The best drawing tablets for animation

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Product shots of the various best drawing tablet for animation on a dark background

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1. Best overall: Xencelabs M
2. Best Apple: iPad Pro (M2)
3. Best for 3D: Wacom Pro 16
4. Best Wacom: Wacom Cintiq
5. Best pro spec: XP-Pen 24
6. Best large: Wacom Intuos Pro
7. Best budget: XP-Pen Deco
8. Best Android: Galaxy S8
9. Best portable: Huion HS610
10. Best beginner: Wacom One

The best drawing tablets for animation unlocks an entire new world of creativity. Whether you're a 3D animator or your passion lies in motion capture and graphics, there are plenty of excellent drawing tablets for animation on the market from big names like Wacom, Huion, Xencelabs and XP-Pen. But if you're new to these types of tablet or want an upgrade on your current one, it can be tricky to find the right tablet to suit your budget and artistic needs.

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Jon Stapley

Jon is a freelance writer and journalist who covers photography, art, technology, and the intersection of all three. When he's not scouting out news on the latest gadgets, he likes to play around with film cameras that were manufactured before he was born. To that end, he never goes anywhere without his Olympus XA2, loaded with a fresh roll of Kodak (Gold 200 is the best, since you asked). Jon is a regular contributor to Creative Bloq, and has also written for in Digital Camera World, Black + White Photography Magazine, Photomonitor, Outdoor Photography, Shortlist and probably a few others he's forgetting. 

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