Last year not only updated devices from popular camera lines came out, but also completely new original models. Unsurprisingly, mirrorless and full-frame ruled the show, a combination that has exploded in popularity in 2020. Also, there are a lot of hybrid models and system cameras aimed at video shooting.
Best full-frame cameras
Canon EOS R5
The Canon EOS R5 is one of the most powerful cameras on the market for any genre of photography. 45MP sensor, 20fps continuous shooting with AF tracking, built-in stabilization system, 8K video and dual memory card slots – these are just some of the highlights of this full-frame mirrorless camera. She has already managed to gain immense popularity among professional and advanced photographers, despite the high price.
But with video, the Canon EOS R5 has a clear problem of overheating when working at advanced settings (8K, 4K / 120p or 4K HQ). Any use of the camera before shooting video will reduce the overall recording time, making the whole process unpredictable. At reduced settings, there is no such problem, but the video quality in this case is no longer different from that offered by competing cameras.
In general, this model can be recommended for advanced photographers for work in any genre, as well as for those who sometimes make videos as an addition to photography.
Canon EOS R6
A more budget-friendly version of Canon’s full-frame mirrorless camera is the EOS R6. It is a very easy-to-use camera with excellent autofocus, built-in stabilization and fast burst shooting. Like the older (fifth) model, the R6 provides excellent photo quality, despite the matrix with half the resolution. Unfortunately, this full-frame mirrorless camera also inherits the overheating problem from the R5, although the video detail and autofocus are top notch. But there is another problem that many users point out – the pronounced rolling shutter effect.
The EOS R6 is suitable for all advanced photographers who don’t want to pay extra for a high-resolution sensor. But it is too early to recommend this model as a hybrid camera for photo and video: Canon must first solve the problem of overheating.
Nikon Z6 II / Nikon Z7 II
We decided to arrange the second generation of Nikon mirrorless cameras as a duo – the Z6 II and Z7 II are a relatively small update to the already good 2018 models. The Z7 II, with its 45.7-megapixel sensor, is between $ 500 and $ 900 less than other high-resolution full-frame mirrorless cameras, but not much behind them. This is a great camera for landscape, architecture, professional food and advertising photography. Due to the fact that the serial 10 fps is available on this model only with point autofocus, it is slightly less suited for professional sports photography, but it cannot be said unequivocally that the Z7 II is not suitable for shooting fast-moving objects.
The Z6 II is a hybrid camera that can handle just about any task, without specifically targeting high-definition or video footage. The Z6 II has effective autofocus, although not as easy to use as the Sony or Canon models. All in all, this is a versatile hybrid camera for the shooting enthusiast.
The picture from the Nikon Z5’s 24-megapixel sensor is only slightly behind that of the class leaders, while the design, build quality and convenient controls are borrowed from the high-end Z-series models mentioned above. The autofocus system is also great: the camera reliably detects and tracks eyes and faces, which is convenient for portrait, street and social photography.
In terms of video shooting, the camera is not outstanding: 4K resolution is available only with a serious 1.7x crop. On the other hand, in Full HD, it shoots without a crop and with excellent detail. Like many other models in this line, the Z5 is equipped with built-in stabilization, which is convenient for shooting movies.
If you’re looking for a relatively affordable full-frame camera for photography, then the Z5, is a great option. However, it should not be used for working with fast-moving objects: the maximum burst speed is only 4.5 fps.
Panasonic Lumix DC-S5
Another versatile hybrid, equally suitable for photo and video, was released in 2020 by Panasonic – Lumix DC-S5.
It is a compact camera with built-in stabilization, optimal video tools and a dedicated 96-megapixel mode for capturing super-detailed photos. Among the shortcomings of the model: not too reliable operation of contrast autofocuses in video and a somewhat outdated viewfinder resolution of 2.36 million points (compare with 3.69 million for the Nikon Z5).
Sony a7S III
If you choose the main camera of the year for videographers, then one of the contenders for the title of the best will be the a7S III. In general, it looks like a kind of “anti-R5”: instead of trying to do absolutely everything well, the Sony camera shoots videos very (!) Well. And even in this regard, it relies on reliability, not chasing 8K resolution or super-detailed 4K with oversampling.
We talked about all the strengths and weaknesses of this camera in the FAQ and in comparison, with other models. Although the Sony a7S III was conceived as a hybrid camera, it is unlikely that any of the photographers will be willing to pay around $ 4000 for a 12-megapixel matrix (ideal for video shooting and work in low light). Therefore, the model can only be recommended to advanced videographers.
The Sony a7C is a full-frame camera that manages not to sacrifice functionality for size and weight reduction. This model has not only a proprietary grippy and convenient autofocus system, but also a built-in 5-axis stabilization. And the camera can take 740 pictures on a single charge (according to the CIPA rating), which makes it a leader in the class in this indicator.
However, the novelty also lacks shortcomings. For photographers, such a disadvantage will be, first of all, a small viewfinder, through which it is not very convenient to frame pictures. In addition, RAW files are either very large or lossy compressed. When it comes to video, the camera is somewhat inferior to other competitors in the new generation of full-frame mirrorless cameras (although its 4K video is quite satisfying the needs of most users). Finally, unlike the latest Sony cameras, the a7C doesn’t have a very user-friendly convoluted menu.
Without a doubt, the Sony a7C is suitable for travel photographers, as well as for everyone else – as an everyday camera that you can always take with you.
Best crop cameras
Diluting the line of full-frame mirrorless cameras (yes, 2020 was truly their year!) Are some excellent APS-C models from Fujifilm. The X-T4 is one of the most expensive APS-C cameras on the market, but also one of the most advanced. On the other hand, it costs 70 thousand less than the same Canon EOS R6, although it provides ample opportunities for photo and video shooting. Of course, in a number of situations (for example, in low light), the X-T4’s full-frame competitors will provide better picture quality, but few compare with this model in terms of video shooting and overall versatility.
Fujifilm cameras have very beautiful JPEG colors and the X-T4 is no exception. It shoots videos in excellent quality (4K / 60p) and has a built-in stabilization system. The autofocus of the model is at a very good level, although it is inferior to competitors from Sony.
Despite some shortcomings, the Fujifilm X-T4 is one of the best hybrid cameras to date, suitable for anyone who takes photos and videos.
This is by far the best model in its class – we recently wrote about it in the top of the compact cameras. The built-in fixed focal length lens makes the X100V a niche model. However, the picture quality, which is obtained thanks to the ideal combination of “matrix – lens”, will not leave anyone indifferent. In addition, the X100V offers best-in-class video performance such as 4K oversampling. The camera is equipped with microphone and headphone jacks, but unfortunately lacks stabilization.
This is a very handy “compact” for documentary photography, street photography and videography, portrait photography and travel. Fixed focal length, on the other hand, imposes its limitations on high-resolution sports, wildlife, and landscape photography.
With the X-S10, Fujifilm decided not to reinvent the wheel, but to combine proven components that were proven to be reliable and efficient, copying them from their other cameras. The result is a versatile mid-budget model with a compact body and a comfortable grip.
Good photo quality, strong video performance (combined with built-in stabilization) and fast burst shooting for action scenes make this model suitable for almost any task. The only conventional weakness of the camera is its not so advanced tracking autofocus compared to Sony devices. This somewhat limits the use of the X-S10 in sports photography. In general, this camera is suitable for photography in a variety of genres, including landscapes and portraits, as well as reportage video.
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