The 8 Best Canon Cameras of 2020

Find our top picks from this photography titan

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The Rundown
"Comes with basically everything you’ll need to get started on your journey as a photographer (or a photography enthusiast)."
"A bridge camera capable of making faraway shots seem as though they were taken up close."
"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."
"Stuffed with everything a beginner could need when pursuing photography as a hobby or profession."
"Just about the crown jewel of the PowerShot line, a proper successor to the regular old G9 X."
"At under $300, the camera packs a powerful 50x optical zoom lens that can take stunning high definition pictures from a great distance."
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."
"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."

Most Popular: 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. It has 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 Design: Canon Powershot SX70

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.

Best Budget: Canon PowerShot ELPH 190

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 the 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 T7 Kit

Canon's EOS Rebel line is always a great option for entry-level photographers, and the Canon EOS Rebel T7 Digital SLR Camera Kit is no exception. This package comes stuffed with everything a beginner could need when pursuing photography as a hobby or profession. The EOS Rebel T7 DSLR itself is a stalwart option on its own, featuring a 24.1MP APS-C CMOS sensor and DIGIC 4+ image processor and 3.0" 920k-Dot LCD monitor. It's capable of full HD 1080/30p recording as well, for when the action gets a little more dynamic. 

The included Canon 18-55mm II lens is a fantastic starter for a wide variety of shots. A wide-angle lens and a 58mm 2x telephoto pro lens are included in the kit, too, for when you're ready for something a little trickier. Two SanDisk 32GB SDHC memory cards and a card reader ensure you'll have plenty of space to store all the shots you'll be taking, and the deluxe padded camera case, extra battery pack, and AC/DC charger are perfect for longer excursions. Finally, the 50-inch tripod gets you ready (and steady) for effortlessly still shots.

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 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 a built-in flash and a smart autofocus program that works even at 50x zoom.

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 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.  

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.