The 6 Best Canon Cameras in 2021 for All Occasions

Canon has grown to become one of the most respected camera brands in the industry. The elite Japanese brand produces everything from its renowned DSLRs to high-quality mirrorless cameras and even simple point-and-shoot models. 

Given its legion of products, it’s not always easy to know which Canon camera model will work best for your needs, whether you’re a beginner or a pro or whether you’re looking for the best camera for video or for stills.  

So here are our favourite Canon camera models of 2021 so far. 

The Best Canon DSLR: EOS 5D Mark IV

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Boasting a 30.4 MP full frame sensor and a burst shooting mode of 7 frames per second (fps), the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV remains one of the best Canon DSLR cameras for professional photographers and serious enthusiasts. 

The lag-free, bright optical viewfinder has a 61-point autofocus system that ensures smooth and speedy focusing whether in live view or video. 

Working around one of the most common problems with DSLR cameras, the Canon 5D Mark IV has fast phase-detection autofocus points (Dual Pixel AF or DPAF) directly on the sensor, just like a mirrorless camera. 

Couple these impressive features with the weather-sealed, rugged magnesium body and an exceptionally comfortable grip and you have one of the best all-rounder cameras not just among Canon models, but across the full DSLR suite. 

Shop the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR camera. 

The Best Canon Mirrorless: EOS R

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If the Canon 5D Mark IV is the preferred DSLR choice of professionals, the Canon EOS R is its mirrorless equivalent. 

Arguably the best Canon mirrorless camera to date, the Canon EOS R combines an incomparable full frame sensor with the coveted smaller size of a compact system camera. 

Canon’s first full frame mirrorless camera adapts all the best bits of the Canon 5D Mark IV into a smaller, lighter body. 

Expect the similar 30.3 MP full frame sensor and impressive Dual Pixel AF with a more advanced 5,655 focus points. It also has a faster burst shooting mode of 8 fps.

The wide native ISO range extends to 102,400, giving the camera incredible performance in low light scenarios. 

The EOS R continues with the comfy grip and includes a new multi-touch function bar. But it loses the dual memory card slot, as well as in-body image stabilisation (which the new RF mount lenses compensate for). 

Shop the Canon EOS R mirrorless camera. 

The Best Entry-Level Canon DSLR: EOS 800D 

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Without a doubt, this DSLR is one of the strongest entry-level DSLRs out there. The Canon EOS 800D packs a 24.2 MP APS-C sensor into a sturdy body. 

With an exceptionally fast 45-point viewfinder autofocus system, 6 fps continuous shooting, and full HD recording, the 800D is versatile and responsive for all camera users. 

Perfect for beginner and enthusiast photographers, this affordable camera delivers rich, sharp images, even at higher ISOs. 

But what really makes it a win for beginners is its accessible interface with intuitive controls and a fully-articulating LCD screen that facilitates vlogging and selfies. 

Check out the Canon EOS 800D today.

The Best Canon Camera Upgrade: EOS 6D Mark II

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This feature-packed Canon DSLR is an affordable entry point into the full frame camera range. 

Beginner-friendly (and budget friendly) without skimping on the details, the EOS 6D Mark II boasts a superior 26.2 MP full frame sensor, a powerful 45-point viewfinder autofocus system, and Canon’s standout Dual Pixel AF for live view photography. 

The 6D Mark II can capture 6.5 frames per second in continuous shooting and records Full HD 1080p videos at 60 fps – impressive specs for such a low price point. 

Then there’s the design: compact, but still rugged, with a water and dust resistant body so you can continue shooting regardless of the weather. 

Check out the Canon EOS 6D Mark II today.

The Best Entry-Level Canon Mirrorless Camera: EOS RP

canon eos rp mirrorless camera

Smaller, lighter, and cheaper than the EOS R, the Canon EOS RP makes a great starting point into the full frame mirrorless camera range. 

Pairing its affordability with a depth of impressive features, this is easily one of the best Canon cameras out there for beginners who are serious about their photography.

The 26.2 MP full frame sensor works together with the new DIGIC 8 image processor to produce sharp and vibrant images and ultra high definition 4K video (at a 1.6x crop factor). This Canon camera also has an exceptional autofocusing system with 4,779 selectable AF points.

Despite its amazingly portable size, the EOS RP has a sturdy grip and a tilting touchscreen LCD display, both of which make shooting a pleasure. 

Check out the Canon EOS RP today.

The Best Canon Camera For Video: EOS M50

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The EOS M50 comes with 4K ultra high definition recording at 25 frames per second (with a 1.6 crop factor). A full HD 1080p recording option, coupled with slow motion effects achieved at 120 fps, gives this camera plenty of vlogging versatility. 

For still photography, the EOS M50 combines a DIGIC 8 image processor with a 24.1 MP APS-C sensor to produce stunningly clear details and high colour quality. 

Throw in the fast and accurate Dual Pixel CMOS AF, impressively high resolution electronic viewfinder (with around 2360k dots), burst mode of 10 fps, affordable price tag, and petite size and this is the perfect Canon camera to document all your adventures. 

Check out the Canon EOS M50. 

Found Your Ideal Canon Camera?

At Camera House, we have a full selection of Canon cameras, covering every need from beginner-level travel cameras to professional-grade DSLR cameras. 

Shop our range online today and have your camera delivered directly to your home, wherever you are in Australia.

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