The 8 Best Canon Cameras of 2019

Find our top picks from this photography titan

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Our Top Picks

Most Popular: 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 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 DSLR Kit: Canon EOS Rebel T7 Kit at Amazon

"Stuffed with everything a beginner could need when pursuing photography as a hobby or profession."

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 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 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 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

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

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 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.

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Best DSLR Kit: Canon EOS Rebel T7 Kit

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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.

It's a starter camera in a bag — what more could you need? 

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

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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

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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.

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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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Our writers spent 98 hours researching and testing the most popular Canon cameras on the market. All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.

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
Canon PowerShot
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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.