The 10 Best Canon Cameras to Buy in 2018

Find our top picks from this photography titan

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The Rundown

  • 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 Zoom: Canon PowerShot SX740 at Amazon, "Whether you are trying to capture a shot of wildlife or a split-second play in a sporting match, with this 40x optical zoom, your shot will still turn out great."
  • 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 High-End Mirrorless: Canon EOS R Mirrorless at Amazon, "A widely-customizable mirrorless camera...the three optional mount adaptors make the device compatible with any EF/EF-S lens."
  • Best Budget: Canon PowerShot ELPH 190 IS 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 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 Amazon, "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 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 Zoom: Canon PowerShot SX740

Get closer to the action with the powerful 40x optical zoom of Canon’s PowerShot SX740, a long zoom camera with a powerful sensor. The optical zoom lens packs a new slim design with Optical Image Stabilization technology that automatically matches any shakiness while shooting. Whether you are trying to capture a shot of wildlife or a split-second play in a sporting match, your shot will still turn out great. The powerful lens is matched by a 20.3-megapixel CMOS Sensor and DIGIC 8 Image Processor that are capable of great pictures and incredible 4K video. You can share all your footage instantly with built-in WiFi and Bluetooth technology.

Want to take a look at some other options? See our guide to the best thin zoom cameras.

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.

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 WiFi 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.

Take a look at other product reviews and shop for the best mirrorless cameras available online.

Best High-End Mirrorless: Canon EOS R Mirrorless

Canon’s new EOS R introduces a widely-customizable mirrorless camera to its lineup. Putting control into the user’s hands, the three optional mount adaptors make the device compatible with any EF/EF-S lens. The bevy of choices shouldn’t be a surprise given that there are 5,655 focus positions, it can autofocus down to -6EV, and it has an ISO range of 100 to 40,000, making it capable of shooting in nearly all lighting scenario. These, combined with a high-resolution 30.3MP full-frame CMOS sensor and DIGIC 8 image processor, allow for impressive sensibilities. While filming, Movie Digital IS minimizes camera shake and the 4K 10-bit 4:2:2 output over HDMI allows for more control over color.

Physically, the camera has a sophisticated look and a premium build, with a sturdy magnesium alloy body that is sealed against dust and moisture. It is also the first to support Canon’s RF-mount lenses, which are smaller and quicker than their SLR equivalents.

Best Budget: Canon PowerShot ELPH 190 IS

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.

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

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.