What are the best cameras to get in 2022? That depends on what and how you want to shoot.
Choosing the best camera is hard enough for professional photographers, but when you’re just starting out the choice of types and price brackets can seem overwhelming.
The best camera for photography isn’t necessarily the most expensive, or the most powerful, it’s about choosing the right camera for what you want to do. Here are 5 great cameras for all kinds of users.
To start things off, you’ll need to find out want kind of photographer you are now, what type of photographer you want to be, and what you want to shoot.
1. Nikon D3500
This classic, affordable DSLR is the perfect way to get started in ‘proper’ photography.
The Nikon D3500 is a long-standing favorite. It’s by no means the most advanced DSLR you can get, but its simplicity, its controls and the quality of the images it can create make it a top recommendation for anyone just starting out.
There’s a lot the D3500 doesn’t do, it has a fixed rear screen that’s not touch-sensitive, it doesn’t have hybrid on-sensor autofocus and it doesn’t shoot 4K video.
But its 24-megapixel sensor delivers super-sharp, super-high quality images, Nikon’s latest AF-P retracting kit lens is a miniature marvel and focuses very fast in live view, even without on-sensor phase-detection autofocus.
The D3500 handles well, it’s easy to use, it’s more potent than it looks and it’s the perfect introduction to interchangeable lens photography.
2. Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV
Fancy a pocket-sized camera for travel and social posts? This little Olympus is small but powerful.
With a flip-over screen for selfies and very good in-body image stabilization, the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV is ideal for learning about photography and video and portable enough for daily use. With 4K video and attractive styling, the E-M10 Mark IV is ideal as an entry-level camera that can do pretty much everything.
It has a smaller Micro Four Thirds sensor than other mirrorless cameras or DSLRs, but the advantage is that the lenses are smaller and lighter.
This is a great little camera that’s so much more powerful than it looks and could be with you for a long time to come.
3. GoPro Hero10 Black
For action and adventure filming, the GoPro Hero10 Black is the go-to choice.
The GoPro Hero 10 might be a little more than you need if you’re shopping for your first action camera, but if you’re looking for a camera that’s going to record super-smooth high-quality video this can’t be beaten.
It might look a lot like the previous GoPro Hero 9, which is still available, but it is a pretty significant upgrade.
It features a new G2 processor which makes the interface super responsive, doubles the frame rates, and fuels the best image stabilization tech available in action cameras.
The stand-out feature is its ability to record 5.3K 60p using GoPro’s new HyperSmooth 4.0 video stabilization.
It also has the ability to shoot 23-megapixel photos and it has the best low-light performance of any GoPro yet.
4. Canon EOS 90D
For traditional DSLR enthusiasts who want the latest features, the EOS 90D is the top dog
Mirrorless cameras are all the rage, but I’ve included the Canon EOS 90D for all those DSLR fans I know out there!
The Canon EOS 90D is an astounding APS-C workhorse of a camera, which combines the highest resolution yet seen in an APS-C sensor of 32.5MP, with a high-speed frame rate of 10fps, and it also manages glorious uncropped 4K video, without that irritating crop that has plagued Canon cameras in the past.
Its handling and ergonomics are a joy, reminding us of why shooting on a DSLR is such an enjoyably tactile experience, and it’s available for a welcome enthusiast price point, not to mention the fact that you get an optical viewfinder, which many people still prefer to the electronic viewfinders on mirrorless cameras.
5. Fujifilm X-S10
For enthusiasts and upgraders, the X-S10’s image stabilization, 4K video and flip-out screen tick all the boxes!
The Fujifilm X-S10 doesn’t have the external exposure controls of the higher, level X-series cameras, but that’s the only thing I can find to complain about, and it’s clear this is no ‘amateur’ camera. as its build quality and handling stand out straight away.
The swap to a conventional mode dial might disappoint Fujifilm fans, but the excellent finish, build quality and handling and the inclusion of IBS (in-body stabilization) give this camera a very broad appeal, especially in this price sector, to produce perhaps the best combination of performance, quality and value in the APS-C mirrorless camera market right now.
It even has a vari-angle rear screen, which is another reason why I rate this new camera above our previous favorite, the X-T30.