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Best Canon Cameras of 2018

Got your sights set on adding a new shooter to your photographic arsenal? Here's a list of the best Canon cameras available today.

Photo by Jared Ng

Whether you're a diehard user or looking to join the family, Canon cameras provide amazing, reliable, and industry-proven results. Their name is practically synonymous with photography and most professionals have at least one Canon camera in their bag.

Canon makes an amazing array of cameras suited for all applications from beginner to hobbyist to full-time professional photographer.

A Canon camera body is a serious investment and something you'll want to last you for the years to come. So, if you're just starting in photography, then you should consider renting different models to find out what you like/dislike.

You should also define your must-have features: video recording at 4k vs Full HD 1080p, and Full Frame vs. APS-C frame sensor.

However, if you're ready to make a Canon purchase, here's a list of the best Canon cameras of 2018.

Powershot Elph 180 by Canon

The PowerShot Elph 180 is a ubiquitous Canon camera. Seen in the hands grandmas and tourists alike, this compact, point-and-shoot is the perfect addition to anyone looking for a standalone digital camera.

This entry-level Canon camera packs a lot of features in a small, affordable package. With a 20.0MP 1/2.3" CCD sensor and DIGIC 4+ image processor, you'll be able to capture excellent image quality. In addition to stills, you can shoot HD 720p video at 25 fps. And with a 2.7" LCD screen, you'll be able to preview and review all your photos making sure they are framed perfectly.

Powershot SX530 HS by Canon

If you want the simplicity of a point-and-shoot, but the body styling of a DSLR, the PowerShot SX530 HS is the Canon camera for you. 

You'll get a 16MP High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor and DIGIC 4+ image processor which are at the core of the high-quality image creation of this camera. You're ready to shoot in a wide variety of conditions with up to ISO 3200 sensitivity, 50x zoom lens and Intelligent IS image stabilization. For video, you'll be able to shoot in Full HD 1080/30p with quick access of a dedicated movie button. Plus, you get the benefit of Wi-Fi connectivity for sharing photos.

Powershot G9 X Mark II by Canon

If you want an upgraded point-and-shoot with the latest technology, the  PowerShot G9 X Mark II is the camera for you. Inside the G9 X Mark II, you'll find a 20.1MP 1" CMOS sensor with a DIGIC 7 image processor, extended sensitivity to ISO 12800, and Full HD 1080p video recording. You have a 3x optical zoom lens to capture up close portraits and beautiful wide-angled landscapes. With a 3.0" LCD touchscreen and built-in Wi-Fi, you'll have enhanced control of your images on and off your camera.

Powershot G7 X Mark II by Canon

The Powershot G7 builds on the success of the G9 with even more advanced features. As a one of the best point-and-shoot cameras, this is top of the line. First and foremost, the core of this camera is comprised of a 20.1MP 1" CMOS sensor and DIGIC 7 image processor. In addition, you have an ISO 25600 sensitivity, a 4.2x zoom lens, and a maximum aperture of  f/1.8-f/2.8. These features combine to provide you with crystal clear images in wide-ranging lighting conditions. You have the ability to record video in Full HD 1080p60 as well. Similarly to the G9, you'll find a 3.0" LCD touchscreen and built-in Wi-Fi.

EOS Rebel T7i DSLR by Canon

If you're looking to go from the world of point-and-shoot or phone photography to the world of DSLR, the EOS Rebel T7i is a great DSLR camera for beginners.

Packed with features in a slim, ergonomic profile, you're getting a lot of value in this Canon camera. While the learning curve can be intimidating for first timers, the T7i has out-of-the-box performance that can make you look like a pro.

The EOS Rebel T7i is equipped with a 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor, a flexible native ISO 100-52100 range, DIGIC 7 image processor, 45-Point All Cross AF, and Dual Pixel CMOS.

What does that mean for you?

For shooting stills, you'll be able to capture focused, high-resolution images in a variety of light conditions. As for video, you'll be able to record in Full HD 1080p with smooth focus.

Beyond that, you've got WiFi and Bluetooth built-in.

Overall, you'll be hard pressed to find a better entry-level camera from Canon or its competitors.

80D EOS DSLR by Canon

At first glance, you might think that the 80D loses out on performance and features to the Rebel T7i, and at a larger size no less. It's certainly bigger as it weighs almost 200g more than the Rebel T7i. 

So with the same processor, what are you getting with the 80D?

To put it simply, size matters. 

The EOS 80D is your next logical jump in the family of Canon cameras. Its construction is more durable, and its shutter is rated to 100,000 cycles (something unknown about the Rebel T7i). In addition to the weather-proof design, the added size allows for a larger viewfinder and additional controls for fine-tuning.

Unlike the Rebel T7i, you have the a headphone jack, a continuous 7 fps (compared to 6) and shutter speed of  30-1/8000 sec.

If you're ready to geek out over your subject matter and work your camera in a variety of manual modes, the 80D EOS DSLR might be your ticket.

6D Mark II EOS DSLR by Canon

Welcome to world of full-frame. 

The 6D Mark II comes equipped with a 26.2MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor. This means you're going to get a distinct advantage in image quality and eliminate the crop factor you've experienced on entry-level DSLR. 

Full-frame cameras are ideal for tight, indoor shots, low light situations and creating depth of field effects with ease. 

In addition to the benefits of full-frame, you get the performance in the models listed above like 45-Point All-Cross Type AF and Dual Pixel CMOS AF Systems for stills and video.

Additionally, you have the ability to shoot UHD 4k timelapse video with this Canon camera, so it makes for a great 4k action camera.

EOS 5DSR DSLR by Canon

Hello, detail! 

Armed with a gigantic 50.6MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor, the EOS 5DSR is the choice for photographers who sweat the small stuff. 

If your work (or passion) requires precision and maximum resolution in the studio with up-close product shots or in the field with intricate landscapes, then you'll have to take advantage of this amazing workhorse.

In addition, you'll gain Canon's 61-point High Density Reticular AF system with up to 41 cross-type AF points to help you zero in on your moving subject matter. Plus, with the built-in intervalometer and bulb timer, you can capture those long exposure shots during nighttime.

5D Mark IV EOS DSLR by Canon

If you're looking for one of Canon cameras that's an all-purpose shooter and can also shoot 4K video, look no further. 

The Canon 5D Mark IV is the perfect camera for someone whose job requires the ability to capture a variety of media.

In addition to stunning video, you'll get the advantage of one of Canon's latest innovations: Dual Pixel Raw. Dual Pixel Raw provides an extra level of fine tuning to craft the perfect image based on all the information gathered at the moment of capture.

Armed with all the other features you'd expect from a Canon, the 5D Mark IV is a versatile camera that can transition from a low-lit, indoor wedding ceremony to an adventurous, outdoor reception as well as any extremes.

1DX Mark II EOS DSLR by Canon

This camera is the camera you're likely to see on sideline at sporting events. Because either on the pitch or not, the devil is in the details.

Boasting an impressive continuous shooting at 16fps and up to 14fps in AF, the Canon 1DX Mark II is perfect for fast-moving, action packed shooting. This is thanks in large part to its dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors for enhanced performance.

This camera is also equipped with dual grip to help photographers get the shot regardless of the crowd, angle or intense situation they might be covering.

It's also equipped with 4K abilities, meaning you can get the highest level of video along with your action shots.

Final Thoughts on the Best Canon Cameras of 2018

Photo by Kyle Loftus on Unsplash

If you've already decided to make a Canon camera purchase, congrats! 

But if you're still on the fence, hopefully this guide has given you some insight into the options available to you.

When choosing any camera, you're going to have to align your needs with your budget. Plus, if you want the latest features, like 4k video, you're going to pay a premium. 

While a Canon can seem expensive, ultimately you're making an investment in equipment that will last you for years to come. This isn't a cell phone you're going to upgrade a year from now. 

A Cannon camera is a tool that you'll get to know over a long a period of time as you continue to improve your skills as a photographer. Choose a camera you can grow into rather than out of.

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