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The 12 Best Canon Cameras 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 stills.  

So here are our favourite Canon camera models for every category:

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
  • Canon 1DX Mark III
  • Canon EOS 90D
  • Canon EOS 6D Mark II
  • Canon EOS R5
  • Canon EOS R
  • Canon EOS R6
  • Canon EOS RP
  • Canon EOS M6 Mark II
  • Canon EOS M50
  • Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III
  • Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III

The best Canon DSLRs for professionals:

The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

canon eos 5d mark iv

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 Canon 1DX Mark III

The Canon 1DX Mark III has a 20MP full-frame sensor and the brilliant capability of recording uncropped 4K video at 50fps.  

A tonne of specs makes this camera a dream for sports photographers. To start, there’s a maximum burst speed of 16fps. A new Digic X processing chip works three times faster than the previous model (the Canon 1DX Mark II).

Meanwhile, the speedy, accurate autofocus (with 191 focus points) is driven by deep learning for subject recognition and detection. 

Take a look at the Canon 1DX Mark III DSLR camera today.

The best entry-level Canon DSLR:

Canon EOS 90D

With a whopping 32.5MP sensor (the highest resolution seen yet in an APS-C sensor), the Canon EOS 90D is a powerhouse camera of excellent value, perfect for enthusiast photographers.

A high-speed frame rate of 10fps means you can capture a string of high-quality images, while the camera excels in producing richly detailed RAW format photos.

The uncropped 4K video at 30p is a welcome delight in this new Canon camera while the battery can capture an incredible 1,300 shots per charge.

Finally, you have a beautiful handling experience, with a deep and chunky handgrip and a fully articulated 3” touchscreen to accompany a supreme optical viewfinder. 

Shop the Canon EOS 90D DSLR camera online today.

The Canon EOS 6D Mark II

canon eos 6d mark ii

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 Canon mirrorless cameras for professionals:

The Canon EOS R5

If the Canon 1DX Mark III is the preferred DSLR choice of professionals, the Canon EOS R5 is its mirrorless equivalent. 

The next-gen tech in this camera makes it a standout among any branded mirrorless camera on the market today. 

Canon’s newest flagship mirrorless model arrived in 2020 with a lot of (well-deserved) fanfare. The EOS R5 boasts an incredible 45MP full-frame CMOS sensor. A new low-pass filter and world-leading autofocus system, along with a remarkable in-body image stabilisation system, guarantee exceptional image quality. 

Video quality is up there as well. This Canon mirrorless can record 8K raw video footage (uncropped!) at up to 30fps (along with 4K at 120fps). We’re talking cinematic quality here.

Other noteworthy features include the burst rate of 20fps, a beautiful 3” articulating touchscreen and a superb electronic viewfinder.

Take a look at the Canon R5 flagship mirrorless camera now.

The best Canon mirrorless camera for enthusiasts:

The Canon EOS R

canon eos r mirrorless camera

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 a 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 Canon EOS R6

If you love the sound of the Canon EOS R5 but it’s just not within your budget, the R6 is a decent alternative.  

The EOS R6 launched at the same time as the R5 in 2020, adding a decent all-rounder to the Canon R full-frame mirrorless camera series.

The EOS R6 has a 20MP sensor. You’ll get a 20fps electrical shutter for speedy shooting, as well as the impressive deep-learning autofocus system we love so much in the Canon 1DX Mark III. 

The R6 arguably performs better than the R5 in low light, with an impressive ISO range of 100-102,400 that’s expandable to 50-204,800. The sensor may only have 20MP but the pixels are larger, which means they can capture more light as well.

Couple these specs with Canon’s 5-axis in-body image stabilisation system (that provides up to 8 stops of effective compensation), and this camera is an exceptional low-light beauty.

Have a look at the Canon EOS R6 today.

The best entry-level Canon mirrorless camera:

The Canon 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, both of which make shooting a pleasure. 

Check out the Canon EOS RP today.

The best Canon cameras for video:

The Canon EOS M6 Mark II

What’s not to love about the EOS M6 Mark II mirrorless camera for videography? You can capture uncropped 4K video at 30fps, using the entire width of the sensor.

A microphone socket, a screen that can flip to front-facing make this the perfect piece of equipment for vloggers. It’s exceptionally compact, making it a decent companion on adventures.

And for hybrid photographers/videographers, the camera also boasts a 32.5MP APS-C sensor, along with an impressive burst speed of 30fps in RAW format for high action shots.

Take a look at the Canon EOS M6 Mark II today.

The Canon EOS M50

canon eos m50 camera

The EOS M50 mirrorless camera 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, an 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. 

The Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III

If you’re looking for a powerful pocket-friendly camera that’s simple to use yet produces standout shots, the PowerShot G7 X Mark III is the ideal smartphone upgrade.

The PowerShot G7 X Mark III boasts uncropped 4K video and a 3.5mm microphone point, make it clear why this little pocket rocket has become extremely popular among vloggers. 

The camera can also stream directly to YouTube, enabling live vlogging on superior equipment to your smartphone. A flip-out screen assists with selfies and vlogging.

For photographers, the 24-100mm equivalent f/1.8-2.8 lens makes this point-and-shoot a versatile beauty to take on all your adventures. The 20MP sensor and 8fps burst shooting mode seal the deal.  

Check out the Canon PowerShot G7X Mark III compact camera today.

The best Canon point-and-shoot camera:

The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III

Combining a 24MP APS-C sensor with a 24-72mm (equivalent) f/2.8-5.6 lens, the PowerShot G1 X Mark III offers superior DSLR image quality in a compact body. In fact, packing 24MP into a compact camera has been an unparalleled achievement.

The large vari-angle touchscreen is beautiful to use, while the electronic viewfinder is a welcome addition to a compact camera. 

Shop the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III compact camera today.

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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