The 15 Best Cameras For Every Budget And Every Need

By 06.13.17

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A good camera is a must for anyone who’s truly into taking top quality pictures. And I’m not talking about the camera attached to your phone. No, I’m talking picture quality that makes you phone’s camera look a Civil War era picture. You want really good pictures? Then you need a really good camera. It’s that simple.

Of course, these days it’s hard to find good cameras thanks to phones taking over the market. But they’re out there and whether you’re a professional photographer, an enthusiastic hobbyist, or just someone trying to get into the game, I’m going to help you find the camera that’s perfect for you. So, read through, pick out the one you want and you’ll be the proud owner of one of these, the 15 best cameras for every budget and every need.

Canon PowerShot SX530

This is actually a camera bundle from Canon. You get the camera, a tripod, a couple memory cards, a camera bag and a battery pack amongst other goodies, but, really, it’s all about the camera. With an optical sensor resolution of 16 megapixels (the iPhone 7’s is 12mp for reference), the picture clarity is better than anything you’re going to get with your phone, and with a 50x optical zoom, you’re going to be able to take those clear pictures from pretty much any distance. Oh, and it will also shoot 1080p video if you need it to. This is just a damn good camera.

Price: $279.95
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PowerLead PL2803 2.7” Mini

Of course, one of the nice things about a camera phone is the small size. Well, this camera gives you the size of a slim phone and combines it with the quality of a digital camera. The 18mp optical sensor is far better than any phone’s, and is better than many bigger, professional cameras. And all at a price that’s almost impossible to beat.

Price: $43.99
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Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ70

With a 60x optical zoom and a 16.1mp sensor, this is a kickass camera. It also can shoot 1080p video, with sound recording that locks out ambient noise. While you were busy playing with your phone, this camera was evolving.

Price: $249.99
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Polaroid PIC-300

One thing we all miss with camera phones is that ability to take a picture and then have a physical copy of it. One thing we really miss is the ability to instantly get that copy, and that’s what Polaroid is all about. This is a camera for people who understand that taking pictures should be fun, that memories are still best shared on a real picture that you hold in your hand, not on a screen that you can quickly scroll through. And for those people, Polaroid is still here.

Price: $69.99
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DeXop Waterproof Digital Camera

Waterproof cameras are a must for anyone who doesn’t want to worry about ruining their gear every time they get near a pool. And this one isn’t just waterproof, it also has a 24mp optical sensor, and can shoot video, which means you’re gonna be able to take underwater pictures that will blow everyone’s minds.

Price: $70.99
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Nikon COOLPIX P900

A 16mp optical sensor is nice, but it’s the 83x optical zoom that really makes this camera such a badass. The real killer, though, is the built in Wi-Fi, which means you can take and share pictures without having to worry about memory cards or anything like that.

Price: $559.00
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Fujifilm INSTAX Mini 8

Another instant camera, it really comes down to personal preference. The Polaroid has the Polaroid name and the cultural cachet that comes with it, but the Fujifilm has a solid 4.6/5 rating on Amazon with over 10,000 customer reviews, which is a staggering amount of great reviews. Basically, you’re pretty much guaranteed to be happy with this instant camera.

Price: $67.99
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PowerLead GAPO PL-03 Waterproof Digital Camera

At 2.7” this isn’t just a waterproof camera, it’s also a waterproof mini camera. But with a 24mp optical sensor, it’s a mini camera that will more than get the job done, either in or out of the water. Once you’re in the water, though, you’re good to go for up to 10 feet.

Price: $79.99
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KINGEAR R2

This is a great camera at a very affordable price. It’s 22mp optical sensor means really sharp pictures and HD video. But maybe the best part about this camera is its Night Vision, which means you can take all those kickass pics and vids day and night.

Price: $99.99
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AKASO EK7000 Waterproof Camera

Okay, this is maybe cheating a little bit. That’s because this is actually an underwater action camera, capable of shooting 4k video. But, it’s also a camera capable of shooting 12mp pictures, which makes it in line with the best camera phones on the market. So, really, it all comes down to what you need here. And if a very good phone that also shoots 4k video underwater is good enough for you, then you should buy this immediately.

Price: $83.65
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Nikon D3400 DSLR Camera

With a 24.2mp optical sensor, this is a camera that will pretty much slay most other cameras when it comes to picture quality. But what really sets this camera apart are the zoom lenses that come with it. Yes, this is a camera that the professionals use, the sort you might see on a paparazzi hiding up in a tree at a nude beach in order to catch some celeb naked as the day they were born. Look, I’m just giving you an example here, not telling you what to do. But still…

Price: $496.95
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Pentax K-70 Weather-Sealed DSLR Camera

A 24.2mp optical sensor and a shutter speed that allows you to take 6 pictures per second, combined with the ability to shoot 4k video makes this a monster camera for serious photographers. Of course, it also helps that the camera is weather-sealed, which means you can take pictures in conditions most normal cameras will crap out in. This is a big boy camera.

Price: $896.95
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SIGMA DP0 Quattro

Sigma sells itself as making cameras that “produce works of art.” So… yeah, this is a camera made by artists for artists. Why? Well, the picture quality of this digital camera is such that it is considered “film quality”, which means that you get digital production combined with the aesthetic beauty and grace of film. In other words… a camera that produces works of art.

Price: $948.00
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CANON EOS REBEL T6 Bundle

Another bundle from Canon, this one comes with just about every accessory you could ever need along with, of course, the camera. The camera itself is very, very good, with an 18mp optical sensor, but it’s the bundle that makes this, with multiple professional telephoto lenses included along with memory cards, cases, tripods and a partridge in a pear tree. This is a great camera for anyone, from professionals to people looking to get into the game. Buy this and you’re more than just in the game, you’re running the game.

Price: $458.99
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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1

Look, this camera is absurd. Both in terms of quality and price. But if the best of the best is what you need, then this is the camera for you. With an optical sensor of a ridiculous 42.4mp, this is far and away the best camera in terms of picture quality on the market. I mean, with that sort of clarity, your pictures will be more real than real life. Of course, that also means that you’re gonna have to pay for it. Hey look, you wanted the best, well here you go. Now get out your wallet.

Price: $3,298.00
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