The 10 Best Canon Cameras of 2019

Find our top picks from this photography titan

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The Rundown

  • Best Design: Canon Powershot SX70 at Amazon, "A bridge camera capable of making faraway shots seem as though they were taken up close."
  • Best Budget: Canon PowerShot ELPH 190 at Amazon, "This camera may have a budget price, but its specs make it a worthy investment and an upgrade over even the best of the best smartphone cameras."
  • Best Zoom: Canon PowerShot SX740 at Amazon, "Friendlier for beginners than competing high-end cameras on the market."
  • Best High-End DSLR Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV at Amazon, "If you need a series camera and are looking for the latest upgrade, Professional photographers and aspiring artists love this."
  • Best Point-And-Shoot: Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II at Amazon, "Just about the crown jewel of the PowerShot line, a proper successor to the regular old G9 X."
  • Best Entry-Level DSLR Camera: Canon EOS 80D at Amazon, "Cousin to the more well-known Rebel series, the 45-point all cross-type AF system allows for faster auto-focusing and location selection, and an absolute steal at the price."
  • Best Value: Canon SX530 HS 9779B001 at Amazon, "At under $300, the camera packs a powerful 50x optical zoom lens that can take stunning high definition pictures from a great distance."
  • Best Mirrorless Camera: Canon EOS M100 at Amazon, "The coolest shootability feature is the dual-pixel CMOS autofocus, which comes complete with a Canon-researched phase detection."
  • Best DSLR Kit: Canon EOS Rebel T6 Kit at Amazon, "Comes with basically everything you’ll need to get started on your journey as a photographer (or a photography enthusiast)."
  • Best Video Kit: Canon EOS 80D Video Creator Kit at Canon, "An amazing camera for those looking to get into video shooting, offers you full 1080p HD filming at 60 frames per section, giving you movie-quality footage in a small package."

Our Top Picks

Best Design: Canon Powershot SX70

4.3

As the saying goes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. And there is no better example of this than with the Canon Powershot SX70, a bridge camera capable of making faraway shots seem as though they were taken up close, thanks to its 65x Optical Zoom (equivalent to about a 21mm to 1,365mm lens). It has Dual Sensing image stabilization of up to 5 stops, so you can capture the emotion on someone’s face or of city vistas. The 20.3 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS guarantees image clarity no matter the level of light, and it refocuses rapidly in order to keep up to your speed. The autofocus is boosted by the DIGIC 8 Image Processor, which also assists shooting 4K UHD video at a frame rate of up to 30 fps: expect lifelike videos, albeit those that are easy to crop into still images.  

Lightweight and ergonomic, the SX70 is aimed squarely at serious wildlife photographers as well as casual users who want to ensure photos of families and friends appear professionally shot. Auto mode is a great way for beginners to ease in, while those who are more experienced can switch gears into manual.

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Best Budget: Canon PowerShot ELPH 190

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This camera may have a budget price, but its specs make it a worthy investment and an upgrade over even the best of the best smartphone cameras. It is available in either black, blue or red, and is slim enough to comfortably fit in your jacket pocket. Its 20-megapixel CCD sensor and DIGIC 4+ processor combine to deliver stunning image quality and 720p HD video. Smart AUTO will intelligently choose the optimal aperture and shutter speed for any shot, while a powerful 10x Optical Zoom will capture long-range snaps with incredible stability.

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Best Zoom: Canon PowerShot SX740

3.2

A picture says a thousand words, but those taken with the Canon Powershot SX70 might say a whole lot more. Thanks to its 65x Optical Zoom (about 28mm to 1,365mm), the camera can preserve moments both micro and macro, whether you’re clicking away at a family gathering or exploring the greater wilds. The HD electronic viewfinder has about 2.36 million dots, and the OLED screen lets you preview scenes with high amounts of contrast, so bright days won’t interfere with your perfect shot.

Friendlier for beginners than competing high-end cameras on the market, the Canon Powershot SX70 has several key features, including the two zoom controls and a zoom assist, which lets you temporarily narrow in on your target before reverting to your original frame. It also includes both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth so you can control the camera remotely or transfer images to your other devices, completely untethered. When using the LCD, it has a battery life of 325 shots, or 255 using the EVF.

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Best High-End DSLR Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Professional photographers and aspiring artists love Canon’s high-end Mark 5D series of DSLR cameras. The latest comes with a 30.4-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor for studio-quality images with stunning detail and color. A refined 64-point autofocus system and Dual Pixel CMOS AF combine for smooth and flawless autofocus for incredible 4K video and Live View Shooting.

The enhanced DIGIC 6+ Processor allows for continuous shooting at 7 fps, while an ISO of 100-32000 (expandable to 50-102400) ensure incredible lowlight shooting, ideal for nature photographers or anyone who needs to shoot at the fastest possible shutter speed. If you need a series camera and are looking for the latest upgrade, the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV will not disappoint.

Best Point-And-Shoot: Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II

The G9 X Mark II is just about the crown jewel of the PowerShot line, a proper successor to the regular old G9 X. The 1.0-Inch, high-sensitivity CMOS sensor shoots and records at 20.1 megapixels and the camera polishes those photos with Canon’s celebrated Digic 7 image processing. The f/2.0 lens sits very unassumingly right on the camera, which is already a slim package at a pocket weight of 7.3 ounces. There’s added wireless connectivity via both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and there’s even built-in NFC compatibility that will readily connect and transfer media to other NFC devices. There’s a 3-inch touchscreen on the back for control and photo review, and the lens brings a full 3x optical zoom. It shoots in a variety of video modes from mp4 to raw, full HD video, and the shutter speed clocks in at 8.2 fps for faster-moving subjects. Finally, there are a variety of on-board controls from styling filters to file converters that will make sure whenever you do get those gorgeous photos off the device, they’ll be ready for whatever you need to do.

Best Entry-Level DSLR Camera: Canon EOS 80D

The EOS 80D is a sort of cousin to the more well-known Rebel series. The 45-point all cross-type AF system allows for faster auto-focusing and location selection, depending on whether you’re shooting through the viewfinder or via the back screen. Speaking of the viewfinder, Canon is calling this one an Intelligent Viewfinder as they’ve engineered it to include 100% viewability (no more invisible dead spots). The APS-C sensor offers 24.2 megapixels of resolution and the body shoots at a blistering 7 fps. The Dual Pixel CMOS AFe technology allows you to translate that high resolution and fast shutter speed to the video capabilities, which gives you shooting capabilities at 1080p resolution. There’s an ISO range of 100 to 12,800, and there’s a DIGIC 6 image processor right on-board for further refining what you shoot. The 7560-pixel RGB+IR color tracking functions allow for a truer, brighter rainbow of image response. And even though this particular package doesn’t come with a lens (we chose it because it’s an absolute steal at the price), it is compatible with the full family of DSLR lenses from Canon.

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Best Value: Canon SX530 HS 9779B001

The Canon SX530 HS Powershot is the No. 1 best selling point-and-shoot digital camera on Amazon, and it’s not hard to figure out why. At under $300, the camera packs a powerful 50x optical zoom lens that can take stunning high definition pictures from a great distance. The 16.0-megapixel CMOS sensor and the Canon DIGIC 4+ Image Processor are capable of great things, especially at this value price point. They can capture video in 1080p Full HD video with a dedicated movie button, while a large three-inch LCD gives you a great view of everything you want to capture. Finally, built-in Wi-Fi allows you to wirelessly transfer your captures to any smart device. Other nice features include built-in flash and a smart autofocus program that works even at 50x zoom.

Best Mirrorless Camera: Canon EOS M100

The M100 is the newest member of Canon’s mirrorless family. Let’s start with the coolest shootability feature: the dual-pixel CMOS autofocus, which comes complete with a Canon-researched phase detection that provides a head-spinning autofocus speed that you’ll have to see to believe. The APS-C sensor provides the requisite 24.2 megapixels of resolution, and it’s been optimized in-lab for basically any lighting situation you can throw at it.

The 3 inch screen might seem average at first, but with 1.04 million pixels you’ll be shocked at how true it represents the high resolution photos right on the device. The screen also tilts up to 180 degrees for low angle shots, and the multi-touch screen response allows for an impressively intuitive touch-to-focus feature.

The video capabilities allow for 1080p resolution and 60p speeds for fast-moving visuals. There’s a Creative Assistant and self portrait mode for beautiful execution of every application with the help of on-board tech. Plus, with access to Canon’s EF and EF-S lenses, you’ll never lament that you don’t have the right focus-radius or zoom capability for any situation.

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Best DSLR Kit: Canon EOS Rebel T6 Kit

When it comes to entry-level DSLRs, Canon’s EOS Rebel line is one of the main go-to options. This particular package comes with basically everything you’ll need to get started on your journey as a photographer (or a photography enthusiast). First off, the lenses: it comes with a standard Canon 18-55mm lens, often considered a great starter lens for those wanting all-purpose use. Also included is both a high def wide angle lens and a 58mm 2x telephoto pro lens to round out your arsenal. On top of that, the kit comes stocked with two Transcend memory cards in 16GB and 32GB sizes — plus an SD card wallet to store them in. There’s a three-piece UV filter set and a rugged tripod for outdoor and stationary shooting, and they’ve even thrown in a heavy-duty carrying case, a Canon remote, screen protectors and a cleaning kit to keep everything in top shape. It might seem like a lot, but the fact that this kit is so complete will mean that you won’t need to dump a bunch of money on accessories right after investing in a pricey camera. 

Best Video Kit: Canon EOS 80D Video Creator Kit

Canon EOS 80D Video Creator Kit

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By its own right, the Canon EOS 80D is an amazing camera for those looking to get into video shooting. Why? Well, it offers you full 1080p HD filming at 60 frames per section, giving you movie-quality footage in a small package. Add to that a 24.2MP sensor and a 45-point autofocus system and the camera body itself is enough. But this particular kit is geared toward the video creator with a bunch of additional pieces of equipment thrown in. Most important is the lens: Canon has included a 55–250mm IS lens, which offers beautiful cinematic optics via in-unit IS USM tech. There’s also a more-standard 18–135mm lens for less exaggerated shooting. On top of the lenses, the kit also throws in a pro RODE Go boom mic with a rugged mount to fix it to the top of the camera. Round those features out with an external LP-E6 battery grip mount for extra stable shooting, and you have a cinema-level rig that looks and acts the part. Pick up this kit and you’ll also get a host of other accessories like a tripod, UV filters, SD cards and more. Get ready to produce some stellar content.  

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How We Tested

We bought three top-rated Canon cameras and our reviewers tested them for 35 hours. We asked our testers to consider the most important features when using these cameras, from their form factor to their price. We’ve outlined the key takeaways here so that you, too, know what to look for when shopping.

What to Look for in a New Canon Camera

Design - Selecting the correct design for your needs is essential. Don’t lug around a bulky DSLR if you only intend on using the included lens; consider other options such as a compact, lighter camera with a fixed lens. Be sure to choose a design that you won’t mind carrying around — and remember that a bigger camera isn’t always better!

Zoom - Will you be zooming in on distant subjects with your new camera? If so, consider a camera with powerful zoom functions. If you’re thinking of purchasing a DSLR or mirrorless model, know that the included lens typically isn’t too powerful when compared to the built-in 50x zoom in some compact cameras.

Sensor - All of the cameras on our list come with enough megapixels to make anyone happy with poster-sized prints, but consider the quality of each sensor and what you wish to do with it. For example, while some of our offerings are excellent at shooting video, others focus their strengths primarily on still photographs.

Test Results: Canon Powershot SX70 (Best Design)

4.3

What We Like

  • Top-notch build quality

  • Excellent ergonomics

  • Blazing fast autofocus

  • Great Canon color

  • Long-lasting battery life

What We Don't Like

  • Average video and image quality

  • Screen collects smudges and is difficult to clean

  • 4K video is slightly cropped

Canon Powershot SX70
Lifewire / Andy Zahn
Canon Powershot SX70
Lifewire / Andy Zahn 
Canon Powershot SX70
Lifewire / Andy Zahn 
Canon Powershot SX70
Lifewire / Andy Zahn 

“The SX70 feels durable and solidly constructed,” our tester reported. “The exterior is well textured, and the control scheme is intuitive and designed to be easily used one-handed.” Another major plus? “Autofocus is blazing fast and accurate even at extreme focal ranges and in low light,” he said. There aren’t a lot of negatives, according to our reviewer, but he did say the image quality “is just average.” However, he clarified, “It's by no means bad, but it isn't especially impressive either.” In the end, our tester called it “one of the best superzoom cameras available” and said that it’s “well worth its premium.”

Test Results: Canon PowerShot ELPH 190 (Best Budget)

4

What We Like

  • Inexpensive

  • Good-quality photos

  • Connects easily to smartphones

What We Don't Like

  • Unclear instructions

Canon PowerShot ELPH 190 IS
Canon PowerShot ELPH
Canon ELPH 190 IS
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One of our testers thought that this camera’s best feature was its ability to transfer photos to your smartphone wirelessly: “The camera has its own signal to connect to your phone so you don’t need to connect it to Wi-Fi for it to work,” she explained. One reviewer also noted that it was “easy to use and very compact,” plus that it “produces better photos and videos than most mid-range smartphones.” The only real downside? Its instructions were tough to understand: “I’d tell anyone buying this camera to go online and watch the video instructions for setting up all the wireless connectivity features,” she suggested, “and for any other instructions they need.”

Test Results: Canon PowerShot SX740 (Best Zoom)

4.3

What We Like

  • 40x zoom functionality

  • Great photo and video quality

  • High-end look

What We Don't Like

  • Heavy

  • No touchscreen

  • Slightly tricky to pair via Wi-Fi

Canon PowerShot SX740
Canon PowerShot SX740
Canon PowerShot SX740
Canon PowerShot SX740
Canon PowerShot SX740
Canon PowerShot SX740
Canon PowerShot SX740
Canon PowerShot SX740

“I think this camera is perfect for avid travelers who want higher-quality photos than the everyday smartphone produces,” raved one of our testers. “It's also a great camera for budding photographers.” In particular, our reviewers loved its excellent image and video quality, its 40x zoom feature, and its “high-end” look. On the other end of the spectrum, our testers thought it was a little heavy to carry around in your pocket. One reviewer also wished it had touchscreen capabilities: “Since so many tech products today have touchscreens,” he said, “I found myself continually trying to tap and modify settings, only to have to still use the buttons.” Lastly, according to one tester, it was slightly difficult to figure out how to pair it via Wi-Fi.