Planning to invest in a new camera? You’ll want to make sure you’re getting the best camera for your photographic needs. Are you a sports photographer or do you shoot mostly portraits? Are you looking for a film camera? Do you need a simple point-and-shoot to add to your arsenal?
In the golden age of the internet, odds are you’ll open up Google and start looking for reviews and recommendations to determine which camera you should buy. Trying to find the “best” camera is no easy feat—it is a subjective opinion that almost always changes depending on who you ask and when you ask them.
In an attempt to find a better way to categorize the most popular cameras, we decided to look at which camera reviews were searched the most. What cameras are people the most interested? We teamed up with The Phoblographer to take a deep dive into the data to determine which cameras got the most attention in the last twelve months.
1. Sony a6500
It took Sony three refreshes—yes, three—to get the a6500 in place where it could match its competitors. Thankfully, the a6500 fixed the majority of the issues found in the a6000 and a6300. Now, the Sony a6500 is the best APS-C sensor camera in the brand’s fold.
2. Ricoh GR II
It’s no wonder the Ricoh GR II made it onto this list. While it isn’t the newest of cameras—it hit markets back in 2015—it is without a doubt one of the best compact cameras for serious photographers. Once you pick it up, you’ll want to carry it with you everywhere.
3. Pentax K-1
The Pentax K-1 is the full frame Pentax DSLR we’ve been waiting for. And while Pentax doesn’t have the kind of extended dedicated flash and lens support you find with Canon, Sony or Nikon, it’s still a very capable camera in the hands of an experienced photographer.
4. Sony a99 II
A camera with a pedigree, the a99 II is part of Sony’s Alpha series from the Minolta days. Targeted at the professional photographer, the a99 II has a great autofocus system and is excellent for shooting sports and fast motion.
The first instant camera from the much respected brand, the Leica SOFORT was guaranteed to make waves. The very stylish and cool camera comes with a hefty price tag, though. The camera alone will set you back $300 and with film selling for $20 for 10, each image is another $2.
A compact, mirrorless camera with a sensor larger than 35mm full frame options out there. Seriously, what’s not to love?
7. Sony RX100 V
When the predecessors to a camera have won a handful of major awards—like the RX100 series cameras have—it makes sense that the latest iteration would be a fan favourite. With the additional new features in a compact form, Sony’s RX100 V is a definite crowd pleaser.
It could easily be argued that Fujifilm has the absolute best mirrorless medium format camera on the market. The GFX 50S is incredible for so many different reasons and we know at least one reviewer who still thinks about buying one at least once a week.