Top Canon Cameras for 2021
13th September, 2021

It’s commonly thought of by some that age of digital cameras reached irrelevancy with the age of smartphones, essentially giving everyone a pocket camera – whether it was a Samsung, an Apple iPhone, or even the new Google Pixel series, it seemed that you could rely on everyone to be able to record a moment in time.

However, companies still drive onward with new photography products yearly – Sony, Nikon, or Panasonic. However, all pale in comparison to Canon, the top of the game. Join us as we look at the overall best quality cameras to keep an eye on, in no specific order.

  1. Canon 1D X Mark III

Canon 1DX Mark III

They say good quality cameras don’t come cheap – but the highest quality cameras only come to those with dedication and deep pockets. Coming in at a retail price of £6,999, this beast captures images at 20.1 megapixels, in full frame, and can run at 20 frames per second, which lets you capture objects moving quickly as if they were standing still, not missing even the tiniest details. If that wasn’t enough, this camera can shoot pictures in low-light areas with insanely good accuracy, something many smartphones’ cameras struggle with.

However, nothing is perfect, and Canon’s Mark 1D X III is no exception to that rule. For example, the camera’s menus could use better organisation, which would make the device easier and simpler to use. Also, as you would expect with something fitted with this much pristine technology, the camera can feel a tad bulky, and therefore awkward to operate. Comfort is one of the most important factors when it comes to a camera’s quality, and while it certainly has great build quality, not everyone’s hands may feel fine wielding this beast.

To summarise, the 1D X Mark III is one of the best available on the market, with stunning features and photo quality that looks better than seeing it in real life. However, the price is one big reason that most people couldn’t justify the purchase, despite its stunning specifications, as it’s quite a large sum of money to drop.

92/100

 

  1. Canon 5D Mark IV

Canon 5D Mark IV

The popular Canon 5D Mark IV is a pristine gadget with capabilities that deliver immaculate imaging. The 30.4-megapixel CMOS sensor can deliver images packed with details regardless of where you’re shooting your shots.

However, it lacks in certain areas – such as the fact that 4K video is limited to motion JPEG or that there is a 1.64x crop factor in 4k video limit. On top of that, there is a continuous recording limit, meaning you can only record for 29:59 minutes, cutting short any video situations where you may want to say, record an entire football game.

In conclusion, this innovative and sharp camera has clearly been designed with clever, delicate hands, as the 5D Mark IV is a superb tool for photography and will capture pictures in stunning detail -even if it lacks in some areas, it bravely picks up the pieces, and establishes itself as a truly great digital camera.

 

88/100

  1. Canon EOS 90D

Canon EOS 90D

The stylish Canon EOS 90D features the same outstanding image quality you’ve come to know and love from the intelligent team over at Canon. Utilising a 32.5-megapixel sensor, a good battery life, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities, and a great live view autofocus – this is an incredibly compact package.

1080p photos retain clean details, making it so that small details like the shading and eye shadows of a drawing, or the specks of dirt on a wall don’t lose their quality and start to look blurry. The 1.6x lens allowing for better and more accurate zoom is great for practical situations where you whip out your camera and need that extra bit of zoom to focus in on your target and capture them in motion.

But this camera has a few flaws to mention – the lack of USB charging is something we sorely miss on this camera – being able to charge multiple items with one flexible proprietary cable is preferential. The 4K also noticeably lacks when compared directly to its competitor, the Sony a6400, and is lacking subtle, refined details, and ends up producing a slightly blurred and fuzzy image when you pay close attention and scrutinize the image.

In conclusion, with immaculate imaging, unique features, and can produce very refined 1080p images, and anyone who loves the world of photography certainly has something to love here. But we would not necessarily recommend this if what you’re mainly looking for is a 4K quality camera.

80/100

  

  1. Canon EOS 250D

Canon’s EOS 250D shines through the crowd of cameras as a genuinely fantastic tool for those junior photographers who want to create stunning images, but simply don’t know where to start. First, the EOS 250D simply feels very smooth to use due to its robust build quality, giving it a very light feeling during use. There’s also quite a useful Beginner’s Guide pre-installed in the camera which takes beginners through a tutorial showing you how to best take advantage of exposure/brightness settings and make your photos look as good as they were destined to. As you would expect from Canon, image resolution is as immaculate as ever, producing clean photos with vibrant colours.

The EOS 250D’s (also known as the Canon Rebel SL3) biggest flaw is that the 1080/4k video quality is admittedly lacklustre, as if you’re looking to shoot videos that go at fast motions (such as sports), you’re out of luck. Adding onto the fact that the battery life seems to be merely okay, and that there’s no in-camera RAW processing – if you’re an experienced photographer and are looking for some steaming with features, this product is not for you. But it can’t be understated how good this is for people wanting to make their own photos/images at a good quality at an amateur level, or even people who aren’t very familiar with the art of photography.

72/100

 

  1. Canon EOS M6 Mark II

Canon EOS M6 Mark II

Canon’s EOS M6 Mark II is a camera that features a 32.5 megapixel with a Dual Pixel AF CMOS sensor giving you the ability to take stunning photos, as well as 14fps of continuous shooting, and the 4K/1080P resolution we’ve come to know and love. The EOS M6 Mark II’s best feature, however, is that its’ autofocus is extremely accurate. Making sure to concentrate on precisely what you want when getting ready to shoot an image, this camera is fantastic for moving subjects and would be a superb pick for those who want to take pictures of fast sports cars, for example.

The Mark II is certainly flawed in some ways, however – the battery life is short, the 4K video is sorely lacking in detail when compared to other competitors in the same range, and the eye detection can tend to front-focus far too much. But that said, this camera is still an exceptional tool for photography. Engaging JPEG quality, vibrant colour profiles – there’d be no regret purchasing this robust photography tool.

 

81/100

 

  1. Canon EOS M50 Mark I

Canon EOS M50

Canon continues to impress with their remarkable range of camera products, and the EOS M50 is no different. Mirrorless, and featuring 4K video/imaging, this device is additionally Canon’s very first camera that automatically sends selfies and pictures straight to your smartphone when you take the photo, using Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or even the wired way. However, this little gadget’s features don’t end there – this camera also has a new C-RAW file format, which means that image’s file sizes are being cut, with little to no effect on image quality. And as expected, image quality is exceptional, with spotless production and objects and buildings consistently come off as incredibly sharp.

While it bears several positive qualities, it’s worth noting that the camera has a few glaring flaws, those being that the EOS M50’s 4K video is not up to snuff, and produces rather soft imaging, meaning text will often come off as blurry, or edges will come off as, well, not edgy. Additionally, a camera not utilising USB charging is fairly glaring as it’s essentially become a standard.

 

While it has issues, Canon have produced a very good camera, one with a great level of accessibility and quality photographic capabilities.

77/100

  1. Canon EOS R

Canon EOS R

A camera featuring a full-frame 30.3-megapixel sensor with Dual Pixel AF. This allows for precise focusing without the need to calibrate lenses, which tended to get irritating, as well as offering dynamic range and solid low-light performance. Crispy image quality is something we all want, and the new RF lenses in this solid device only further cement Canon’s legacy, as they truly help the camera stand out.

While this is a perfectly fine camera, it has some notable flaws here and there. Such as the irritating rolling shutter, which tends to prevent the 4K resolution video from truly hitting its stride. As well as that, the actual video output comes out soft, and additionally, 4K is met with a 1.8x crop. It’s disappointing that as well as the video, the ergonomics when holding the actual camera also feel slightly off.

 

This is still quite a good camera, however and with crisp image quality, it’s a camera to take note of for its capabilities, even with its few flaws.

71/100

 

  1. Canon EOS R5

Canon EOS R5

Have you ever imagined a world where cameras blur the line between an image and real life?

The Canon EOS R5 redefines what an image can be with spectacular 45-megapixel resolution, capable of reproducing even the most intricate of details, 20 frames per second, and Full Frame Internal 8K RAW video. When recording with the R5, the camera also uses the sensor’s whole width for an incredibly cinematic look, capturing every detail, every drop, and every motion, almost perfectly.

The camera uses advanced levels of AI and AF to keep always moving objects sharp and displays superb Face/Eye detection. If that isn’t enough, the camera can display amazing image quality even in low-light, with an ISO of 100-51,200.

But, looking at it objectively, it does have a few problems worth noting. First, with the nature of these 4K/8K resolution screenshots, the R5 has heating issues, meaning that with consistent use, the device will shut down. You could switch to the lesser modes and resolution, and while the camera would still be very high quality and competitive, it would lose the edge the 8K capabilities give you in the vast camera market. Additionally, the Canon camera is admittedly lacking in customisation options when compared to what other cameras and companies are offering.

However, stacking up every quality of this device up, it’s clear as day that Canon’s EOS R5 is a marvellous technical achievement possessing refined imagery, and immaculate detailing. In my opinion, the R5 is a shining example of why Canon is still popular and so liked to this day.

94/100

 

  1. Canon EOS R6

Canon EOS R6

The R6 is a camera with a 20.1-megapixel sensor that displays spotless image quality, whether it’s in RAW or JPEG. With a grip that feels great, the ergonomics are extremely well-crafted, something that’s very important when deciding on a camera. As well as this, the R6 possesses very enticing burst shooting rates, (12 and 20 frames per seconds, depending on the mode you choose) has highly detailed video with 10-bit HDR, and has positively superb autofocus that keeps the camera’s watching eyes on your subject.

But the camera has some problems here and there keeping it from reaching its fullest potential. Similarly, to the Canon EOS R, the R6 suffers from rolling shutter, which is a shame as it certainly takes away from video that otherwise looks excellent. Also, while the noise reduction is quite efficient and helpful, it is automatically applied to the RAW images, meaning that something in the image can potentially get screwed up unintentionally.

Overall, this is still a fantastic camera, with many great features, bustling image quality, and extremely refined 4k capabilities. Yet another great product straight from Canon.

84/100

 

  1. Canon EOS RP

Canon EOS RP

Paired with a beautiful JPEG image quality and powerful autofocus performance, the EOS RP produces clean and crisp photos. As well as that, the camera has a very ergonomic grip and build quality, making it a pleasure to hold. While full-frame cameras are often expensive, the RP is one of the first entry-level full frame cameras and is relatively affordable for the genuinely great image quality.

However, while this camera is extremely competent, it still suffers from a few problems. Images displayed in RAW format have relatively high levels of noises, making the image look less appealing. The battery life is very mediocre and can become an inconvenience when you simply want to use the RP and take photos. There is also lots of rolling shutter during video, causing blurs and tilts in certain areas – although if you can look past that, the video quality can look good.

Overall, this is a very fine camera where truly great images can come to fruition, and combined with its compact size, as well as the relatively good price, it makes this device one to look out for.

72/100

 

  1. Canon G5X Mark II

Canon G5X Mark II

Canon’s G5X Mark II is a spectacular camera capable of taking snapshots with pristine quality, particularly RAW files. Using a high quality 5X zoom, you can articulate on whatever object you may want to capture, and this PowerShot can do this with no issue. As well as this, the G5X Mark II has access to exceptional features such as an in-camera Raw conversion and a built-in 3-stop neutral density filter. Stabilised 4K resolution video allows for more consistent recording that won’t mess with your angles. Another important factor of a camera is the feeling you get when you hold it, and this is something Canon consistently take note of. This PowerShot is no different to this, with an excellent grip, great control layout, and a very well-constructed build quality.

However, its biggest problems would have to be the poor battery life and inconsistent autofocus. Autofocus tracking is unavailable when shooting bursts, which can produce meagre results, with blur and softness. Nonetheless, these flaws don’t overshadow the many glowing positives this sturdy device brings and make this camera an incredibly refined and polished device to capture magic with.

83/100

 

  1. Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III

Canon G7X Mark III

Canon’s PowerShot G7X Mark III is a spectacular camera designed with the modern world of entertainment in mind. A camera made for content being released on the internet, the amazing PowerShot G7X allows for live video streaming, vertical video capture. Perfect for those who want to project their ideas and content onto the internet, as the G7X has very reliable wireless capabilities, as well as external mic input. JPEG colour profiles are very dynamic, resulting in a pleasing JPEG colour, and 4K video quality has minimal rolling shutter, and absolutely no crop.

It’s clear this device has been jam packed with features, perfect for the world we live in today, where thousands are making content and uploading their faces online to this day. However, while this device is more than competent, it has some notable flaws. For example, the 10-minute 4K video limit can cut some videos short and pose as a problem to some. And due to the 4K capabilities, this camera can have a poor battery life, which may be to the annoyance of some.

To conclude, this is simply a great camera, that not only has a great, compact shape, that can fit right in your pocket, but is fantastic for those who love posting online. Pristine 4K quality, wireless features far surpassing most digital cameras – the PowerShot G7X is a very well-constructed package.

89/100

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