If you’re committed to becoming the best photographer you can be, then you’ll want some quality photography equipment that can help you get there faster.

While we’re not for a moment suggesting that good photography accessories are what set apart the best photographers from the worst, it certainly helps you capture crisp photos with more frequency.

To those who haven’t given much thought to the field of photography, taking photos is a simple process of finding a subject and taking your shot.

This is true, of course, but it’s a gross oversimplification of the whole process.

In photography, if you want to take the best images, you’re going to have to consider photo accessories such as which lenses are best for the job, whether you need to use zoom, and what white balance will make for the perfect shot.

These are just some of the considerations that can go into each and every shot you take, and to manage all of these processes easier, it’s worth investing in good equipment.

The best cameras have sophisticated autofocus systems, high MegaPixel image sensors, and plenty of aperture settings.

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The best cameras will take your photos to the next level. Unsplash
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What Makes a Great Camera?

Before we can enter a discussion of what the best cameras on the market are today, we need to address the basics.

If you can’t identify what exactly it is that makes a camera great, how are you going to make the right choice when it’s time to pick?

The following factors are those you need to bear in mind when hunting for a new camera:

Useful Buttons

This may sound like a trivial issue, but trust us, if you use a camera without useful buttons you’ll end a day of photography tearing your hair out.

Every good camera should make the photographer’s life easier.

They will have all the controls you need, but they will also make it easy for you to access them in an instant.

In many cases, this means the camera will have buttons that correspond to important functions.

Finder Information

Information is everything to the trained eye in photography.

That’s why the best cameras will provide all the relevant information you need to know about taking a photo in the finder.

This information ranges from the current aperture to the shutter speed.

Why is this information important?

Because it lets you make adjustments on the fly, without having to take your eye off the prize and potentially lose the shot you’ve spent a long time setting up.

Good Ergonomics

While it’s easy to assume that everything that makes a camera worth having is on the inside, this isn’t necessarily true.

Sure, if technical performance is everything to you, then it’s all about what’s under the body of the camera.

But if you value how a camera feels in your hands as you use it, then you need to find one with a solid ergonomic design.

Ideally, you want a camera that’s durable and weatherproof, but also one that feels comfortable in your hands and has the right weight for the type of photography you want to do.

Quality Image Sensor

The image sensor of the camera is what ultimately determines the quality of the image you take, as well as the overall performance of the device.

In technical terms, the image sensor is what allows the camera to convert light into electrical signals which the device uses to create an image.

The larger image sensors are the ones that will provide the best results when it comes to taking crisp, high-quality photos.

Why?

Because the biggest image sensors are the ones that have larger pixels, leading to less noise in photos, extensive dynamic range, and superior low light performance.

What are the Current Best Cameras?

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Canon is one of the giants of the camera industry, but it isn't the only good brand. Unsplash

There’s a lot of debate as to which camera takes the title of ‘best camera’, but the truth is that there isn’t one, and never will be.

Why?

Because no camera can do it all.

There are excellent all-around cameras, yes, but what’s good for a landscape photographer might not be good for a macro photographer.

As such, what we’re going to do here isn’t provide you with a definitive list of the top cameras, but present you with some of the most highly thought of cameras. These cameras are those which photographers love, and for good reasons.

Without further ado, here are three of the best cameras in the market today:

Fujifilm X-T4

The Fujifilm X-T4 is a 26MP camera that offers stunning 4k video capture at 60p, sophisticated autofocus, and a fully articulated rear touchscreen.

This camera is widely praised for the quality of both the stills and video footage it can produce.

If you aren’t interested in video capture, then this camera might not be your top choice, but even if you only have a passing interest you should give it a go.

The 4K 60p footage from this camera is breathtaking, so whether you’re planning on shooting documentary-style videos out in nature or vlogs at home, it’s an excellent option for video.

As for images, the BSI CMOS sensor with 26MP is more than capable of delivering the highest quality results. This, paired with the brilliant in-body image stabilization, makes it a must-have camera for those new to photography.

Nikon D3500

The Nikon D3500 is hands-down one of, if not the, best DSLRs for beginners.

If you want a top camera that’ll make you feel like a pro from day one, look no further.

Even though it’s been around for several years now, the D3500 has stood the test of time due to the high image quality, incredible battery life, and Guide mode.

As a beginner, one of your priorities should be to find a camera that’s easiest to use. The D3500 is intuitive to use, and the Guide mode will hold your hand as you get to grips with the features and functions.

Canon EOS R6 

The Canon EOS R6 is a mirrorless camera that’s hard to beat.

The original camera in the series, the EOS R, was the first full-frame mirrorless camera Canon has produced. It wasn’t well-received, but with each iteration, Canon has perfected its recipe for the perfect mirrorless camera.

The camera is easy on the eye and highly ergonomic, which gives it several points among photographers right out of the gate.

The 5-axis in-body image stabilization is excellent, as is the 20.1MP CMOS sensor, and the touch-enabled 3 inch fully articulating LCD screen.

There isn’t much this camera doesn’t do well, and it even captures stunning 4K video footage at a smooth 60FPS.

What Camera Equipment Should You Buy?

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A tripod will lend you stability and allow you to focus on the composition of your shots. Unsplash

While the camera you invest in the will of course take precedence over the equipment, there are some things you’ll want to buy early on to make your photography missions more productive.

Here are a few pieces of camera equipment you should buy sooner rather than later:

Lens

Unless you have a camera that has a fixed lens, you’ll most likely want to invest in an extra lens or two for your main device.

Different lenses are better for different types of photos.

There are lenses made for macro photography, portraits, landscapes, and more.

As the first lens to buy, you should be looking for a prime lens.

A prime lens is one that has no zoom. This may not seem ideal, but what it does is help you get to grips with the basics of photography before you start playing around with zoom.

Tripod

A tripod is essential for just about any photographer.

If you want the best photos, free from blur and the effects of hand shaking, you need a tripod.

With a tripod, you can set up your camera to take the perfect shot of a landscape, a sunset, or a passing flock of birds.

It stabilizes the shot and relieves you of the heavy camera body allowing you to focus exclusively on composition.

Are There Any Essential Photography Accessories?

After getting your hands on a camera and the key pieces of the equipment outlined above, there are also several photo accessories that can help you in your quest to become a better photographer.

These accessories can come in handy when you spend a long time out and about shooting photos:

SD Cards

SD cards are a necessity because you never know when your camera might run out of memory out in the field.

Cards can become corrupted, too, so to avoid this risk it’s a good idea to have a few spares on hand so as not to spoil your photography adventures.

Camera Bag

The camera bag is an important part of most photographers’ setup.

Something as simple as a messenger bag can do the trick, as it helps you carry your camera without it swinging around on your neck.

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A South African in France who loves to travel and discover new cultures, is passionate about photography, and who is happiest near the ocean.