Top 23 Best Canon Cameras To Buy 2019

Canon is a huge brand name in the photography world but with so many cameras on offer, which one is the best and right choice for you? Find out in our ultimate guide to the best Canon cameras currently available.

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Canon is a popular brand amongst photographers and with cameras to suit all budgets and various users, there are plenty of choices out there.

The brand is, probably, best known for its DSLR range with cameras for pros looking for the best specs as well as entry-level DSLRs for the amateur but Canon has also joined the mirrorless full-frame camera sector with the EOS R and they have some pretty decent compacts for those looking for something small they can take on their travels, too. 

In the compact camera range are the PowerShot and Ixus models which have fixed lenses, wi-fi and creative filters while the DSLRs and mirrorless/mirrorless full-frame cameras have interchangeable lenses so you have much more flexibility/control over the kit you want to use and why. Of course, not everyone needs an all-singing and all-dancing' camera so for some, a reasonably priced smaller camera is the perfect tool.

To help you decide which Canon camera is right for you, we've put together a top list of the best Canon cameras we've reviewed to date. The guide is also split up into camera type so if you're looking for a DSLR, for example, you can just look at that section. 

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If you don't see one of your favourite cameras on the list, it could be it didn't score high enough or we've simply not put it to the test yet but we're more than happy to hear your suggestions so please feel free to list them below.

For more advice on deciding if a DSLR, compact or mirrorless camera is right for you, have a read of our camera guide

 

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Canon Entry-Level DSLRs

Perfect for those wanting to venture into the world of DSLR photography but don't want to spend too much money, at first, or purchase a piece of kit that's too complicated to use. 

 

Canon EOS 200D 

Canon EOS 200D (4)
 

The Canon EOS 200D is a compact-sized DSLR with a reliable autofocus system, good image quality and reliable battery life (650 shots). There's also a good sized handgrip making the camera comfortable to hold and the user interface has been updated so it's easier to use. Plus, the screen is touch-sensitive so making changes is really easy. The Canon EOS 200D updates the EOS 100D with an improved 24MP sensor, better continuous shooting speed (5fps), excellent Live View focus, built-in wi-fi, Bluetooth and NFC. The introduction of a white priority white balance is also great for those who capture product shots. 

For those who want a compact DSLR, the 200D is a winner and at just over £500, it's still reasonably priced. 

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Other options: The Canon EOS 4000D and Canon EOS 2000D are both newer entry-level DSLRs that are really inexpensive but the Canon EOS 200D offers better specs and if you can still pick one up, so does the Canon EOS 1300D (it's been discontinued, though, so might be difficult to find now). Alternatives from other manufacturers offer better value for money and better specifications, too. Sadly, we found it difficult to recommend buying either DSLR so we'd recommend you look at another of Canon's entry-level DSLRs. 

 

 

Canon Mid-Range DSLRs

If you want slightly more controls without having to spend over a thousand £ on a camera, these DSLRs are the perfect choice for you. These types of DSLR give the enthusiast photographer more options/control such as interval shooting and added autofocus points. 

 

Canon EOS 77D  

Canon EOS 77D DSLR (21)

 

The Canon EOS 77D is a is perfect for the enthusiastic photographer wanting direct control over the shutter and aperture speeds in manual mode. It's also a big improvement over the 760D offering a better battery, improved design/handling and an updated user interface. Focus speeds are good, continuous shooting has been improved and the ISO range extended. Plus, the most important point of all, the camera delivers great image quality.

To get the best out of the camera, prime lenses are recommended but with such a wide range of affordable lenses on offer, the 77D is an excellent choice for any photography enthusiast. 

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Canon EOS 800D  

Canon EOS 800D (3)
 

The Canon EOS 800D offers an impressive set of features and, most importantly, great image quality. There's a new user interface which improves that found on the EOS 750D and continuous shooting speeds, as well as the ISO range available, have also get the thumbs up. Other areas that have seen changes, for the better, include handling, design and focus speeds. 

There are no command dials which is a shame but overall, it's a DSLR you won't be disappointed with. 

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Canon Professional DSLRs

Professional DSLRs are designed for those who want a camera with superior build quality, more control dials, extra customisable buttons and, more often than not, bigger/better viewfinders. They, obviously, cost more money but you do get a lot of 'bang for your buck' with these DSLRs. 

 

Canon EOS 5DS R 

Canon EOS 5DS R DSLR (2)
 

We don't hand 'Editor's Choice' awards out every day but the Canon EOS 5DS R definitely deserved one thanks to the impressive levels of detail in its images and excellent price. 

To get the best results from the camera, you are advised to ensure that you are using the best lenses available to you, and will also benefit from improving your photographic technique, which could include shooting with a tripod, ensuring shutter speeds are kept higher than usual, shoot in RAW...etc. 

As for the camera, you get a 50.6-megapixel full-frame sensor, a low-pass cancellation filter for improved resolution, 5fps continuous shooting, fast focus/shutter response, high-quality 3.2inch screen and excellent build quality with weather sealing. 

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Canon EOS 5D Mark IV  

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV (19)
 

The Canon 5D Mark IV found itself to be equally as popular as the 5D cameras that came before it and it's still desirable for many. With it, you get excellent image quality, 7fps continuous shooting, 30MP FF sensor, 4K Cine video recording, good noise performance, impressive focus speeds and excellent colour/white balance. We didn't come up with many negative points apart from the 3.2inch touch-screen doesn't tilt so if you can live without that, you're onto a winner with the Canon 5D Mark IV.

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Canon EOS 5DS 

Canon EOS 7D Mark II Front (1)
 

The Canon EOS 5DS is capable of producing excellent high-quality images thanks to an impressive 50.6-megapixel sensor. You'll notice that it's very similar to the Canon EOS 5DS R but the 5DS R is able to capture just that little bit more detail and take slightly sharper images but it will cost you more. 

With the Canon EOS 5DS, you get a 50.6-megapixel full-frame sensor, 5fps continuous shooting, 3.2inch screen, customisable picture style options for better results, good AWB with white priority and excellent overall build quality with weather sealing. 

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Canon EOS 6D Mark II  

Canon EOS 6D MarkII (8)
 

Another Canon Professional DSLR offering great image quality along with excellent battery life, good continuous shooting speed, a 26MP full-frame sensor and good noise performance. 

The Canon EOS 6D Mark II, at the time of review, did everything asked of it while delivering great images at a decent price and now, at just over £1300 (at the time of writing), it could be a DSLR some are tempted by. However, if you're looking to shoot video, we'd suggest choosing a different DSLR as this one doesn't have a headphone socket and it can't shoot in 4K.  

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Canon EOS-1D X Mark II 

EOS 1D X Mark II
 

If you have the finances available the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II is still a top DSLR, delivering excellent image quality with excellent noise performance.

The feature list is rather extensive with 4K DCI resolution video at 60/50fps, high-speed FullHD video recording, good battery life, 14fps continuous shooting with AF/AE and 16fps continuous shooting with mirror up.

 There will be those that will have preferred to have Wi-Fi built-in and the inclusion of a mono microphone disappoints considering the high specification video recording abilities. However, for those serious about video, an external microphone will be preferable anyway.

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Canon EOS 7D Mark II  

Canon EOS 7D Mark II Front (1)
 

Slightly older but still impressive in performance is the Canon EOS 7D Mark II. Continuous shooting speeds and focus are particularly notable and the weather sealing, as well as built-in GPS, make the camera 'bad weather ready' when travelling. 

The 7D Mark II does use an AA (anti-aliasing) filter, and images can be a little soft straight from the camera. There isn't wi-fi built in, either, and the 7D Mark II doesn't have a touchscreen. However, there are a number of features that will appeal to the Canon shooter, particularly if action and high-speed shooting are important. 

For those with an investment in Canon lenses, or for those that have a specific range of Canon lenses, the Canon EOS 7D Mark II is still a good choice. 

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Other options: The Canon EOS 6D was released in 2013 while the Canon EOS 5D Mark II was released in 2012. At the time of review, both scored well but upgrades and other cameras with improved features have been released since these DSLRs were introduced. However, if you're looking to spend a little less money on a professional DSLR then you might want to consider an older model. 

 

Canon Full-Frame Mirrorless

Full-Frame Mirrorless cameras are something the manufacturers are paying closer to attention to and Canon has introduced two to its range in recent months. These types of cameras combine a full-frame sensor with a mirrorless camera to give you a smaller camera but with no loss of image quality. 

 

Canon EOS R 

Canon Rf24 105mm F4l Without Hood On Canon Eosr Oblique View
 

The Canon EOS R is a great camera, capable of delivering excellent image quality. It's also well built, has great ergonomics, is fast, responsive and features weatherproofing. The camera is silent in operation, there's no mirror vibration and it offers 10bit 4K output (via HDMI). 

Existing Canon DSLR users will be happy to hear they can use their existing lenses on the EOS R with an adapter but they may be disappointed by the lack of dual card slots and the shorter battery life of this camera. There's no lens roadmap either do we don't know how long it will be until a specific lens will be available in an EOS R fit. However, if you're happy to use your current lenses with an adapter, this won't be an issue and as Sony has shown with their full-frame mirrorless line-up, over time, a vast array of lenses can become available. 

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Other Options: The Canon EOS RP is so new, we've not put it through its paces yet but we do have a hands-on preview you can have a look at for more details on the full-frame mirrorless camera. 

 

 

Canon Mirrorless Cameras

If size is important to you, then have a look at a mirrorless (compact system camera), with interchangeable lenses as you can shoot the same quality images as a DSLR without the bulk. They're great for holidays, quick trips and street photography but battery life can be a little shorter, on some, when compared with a DSLR. 

 

Canon EOS M50  

Canon EOS M50 Black (3)
 

The Canon EOS M50 gives you a compact, DSLR styled mirrorless camera with a 24mp APS-C CMOS sensor, high-speed continuous shooting, 143 focus points, and a high-resolution electronic viewfinder. You also get the same level of excellent colour reproduction that you get with Canon EOS DSLRs. 

4K video and a side mic socket will make it appealing to those who regularly shoot video but it would be nice to see more lens choices for the M range. 

The Canon EOS M50 is a cracking little camera for the price, we just wish there were more lenses.

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Canon EOS M5 

Canon EOS M5 (13)
 

 

The Canon EOS M5 is compact, stylish but its plastic build might put some people off. Look past the build quality and you get good noise performance, excellent colour reproduction that's typical of Canon cameras, rapid focus and good continuous shooting speeds of 9fps. There's a 3.2inch tilting touch-screen and Bluetooth, wi-fi and NFC are built in. 

There's no panoramic mode, the camera does lack weather-sealing and it can't quite match other APS-C cameras in terms of noise performance but overall, the Canon EOS M5 is a compact, stylish and easy to use camera (so long as you don't mind plastic). 

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Canon EOS M6 

Canon EOS M6 (11)

 

Like the EOS M5, the Canon EOS M6 is a compact and easy to use mirrorless camera that delivers good image quality and has easy-to-use tools with a clear 3inch touch-screen. Colours and skin tones are replicated well and Bluetooth, wi-fi and NFC are built in. Plus, the camera can shoot at 9fps, as well as offering good focus speeds. 

Again, there's no auto panoramic mode, the lens range is limited and the camera has a short battery life with only 295 shots achievable on one charge. 

Overall, the Canon EOS M6 delivers good colour reproduction and would be a good choice for a Canon shooter with plenty of lenses who could use it with an adapter. It's also now priced at under £500! 

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Canon EOS M100 

Canon EOS M100 (8)
 

The Canon EOS M100 would be good for photography beginners looking for a mirrorless camera that's inexpensive but still captures good images which are colourful, detailed and have low levels of noise. 

If you're looking to use it as mostly a point and shoot camera, then the M100 would be a good choice. However, if you're likely to want to advance beyond point and shoot, then the lack of flash hot-shoe and external controls make it less suitable. If this sounds like you have a look at one of the mirrorless Canon cameras already mentioned. 

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Canon Compact Cameras 

Canon's compact camera range consists of fixed-lens models that range from advanced compacts that are a more portable alternative, or even a compliment, to a DSLR-style camera to very basic point-and-shoot cameras. Inbetween these two styles are bridge cameras that offer huge optical zooms in a DSLR-style body and superzooms which, as the name suggests, feature powerful zooms but in a more compact body. 

We go into more detail on each type of compact camera available in our camera guide

 

Expert Compact Cameras 

If you want the manual controls DSLRs give you but in a smaller, often, more stylish body then an expert camera could be a good choice for you. With dials, buttons and viewfinders, they're perfect for travellers who want to control how their images are taken without having to carry a bulky camera around. 

 

Canon PowerShot G5 X 

Canon Powershot G5 X (1)
 

The Canon PowerShot G5 X is a rather complete package, offering excellent image quality, good control and handling, as well as a built-in electronic viewfinder.

Some of the features include a 4.2x optical zoom lens, 20MP 1inch sensor, good noise performance, a tilting vari-angle touch screen and a rapid focus system. Wi-fi and NFC are built-in and the overall build quality is excellent. 

High-speed shooting isn't the quickest when using RAW, there's no panoramic mode and battery life is a little short but these are the only negative points we found when testing the camera. 

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Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II 

Canon Powershot G7X MarkII (10)
 

Another pocketable, smart compact camera from Canon, the PowerShot G7 X Mark II offers full manual controls and produces excellent images. 

The Canon Powershot G7 X Mark II would make an excellent choice for those that don't want to take a bigger camera with them but also don't want to compromise on image quality or control.

With the Canon Powershot G7 X Mark II, you get a 4.2x optical zoom lens, f/1.8-2.8 aperture range, good dynamic range, rapid focus speeds, good noise handling and 8fps continuous shooting. Build quality is great and you also get a tilting 3inch touch-screen that's bright and clear. 

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Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III 

Canon Powershot G1X MarkIII (6)
 

The Canon Powershot G1 X Mark III offers DSLR quality in a compact camera with a price slightly higher than the compact cameras listed so far. 

You get a 24mp APS-C CMOS sensor, 3x optical zoom lens with f/2.8 aperture, excellent noise performance and a 3inch vari-angle touch-screen. There are plenty of control wheels available and unlike some models, this one features a panoramic mode! 

The camera is compact, well built and offers excellent handling/usability. It doesn't offer the battery life of a DSLR but this can be quickly be solved by the purchase of a spare battery or two. There's no 4K video built-in either. 

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Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II  

Canon Powershot G9 X Mark II Black (7)
 

Great image quality isn't a problem for the Canon PowerShot G9 Mark II with its 1inch BSI CMOS sensor, 3x optical zoom lens and good noise performance. 

Having to use the 3inch touch-screen to change controls may not be to everyone's liking and if need lots of zoom, the G9 X Mark II may not be for you but if you want something compact that can deliver great image quality, then it's worth the compromise. 

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Other Options: The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II is relatively old, in comparison, but is priced at just over £400 and when reviewed, we said it would make an excellent backup to a DSLR, however, the relatively short battery life and slow continuous shooting when in RAW are a little disappointing. 

 


Bridge Cameras

Bridge cameras have a DSLR-style body but offer you a long zoom range without having to change lenses. You also get manual controls, should you want to use them, and they tend to be rather affordable. 

 

Canon PowerShot G3 X 

Canon Powershot G3x (4)
 

The Canon Powershot G3 X  is the only Canon Bridge camera we've tested to get a 'Highly Recommended' award and it has plenty of plus points, including a long zoom (as expected), very good noise performance, built-in wi-fi/NFC, 3.2inch tilting touch screen, 7fps continuous shooting (JPEG images) and built-in Mic /Headphone sockets. 

The camera body has good handling with a good size rubber hand grip, and along with weather sealing, the camera is well suited to shooting in a variety of conditions.

There's no electronic viewfinder or 4K but if you don't really shoot video and are happy to use the built-in screen when framing your shots, you won't have any problems. 

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Canon PowerShot SX60 HS 

Canon Powershot SX60 HS (3)

 

The Canon Powershot SX60 certainly has an impressive 65x optical zoom lens and delivers bright colourful images as well as 6.2fps continuous shooting, manual controls and RAW. There's a 3inch tilting screen, electronic level, flash hot-shoe and wi-fi/NFC is built in. 

The screen has very good viewing angles, and the camera feels good in the hand with a generous rubber hand grip. 

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Other Options: The Canon PowerShot SX540 HS has 50x optical zoom and good low light imaging capabilities but it's not a camera we've reviewed. There's also the Canon PowerShot SX70 HS and the Canon Powershot SX430 IS but they only scored 3.5 stars out of 5 when we put them to the test. 

 

Superzoom Cameras

If you don't want a DSLR-style camera body but do want a powerful zoom then a superzoom compact could be for you as you get a smaller body without compromising on reach. 

 

Canon PowerShot SX740 HS 

Canon Powershot SX740 HS Black (7)
 

The Canon Powershot SX740 HS packs in a lot, including a 40x optical zoom lens, with 4K video, wi-fi, Bluetooth and 1cm macro focus built-in. 

You do need to be in bright sunny conditions to get the best results as increasing the ISO level does give you softer images and not having panoramic shooting, raw shooting, and a touch-screen may put some beginners off. The camera does continue Canon's tradition of offering good colour reproduction, though. 

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Canon PowerShot SX730 HS 

Canon Powershot SX730 HS (1)
 

The Canon Powershot SX730 HS has a 40x optical zoom and as with the majority of Canon cameras, colour reproduction is excellent. There's a tilting selfie screen, built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC and 1cm macro focus. 

The camera is easy to use with a number of auto and scene modes, and for the more advanced there are manual controls. FullHD video recording is available, and with optical image stabilisation, video quality is good, although competitors now offer 4K video. 

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Other Options: The Canon PowerShot SX620 HS has a 25x optical zoom but it's not a compact camera we've tested so can't give you an overview of how well it performs. 

 

Budget Point & Shoot Cameras

These are pocketable-sized compact cameras that don't have the bells & whistles more expensive models do but for someone who simply wants to, as the name suggests, 'point & shoot' they could be a good option. Even more so if you just want to share to social media. 

 

Canon IXUS 285 HS 

Canon IXUS 285 HS

 

The Canon IXUS 285 HS camera should be suitable for most people, particularly if you want to share images to social media sites, and the 12x optical zoom is decent. The compact size makes it easy to take with you everywhere you go, and it's quite good value for money but noise can be an issue in some shooting situations, the battery life is short and there are some auto modes (HDR, panorama) missing. 

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Other Options: The Canon IXUS 190, Canon IXUS 185 and Canon PowerShot SX620 HS are also available but they're not compact cameras we've reviewed. 

 

Even More Lists & Top Camera Suggestions

We have a whole section of the site dedicated to guides and top lists so you can make a more informed decision before parting with your hard-earned cash. Recently updated is the 'best zoom cameras for travel' but there are many more lists for you to peruse, too. 


Photographs taken using the Canon PowerShot SX730 HS

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