The best camera in 2024

Woman using the Canon EOS R50, one of the best cameras for beginners
(Image credit: Canon)

The best camera will mean different things to different people. It may be an absolute beginner's model that offers lots of helpful automated features at a knock-down price. Or, it may be a cutting-edge pro-spec camera that produces billboard-quality stills and broadcast-worthy video footage. It may also be an enthusiast's camera, sitting somewhere in between. In this guide, we've run the gamut to bring you the best camera options for every step of the journey.

Price is also obviously a factor. With budgets often getting tighter, we've made sure to include a few relatively low-cost options in this list, as great cameras don't have to carry ridiculous price tags. However, for more budget options, we'd recommend also checking out our guide to the best cameras for beginners, where you'll find a lot more options at low price points. 

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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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