You know what’s the least important part of taking a great photo? Gear. The vision you have and the work you put into realizing it are far more critical.
That’s not to say gear doesn’t matter, just that it’s best used in service of something larger, not obsessed over. That’s why this guide doesn’t get too deep into the weeds of megapixel counts, sensor sizes, and pixel peeping. All these cameras are capable of producing amazing images; which one is right for you depends more on your needs than the size of the sensor.
But choosing the right one can be confusing. I’ve spent the past year testing dozens in all kinds of shooting scenarios to come up with what I think are the best choices for different types of photographers.
Updated January 2022: We’ve added the Sony A7 IV, which is now our top pick for most people, and updated pricing and availability throughout.
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