The best camera 2018: whether you’re after a CSC, DSLR or action cam, these are the top snappers around

These days buying a camera is something a lot of people don’t bother doing. After all, the expensive smartphone in your pocket probably has a camera that produces nice results, and for a lot of people that’s enough.

But for most people, camera phones still aren’t up to the job of producing ‘photo album-worthy’ images, and that’s where these cameras come in.

For that you need something that offers a bit more creative control. That might be through an interchangeable lens system, the option to use a proper flash, and a variety of shooting modes from automatic, through to fully manual.

Every camera handles this sort of thing differently too, so picking the right one can be daunting in itself.

So what we’ve done is broken down some of our favourite cameras. There are compacts, interchangeable lens system cameras and some DSLRs too.

Of course, all will be priced in totally different ranges, so while the cheaper cameras might be good, they won’t offer anywhere near the control of the more expensive models.

It’s true to say though that every camera here will offer you more than your smartphone currently does.

Here are the best cameras:

The best camera overall – Sony A9

The best camera you can buy right now – but at a price

Sensor size: 35mm Full Frame
Resolution: 24MP
Continuous shooting: 20FPS
Video: 4K
Stabilisation: 5-axis in-body
Reasons to buy
+Super-fast shooting+Blackout-free viewfinder
Reasons to avoid
High price(Comparatively) Poor battery life

Fujifilm has won over a lot of fans with its retro designs and high-performing cameras in the X series, with the latest X-H1 sitting right at the top of its current line-up.

This model is aimed at more serious enthusiasts than any of its other previous cameras, including in-body image stabilisation for the first time in an X-series camera. It uses the same sensor which has already proved itself to be very capable in the XPro2, X-T2 and X-T20.

It’s also got some fantastic video specifications, making it more of a hybrid camera than ever before – you’ve got both standard 4K and DCI 4K, as well as Full HD at up to 120p. Other better features include a larger electronic viewfinder, plus a touchscreen LCD. Impressive focusing and up to 14fps burst shooting round out the features to make it a very versatile option.


Best High-End DSLR – Nikon D850

The perfect mix of speed, high-resolution and robust build for the working professional and advanced enthusiast

Sensor size: Full frame CMOS
Resolution: 45MP
Lens: Interchangeable
Viewfinder: Optical
Monitor: 3.2–inch tilting touchscreen
Continuous shooting: 9fps
Video: 4K
Reasons to buy
+High resolution+Fast shooting
Reasons to avoid
Focus points in the centreXQD cards uncommon

For the working professional, or the amateur who likes to dabble, the D850 is a superb workhorse of a camera.

It used to be that you either had to choose high resolution (the D850 offers 45.4 megapixels for incredible detail), or fast shooting – but with the D850 you get a very workable 7fps, which can be boosted to 9fps with an optional battery grip.

Other excellent features include a high magnification viewfinder, 4K video recording and, relatively unusually for a full-framer, a tilting touch-sensitive screen.

Extremely robust, the D850 is weatherproof and tough enough to withstand more than just the odd scrape, and while it may set you back a pretty penny, you can be sure that you’ll have the D850 with you for years to come.

Best Rangefinder – Leica M10

Superb Leica image quality, but not for amateurs

Sensor size: Full frame
Resolution: 24MP
Lens: Interchangeable
Viewfinder: Optical Rangefinder
Monitor: 3-inch LCD
Continuous shooting: 5fps
Video: None
Reasons to buy
+Small, light with a full frame sensor+Fantastic build quality
Reasons to avoid
Manual focus onlyNo video

It’s fair to say that a lot of people go for a Leica because of the prestige associated with owning the brand. The classic red dot belies a heritage that goes back over 100 years, and is associated not just with superb image quality, but the readies to pay for it.

The M10 is a rangefinder, which means manual focus – it’s something which takes some time to get to grips with, but when you do, the results are simply stunning. With sharpness to die for, beautiful colours and a classic “film” type look – you can’t fail to be impressed with the quality of your shots.

It may be a relatively small camera, but it’s super high quality construction means that, should you splash out on an M10, it may even outlive you – which arguably makes it pretty good value in the long run.


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