It is important for the buyer to decide for what purposes he buys the camera and what budget he expects. MOOZ made a number of tips for the rational purchase of the best camera of 2020 and also chose 10 devices that are the best in this segment.
First, the user needs to decide how much money he has for the camera. This is a good way to estimate what level of a camera it will eventually get. Larger, interchangeable lenses, more attractive cameras for high-resolution images and, for example, digital SLR cameras cost more than 1000$.
Time of use
First of all, you need to imagine how often you plan to use the camera: daily, monthly or only a couple of times a year. If you need a camera for pictures on vacation, a cheaper model can be an excellent option. It is possible to recommend buying a compact camera of the middle price range. But if you plan to seriously engage in photography, at least even at an amateur level, not professionally, will have to invest in a more serious device.
The purpose of using the camera
The camera, which is great for shooting portraits, will not be suitable for hiking. If the buyer plans to shoot only high-quality photos in the studio - then the choice should fall on an expensive SLR camera. Do not forget about one general rule - smaller cameras and cameras with fewer removable or interchangeable parts are best suited for travel.
Select camera type
It can be said that most users want to buy DSLR cameras. Digital SLR cameras (DSLR) or single-lens digital cameras consist of a body and removable lenses. This type of camera provides very high-quality images that can be enlarged to huge sizes and printed, for example, on the whole wall in the apartment. Such devices are not cheap: good amateur DSLR costs from $1000. The price tag on the models, which give pictures of professional quality, starts already from $2000.
In addition, buying a high-quality DSLR allows you to purchase different types of lenses - for example, wide-angle, macro or fisheye - without having to purchase a new camera for everyone lens. It is necessary to choose DSLR and for the sake of full control over the process of photography. With the camera, you can adjust the shutter speed, aperture, change the ISO speed (photosensitivity) and set all the settings it needs. However, then you will have to study and test all settings - not all fans have the desire and time. Often just automatic mode is enough.
DSLR cameras have two disadvantages - they are heavy and expensive. In addition, they are also less practical to carry around.
The next type of camera is the so-called point-and-shoot (compact automatic cameras or simply “soapboxes"). These are relatively cheap cameras that are easy to use. The “point and shoot" cameras work like this: the user directs the camera to the object, zooms or decreases the image, and then presses the button to take the picture. Such cameras require very little effort on the part of the photographer. They usually focus and adapt to lighting conditions.
Perhaps, such cameras are the ideal choice for travelers. In addition, they are usually very compact, easily fit in a small backpack or a small handbag.
The most famous camera manufacturers are Sony, Nikon or Canon. If you are looking for an inexpensive device to use it several times a year, you can buy a device of any popular brand. If you choose an advanced camera, it is necessary to study in detail all the offers in the segment that will suffice your budget.
We have compiled a rating of 10 cameras, which will be the best choice for buyers in 2020. We did not divide the cameras into amateur and advanced but ranked them in terms of price-quality ratio.
With the Nikon D850, company has introduced a new generation of modern, innovative and powerful camera, in the shape of its latest 46 megapixels Full frame BSI-CMOS sensor with superb image quality. Price almost immediately can scare the user, but if he is looking for the best camera he can buy right now, then Nikon's stunning D850 will almost certainly be out of the competition. With its sophisticated 153-point autofocus system and serial shooting speed (9 frames per second), the D850 is perhaps the best-proven camera. The camera is the best choice if you want to shoot detailed and top-notch photos. Of course, ISO 25,600 is good, but if we are more realistic, anything above ISO should be avoided. If the images are going on the web, then ISO 25,600 is awesome, though even with noise reduction off, some details surely do get missed. ISO management is best, and you can still get semi-usable photos all the way out to 102400. The display performs well in bright light and is very high-res (2,359k dots). The real set-apart feature on this one is the ridiculously smooth image stabilization which uses 5 EV steps of compensation (a level that rivals full pro stabilization rigs).
However, these days many Mid-size SLR cameras use on-sensor phase-detection AF, often in combination with contrast-detect AF to produce AF speeds that rival those of DSLRs. The camera has Multi-Segment metering mode, which takes reflectivity information from the entire scene to try to achieve a balanced exposure for the entire scene, which gives the photographer a more precise measurement of the light. Starting with a pro-level camera with a full frame sensor is a great option for people who know they want to take their photography seriously. And if you have a cherished collection of film-era lenses, the gear will make the most of them. The result is one of the best ultimate Mid-size SLR on the market, capable of some fabulously impressive sharp images. Overall, the monstrous Nikon D850 handles very nicely for such a beautiful and powerful camera.
- Stunning image quality
- Excellent performance
- Low real-time viewing speed
Sony Alpha A7 III
After spending a month shooting with it last year, I felt compelled to write a full review on the innovative, beautiful Sony Alpha A7 III – it impressed me that much! Sony's growing line of mirrorless full-frame cameras offers an excellent alternative to DSLR from Canon and Nikon. Alpha A7 III delivers a stunning combination of features and performance, making it a brilliant choice for an enthusiast photographer and even a professional. The model highlights an excellent 24-megapixel full-frame sensor and advanced 693-point autofocus (borrowed from the flagship Alpha A9). Most professional-grade cameras will have full frame sensors, allowing for higher dynamic range, better low light performance, and a shallower depth of field. When shooting indoors, you’ll definitely have to raise the ISO if the light is bad, but if you have a newer Sony then you can confidently shoot at values around ISO 3,200 – 51,200.
Metabones and Fotodiox also have adapters which makes use of a full range of Canon EF lenses with Auto Focus on E mount cameras. The rear display flips up by 180 degrees so that it can be made to face the same direction as the lens for easy selfies. The advantage of mirror less camera is that you can review your image as soon as you take it, and make adjustments to your metering mode or exposure as needed to alter the image to better match your artistic vision. Being a DSLR, the Sony Alpha A7 III can track focus at full speed using its 693-point autofocus system, which uses the same phase-detection module as the previous model.
The better the dynamic range the system captures a wider number of values from dark to light leading to more details in low and highlights. Two card slots can usually be configured to record data in a number of ways including using the second slot as an overflow or for raw images or using one card for stills and the other for video. Almost every available surface of the camera body is overspread with super simple buttons, dials, and switches. Needless to say, image quality from the Sony Alpha A7 III is exceptional, sharp, stunning and colorful. Overall, the remarkable Sony Alpha A7 III handles very nicely for such a beautiful and powerful camera. Furthermore, if it works consistently in a wide range of real-world shooting situations (portraits, cities or landscapes), and with the majority of popular Sony glasses, then we think Sony Alpha A7 III could well be on to a winner.
- 693-point autofocus system
- 10 frames per second
- High ISO performance