusiast, novice and advanced. Each entry has been thoroughly reviewed to check how it performs in the real world. Our expert testers go beyond the specs to assess every camera in depth. Besides overall image quality, we see how cameras feel in the hand, how well they perform in different shooting conditions, and whether their promised features actually deliver.

Whatever your expectations, our comprehensive guide narrows down the options to help make your decision easier. We’ve highlighted the benefits and drawbacks of every camera, and offered expert answers to common queries. We’ve also included direct links to the best deals available right now.

Written by
Tim Coleman
Written by
Timothy Coleman

Tim is TechRadar's Cameras editor, with over 15 years in the photo video industry and most of those in the world of tech journalism, Tim has developed a deeply technical knowledge and practical experience with all things camera related. He notes, "it’s not been easy to curate this guide because, there are so many incredible options out there, but we’ve put together options for all levels and for particular kinds of photography. A huge part of the enthusiast and advanced camera market is hybrid now, so if you’re only interested in photography you might be able to save yourself a bit of money by opting for a photo-oriented camera."

The quick list

If you’re looking for a shortcut to the best camera, the quick round-up below will give you an instant overview of the top options. When you find one that suits your needs and budget, use the links to jump to an in-depth summary.

The best camera for photography 2023

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The best full-frame hybrid overall

The front of the Sony A7 IV camera with a zoom lens

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The best full-frame hybrid for enthusiasts


Sensor size: Full-frame
Resolution: 33MP
Viewfinder: 3,690K dots
Monitor: 3.0-inch vari-angle touchscreen, 1,037K dots
Autofocus: 759-point AF
Maximum continuous shooting rate: 10fps
Movies: 4K at 60p
User level: Intermediate

Reasons to buy

Impressive 33MP sensor
Class-leading autofocus
Vari-angle screen

Reasons to avoid

Heavily cropped 4K footage
Complex for beginners
Buy it if:

✅ You need an all-rounder for stills and video: There are better specialist cameras out there, but as an all-rounder the A7 IV is the best mirrorless camera you can buy.

✅ Your Sony A7 III is starting to feel its age: The A7 IV is a big upgrade on the A7 III in almost every respect, including resolution, autofocus, usability and video. 

Don't buy it if:

You mostly shoot sports and action: While the Sony A7 IV is by no means a slow coach, there are better cameras out there for pro sports performance.

❌ Value is your main priority: You'll get more bang for your buck with a more specialist camera and an extra lens or two with the money saved.

Following Sony’s fantastic A7 III was never going to be easy, but the A7 IV is a worthy successor. Equipped with a new 33MP sensor that’s solid for both stills and video, it’s a compelling mirrorless option for hybrid shooters. In our review, we called it a "brilliant blend of photographic power and video versatility".

A price hike does mean it’s no longer an entry-level full-frame camera like its forebear, but a Bionz XR processor powers solid performance that broadly justifies the extra expenditure. 

The A7 IV also benefits from Sony’s class-leading autofocus skills, plus upgrades like 10-bit video support and a seemingly endless buffer depth with a CFexpress card. Our tests found this buffer to be more generous than most photographers will need, with image quality leaning more towards resolution than low-light performance. 

No hybrid camera comes without compromise: there is a heavy crop on 4K footage and it isn't the simplest camera for beginners to use. The Canon EOS R6 also offers faster burst speeds for a similar price. But considering its powerful versatility and higher resolution, the Sony A7 IV deservedly takes our number one spot. 

Read our in-depth Sony A7 IV review

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