This year, not only updated devices from popular camera lines came out, but also completely new original models. Not surprisingly, mirrorless and full-frame cameras ruled the roost, a combination that has become wildly popular in 2020. There are also a lot of hybrid models and system cameras aimed at video shooting. Let’s not delay and tell you about the 10 (in fact — 11) best cameras of the year according to dpreview.com experts.
Best Full Frame Cameras
The best crop cameras
Best Full Frame Cameras
Canon EOS R5
Price: from 329 thousand rubles.
Canon EOS R5 is one of the most powerful cameras on the market, suitable for any genre of photography. A 45MP sensor, 20fps burst shooting with tracking autofocus, built-in stabilization, 8K video and a dual memory card slot are just some of the highlights of this full-frame mirrorless camera. She has already managed to gain huge popularity among professional and advanced photographers, despite the high price.
But with video, the Canon EOS R5 has a clear problem associated with overheating when working at advanced settings (8K, 4K / 120p or 4K HQ). Any use of the camera before filming reduces the overall recording time, making the whole process unpredictable. At lower settings, there is no such problem, but the video quality in this case differs little from that offered by competing cameras.
In general, this model can be recommended to advanced photographers for work in any genre, as well as to those who sometimes make videos as an addition to photography. You can read more about the Canon EOS R5 in our review.
Canon EOS R6
Price: from 196 thousand rubles.
A more budget-friendly version of Canon’s full-frame mirrorless is the EOS R6. This is a very easy to use camera with excellent autofocus, built-in stabilization and fast continuous shooting. Like the older (fifth) model, R6 provides excellent photo quality, despite the matrix with half the resolution. Unfortunately, this full-frame mirrorless camera inherited the R5’s overheating issue, although its video detail and autofocus are top notch. But there is another problem that many users note — a pronounced rolling shutter effect.
The EOS R6 will suit all advanced photographers who don’t want to overpay for a high resolution sensor. But it’s too early to recommend this model as a hybrid photo and video camera: Canon must first solve the problem with overheating. Read more about this mirrorless camera in our review.
Nikon Z6 II / Nikon Z7 II
Price: from 160 thousand rubles. / from 239 thousand rubles
We decided to arrange the second generation of Nikon mirrorless cameras as a duo — the Z6 II and Z7 II were a relatively small update to the already good models of 2018. The Z7 II, with its 45.7‑megapixel sensor, costs between $500 and $900 less than other full-frame, high-resolution mirrorless cameras, but it doesn’t come close. This is a great camera for landscape, architecture, professional food and advertising photography. Due to the fact that continuous 10 fps is available on this model only with spot autofocus, it is slightly less suited for professional sports photography, but it is impossible to say unequivocally that the Z7 II will not be suitable for shooting fast-moving objects.
The Z6 II is a hybrid camera that can handle just about anything without being specifically targeted for high resolution or video. The Z6 II has effective autofocus, though not as easy to use as the Sony or Canon models. All in all, this is a versatile hybrid camera for shooting enthusiasts.
Read more about these cameras in our reviews: Nikon Z6 II and Nikon Z7 II.
Price: from 98 thousand rubles.
The Nikon Z5’s 24-megapixel image is only slightly behind those of the class leaders, while the design, build quality and user-friendly controls are borrowed from the high-end Z‑series models mentioned above. The autofocus system is also top notch, with the camera reliably detecting and tracking eyes and faces, which is handy for portrait, street and social photography.
In terms of video shooting, the camera is not outstanding: 4K resolution is only available with a serious 1.7x crop. On the other hand, in Full HD, it shoots without crop and with excellent detail. Like many other models in this line, Z5 is equipped with built-in stabilization, which is convenient for video shooting.
If you’re looking for a relatively affordable full-frame still camera, the Z5, which you can read more about in our review, is a great option. However, it should not be taken to work with fast-moving objects: the maximum burst speed is only 4.5 fps.
Panasonic Lumix DC-S5
Price: from 179 thousand rubles.
Another versatile hybrid, equally suitable for both photo and video, was released in 2020 by Panasonic — Lumix DC-S5.
This is a compact camera with built-in stabilization, an optimal set of video tools and a special 96-megapixel mode for capturing super-detailed photos. Among the shortcomings of the model: not very reliable operation of contrast autofocus in video and a somewhat outdated viewfinder resolution of 2.36 million dots (compare with 3.69 million for Nikon Z5).
More about the pros and cons of the Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 in our review.
Sony a7S III
Price: from 329 thousand rubles.
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 sort of “anti-R5”: instead of trying to do everything well, the camera from Sony shoots video very (!) Well. And even in this regard, she stakes 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 ready to pay more than 300 thousand rubles for a 12-megapixel matrix (ideal for video shooting and low-light work). Therefore, the model can be recommended only to advanced videographers.
Price: from 149 thousand rubles.
The Sony a7C is a full-frame camera that manages not to sacrifice functionality for the sake of size and weight. This model not only has a proprietary tenacious and convenient autofocus system, but also has built-in 5‑axis stabilization. And the camera can take 740 shots on a single charge (according to the CIPA rating), which makes it a class leader in this indicator.
However, the novelty also lacks shortcomings. For photographers, such a minus 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. In video shooting, the camera is somewhat inferior to other competitors from the new generation of full-frame mirrorless (although its 4K video is quite satisfactory for most users). And finally, unlike the latest Sony cameras, the a7C doesn’t have a very user-friendly confusing menu. You can read about other characteristics of this model in our review.
Without a doubt, Sony a7C is suitable for travel photographers, as well as everyone else — as an everyday camera that you can always take with you.
The best crop cameras
Price: from 122 thousand rubles.
Rounding out the streak of full-frame mirrorless cameras (yes, 2020 was truly their year!) are a few 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 some situations (low light, for example) the X‑T4’s full-frame competitors will provide better picture quality, but few can match this model in terms of video shooting and overall versatility.
Fujifilm cameras have very beautiful JPEG colors and the X‑T4 is no exception. She shoots video 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 its competitors from Sony.
Despite some shortcomings (read more in the review), the Fujifilm X‑T4 is one of the best hybrid cameras to date, suitable for anyone who shoots photos and videos.
Price: from 105 thousand rubles.
This is definitely the best model in its class — we recently wrote about it in the top compact cameras. The built-in fixed focal length lens makes the X100V a niche model. However, the picture quality, which is obtained due to the ideal combination of “matrix — lens”, will not leave anyone indifferent. In addition, the X100V features best-in-class video recording features such as 4K oversampling (more details). The camera is equipped with microphone and headphone jacks, but, unfortunately, it does not have stabilization.
This is a very handy “compact” for documentary, street photography and videography, shooting portraits in the environment and travel. On the other hand, fixed focal length imposes its limitations on shooting sports, wildlife, and high-resolution landscapes. Examples of shots taken with the Fujifilm X100V can be seen in the review.
Price: from 79 thousand rubles.
With the X‑S10, Fujifilm decided not to reinvent the wheel, but to combine components that have proven to be reliable and effective, copying them from their other cameras. The result is a universal mid-budget model in a compact body and with 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 conditional weakness of the camera is not as advanced as compared to Sony devices, tracking autofocus. This somewhat limits the use of the X‑S10 in sports photography. In general, this camera is suitable for photography in a wide variety of genres, including landscapes and portraits, as well as for reportage video.
You can read more about the X‑S10 in our review.