The best Canon camera for 2023: Canon's finest DSLR, mirrorless and compact models

Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, the best Canon camera models have a lot to offer. From entry-level to professional, Canon has a wide variety of options in its stable. We’ve extensively tested all of its top performers and created this guide to help you pick the right one for your budget and skill level.

We think the best option for most photographers is the Canon EOS R5. A full-frame hybrid with excellent autofocus, dependable in-body image stabilization and a high-resolution sensor, it’s close to being the perfect Canon camera for those who like to shoot a range of subjects. In fact, we put it up there with the best professional cameras you can buy.

If you’re looking for something more affordable, we rank the EOS R10 as the best budget Canon camera. Conveniently compact and usefully versatile, it represents fantastic value for enthusiasts with an interest in wildlife or action photography. Or if you want a more affordable full-frame option, take a look at the Canon EOS RP.

Our comprehensive round-up covers a whole fleet of Canon cameras, including compact models that are among the best travel cameras, and entry-level DSLRs that feature in our list of the best beginner cameras. Each has been extensively tried and tested in the real world, to sort the good from the great in Canon’s catalog. Together with our deal links and expert buying tips, this guide is your shortcut to the best Canon camera.

Written by
Tim Coleman
Written by
Timothy Coleman

Tim is TechRadar's Cameras editor. With more than 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.

The quick list

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The best Canon camera options for 2023

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The best Canon camera overall

The Canon EOS R5, the best Canon camera you can buy, sitting on a stone wall

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The best Canon camera for most people

Specifications

Sensor: Full-frame CMOS
Megapixels: 45
Autofocus: 5,940-zone AF
Screen type: 3.15-inch tilting touchscreen, 2.1m-dots
Continuous shooting speed: 20fps
Movies: 8K
User level: Enthusiast / expert

Reasons to buy

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Superb autofocus
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Solid IBIS system
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Good battery life

Reasons to avoid

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Some limitations for video
Buy it if:

✅ You want the best stills camera: Good for photography of any genre, the EOS R5 is the most powerful and versatile stills camera Canon has ever made.

✅ You’re upgrading from a DSLR: Pairing good physical handling with a superior EVF, autofocus and burst speeds, the R5 offers a next-gen shooting experience.

Don't buy it if:

You’re on a budget: The EOS R5’s body-only cost will be prohibitive for many enthusiasts, especially when you factor in the cost of RF-mount lenses.

❌ You shoot mainly video: The EOS R5 can capture sharp 8K footage, but recording time limits mean its video abilities don’t match its stills skills.

There's a heck of a lot to like about the Canon EOS R5, particularly if you're a stills photographer. In fact, we'd say that there's never been a better Canon camera for those who shoot a wide range of photography.

We've spent a lot of time with the EOS R5 since it launched, and our tests have consistently found it to have fantastic image quality, seriously impressive autofocus, and decent battery life. We're also big fans of the body design, which combines a responsive touchscreen with a superb electronic viewfinder. 

It might have the headline-grabbing spec of 8K video, but the picture is a little less clear for videographers. The EOS R5's overheating restrictions are likely to put off those who shoot lengthy clips (interviews, for example). We've tested the EOS R5's latest firmware, though, and didn't get any overheating warnings when shooting a short film in 32-degree temperatures, so it's certainly a very capable video camera for most people. 

Canon clearly went all-out on the EOS R5, and it's close to being the perfect Canon camera for hybrid shooters. However, that comes at a cost: the EOS R5 has a high asking price. But if you're keen on the brand, then it may be worth paying.

Read our in-depth Canon EOS R5 review


The best budget Canon camera

The Canon EOS R10 camera on a wooden shelf

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The best budget Canon camera

Specifications

Type: Mirrorless
Sensor: APS-C CMOS
Resolution: 24.2MP
Autofocus: 651-area Dual Pixel AF
Viewfinder: EVF, 2.36 million dots
Monitor: 2.95-inch articulating touchscreen, 1.04 million dots
Continuous shooting speed: 15fps
Movies: 4K
User level: Beginner

Reasons to buy

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Compact and lightweight
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Modern autofocus abilities

Reasons to avoid

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No in-body image stabilization
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Crop on 4K/60p footage
Buy it if:

✅ You’re a beginner: We rate the Canon EOS R10 as the best beginner camera you can buy right now, thanks to its usability, affordability and powerful autofocus.

✅ You want a small, affordable hybrid: It’s built more for stills than video, but the EOS R10 can still record uncropped 4K/30p footage oversampled from 6K.

Don't buy it if:

You want a lot of lens choice: Lens availability is a limiting factor for the EOS R10, with few native APS-C glass options available at present.

❌ You shoot a lot of action: Burst speeds are decent, but the limited buffer depth is restrictive when shooting RAW images of action or wildlife.

If you can look past the old-school sensor, we think Canon’s EOS R10 is one of the best entry-level mirrorless cameras for beginners. Fitted with Canon’s powerful Digic X chip, it also benefits from truly modern autofocus abilities. 

In testing, the processor and AF tracking together proved remarkably powerful. Continuous shooting speeds of 15fps with the mechanical shutter also mean the EOS R10 is a winner if you want to experiment with action photography. 

With dual control dials and a dedicated AF joystick, we found that the EOS R10 made it straightforward for learners to get hands-on with creative shooting. Its lightweight body will also feels comfortably familiar for anyone coming from a DSLR, with the articulating touchscreen making it an easy switch for smartphone photographers.

Low-light abilities are limited by the lack of in-body image stabilization, but image quality still proved decent during our tests, with plenty of detail hiding in the shadows. Video skills are solid too, with 4K footage oversampled at 30fps. Provided Canon comes out with more native APS-C lenses to grow with, the R10 hits the top spot for beginners.

Read our in-depth Canon EOS R10 review


The best premium Canon camera

The front of the Canon EOS R3, one of the best Canon cameras,

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The best premium Canon camera

Specifications

Sensor size: Full-frame
Resolution: 24.1MP
Viewfinder: 5,760K dots
Monitor: 3.2-inch vari-angle touchscreen, 4,300K dots
Autofocus: 1,053-point AF
Maximum continuous shooting rate: 12fps (mechanical shutter), 30fps (electronic)
Movies: 6K at 60p
User level: Expert

Reasons to buy

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Seriously speedy sensor
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Powerful AF features
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Impressive video specs

Reasons to avoid

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Big for a mirrorless model
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Relatively low resolution
Buy it if:

✅ You’re a pro sports photographer: The EOS R3 is built for speed, shooting full-res RAW files at 30fps, with a big buffer depth and rapid autofocus system.

✅ You want a mirrorless hybrid: The EOS R5 shoots sharper 8K video, but the R3 captures oversampled 4K/60p footage with fewer overheating issues.

Don't buy it if:

You need high-res stills: It’s a speed demon, but rivals like the Nikon Z9 and Sony A1 offer fast burst speeds at higher resolutions than the R3’s 24MP.

❌ You want a discreet camera: Unapologetically made for pros, the size of the EOS R3 means it isn’t a camera that goes under the radar.

Styled more like a sports DSLR than the handier EOS R5, the Canon EOS R3 is every bit a professional mirrorless camera. It has fewer megapixels than the EOS R5, because it’s built for speed instead of outright resolution – and if the former is your priority, it’s the best Canon camera you can get. During our extensive time testing the EOS R3, we found it one of the best sports and wildlife cameras we’ve ever tested.

At its core is a 24.1MP stacked CMOS sensor, which we described in our review as a “purring photographic engine”. It can shoot full-quality raw images at a remarkable 30fps, as well as 6K/60p raw video internally without any noticeable rolling shutter. We were also mightily impressed by its autofocus system, and reassured by the tough magnesium alloy build.

In short, the EOS R3 is the pinnacle of mirrorless speed. It’s undeniably big and expensive, but if you need an uncompromising Canon camera and can afford to pay the premium, you won’t be disappointed.

Read our in-depth Canon EOS R3 review


The best Canon camera for hobbyists

The Canon EOS R7 camera sitting on a stone step

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The best Canon camera hobbyists can buy

Specifications

Type: Mirrorless
Sensor: APS-C CMOS
Resolution: 32.5MP
Autofocus: 651-area Dual Pixel AF
Viewfinder: EVF, 2.36 million dots
Monitor: 2.95-inch articulating touchscreen, 1.62 million dots
Continuous shooting speed: 15fps
Movies: 4K
User level: Enthusiast

Reasons to buy

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Rapid and reliable performance
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Impressive value

Reasons to avoid

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Limited native lens range
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Average electronic viewfinder
Buy it if:

✅ You want a small all-rounder: Its APS-C sensor gives the EOS R7 travel-friendly dimensions, while its kit lens covers a useful 18-150mm focal range.

✅ You want a budget sports camera: The EOS R7 makes excellent subject-tracking autofocus available to those without top-end full-frame budgets.

Don't buy it if:

You want a lot of lens choice: There are few native RF-S lenses available at present, which makes a camera like the Sony A6700 more appealing.

❌ You shoot a lot in low light: The APS-C sensor takes lovely stills, but full-frame Canon cameras perform better in dim conditions.

Hitting the APS-C sweet spot, we think the EOS R7 is one of the top options in Canon’s line-up for enthusiast shooters. In testing, its compact proportions made it a nice camera to use, with a reasonably chunky grip and accessible control layout. Yet it also benefits from a generous feature set, while undercutting its full-frame cousins.

Among the highlights is Canon’s latest Dual Pixel CMOS AF II autofocus, which proved both rapid and reliably capable of keeping up with subjects. Electronic burst speeds of up to 30fps also make it a dream for sports and wildlife photography, with in-body image stabilization offering eight stops of compensation when shooting handled.

Overall, our real-world usage proved that the EOS R7 can produce lovely images in a wide range of conditions. Low-light results aren’t quite on par with Canon’s full-frame models, but it’s hard to argue when you’re getting such impressive versatility and value. That includes two UHS-II card slots, an articulating touchscreen, and the ability to shoot uncropped 4K/60p video.

All that’s really holding the Canon EOS R7 back right now is a lack of native lenses. This is something that Canon will hopefully address if the RF-S system becomes as popular as it should be.

Read our in-depth Canon EOS R7 review


The best Canon EOS R5 alternative

Canon EOS R6 II outside on a tripod with 24-105mm lens attached

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The best full-frame alternative to the EOS R5

Specifications

Sensor: Full-frame CMOS
Megapixels: 20.1MP
Autofocus: 6,072 AF points
Screen type: 3-inch vari-angle touchscreen, 1,620K dots
Continuous shooting speed: 12fps
Movies: 4K/60p
User level: Intermediate/expert
Sensor: Full-frame CMOS
Megapixels: 24.2MP
Autofocus: 4,897 AF points
Screen type: 3-inch vari-angle touchscreen, 1,620K dots
Continuous shooting speed: 12fps (mechanical), 40fps (electronic)
Movies: 4K/60p
User level: Intermediate/expert

Reasons to buy

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Best-in-class autofocus
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Excellent full-frame IBIS

Reasons to avoid

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4K video limitations
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Expensive for an enthusiast camera
Buy it if:

✅ You want a pro workhorse: Made for professionals, the EOS R6 II impresses with its terrific autofocus, burst shooting and low-light performance.

✅ You want a second Canon: If you’re already invested in the RF system, EOS R6 II would make a great second camera to use alongside an EOS R5 or R3.

Don't buy it if:

You’re conscious of cost: The EOS R6 II is a very capable all-rounder, but it’s also an expensive one, with a price that’s only justified if you really like it.

❌ You shoot more stills than video: The EOS R6 II produces excellent stills and video, but you can find better value elsewhere if your focus is on still images.

Canon’s EOS R6 was a more affordable version of the R5, favouring speed over outright resolution. The R6 II makes several useful improvements to that formula, cementing its position as one of the best mirrorless all-rounders for Canon fans.

Even boosted from 20.1MP to 24.2MP, its sensor still has a lower pixel count than the EOS 6D Mark II. And at 4K/60p, its video resolution can’t challenge the 8K offered by the R5. Yet we found in testing that the EOS R6 II is a fantastic shooting tool: its AI-powered autofocus proved highly effective and low-light performance terrific. 

By doubling the already rapid electronic burst shooting speeds to 40fps, the EOS R6 II sets the pace among mirrorless cameras, making it a top choice for shooting action. Our tests did find that in-body image stabilization fell short of the promised eight stops, but color rendering was very attractive and image quality impressive overall.

You’ll find better value if you prioritise stills or video, and the incremental improvements don’t justify upgrading from an EOS R6. But if you’re already invested in Canon’s RF system and willing to part with a chunk of cash, the R6 II is a seriously capable hybrid.

Read our in-depth Canon EOS R6 review


The best affordable full-frame Canon camera